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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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Dr. Hunter Joins the Editorial Staff for the Medical Journal "Pain Physician"

Pain Physician is a peer-reviewed journal that addresses the science and practice of interventional pain management. As the official publication of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, Pain Physician outlines the latest studies, research and information vital to those in the growing specialty of interventional pain management – and critical to the people they serve. It is mailed quarterly to ASIPP members and other subscribers. Dr. Hunter has just joined the editorial staff where he will be responsible for reviewing manuscripts submitted for publication from around the world. Read More

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Why Choose Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)?

Spinal Cord Stimulation NYC New York City Manhattan

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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