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Dr. Hunter performs first Invisible Trial in New York

Dr. Hunter just performed the first Invisible Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) Trial in the state of New York! The Invisible Trial system was developed by St Jude Medical and presents a major leap forward for the technology.  This device interfaces with Apple devices allowing patients the ability to control their pain relief with the touch of a finger.  What's even more impressive is the trial is totally wireless!  Read more about the Invisible Trial System...

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How to Avoid Opioid Induced Constipation (OIC)

How To Avoid Opioid Induced Constipation (OIC)

Constipation is defined as infrequent bowel movements or the passage of hard stools, causing discomfort.  In patients taking opioids for pain, Opioid Induced Constipation is a frequent occurrence.  While there are many effective medications on the market for treating Opioid Induced Constipation, you may want to try some of these helpful recipies first. How to prevent constipation: Below is a list of ways to avoid constipation.  Start with #1 and move down the numerical steps until bowel movements are soft and regular. 1. Drink 8-10 glasses of fluid per day, including fruit juices. Eat a high fiber diet including raw fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, and whole grains. Fiber is important. Cereals such as Quaker Oatmeal Squares are high in fiber. In addition, try the juice recipe below: Juice recipe: 1 oz prune juice 1 oz apricot nectar 1 oz…

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What Causes Neuropathy?

What Causes Neuropathy?

Neuropathic pain affects roughly 2-3%[1] of the general population with an estimated cost of $40 billion per year in treatment related costs.[2] But what causes it? Since Neuropathy is an umbrella term used to describe any abnormalities of nerve function and structure, the potential causes of neuropathy are seemingly endless. Causes of Neuropathy: Genetics - Family history plays a big role. People who have family members with Neuropathy are more likely to experience it themselves. Toxins - Exposure to lead, glue, solvents, and heavy metals like mercury can cause nerve damage. This can happen through proximity to these agents in the workplace, or through willful abuse. Physical Injury - The most common cause of nerve injury. For example, spinal cord injury or disc herniation due to a fall or accident can lead to Neuropathic pain. Neuropathy can also be caused by holding…

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What is Transdifferentiation?

What Is Transdifferentiation?

Once a stem cell reaches the treatment site, it will differentiate or specialize into whatever specific cell is needed to repair specific tissue – like cartilage in an arthritic knee or connective tissue in a torn tendon[1]; this is called Transdifferentiation. A number of experiments have reported that certain adult stem cell types can differentiate into cell types seen in organs or tissues other than those expected from the cells' predicted lineage (i.e., brain stem cells that differentiate into blood cells or blood-forming cells that differentiate into cardiac muscle cells, and so forth). This enables the damaged or degenerative tissues to be repaired at the cellular level without surgery. Once the stem cells specialize, these new cells will continue to divide. Infusing damaged, painful tissue with new healthy cells can lead to regeneration – potentially reducing pain and improving function…

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Why Choose Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)?

Why Choose Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)?

Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) is a particularly appealing option for those with chronic who are hoping to avoid surgery. The field of Neuromodulation (aka neuroaugmentation, aka neurostimulation) was born from the need to find an alternative to surgery. SCS adheres to the fundamental principles of Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) by avoiding the excessive tissue injury and scarring inherent to open surgery. The important thing to remember is a SCS trial is not surgery, in fact there is no cutting of any kind. Patients get to test out the neurostimulation in a fully reversible fashion to see if it works and is effective in treating their specific pain complaints. Everyone’s pain is different and no two person’s complaints are the same. This may explain why spinal surgery is successful in some (61%)[1] yet in others their pain is made worse – the…

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The Science behind Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

The Science Behind Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is most concisely defined as a volume of plasma that contains a concentrate of platelets (PLT) above that of baseline blood levels.[1]PRP, while considered experimental to most third-party payers, has been used for over 30 years as an aid in recovery following certain surgical, orthopedic and dental procedures with thousands of research articles having been published over that time on the safety and efficacy of its application.  It is an autologous blood product which can be injected into virtually any damaged area of the body to deliver PLT-derived Growth Factors (PDGF) to promote healing.[2] Given the autologous nature of PRP, potential side effects or complications are theoretically reduced – moreover, as it is one’s own blood simply being re-administered, many view PRP as a holistic treatment methodology. In order to understand the conceptual benefit of PRP, one…

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Better Living Through Chemistry

Better Living Through Chemistry

Infusion therapy is becoming increasingly more popular for treating patients with neuropathy, chronic pain and depression. The reasons are simple…the ease with which it can be performed and the results are astonishing. Depending on the agent used, the infusion session can completed in as little time as 30 minutes. There are a variety of different medications your doctor can use to perform the infusion, including Lidocaine, Ketamine, IVIG, Magnesium and the list goes on. Once your doctor places the IV line in your arm or hand, the hard work is over. The only thing left to do is making yourself comfortable and let the medication work its magic. In many cases the effect is immediate. Infusion therapy is covered by most insurances and considered an appropriate treatment for a variety of types of pain. Certain types of infusion (IVIG for…

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