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Eight Years On Oxy - How We Stopped The Pain Management Madness

Posted by Mike Pringle on Aug 5, 2016 11:15:00 AM

I started Frank's case in early May of 2013. Frank was a 43 year old out of work carpenter. He had injured his lower back after falling about 12 feet off some construction staging (scaffolding). Frank's DOI was in 2005 and by the time I had received his case it had already settled. Prior to his case settling Frank had been through the normal treatment pathways which included activity modification, oral medications including opiates, physical therapy, and interventional pain management (injections). 

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Topics: Return To Work, Pain Management

On A Scale of Zero to Ten

Posted by Sebastian Grasso on Dec 16, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Morphine or Dilaudid?

I had the misfortune of visiting an even more misfortunate family member in the hospital.  It was a 6 day stint. The floor was for general patients. The room was shared.  The nursing activity was consistent,  they were courteous and friendly. 

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Topics: Pain Management

Two Things To Consider With Opiate Pain Management

Posted by Mike Pringle on Nov 12, 2015 10:16:47 PM

Chronic non-cancer pain affects almost 20% of adults (Moore, Derry, Taylor, Straube, & Phillips, 2014; Rolfe, 2014). Persistent pain adversely impacts a person’s quality of life, employment status, and their use of health care resources. Activities that most of us take for granted such as walking, shopping, recreational activities, dressing, and maintaining intimate relationships, as well as many other activities become difficult or impossible to participate in.

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Topics: Pain Management

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