Comparing “board certification” to eggs

The topic of “Board Certification” in pain management can seem to be about as confusing as trying to understand the label on a carton of eggs.  Your local grocery store has them all:  cage free, free range, vegetarian fed, no hormones, antibiotic free, and organic.  There are certainly differences in price for these types of…

Sciatica Pain and Weakness: Is Surgery The Answer?

When patients seek medical care for a painful disc herniation and a motor deficit (muscle weakness, limping, or a dropped foot), the motor deficit sometimes becomes an overriding concern, steering patients toward early surgery.  A recent Netherlands study has disputed that notion.  While the motor deficit did improve significantly faster with surgery, the long term…

How do I get rid of unused, expired medications?

As patients start to feel better with our treatments, we are often asked how to get rid of unused or old medication.  Well, medication disposal is a hot topic in medicine today.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has detected multiple pharmaceutical products in various ecosystems.  Although these products tend to be present in relatively low…

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY This Saturday, September 25, residents in the Charleston area have a wonderful opportunity to positively impact public health and public safety by participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and partner organizations are launching this first-ever event…