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The Many Ways to Treat Pain

The two articles I wanted to highlight this week revolve around a common theme in the healthcare industry – treating pain. The first article discusses a potential new replacement for opioids. The second is an interesting study examining how physical therapy effects the treatment of low back pain. Below you’ll find these articles and my …
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Preferred Medical Adds David Price as Director, Government Affairs

Price to serve as resource on regulatory changes impacting workers’ compensation Preferred Medical announced today the addition of David Price as Director of Government Affairs. “David brings extensive legal and regulatory experience to Preferred and is a strategic part of our continued growth,” said Amy Wrightsel, chief operating officer for Preferred. “He joins a stellar …
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Managing Pain Without Opioids

The articles I wanted to highlight this week all have one theme in common — there are ways to manage pain without using opioids. Some recommended alternatives include simple activities such as stretching and spending time outdoors. Below you’ll find these articles and my thoughts on their implications. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed below …
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Taking Care of our Bodies Every Way We Can

The articles I came across this past week can teach us a lot about taking care of our bodies. The first article is actually an infographic and showcases all the great benefits of cardiovascular workouts. The second, however, I bring you a sad story about yet another life taken from opioids. Below you’ll find these …
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A Lesson from Waves

I’ve had the opportunity to be within ear shot of the Atlantic and Pacific ocean on several occasions this year, including later today as I drive from Fresno to San Francisco. Staring at and listening to an ocean calms me. This year it also ignited an internal philosophical conversation. Consider, for a moment, how waves …
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There’s Always Another Option

This past week includes a slide from my recent presentation that shows different options we have to treat pain. I also came across an article on the term “disability” and the negative connotations it has in our society. Below you’ll find both the slide and the article along with my thoughts on their implications. Disclaimer: …
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Workers’ Compensation and the Opioid Epidemic

The most interesting articles I came across this past week are about different but related subjects that are very important to me. The first article is about Workers’ Compensation and the importance of getting the injured worker back to work, and the second article is another sad truth of the Opioid epidemic. Below you’ll find …
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The Unintended Dangers of Drugs

The most interesting articles I came across this past week brought both a heartbreaking personal story of how deadly the wrong prescription medicine can be, as well as some potentially uplifting advancement in chronic pain research. Below you’ll find these articles and my thoughts on their implications. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed below are …
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Good and Bad Choices with Unintended Consequences

It seems that every day lately there are more and more stories flooding the news about prescription medication, patient treatment and national policy. There are so many that it’s often hard to keep track. Below you’ll find a few important articles I came across this week and my opinion to go with them. Disclaimer: The …
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IAIABC Releases Opioid Policy Inventory

New Report Shows State Efforts to Curb the U.S. Opioid Health Crisis ORLANDO, FL─ States that have taken a multifaceted approach in responding to the opioid epidemic have realized a positive impact, according to a new report released today by the IAIABC at the WCI conference. The report, Opioid Policy Inventory, includes findings from a …
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