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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…

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How the New CDC Guidelines Might Affect You

Apr 6th, 2016 opioids, Treatment News Dr. Silver 2 min read

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has finalized their guidelines/recommendations with regards to prescribing opioid medications in chronic pain by primary care physicians.  The recommendations are in response to an increase in both the prescribing of opioid pain medications by primary care physicians and in response to an increase in overdoses related to prescription narcotics.  Between 1999 and 2014, over 165,000 Americans died as a result…

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Important Fibromyalgia Facts

Mar 22nd, 2016 Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Treatment News Dr. Silver 2 min read

Fibromyalgia affects about 8-10 million Americans and 2-3% of all people around the world, predominately women.  Fibromyalgia is characterized by diffuse body pain, sleep difficulties and fatigue.  Many other symptoms can accompany Fibromyalgia including irritable bowel, “fibro fog,” headaches and irritable bladder.  Despite the improvements in both research and treatments for Fibromyalgia in recent years, the syndrome remains one of the most complex conditions for…

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10 Things you Should Know About NSAIDs

Mar 3rd, 2016 Back Pain, Chronic Pain, Lower Back Pain, Migraines, Neck Pain, NSAIDs, Treatment News Dr. Silver 2 min read

NSAIDs are one of the most commonly used drug classes in the world.  Studies estimate that up to 30% of the US population may use an over the counter NSAID for the treatment of pain.  Despite the enormous publicity surrounding NSAIDs, misconceptions exist regarding the use and potential side effects of these commonly used medications. All NSAIDs have a BLACK BOX WARNING, “NSAIDs may cause…

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6 Things you Should Know About Gabapentin

Feb 15th, 2016 Back Pain, Chronic Pain, Treatment News Dr. Silver 1 min read

There are roughly 30 million prescriptions written each year in the United States for the drug gabapentin to treat various chronic pain conditions. Patients sometimes shy away from asking their doctor and pharmacist about the drugs that are prescribed to them, so here are 6 quick facts about gabapentin that are useful for facilitating a discussion between you and your healthcare provider. Gabapentin, sometimes know by its…

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New Legislation Restricts Opioid Use

Feb 12th, 2016 Back Pain, Chronic Pain, Lower Back Pain, opioids, Treatment News Dr. Silver 2 min read

The State of Massachusetts is poised to pass some of the most aggressive legislation in the country to combat improper use of opioid medications.  In response to the CDC’s report that 1162 people in Massachusetts died as a result of opioid overdose in 2014, the governor and legislature reached a compromise to help control opioid use and reduce the risk of overdose. Patients will be…

Dangers of Opioids

Opioid Related Deaths on the Rise

Feb 6th, 2016 Back Pain, Lower Back Pain, opioids, Treatment News Dr. Silver 1 min read

Natural and semisynthetic opioids, which include commonly prescribed pain medications such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, are involved in more overdose deaths than any other type of opioid. Although drug overdose deaths associated with opioids declined from 2011 to 2013 there was a sharp 9% increase in 2014.   More persons died from drug overdoses in the United States in 2014 than during any previous year…