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MILD: Can This Outpatient Treatment Help Your Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 24, 2019 4:07:54 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, LSS, Back Pain Treatments

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Each year, lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), a common chronic pain condition, impacts over 2 million patients in the U.S.

Commonly diagnosed in patients over the age of 50, symptomatic LSS is often triggered by age-related arthritis causing a narrowing of the lower spinal canal, or lumbar area.

In children and healthy adults, our vertebral disks hold a high water ratio that helps absorb the impact of movement on our bodies. However, as we get older, our vertebrae can lose its ability to retain water. As a result, the space surrounding our vertebral column may begin to constrict and degenerate, allowing the discs between our bones to put direct pressure on our spinal cord and nerve endings.

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Relearning How To Sleep With Chronic Pain

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 15, 2019 2:18:44 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Chronic Pain

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For many of us, achieving quality, restful sleep remains a challenge. Most Americans average only 6.8 hours of sleep a night, with a whopping 40 percent of us clocking in at less than six total hours.

For neuropathic and chronic pain patients, the struggle to attain sufficient sleep levels consistently can often reach new heights.

A 2015 poll released by the National Sleep Foundation revealed that those with chronic pain, on average, experienced a 42-minute "sleep debt," or gap between the sleep they need, compared to the amount achieved, while those with an acute pain episode experienced a 14-minute sleep debt.

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Tampa Pain Relief Centers Welcomes New Physician Assistant, Nicole Lambert

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 8, 2019 1:52:02 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Florida Pain Relief, News

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Tampa Pain Relief Centers is pleased to welcome Nicole Lambert as a Physician Assistant to our diverse staff of pain management clinicians. A Florida native, Registered Nurse, and Family Nurse Practitioner, Nicole has five combined years of professional nursing experience, working primarily in an acute healthcare environment.

As the newest member of our Tampa team, Nicole will see patients at our Lifehope practice located at 3000 Medical Drive, assisting those suffering with chronic pain at various points throughout the care continuum.

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Four Factors That Make Low Back Pain Tough To Diagnose And Manage

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 1, 2019 8:21:00 AM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Low Back Pain, medical conditions and pain, Spinal Health

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Back pain, in its many forms and stages, is one of the country's most common chronic conditions. A 2009 PMC report, The Rising Prevalence of Chronic Low Back Pain, indicates that, at some point in our lives, over 80 percent of the entire population will endure at least one episode of low back pain (LBP). More specifically, at any given time, approximately 31 million Americans are experiencing low back pain, ultimately disrupting our work schedules, enjoyment of daily activities, and overall quality of life.

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Is "Sitting Disease" Impacting Your Spinal Health?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 28, 2019 7:35:00 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Spinal Health

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The human body, designed for movement, is suffering the consequences of our modern, sedentary lifestyle. A recent study from the American Heart Association indicates that U.S. adults, on average, spend 6 to 8 hours sitting every day, with a whopping 25% of American adults admitting that their hours of sitting actually surpasses 8+ hours each day.

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How You Can Help Friends or Family That Suffer Chronic Pain

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 1, 2019 10:53:17 AM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Chronic Pain

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When loved ones suffer from chronic pain issues, they may also experience emotional suffering due to the impact their condition can have on their personal relationships. It’s not that their friends or family don’t care about their pain, merely that others often don’t understand the nature of pain and how to be supportive of the situation. As a result, they may instead keep a distance, in absence of knowing just what to do to help.

For the individual living with chronic pain, this can be hurtful; they may feel abandoned, uncared for, or even angry and depressed that their condition is causing distance from others around them. This can leave them feeling more isolated than ever, and does nothing to help improve their physical condition.

The good news is, there are many ways you can help those you care about when they’re suffering from chronic pain conditions. While you may not be able to alleviate the pain itself, you can certainly provide encouragement and purpose in their lives. By supporting them and being present in their environment, you will boost their morale and energy, and in turn, help to lessen the intensity of the pain they feel.

Not sure where to start? Here are some ways that you can help improve the quality of life for those you care about when they suffer from chronic pain in their everyday lives.

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The Chronic Pain Education Series: Understanding Back Pain

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 24, 2019 5:32:13 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers

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Back pain affects millions of Americans every year. Causes and symptoms may vary with each individual person and condition, but all who live with this type of pain find themselves hindered to some degree, whether that be in the form of lost work hours, difficult and/or painful surgeries, or missing out on important life events with family and friends.

Thanks to the latest innovations and state-of-the-art technologies, there are now many effective treatments and solutions to help end the suffering for those with back pain, quite often without need for invasive surgery and long recovery times.

The key to a successful treatment plan is a complete understanding of the history and symptoms of a patient, obtained by way of thorough consultation and examination. The topics below represent components that pain doctors must consider and utilize in order to help patients live a more pain-free lifestyle.

In this series of informative articles, we will explore the following topics on back pain, including causes, symptoms, available treatments and more.

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How Many People in the U.S. Suffer from Chronic Pain?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 21, 2019 7:09:47 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Chronic Pain, Florida Pain Relief, medical conditions and pain

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If chronic pain affects your life, or the lives of your loved ones, you’re not alone. In 2018, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report estimating that some 50 million Americans are living with chronic pain. That’s “just over 20 percent of the adult population,” or one in five adult individuals.

However, findings from research conducted by other agencies differed widely from the CDC estimate, even when those agencies operated from within the same overall departments. Alternate figures ranged from 11 million all the way up to 100 million Americans with chronic pain.

So, why are these numbers so far apart?

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8 Mind-Numbing Chronic Pain Facts

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 14, 2019 9:32:10 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Florida Pain Relief, Symptoms of Chronic Pain, Chronic Pain Facts

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If you live with chronic pain, you might be aware that pain can often be something of a ‘mystery’; the source of your discomfort may be unclear, the frequency and/or intensity of the pain may be inconsistent and unpredictable, and the symptoms of chronic pain can vary greatly from one patient to the next. And the many myths circulated about chronic pain can further add to the confusion.

While we intend to explore some of those myths at a future date, for the purpose of this article we're here to share some fascinating, little-known chronic pain facts.

 

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Chronic Pain and Anxiety Go Hand-In-Hand

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 8, 2019 1:27:35 AM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Chronic Pain, Wellness, Pain Prevention, Chronic Pain and Anxiety

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Chronic pain can be especially difficult to treat when combined with the effects of anxiety. It’s fairly common for sufferers to experience both conditions at once, and in such cases, it can be challenging to determine whether the pain is worsening the anxiety, or the anxiety is intensifying the pain; these often work in conjunction to form a debilitating cycle that may be hard to escape.

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