Opioids.. Can they make pain worse?

Opioids are widely prescribed therapies used to manage moderate-to-severe pain.  However, since their dramatic surge in usage (especially for the management of chronic non-cancer pain), there has been a staggering rise in opioid-related emergency room visits, opioid abuse, addiction, overdoses and deaths in the United States. There is a growing body of evidence showing that opioids can cause a clinically significant medical condition known as…

New Evidence Regarding the Dangers of Common NSAIDs

Jul 10th, 2017 Back Pain, Chronic Pain, Lower Back Pain, Osteoarthritis, Treatment News Dr. Silver 1 min read

A recent analysis of multiple clinical trials involving different pain medications show that the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including naproxen, considered as one of the safest drugs in this class, is associated with a significantly increased risk for myocardial infarction (MI). The rapid onset of heightened cardiovascular risk in the first week of NSAID use was prevalent in this study. Within this first…

What You Need to Know About The Epidemic of Osteoarthritis

Jun 13th, 2016 Chronic Pain, NSAIDs, Osteoarthritis, Treatment News Dr. Silver 3 min read

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis, affecting up to 70 million Americans, and 1 out of 2 people over the age of 50.  Osteoarthritis has fast become the most common cause of disability, and by 2050 will outpace cancer and heart disease combined. Osteoarthritis is usually caused by either wear and tear on the joints or follows several years after an injury…