Genetic Basis for Opioid Sensitivity in Pain Treatments

Capitol Pain Institute (CPI) recently reported how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is addressing the worrisome rise in the misuse and addiction of opioid pain medications. Now, there is a new study out implicating a specific genetic variation the may be responsible for opioid sensitivity and how different patients will respond unequally to the same level of medications. …

Yoga: Good to get bent out of shape?

by Dr. Raimy Amasha Yoga may at first seem to some people as the art of forming a pretzel with ones body but a closer look into this discipline reveals pursuit of a greater goal. Yoga advocates claim pursuit of physical, mental, and spiritual wellness through this ancient art. Herein, we will explore the thousands of years old Indian practice and see …

What is the cause of your back pain?

by Dr. Sameer Sharma Low back pain, a ubiquitous condition that seems so familiar to everyone, has become ever so prevalent.It is common to hear of low back pain among parents, siblings, and even colleagues. Not surprisingly, neck and back pain are the leading musculoskeletal complaints that contribute to impairment and disability. Studies have shown that the lower back has a …

Pack Mule Syndrome

Pack Mule Syndrome

Have you ever seen a little mule overloaded with packs and supplies almost as big as the poor animal itself? These days with every greater proliferation of smart phones, tablets, laptops, portable game consoles and other assorted electronic devices, it is all too common that men, women, and even children are loading themselves up like pack mules. And carrying heavy …