Moving beyond opioids to complementary and integrative services for chronic pain care

In 2018, two million people in the US suffered from an opioid use disorder and more than 130 people died every day from opioid-related drug overdoses. This remains an ongoing problem and as a result, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a plan to combat the opioid crisis. This plan focuses…

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1 in 10 Women: Endometriosis

If you have actually heard about endometriosis then you are already more informed than most about this devastating condition that effects roughly 10% of reproductive age females. This means approximately 200 hundred million women’s lives around the world are impacted by this potentially disabling condition. According to the Endometriosis Foundation of America, “Endometriosis occurs when…

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Falling is not a normal part of aging

By Julie Philbrook, RN, DNP, MAN, MAL Falls are the leading cause of trauma-related injury and death among those age 65 and older. Every year, more than 2.3 million non-fatal fall injuries among older adults are treated in emergency departments in the US resulting in more than 734,000 patients being hospitalized. The direct medical costs…

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Is your pain weather sensitive?

With chilly autumn rains coming, some people have a tendency to blame the changing weather on certain aches and pains that they feel. Pain may be in joints, muscles, back, neck or in bones. It’s important to talk to your doctor about pain – it shouldn’t be embarrassing, especially if it feels severe, persistent and…

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