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Emerging Treatments


New Study Strengthens Case for Injections in Chronic Low Back Pain

8/20/2014 9:19 am
Posted by Dr. Ann Conn

A new study in Pain Physician (2014;17:E489-E501) suggests that transforaminal epidural injections are an effective way to manage chronic low back pain especially for disk herniation and spinal nerve irritation. In patients with pain for greater than 6 months, researchers found …


Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation for Chronic Pain Treatment

10/17/2013 1:10 pm
Posted by Dr. Ann Conn

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) is low current brain stimulation.  Many applications are currently under investigation, including treatment of chronic pain.  Zachary Leuschner MD of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, presented information at the 2013 meeting of the American Pain …


Portable Vagus Nerve Stimulator for Migraine

6/11/2013 1:45 pm
Posted by Dr. Ann Conn

Portable Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) may be helpful to stop migraine.  A small study of 30 patients was presented at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting 2013 in San Diego that revealed noninvasive VNS can be effective for rescue …


Portable TMS for Migraine Treatment

5/2/2013 8:08 am
Posted by Dr. Ann Conn

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a potential new treatment for migraine.  TMS is approved and a portable device is available in Europe.  This therapy is to stop a migraine in patients that have migraine with visual changes or aura.  The …


Nerve Stimulation of Face & Migraine Prevention

2/26/2013 2:12 pm
Posted by Dr. Ann Conn

  This device, applied to the forehead for 20 min per day for 3 months, reduced headache by 50%!!!  An article published in the February 19,2013 issue of  Neurology presents the study.  The device, named Cefaly, is currently available through several …


European Union Approves Neurostimulation for Chronic Migraine

2/14/2013 11:37 am
Posted by Dr. Ann Conn

Just yesterday I implanted a trigeminal nerve stimulator in a patient for chronic migraine.  At our Northshore Clinic, we have been fortunate to participate in the care of multiple longterm chronic migraine patients whose lives have been drastically improved with …


Regenerative Medicine

12/28/2012 4:01 pm
Posted by Dr. Ann Conn

An impending paradigm shift in Interventional Pain Medicine is the promotion of regeneration of worn-out tissue.  Along with injections, joint replacement, medical management, and other established comprehensive care, the field of Regenerative Medicine is evolving to take its place in pain management.  …


Medical Virtual Reality Treatment

12/18/2012 12:00 pm
Posted by goodwork

Mental preparation for entering a stressful environment is undergoing a revolution.  One of the leaders of this revolution is Dr. Albert Rizzo a psychologist at USC Keck School of Medicine.  The collaboration between the military, Hollywood and USC’s Institute for …


New Class of Medications for Insomnia

12/13/2012 7:31 pm
Posted by goodwork

The new drug, suvorexant, acts on orexins in the brain to improve sleep.  This is the first medication to block orexin, a neurotransmitter deep within the brain.  It allowed patients stayed asleep longer with decreased awakenings during the night.  Suvorexant …


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

10/21/2012 12:57 pm
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Thankfully, most painful conditions respond to standard treatments. Unfortunately, some pain syndromes are difficult to manage and do not response well to our currently available therapies.  A recent article in PainMedicineNews.com discussed repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) for nerve pain …