New Evidence Regarding the Dangers of Common NSAIDs

Jul 10th, 2017 Back Pain, Chronic Pain, Lower Back Pain, Osteoarthritis, Treatment News Marcus Charuvastra 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…

8 things you should know about back pain

May 13th, 2016 Back Pain, Chronic Pain, Lower Back Pain Dr. Silver 2 min read

Back pain is the #1 cause of disability in the United States.  Up to half of all Americans live with some degree of chronic back pain and over 80% will experience back pain at some point during their lifetime.  It is estimated that approximately $300 billion is lost each year as a result of lost productivity due to chronic back pain.  Back pain is the…

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…

Nutrient Deficiencies Can Make Pain Worse

Mar 10th, 2016 Chronic Pain, Migraines Dr. Silver 5 min read

The abuse of powerful narcotics/opioids such as prescription pain medications, heroin and morphine, is a serious issue affecting up to 36 million across the globe. Over 2 million people in the US are currently suffering from substance abuse disorders related to narcotics and the consequences are devastating both for those who are addicted and their families. The number of accidental overdose deaths has risen alarmingly…

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…

We Need More Alternative Pain Therapies

Feb 20th, 2016 Chronic Pain, Sleep Dr. Silver 2 min read

Prescription drug use continues to rise at an alarming rate as consumers continue to rely on prescriptions medications. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nearly half of all Americans (48.5 percent) have used at least one prescription drug in the past month, a percentage that has grown over the last decade with 22 percent of the population using three or more…

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…

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…

The Dangers of Prescription Pain Medications

Feb 3rd, 2016 Chronic Pain Dr. Silver 1 min read

The Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit organization, reported that in 2013 over 44,000 Americans died as a result of drug overdose. Drug overdoses have been rising since 2009, despite federal and state efforts to better monitor and control use of narcotics and other potentially addictive medications. Over half of these deaths were related to prescription drugs, and in 36 states more people died from…