The lawyers at Aaron Waxman & Associates are experienced with Disability, Personal Injury and Employment claims.
Our firm handles many types of cases. We do handle many car accident claims. Often times, as a result of car accidents, our clients go on to develop a chronic pain syndrome. Chronic pain is not an imagined symptom.
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal proposed an alternative way for people suffering from chronic people to treat their pain, by using guided meditations and hypnosis. In fact, recent articles appearing on the Internet about treating chronic pain have focused on alternatives to pain medications. According to the article, “Rewiring the Brain to Ease Pain“, chronic pain represents a malfunction in the brain’s processing centres and this actually be seen on brain scans. The pain signals take detours into areas of the brain involved with emotion, attention and perception of danger and can cause gray matter to atrophy. Studies were conducted, and brain activity was measured while subjects participated in a guided meditation. The results demonstrated that being distracted from pain and thinking about the pain was effective and the study subjects found a new way to look at their pain.
Locally, a chronic pain treatment centre in Vaughan, Ontario is receiving attention. Dr. Ron Nusbaum moved his Canadian Headquarters Clinic just north of Toronto. This is the first in Canada to offer the cutting edge Class IV K-Laser therapy, a unique, painless and side-effect free approach to treatment that stimulates healing, reduces inflammation and pain. Dr. Nusbaum is the founder of the Back Clinics of Canada. He has created a new comprehensive non-surgical, drug-free and integrative approach to diagnosing and treating those who have suffered for years from back pain and chronic pain- the “High Performance Healing System”. He offers an alternative to risky neck or back surgery.
How about talk therapy? Cognitive behavioural therapy is an effective way to help manage chronic pain. A study in the United Kingston found that exercise and CBT were two successful alternatives to consuming pain medication. Introducing these interventions within the first six to nine months of treatment is preferable.
It is also worth mentioning that women who experience poor sleep are at elevated risk for developing fibromyalgia, according to a Norwegian study. Sleep disturbances and excessive fatigue are known symptoms of fibromyalgia. Sleep deprivation also has been linked with increased levels of circulating inflammatory markers and a loss of pain inhibition.
The company Medtronic received FDA approval for a device meant to help treat chronic pain. The device is called“AdaptiveStim with RestoreSensor” and is a Neurostimulator using innovative motion sensor technology, similar to that used in smartphones and gaming systems by automatically adapting stimulation levels to the needs of people with chronic back and/or leg pain. This device does away with manual changes, and instead is an automatic device that recognizes and remembers the correlation between a change in body position and the level of stimulation needed. It also records and stores the frequency of posture changes, and allows the doctor or therapist to understand how a patient’s individual stimulation requirements are changing over time. This device is also approved by the FDA for use in MRI head scans if recommended by a physician.
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