An Interesting Video On Chronic Pain

By | May 28, 2011

Disordered Nerve Cells Firing

Disordered Nerve Cells Firing









A friend recently sent me a link to an interesting lecture given by Dr. Elliot Krane, an anesthesiologist and Director of the Pain Clinic at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University.

The case that he describes involves, Chandler, a 16 year old girl who after a simple wrist sprain sustained in a dance rehearsal goes on to develop a full blown case of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).  Fortunately the patient was appropriately referred to the Stanford Pain Clinic where Dr. Krane was able to make an accurate diagnosis and institute effective therapy.


Unfortunately many patients are not so lucky.  They languish for months or years in doctor’s offices or substandard clinics without an accurate diagnosis or an appropriate referral.  This compounds the problem of needless suffering with a declining success rate of almost any treatment as the disease enters its chronic phase.


We at Schlesinger Pain Centers have had considerable success treating Complex Regional Pain Syndrome by taking advantage of the plasticity of the nervous system that Dr. Krane spoke of in his talk.  By using certain medications, physical therapy, psychological support, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) therapy, sympathetic nerve blocks and in severe and chronic cases spinal cord stimulation we have been able to reduce and in many cases eliminate the resting pain and allodynia which torment these patients.  The key is early treatment, because with every passing day the chances for a successful outcome recede further and further from our grasp.  If you or someone you know is suffering from a problem like Chandler’s, I urge you to get help.


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