Neuropathy Awareness Week

May 5th thru the 12th is National Neuropathy Awareness Week. Neuropathy is a chronic condition that affects millions of people in America. While there is no cure for neuropathy, there are ways to manage the pain associated with it. Many groups including the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy and the American Health Council help patients dealing…

Light Therapy to Treat Neuropathic Pain

For someone with peripheral neuropathy, even the slightest touch can cause burning, stinging or shooting pain, usually in the hands or feet. The pain is caused when the peripheral nervous system is damaged by diabetes, shingles, chemotherapy or some other medical condition. About 8% of adults worldwide suffer from some form of neuropathy. Medications prescribed…

Nerve Decompression Potentially Beneficial in Diabetic Neuropathy

This article is part of Endocrinology Advisor’s coverage of the American Diabetes Association’s 77th Scientific Sessions (ADA 2017), taking place in San Diego, CA. Our staff will report on medical research and technological advances in diabetes and diabetes education, conducted by experts in the field. Check back regularly for more news from ADA 2017. Results…

Post-Stroke Shoulder Pain Reduced with Peripheral Nerve Stimulator

Clinical results reported at the 2017 North American Neuromodulation Society meeting show that peripheral nerve stimulation provides meaningful relief for people suffering from post-stroke shoulder pain (PSSP).   Post stroke shoulder pain is experienced by anywhere between 30 and 70 percent of stroke sufferers. Dr. Porter McRoberts, a trained Physiatrist and Interventional Spine and Pain Management…

Microvascular Complications of Diabetes

Abstract and Introduction Abstract Microvascular complications of diabetes include eye disease, kidney disease, and peripheral and/or autonomic neuropathy. This study illustrates the importance of early screening and detection of microvascular complications, while also focusing on treatment guidelines and indications for specialist referral. Introduction Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a chronic disease that is classified, based on…

Advancing Pain Management Medicine: Human Studies

Nearly every advance in modern medicine, from diagnosis to treatment, has benefited from animal studies. Basic research has made vital contributions to all aspects of medical care, including our understanding of pain pathophysiology. However, the applicability of these findings to humans remains limited. “Translation from animal to human is hindered by many obstacles, in particular…