The Pain Relief Blog

The role of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians in Regenerative Medicine

Due to a surge in sports participation and physical activity, more patients are presenting to physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians with sports injuries, overuse injuries which can lead to degenerative changes within the body. With increased media coverage of innovative treatment techniques such as PRP and stem cells, patients have a greater interest in these procedures.  Read full post

Depression and Chronic pain

December 13, 2016
Category: News
About one half of individuals suffering from chronic pain also suffer from depression. This is an incredibly important issue because the successful treatment of depression can also relieve significant amounts of pain and suffering.  Read full post

Fibromyalgia Facts and Myths

November 1, 2016
Category: Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia Facts and Myths  Read full post

Dr. Schneider appears in the Tennessee Medical Association's Journal discussing Opioid Abuse in Tenn

October 27, 2016
Category: News
Dr. Schneider appears in the Tennessee Medical Association's Journal discussing Opioid Abuse in Tennessee  Read full post

What does sleep have to do with pain?

October 19, 2016
What does sleep have to do with pain? - Mark Bilezikjian, MD
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Dr. Schneider Interviewed by Nashville Medical News

September 20, 2016
Category: News
Dr. Schneider was recently interviewed for an article in Nashville Medical News  Read full post

Regenerative Medicine Part I: PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy

August 11, 2016
Category: Pain Treatments
Musculoskeletal pain is something that affects almost all of us at some point in our lives. Many times this pain is caused by a strained or torn, muscle, tendon, or ligament. Those of us who have had this type of pain/injury khow much it can affect our lives. As a Physiatrist, (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician) one of the primary goals for our patients is to address the patients’ ability to function at their full potential. A relatively new and novel treatment that has been proven to heal many conditions that cause musculoskeletal and back pain is a procedure called Platelet Rich Plasma injections (PRP injections).  Read full post

Workers' Compensation – Part 2

March 9, 2016
Category: News
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 2.9 million workplace injuries and illnesses occurred in 2014. Our main focus at CPNC is to treat our patient's injuries appropriately and efficiently so that they can get back to their normal lives including work and leisure. We also believe that it is important to discuss injury avoidance and workplace safety in order to keep our patients healthy once their treatment is complete.  Read full post

Workers’ Compensation

January 26, 2016
Category: News
Workers’ Compensation is a form of insurance that provides payments for medical care and sometimes provides lost wages to an employee in the event of a workplace injury. There are multiple stakeholders in a workers’ compensation case including the injured employee, the case manager, the employer, and the medical providers.  Each of these stakeholders have different responsibilities but they all share the same goal; helping an injured employee through the recovery process so that they can go back to work.   Read full post

Post Herpetic Neuralgia (Shingles) - Part II

November 5, 2015
Category: Pain Conditions
Post herpetic neuralgia occurs when the pain from herpes zoster persists weeks to months after the rash has resolved. The pain often changes from a sharp and stabbing pain into a burning pain. Over 1 million people in the United States are believed to have post herpetic neuralgia.  Read full post

Herpes Zoster (Shingles) - Part I

November 4, 2015
Category: Pain Conditions
Herpes Zoster, also known as Shingles, is a viral infection caused by the Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV). At the time of the chicken pox infection, the virus is fought off by the immune system and the infection is cleared. Although the virus is cleared from the body the information for how to make the virus is still stored in the body.  Read full post

Non-Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

September 28, 2015
Category: Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy refers to the dysfunction of the nerves in areas of the body not including the brain and spine. In diabetic peripheral neuropathy, the most common symptoms include numbness or prickling in the hands and feet in the early stages, but diabetes is not the only cause of peripheral neuropathy.  Read full post

Pain Awareness: Understanding Chronic Pain

September 22, 2015
Category: Pain Conditions
The month of September is Pain Awareness Month. More Americans suffer from chronic pain than any other medical condition including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. The pain can be caused from many sources. It can be related to headaches, back/neck injury or it could be caused by arthritis, an old injury, or number of other conditions. Chronic pain affects millions of individuals around the world.  Read full post

​What is Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy?

August 31, 2015
People who suffer from diabetes often have to deal with a plethora of other issues resulting from the disease. Peripheral neuropathy is one of the main problems diabetics develop. In fact, 60% to 70% of people with diabetes will develop peripheral neuropathy at some point in time. In some cases, patients may not notice they have developed peripheral neuropathy because they do not experience any pain. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy can be treated to reduce any pain that is felt and to prevent further damage.  Read full post

Radiofrequency Ablation: Relief from Arthritis Pain

August 24, 2015
Category: Arthritis
Radiofrequency Ablation sounds like it could be a space age weapon of war, but it’s actually just a complicated name for a simple procedure. Also known as RFA, Radiofrequency Ablation is a treatment method physicians use to treat symptoms of arthritis and other types of joint pain. The experts at Comprehensive Pain & Neurology Center use RFA treatment for patients with chronic low back pain related to joint arthritis.  Read full post

What is Degenerative Disc Disease?

July 25, 2015
Category: Back Pain
Though the term degenerative disc disease sounds scary, it actually refers to a condition that naturally occurs with age. As we get older, the discs that make up our spine age with the rest of our body. Over time, the discs lose water content and elasticity, which causes them to shorten and lose their ability to absorb shock. As the condition progresses, everyday movements have more impact on the body.  Read full post

Caregivers’ Guide to Dealing with Chronic Pain

July 25, 2015
Category: Caregivers
Over 35 million Americans deal with some form of chronic pain. Caring for them can be heartbreaking - and backbreaking - work. Caregivers are incredibly important health care providers, whether they’re a family member or a licensed nurse. It’s not an easy job to do, and taking care of someone who is in pain almost every day is a test of both emotional and physical strength.  Read full post

All You Need to Know About Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

June 29, 2015
Category: Pain Conditions
Chronic pain of any kind causes stress and negatively influences your life. Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is no exception, but many doctors and patients don’t know much about it, making the disorder difficult to diagnose and treat. Complex regional pain syndrome is associated with a dysfunction of the nervous system.  At the Comprehensive Pain and Neurology Center, our mission is to identify and treat all pain disorders, including CRPS. In this blog we’ll tell you how to spot CRPS and the treatment that can alleviate or eliminate it.  Read full post

​Fibromyalgia Facts: Recognizing and Treating a Complex Disease

June 19, 2015
Category: Fibromyalgia
Most people have heard of fibromyalgia a disease process causing pain to the muscles and tendons. They might have relatives who’ve experienced it or seen television commercials advertising fibromyalgia medications. However, the majority of people, including doctors, don’t truly understand fibromyalgia.  There still remains debate in the medical field on the true etiology and cause of widespread myofascial pain (pain in the muscles and tendons).  The more you know about fibromyalgia, the easier it will be for you to recognize it and seek treatment.  Read full post

CPNC Summer Relief Contest

June 8, 2015
Category: News
Comprehensive Pain & Neurology Center knows how wonderful it is to have a pain free summer! To help celebrate and welcome the summer season, we want to see a photo of your enjoying life without pain! Starting now until the end of August, post a picture of you enjoy summer on our Facebook page and include the hashtag #CPNCrelief for your chance to win a $100 Visa gift card!  Read full post

How Botox Helps Chronic Migraine Suffers

June 8, 2015
Category: Migraine
Migraines can be debilitating with symptoms such as throbbing pain, sensitivity to light or sound, nausea and more. Dr. John Schneider, a pain and neurology specialist in Middle Tennessee, shares how Botox helps chronic migraine suffers.  Read full post

How to Manage Whiplash Pain

May 25, 2015
Category: Whiplash
Whiplash is the result of a traumatic experience to the body, and is anything but pleasant. If you’re in an accident or have suffered a trauma, the signs indicating whiplash might not be immediately present, but will show up soon. This trauma happens when any sudden movement of the head or body jolts the tendons, ligaments and muscles of the neck and spine. In which case, the body may stop moving before the head, causing the neck to “whip” forward without control. If you believe you have whiplash, it’s important to know how to recognize the symptoms and know the appropriate steps in order to properly care for it.  Read full post

​Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: What It Is and How to Prevent It

April 21, 2015
Currently, it seems as if most of our everyday tasks depend on computers or electronic devices. We type emails and documents rather than handwriting, text rather than calling, and generally spend most of our days interacting with keyboards and touch screens. This explosion of technology carries many benefits, but does have some drawbacks. One such drawback is increased prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS. The team at the Comprehensive Pain and Neurology Center sees a large number of CTS patients every day. We would like to raise awareness of what CTS is, how to prevent it, and how we can help you cope with it.  Read full post

Coping With Visceral Pain Disorders

April 21, 2015
Category: Pain Conditions
At the Comprehensive Pain and Neurology Center, we understand no two patients have the same types of pain and each chronic pain experience is unique. This is perhaps especially true for those suffering from visceral pain disorders. For pain sufferers it’s important to understand what visceral pain is and how to get help for it.  Read full post

Wounded Knee: Options for Knee Pain

March 4, 2015
Category: Pain Conditions
The knee is one of our most important and well-used joints. Every day, we use our knees for various tasks without thinking about it. Knee pain can be anything from a mild inconvenience to a disabling condition because it affects our ability to walk, bend, lift, and generally function. Knee surgery is often complex and leads to a long recovery, which may include complications. If you have knee pain but need non-surgical options, consider Comprehensive Pain and Neurology Center.  Read full post