Nerve Pain Fighting Research

Chronic Pain News, Therapies & Treatments
Phantom limb pain is the perception of pain or feeling a missing limb after amputation, and it relatively common. Currently it is unknown by researchers if the effect initiates from the nervous system or is psychological. But research on regenerative targeted muscle reinnervation techniques could soon change how phantom limb pain is treated. Regenerative targeted muscle reinnervation is a new technique being used to treat phantom limb pain. A study from the Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State and the College of Medicine focuses on improving patient care by stopping phantom limb pain before it begins. Dr. Ian Valerio, who is with the medical center, works with amputee patients to treat disorganized nerve receptors from cancer, trauma, and congenital amputees using regenerative targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) techniques. ‘”Right now, it’s…
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Gate Control Theory of Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain Conditions, Chronic Pain News
In gate control theory, experiencing pain can be caused by a complex interaction of the central and peripheral nervous system and how they process pain signals. Pain is more complex than was previously understood, gate control theory of pain was created in the 1960s by Ronald Melzack and Patrick Wall. Gate control theory of pain states that non-painful signals closes the "gates" to painful signals, preventing pain sensation from traveling to the central nervous system. And it gives reason to believe there can be psychological factors that influence the experience of pain. Depending on the situation pain can be experienced differently and can be caused by a variety of different variables, like stress.  The brain commonly blocks out sensations that it knows are not dangerous, such as when the feel of…
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World Arthritis Day 6 Best Ways to Manage Arthritis

Chronic Pain Conditions, Chronic Pain News, Lifestyle Tips for Chronic Pain
Though you may already know that arthritis is a common condition, it may surprise you to know that arthritis impacts more than 50 million Americans, making it the number one cause of disability in the country, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Arthritis symptoms may come and go and can be mild, moderate or severe. Whether you’re newly diagnosed with arthritis or have been coping with the condition for years, here are a few tips to help you manage the pain of arthritis. Weight Management Maintaining a healthy weight is good for your general health and wellness and it also can improve your arthritis. If you are overweight, losing the extra pounds and having less pressure on your joints can help reduce the pain that comes with arthritis. Losing weight is no easy…
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Stem Cells for Spine Surgery

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Stem cell therapy is increasingly becoming a more common option in the medical field. Physicians suggesting it as an alternative treatment as well as an additional tool in surgeries for chronic problems like degenerative disc disease or spine injuries. In the below article originally from Chicago Health, a patient with a spinal injury was treated using a spinal fusion procedure which included an innovative use of stem cell therapy to promote new bone tissue growth. This procedure was part of a stem cell therapy study, where the physician thought the success rate of the innovative procedure would be similar to that of the standard spinal fusion procedure, where bone is grafted from the pelvis or hip to fuse the vertebrae.  Sifting through claims to find the benefits Jessica Roby was…
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Low Vitamin D linked to Peripheral Neuropathy

Chronic Pain Conditions, Chronic Pain News
Recent studies have reported that patients with Type 2 diabetes and diabetic peripheral neuropathy showed lower Vitamin D levels than patients without T2 diabetes or peripheral neuropathy. Some studies also found including a vitamin D supplementation could help improve painful neuropathic symptoms, which suggests vitamin D could have a role in diabetic peripheral neuropathy.  Low Vitamin D linked to Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Patients with type 2 diabetes and painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy had significantly lower 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels compared with healthy volunteers and patients with type 2 diabetes without neuropathy or with painless neuropathy, according to data published in Diabetic Medicine. “A number of recent studies have reported reduced vitamin D levels in diabetic peripheral neuropathy, although many of these did not assess major confounding factors, including seasonal sunlight exposure and…
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Blood Therapy used by Pro Athletes for Injuries

Chronic Pain Conditions, Chronic Pain News, Regenerative medicine
Platelet Rich Plasma is a therapy treatment that uses the patient's own blood to heal itself. Blood is taken from the patient and spun down to separate the different components: red blood cells, white blood cells and plasma. The plasma, is rich with platelets that are natural occurring healing components in the body. The Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is then injected back into the body where the pain is located, helping to accelerate the healing time.The concentration of platelets is what accelerates the body's own healing process, utilizing the concentrated PRP. Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is a minimally invasive procedure and has relatively little down time, a physician may recommend easing back into activities following PRP. The short down time is why professional athletes like Tiger Woods, Steph Curry, and…
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3D-printed Nerve Stem Cells

Chronic Pain News, Regenerative medicine
Spinal cord injuries can have an effect on other functional areas of the body. Researchers have designed a device which could combine treatment techniques that could restore function to uninjured areas of the body. Combining neuronal stem cells and 3d printing to create an implantable device that would be able to grow new nerve cells re-establishing connection between damaged cells on either side of the injury.  3D Printed Cell Research from University of Minnesota Spinal injuries can be like downed power lines – even if everything on either side of the injury is perfectly functional, the break can effectively shut down the whole system. Now, researchers at the University of Minnesota have designed a device that could link everything back together again. A silicone guide, covered in 3D-printed neuronal stem…
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Why Women Get More Migraines

Chronic Pain Conditions, Chronic Pain News, Headaches
Disproportionately women are affected by migraines, and it's long been thought due to hormone fluctuation during the menstrual cycle. Researchers believe the hormone oestrogen is could play a role in why more women experience migraines than men. Believing oestrogen effects the trigeminal nerve sensitising it to migraine triggers.   Hormones could be the Trigger cause of Migraines Women are disproportionately affected by migraines - and we may finally have an answer as to why that's the case. After conducting a thorough literature review, a team of researchers believes that oestrogen has a direct impact on migraine sensitivity in the brain. Around 18 percent of women are migraine sufferers, compared to around just 6 percent of men. To make matters worse, women also don't seem to respond as well to migraine drugs.…
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Stem Cell-Rich Prolotherapy and Platelet-Rich Plasma for Musculoskeletal Pain

Chronic Pain News, Regenerative medicine, Therapies & Treatments
Many people have heard the term “platelet-rich plasma” in news stories in connection with athletic injuries, however, not all may realize that when platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is injected into and around a joint, it is actually a type of prolotherapy. In fact, PRP has been used as a formula in prolotherapy since around 2005. The approach has been shown to be effective not only for older injuries but also for recent ones, making it ideal for athletic injuries. It has also successfully been used in the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) and helpful for cartilage repair. Not All Platelet-Rich Plasma Is Equal As the use of PRP has grown, so has the demand for, and availability of, PRP–concentrating machines and methods; several manufacturers now make these systems. There are also doctors…
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Regenerative Bandage Accelerates Wound Healing

Chronic Pain News, Regenerative medicine
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="508"] The regenerative bandage promotes cell spreading and proliferation. The green spots are live cells entrapped in the hydrogel and stained with Calcein-AM. Credit: Ameer Research Lab, Northwestern University[/caption] A simple scrape or sore might not cause alarm for most people. But for diabetic patients, an untreated scratch can turn into an open wound that could potentially lead to a limb amputation or even death. A Northwestern University team has developed a new device, called a regenerative bandage, that quickly heals these painful, hard-to-treat sores without using drugs. During head-to-head tests, Northwestern's bandage healed diabetic wounds 33 percent faster than one of the most popular bandages currently on the market. "The novelty is that we identified a segment of a protein in skin that is important to…
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