Pain Pumps

Pain Pumps

“The pain went from my mid-back all the way to the toes of both my feet, he recalls. I was in agony. I couldn’t work. I couldn’t do anything. I was basically just inhabiting my bedroom.” Oral and injectable pain medications worked for a while, but eventually the...
Marcia DelBarone

Marcia DelBarone

Curved Inspirations—How Marcia DelBarone Ran from Back Pain to Become a Marathoner and Author Not every patient chooses to combat pain with intense physical exertion, but that’s just what Marcia DelBarone decided to do after back surgery left her feeling like a puppet...
Maintaining Fitness

Maintaining Fitness

Maintaining Fitness While Managing Your Pain Transcripts Highlights Dr. Yoder May 28, 2014 Welcome! Thank you for joining us for “Maintaining Fitness While Managing Your Pain.” This chat will be hosted by Jon Yoder, MD, and will cover topics such as: How can exercise...
Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis

WHAT CAUSES SPINAL STENOSIS? Spinal stenosis usually occurs as a person ages. Disks in the back/spine become drier and bones and ligaments of the spine thicken or grow larger and begin to bulge. This can be caused by arthritis or degeneration of the discs. Spinal...
Carrie Ann Inaba

Carrie Ann Inaba

“My animals constantly show me how simple life can be,” Inaba says. “One of my cats, Taz, has health challenges, and I have to feed him his water through a tube. I take him to a specialist and closely watch his quality of life, and I think positive thoughts when I’m...
Pain and Anxiety: Rinse It Out

Pain and Anxiety: Rinse It Out

  In spin class, I have frequently heard instructors say  “rinse it out” after a particularly intense bout of cycling. I have always supposed that they are encouraging us to slow down and recover a bit and get rid of anything “toxic” in the muscles before we...
What Are The Barriers To Sex?

What Are The Barriers To Sex?

    Paul Karoly, Aaron Taylor, and I conducted a study of over 2,000 people with different forms of chronic pain from across the United States and found that 63%reported that pain interfered with sexual functioning. Other researchers have found similar...
Improve Your Sleep

Improve Your Sleep

    Sleep plays a crucial role in the daily experience of people with chronic pain.  Of course, research (and probably your own experience) has demonstrated that pain can make it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep. In a study involving people with...
FAQs About Back Pain

FAQs About Back Pain

Back Pain Facts contributed by Laser Spine Institute 1. What can relieve severe back pain? A. Anti-inflammatory medications B. Physical therapy C. Surgical procedures D. All of the above Answer: D One of the best ways to ward off back pain is by adopting and...