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Genetic Basis for Opioid Sensitivity in Pain Treatments

August 20th, 2016|acute pain, Latest News, opioids|

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

CPI Concurs with FDA Warnings of Opioid Use

May 25th, 2016|advanced pain management, Latest News, opioids|

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced class-wide safety labeling changes for immediate-release opioid pain medications. Among the changes, the FDA is requiring a new boxed warning about the serious risks of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose and death. We at the Capitol Pain Institute (CPI) concur with the FDA and its continuing effort

Yoga: Good to get bent out of shape?

January 18th, 2016|alternative therapy, arthritis, back pain, chronic pain, Latest News|

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

What is the cause of your back pain?

December 14th, 2015|back pain, facet joint injections, Latest News, low back pain, Spine Basics|

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

Got Shoulder Pain?

December 10th, 2015|acute pain, advanced pain management, chronic pain, Latest News, shoulder pain|

by Dr. Anjuli Desai Shoulder pain accounts for 12 out of every 1000 primary care office visits. This could largely be attributed to the fact that the shoulder joint is the body’s most mobile joint. In fact, shoulder and neck pain account for 18% of all insurance disability payments made for musculoskeletal pain. Some factors which

For Pain Relief, Can No Exercise Be Better than Some Exercise?

December 3rd, 2015|Latest News, muscle strain|

by Dr. Raimy Amasha Many of us have steady employment responsibilities that occupy our time from the break of dawn to late into the evening. Yet more of us have obligations the moment we set foot into the front door taking care of children, spouses, or pets; answering that email we forgot to answer; replying to

Avoiding shin splints can keep you running

May 13th, 2015|Latest News|

Are you an active runner who experiences pain in their shins? If so, you may be experiencing “shin splints,” otherwise known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome. This is an overuse injury common in running and sports that involves significant running. Tenderness is usually experienced on the front of the shin (tibia) and is exacerbated pain upon activities that

Stem cells improve outcomes in rotator cuff repair surgery

May 11th, 2015|Latest News|

A recent study was conducted on patients who underwent a rotator cuff repair. Unfortunately, it is well-known that approximately 25% of patients who undergo rotator cuff repairs re-tear their tendon after surgery.  In order to try to prevent re-tear, the researchers injected adult-derived autologous stem cells that were harvested from the patient’s iliac crest into the surgically

A better treatment for severe knee arthritis and pain?

May 8th, 2015|Latest News|

Do you have severe knee pain?  Have you been told by your orthopedic surgeon that you need an eventual knee replacement? Well, if you are a young patient in their 30s-40s you and live a relatively active lifestyle you may benefit from a procedure called High Tibial Osteotomy (HTO). This procedure is known to do

Cardamom is a natural antioxidant

May 4th, 2015|Latest News|

Cardamom is a spice that originated in India and Nepal and is purported to have several health benefits. Although still being studied, this exotic spice may have antioxidant, health promoting properties and be good for the digestive tract and cholesterol.  Antioxidants are chemicals that block the activity of free radicals. Free radicals are chemicals that

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