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Dr. Kevin S. Berry Recently Obtained a Master of Science in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine

A huge congratulations are in order for our very own Dr. Kevin S. Berry who recently obtained a Master of Science in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine from the prestigious Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry USC. The 37-month program provided Dr. Berry with advanced training and knowledge of orofacial pain and oral medicine including [...]

By |July 8th, 2021|Chronic Pain, Sleep Apnea, TMJ|Comments Off on Dr. Kevin S. Berry Recently Obtained a Master of Science in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine

September Is Pain Awareness Month

Along with being dubbed both National Yoga Month and National Potato Month, September is also on the calendar for a significantly less fun observance: National Pain Awareness Month. First declared in 2001, National Pain Awareness Month is an effort by the American Chronic Pain Association to raise awareness about the widespread and devastating effects [...]

By |September 22nd, 2020|Chronic Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on September Is Pain Awareness Month

What Are the Types of TMJ and Facial Pain?

One of the challenges that doctors face in talking about pain of the face and mouth, what we call orofacial pain, is that not everyone uses the same terms. We’re not just talking about how some people might call temporomandibular joint disorders TMJ while others use TMD. Instead, we’re talking about doctors [...]

By |March 10th, 2020|Chronic Pain, Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on What Are the Types of TMJ and Facial Pain?

Preventing Your Next TMJ Flare-Up

People often don’t notice temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) until it becomes an acute problem. Acute TMJ flare-ups are associated with locked jaw, extreme pain in the jaw joints and/or muscles, headaches, ringing in the ears, and more symptoms.  When this happens, you might be given treatments to alleviate the current state, such [...]

By |August 14th, 2019|Chronic Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Preventing Your Next TMJ Flare-Up

Winter Woes: Cold Weather’s Effect on TMJ Pain

There’s no time like the winter time! Beautiful white snowscapes, steaming hot chocolate, glistening icicles along the eaves of the house, and increased jaw pain — wait, what? Despite the things that make winter great, the cold weather can also come with heightened TMJ symptoms for many people. Though some people think pain fluctuation based [...]

By |February 16th, 2019|Chronic Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Winter Woes: Cold Weather’s Effect on TMJ Pain

How to Get the Most out of Your Trigger Point Injection (TPI) Therapy

Trigger point injection (TPI) is a great treatment for chronic pain. It’s a very effective approach to treat both direct and referred pain. It’s a noninvasive treatment that can provide long-lasting relief for headaches and many other types of chronic pain. The risk of complications is very low, and [...]

By |August 23rd, 2018|BOTOX, Chronic Pain|Comments Off on How to Get the Most out of Your Trigger Point Injection (TPI) Therapy

Chronic Pain & the Danger of Opioids

If you keep up with the news lately, you will see how we are facing a severe opioid epidemic, with overdoses happening more often to a wider cross section of our society. The “Prescribed to Death” Memorial has been put in place in DC, calling attention to the dramatic toll these drugs are taking on [...]

By |April 19th, 2018|Chronic Pain|Comments Off on Chronic Pain & the Danger of Opioids

People Regularly Overuse OTC Medications–and They Suffer for It

The nation has finally seen fit to declare a national emergency over the use of prescription opioid pain relievers. However, there are other classes of medication that are also very deadly, are also being abused, and may also need to be better controlled. These are over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications. Although most of us think it’s [...]

By |February 22nd, 2018|Chronic Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on People Regularly Overuse OTC Medications–and They Suffer for It

Jaw Pain Is Another Good Reason to Lose Weight

Is losing weight one of your New Year’s resolutions? Are you starting to flag on it? Well, if so, consider this incentive: patients who lost weight were able to see their pain reduce in many joints throughout the body, not just the joints that have to bear the weight. This means not only that weight [...]

By |February 1st, 2018|Chronic Pain, Jaw Pain|Comments Off on Jaw Pain Is Another Good Reason to Lose Weight

The Nerve: TMJ Shares Symptoms with Rare Trigeminal Disorder

Because temporomandibular joint disorder is characterized by a number of symptoms that are common in other medical problems or health ailments, many patients suffer through multiple attempts at diagnosis before arriving at a neuromuscular dentist with experience in correctly assessing and successfully treating TMJ disorder. But as a recent Washington Post article [...]

By |March 30th, 2016|Chronic Pain, Headache, Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on The Nerve: TMJ Shares Symptoms with Rare Trigeminal Disorder

Using Pot to Treat Pain

Unless you have been living under a rock you know that marijuana is now legal for medical and recreational use in four states. One of those four being our very own Colorado. A staggering 23 states and Washington, DC have legalized medical marijuana. Clearly there is something about marijuana that makes it useful as medication, [...]

By |December 30th, 2015|Chronic Pain, Headache, Migraine|Comments Off on Using Pot to Treat Pain

New Research May Lead to Better Chronic Pain Treatment for Women

Chronic pain is one of the most common and disabling conditions in America, with 100 million Americans—and nearly half of all women—suffering. And many of our treatments don’t work well enough, but new research might change that. The existing model for pain management says hormones like estrogen alter a common pain circuit present in both [...]

By |July 8th, 2015|Chronic Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on New Research May Lead to Better Chronic Pain Treatment for Women

New Ibuprofen Risk Identified

We periodically warn about the risks of common drugs, which many people use to help with control of TMJ jaw pain, headaches, and more. It's important to understand that over-the-counter doesn't mean "safe." Now a new study is highlighting the seriousness of risks that come with these common medications, showing that [...]

By |October 13th, 2014|Chronic Pain|Comments Off on New Ibuprofen Risk Identified

Sleep Apnea and Chronic Pain: Scylla and Charybdis

In Greek mythology, Scylla and Charybdis flanked either side of a narrow channel, commonly thought to be the Strait of Messina, and threatened all vessels that passed between them. Scylla, a monster with six heads, would reached down from her cave and grab sailors from ships, while Charybdis, was a monster that sucked in the [...]

By |January 23rd, 2014|Chronic Pain, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Sleep Apnea and Chronic Pain: Scylla and Charybdis

Are Opioids Really Our Last, Best Hope against Chronic Pain?

Clinical psychiatrist Michael E. Schatman has argued that opioid therapy is the only hope left for managing chronic pain. However, reading his description of the situation strikes one as somewhat odd for many reasons. Opioid Therapy Is Already Common Probably the main reason why Dr. Schatman's remarks, "maybe it's time to stop fighting" against opioid [...]

By |October 16th, 2013|Chronic Pain|Comments Off on Are Opioids Really Our Last, Best Hope against Chronic Pain?

Codeine Can Increase Chronic Headaches and Other Pain

What do you do when the medicine your doctor is prescribing is actually causing you more pain than it is relieving? Codeine is a commonly-prescribed opioid medication that is used as a morphine alternative because it is less powerful and has a lower risk of addiction and overdose. However, researchers at the University of Adelaide [...]

By |September 23rd, 2013|Chronic Pain, Headache|Comments Off on Codeine Can Increase Chronic Headaches and Other Pain

Chronic Pain Relief for a Song

Some researchers have postulated that singing is actually the fundamental communication method for humans, that we evolved a songbird-like voice for serenades before we learned to talk. And some research suggests that, far from a scream, tapping into this primal song may actually help us cope with pain. Song before Speech? Charles Darwin was the [...]

By |August 26th, 2013|Chronic Pain|Comments Off on Chronic Pain Relief for a Song

Pain Can Be Contagious, says Study

We all hope to avoid pain; however, in certain situations, it can be even worse to watch another person suffer. When our friends or family are hurting, we can endure serious emotional distress. Now, new research indicates that we can also experience actual physical pain in response to theirs. When Caring Causes Pain A German [...]

By |June 26th, 2013|Chronic Pain|Comments Off on Pain Can Be Contagious, says Study

Migraines, Chronic Pain Increase Suicide Risk: Study

Because they are unrelenting and difficult to treat, chronic conditions tend to leave people feeling hopeless. Sadly, according to a recent study, these negative feelings often force many people to end their lives prematurely. Increased Suicide Risk New research indicates that people are more likely to commit suicide when they suffer from migraines and other [...]

By |June 23rd, 2013|Chronic Pain, Migraine|Comments Off on Migraines, Chronic Pain Increase Suicide Risk: Study

Study: Lingering Pain Ups Suicide Risk

New research indicates that people are at a higher suicide risk when they suffer from unrelenting pain, especially when they don't know the cause of their symptoms. Published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, the study was based on data associated with nearly 5 million subjects who'd been treated in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [...]

By |June 2nd, 2013|Chronic Pain|Comments Off on Study: Lingering Pain Ups Suicide Risk

Prescription Pain Relievers Associated with ED

To alleviate unrelenting pain, countless Americans take prescription medications, which provide only brief periods of relief. Unfortunately, most of these powerful drugs come with a host of unpleasant side-effects, including dizziness, drowsiness and the potential for addiction. Now, a new study indicates that opioid pain medications can also promote erectile dysfunction, even after only a [...]

By |May 23rd, 2013|Chronic Pain|Comments Off on Prescription Pain Relievers Associated with ED

Genetic Traits May Promote Chronic Pain: Study

Countless Americans suffer from some type of chronic pain, which makes day-to-day life virtually intolerable. In many instances, medical practitioners are able to identify the cause of unrelenting pain; however, in some cases, the causes remain unclear. When patients complain about vague pain, they're often looked at with suspicion, especially when they request pain medications [...]

By |May 13th, 2013|Chronic Pain|Comments Off on Genetic Traits May Promote Chronic Pain: Study

33 Percent of Americans Suffering from Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a significant issue in the United States; however, until now, it wasn't apparent just how prevalent it had become. The Institute of Medicine of The National Academies reports that approximately 33 percent of all Americans are suffering from chronic pain. This equates to about 100 million people, meaning pain affects more people [...]

By |September 19th, 2012|Chronic Pain|Comments Off on 33 Percent of Americans Suffering from Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain and TMJ

Recently the Women's Advocates organization has called for the Institute of Medicine to put money, time, and effort towards confronting and ending the problem of chronic pain for women. Chronic pain is caused by a variety of different conditions that are not the most widely understood or diagnosed, including TMJ disorder. Those who suffer from [...]

By |May 18th, 2011|Chronic Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Chronic Pain and TMJ
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