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Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) Spinal Cord Stimulation Comes to NYC

The Ainsworth Institute is one of just 26 sites in the nation selected to start performing the cutting-edge technology! DRG Stimulation is a variation of traditional spinal cord stimulation.  The difference is that the leads are a fraction of the size and are placed directly over the individual nerves of the spine, more specifically, the small structures that house the neurons themselves - the Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG).  The ACCURATE study (an FDA-approved clinical trial performed by leading pain physicians in the United States) was completed in 2015 and the results were presented at the North American Neuromodulation Society meeting in the same year.  The results were impressive to say the least!  It showed DRG was superior in almost way to traditional stimulation with better success rates and better overall pain relief. Dr. Hunter has been selected as one of the…

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Can a Sea Snail Venom Save America from Prescription Drug Abuse?

Conus Magus - Ziconotide Prialt

As of 2014, pain relievers are the 2nd most commonly abused drugs in the United States with 4.3 million Americans using them for nonmedical reasons.[1] The number of those using pain relievers for nonmedical reasons has remained relatively unchanged from 2002 to 2014, however the number of deaths from prescription drugs, namely opioids, is up 3-fold since 2001.[2] At a time where opioids appear to be causing more problems than they solve, the medical profession is in desperate need of something new. Enter ziconotide. This unique medication is created from a toxin naturally made by the Cone snail (a ω-conotoxin peptide).[3] The molecule is a calcium channel blocker that works by infused into the cerebrospinal fluid to inhibit the release of glutamate, CGRP and substance P in the brain and spinal cord to provide pain relief [4],[5]; the best part…

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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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Drs. Hunter and Lee present at the joint New York and New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (NYSIPP/NJSIPP)

NYSIPP

Drs. Hunter and Lee presented at the joint meeting of the New York and New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (NYSIPP & NJSIPP).  Dr. Hunter lectured on the use of Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) for Pelvic Pain.  Dr. Lee was chosen to train physicians on the use of Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) of joint pain.

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Pharmaceutical Companies Cashing in on the Opioid Epidemic

Opioid Epidemic

The opioid epidemic is just that...an epidemic - it's widespread and affects everyone.  Here are some interesting statistics.  The United States comprises only 4.6% of the world's population but we consume 80% of the world's opioids.  The United States consumes 99% of the world's Vicodin.  We spend $300,000,000,000 (that's billion) on pain-related medical costs each year, much of that is on medications.  According to the CDC, in 2013, nearly 2 million Americans abused prescription drugs. [1]  Each day, 7000 people are treated in Emergency Rooms across the United States for overdose or complications related to prescription drugs. Abuse Deterrent Formulations (ADF) are a good attempt to help curb the epidemic, but since insurance companies charge patients an arm and a leg for them over generics, addicts have a valid reason to ask for something that's cheaper and abusable.  More importantly, these ADFs are only one…

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How to Avoid Opioid Induced Constipation (OIC)

Opioid Induced Constipation

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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Dr. Hunter and Dr. Lee Present at Pain 2015

Our doctors continued their 2015 lecture circuit, this time in Miami.  Dr. Lee joined an expert council from around the country discussing RFA for joint pain and Dr. Hunter spoke about Testosterone deficiency in patients on chronic opioids, spinal cord stimulation for headaches and neck pain, and stem cells for degenerative disc disease.

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What Causes Neuropathy?

Ainsworth Institute

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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