The Notorious D.N.P.

Sports Related Injuries

Posted by in Health & Wellness, Pain

If you’ve stumbled onto this post looking for a timetable on how soon your star running back can return to your starting fantasy lineup you may as well press your back button on your browser now. Fact of the matter is that elite athletes are not strolling into our offices on a daily basis. Pro athletes are wired different than us, their bodies like highly tuned automobiles…average Americans not so much. Then again as a whole we are evolving as a more active society, with citizens more concerned about their…read more

Controversial Medical Treatments

Posted by in Ethics, Pain, Patient Health

There is more than one way to skin a cat so the saying goes. This cliche also applies to medicine; multiple treatments can provide the same outcome. One of the most controversial subjects at this point in time is legalization of medical marijuana. There is as much information about the health effects of marijuana as there is water in the ocean. Besides all of the animal testing, and endless statistics, one thing that remains true of medicinal marijuana is that it is an effective treatment in select patients. I am…read more

On A Scale From 0 to 10, Please Rate Your Pain

Posted by in Ethics, Nurse, Pain

This phrase, I’d venture to say has the capacity to be interpreted in a countless amount of ways. As a nurse, we ask this question multiple times per day, everyday. As one would expect, we almost always receive some variation of the ‘standard’ pain scale that attempts to offer an explanation for our patients perception of their pain. Once we have this information, we are then tasked with attempting to keep an open mind and not formulate a biased opinion based on the numerical value given by our patients. At…read more