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Q: I am responsible with my opioid medication, why do I need Narcan? Oct 10th, 2019

A: That is a great question.  Narcan/Naloxone is the antidote medication given if an overdose of an opioid medication is suspected.  Overdose symptoms include extreme drowsiness, decreased level of consciousness and slowed shallow breathing.  Accidental overdose can happen to anyone.  There are many factors that contribute to accidental overdose.   One that...

The Psychological Impact of Chronic Pain. Oct 10th, 2019

Depression- Dealing with pain day after day can lead to hopelessness and depression.  If the depression is ignored, it can magnify and make physical and emotional recovery more difficult. Anxiety and Stress- People suffering from chronic pain can become anxious, even in lower pain times, anticipating the return of the pain....

Answering Fibromyalgia Oct 10th, 2019

There was a question asked among one of our viewers regarding Fibromyalgia.  The topic is a very vast one so this will be an overview of the condition and some of the treatment methods utilized at NovaSpine Pain Institute. The definition of Fibromyalgia - a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by...

Sciatica: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments Oct 10th, 2019

Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body. Learn more about Sciatica Pain and how to manage it from Dr. David Morales.If you feel like...

Your Primary Care doctor has referred you to pain management…now what? Oct 10th, 2019

Your Primary Care doctor has referred you to pain management…now what? What can you expect? What conditions are treated in pain management? Is pain management just medication? What if I do not like to take medication? These and perhaps many more questions are going through your head after receiving your...

Chronic Knee Pain Oct 10th, 2019

An estimated 12.1 percent of the U.S. population (nearly 21 million Americans) age 25 and older have osteoarthritis and knee joints are where this can commonly be seen. If you have chronic knee pain that seems to be getting worse over the years you are not alone. It’s estimated that...

Herniated Disc: What does this mean? What do I do? Oct 10th, 2019

I have been told I have a herniated disc, what does that mean and what can be done?” A herniated disc is a spine condition that occurs when the gel-like center of a disc ruptures through a weak area in the tough outer wall.  This condition is also commonly called a slipped disc or ruptured...

Cannabidiol (CBD) Oct 10th, 2019

It is almost difficult to pick up a newspaper or magazine today without seeing three letters, C B D.  What exactly is it and what are some important things to think about before purchasing and trying CBD oil? Cannabidiol (CBD) is the active ingredient in cannabis, derived from the hemp plant...

Back Pain Getting You Down? Oct 10th, 2019

“My low back is killing me!!”  Sound familiar?  Have you said these exact words recently?  Studies show that nearly 80% of all Americans will have low back pain at some point in their life.  Sometimes you know exactly why you have the pain such as lifting something heavy or years of heavy lifting at...