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Therapeutic Areas of Research

We have participated in over thirty research studies related to various therapeutic areas for pain management and have collaborated with 19 Pharmaceutical Sponsors and 5 Clinical Research Organizations.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease, and the most common form of arthritis. According the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 27 million Americans over the age of 25 suffer from osteoarthritis, and it is the most common cause of disability. It usually develops slowly in the weight-bearing joints. Early in the disease, your joints may ache after physical work or exercise/sports. The hips, knees, fingers and spine are the most common areas that are affected by osteoarthritis. Less affected are the shoulders, wrists, elbows and ankles.

If you or someone you know has osteoarthritis, you may be eligible to participate in current or future studies related to osteoarthritis. Study participants receive study related labs, office visits, and study medication at no cost. For more information, contact at 422-2966, or e-mail us.


Chronic Low Back Pain

Chronic low back pain is persistent pain that does not go away despite medical efforts at treatment. It affects daily function and quality of life. The pain may originate from the discs, joints, muscles, bones, nerves, ligaments or other structures in the spine.

If you or someone you know has chronic low back pain, you may be eligible to participate in current or future studies related to chronic low back pain. Study participants receive study related labs, office visits, and study medication at no cost. For more information, contact at 422-2966, or e-mail us.


Painful Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy is part of a family of nerve disorders caused by diabetes. It affects all peripheral nerves: pain fibers, motor neurons, autonomic nerves. People with diabetes can, over time, have damage to nerves throughout the body. Neuropathies can lead to numbness and sometimes pain and weakness in the hands, arms, feet and legs.

Symptoms depend on the type of neuropathy and which nerves are affected. Some people have no symptoms at all, and others may initially experience numbness, tingling, or pain in the feet. A person can experience both pain and numbness. Often, symptoms are minor at first, and since most nerve damage occurs over several years, mild cases may go unnoticed for a long time.

If you or someone you know has painful diabetic neuropathy, you may be eligible to participate in current or future studies related to diabetic neuropathy. Study participants receive study related labs, office visits, and study medication at no cost. For more information, contact at 422-2966, or e-mail us..


Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is persistent pain that does not go away despite medical efforts at treatment. It disrupts all aspects of your life, and it is often misunderstood by others who do not understand the source of your pain. Chronic pain can become the main focus of your existence, and can seriously affect your quality of life.

If chronic pain is not addressed, it will have negative effects on your health and relationships. Activity levels will decrease causing increased physical limitations and eventually sleep patterns will become disrupted, further affecting the quality of your life. A sense of loss of control of your life can develop. But with effective treatments, time and help you can get back control of your life.

If you or someone you know has chronic pain, you may be eligible to participate in current or future studies related to chronic pain. Study participants receive study related labs, office visits, and study medication at no cost. For more information, contact at 422-2966, or e-mail us.


Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome. A syndrome is a disease state that has several co-existing signs and symptoms. Although many patients who have been labeled with fibromyalgia syndrome come to our practice because of chronic diffuse body pain, fibromyalgia syndrome is more than a musculoskeletal problem and also includes many other symptoms that coexist with the pain. Most patients with fibromyalgia syndrome have pain that is located in several typical tender spots.

Fibromyalgia is characterized by general soft tissue and muscle tenderness. The pain is usually chronic; most people have achy symptoms for many years before seeking evaluation and treatment. The pain usually begins in one or two areas of the body that become more tender over time.

If you or someone you know has fibromyalgia, you may be eligible to participate in current or future studies related to fibromyalgia. Study participants receive study related labs, office visits, and study medication at no cost. For more information, contact at 422-2966, or e-mail us.


Constipation Due To Opioid Use

Constipation is the slowing of normal bowel function. Many times the use of opioid pain medication can lead to constipation. Treatment of this disorder can be difficult or ineffective.

If you or someone you know has constipation due to the use of pain medications, you may be eligible to participate in current or future studies related to constipation and the use of pain medications. Study participants receive study related labs, office visits, and study medication at no cost.  For more information, contact at 422-2966, or e-mail us.


Break Through Pain

Pain that comes on suddenly for short periods of time and is not alleviated by the patient’s normal pain suppression management is called break through pain. It is common in cancer patients who commonly have a background level of pain controlled by medications, but the pain periodically “breaks through” the medication. The characteristics of breakthrough cancer pain vary from person to person, including the duration and possible causes.

If you or someone you know has break through pain, you may be eligible to participate in current or future studies related to break through pain. Study participants receive study related labs, office visits, and study medication at no cost. For more information, contact our Research Coordinator at 965-6308, or e-mail us


Acute Migraine Pain

Migraines are a neurological disorder that is characterized by the following symptoms:

  • a moderate to severe throbbing pain for four to 72 hours that is frequently on one side of the head
  • nausea, with or without vomiting
  • sensitivity to light and sound

About 15 to 20 percent of migraine sufferers experience visual and other disturbances about 15 minutes before the head pain, known as “aura”. The auras may include flashing lights, zig-zag lines, bright spots, loss of part of one’s field of vision, or numbness or tingling in the hand, tongue, or side of the face. Migraines preceded by an aura are called classic migraines; all others are referred to as common migraines.

If you or someone you know has migraine pain, you may be eligible to participate in current or future studies related to migraine pain. Study participants receive study related labs, office visits, and study medication at no cost. For more information, contact at 422-2966, or e-mail us.