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We Care Chiropractic
(406) 577-1152
804 N 19th Ave
Bozeman, MT
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We Care Chiropractic:
$23 Consultation and Nerve Scan:
Same Day Appointments:
No Commitments:
Discover how We Care Team can help You!
Hours
Monday 7:45 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday 7:45 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday 7:45 AM - 10:00 AM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Auto Accidents, Chiropractic Neurology, Chiropractic Treatment for Injuries, Chiropractors, Emergency Chiropractic Care, Holistic Chiropractic Care, Pain Management, Pediatric Chiropractic, Personal Injury

Philip Charles Cory, MD
(406) 585-0674
15075 Dell Rd
Bozeman, MT
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1977

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Duane Mohr, M.D.
925 Highland Blvd
Bozeman, MT
 
Dr.Scott Jahnke
(406) 755-4488
3 Meridian Court, Kalispell
Kalispell, MT
Gender
M
Speciality
Pain Management
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
2.5, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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Dr.Michael Schabacker
(406) 237-8808
2900 12th Ave N # 3E
Billings, MT
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1993
Speciality
Pain Management
General Information
Hospital: St. Vincent Health Care
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
3.5, out of 5 based on 7, reviews.

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Duane Vincent Mohr, MD
(406) 586-7645
931 Highland Blvd
Bozeman, MT
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1957

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John Anthony Vallin, MD
(406) 586-2497
1450 Ellis St Ste 201
Bozeman, MT
Specialties
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Pain Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Irvine, Ca Coll Of Med, Irvine Ca 92717
Graduation Year: 1986

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We Care Chiropractic
(406) 577-1152
804 N 19th Ave
Bozeman, MT
Promotion
We Care Chiropractic:
$23 Consultation and Nerve Scan:
Same Day Appointments:
No Commitments:
Discover how We Care Team can help You!
Hours
Monday 7:45 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday 7:45 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday 7:45 AM - 10:00 AM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Auto Accidents, Chiropractic Neurology, Chiropractic Treatment for Injuries, Chiropractors, Emergency Chiropractic Care, Holistic Chiropractic Care, Pain Management, Pediatric Chiropractic, Personal Injury

John Alden Hatheway, MD
2827 Fort Missoula Rd
Missoula, MT
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1993

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David G Healow, MD
(406) 252-6674
2501 4th Ave N Ste C
Billings, MT
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nm Sch Of Med, Albuquerque Nm 87131
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: St Vincent Hosp & Health Ctr, Billings, Mt; Deaconess Billings Clinic, Billings, Mt
Group Practice: Pain Control Consultants

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What to Do About Chronic Pain in Older Adults

When you're younger, it may be easier to shrug off pain or work through it. The old expression, No pain, no gain is the mantra of many athletes. But as we get older, pain has a way of getting us down faster and keeping us there longer. We don't bounce back like we used to. This is especially true when pain is present.

Older adults often find that managing the chores and activities of daily life are a challenge enough without pain being added to the mix. Suddenly, making a cup of tea can become impossible -- much less preparing a nutritious meal. Sleep is disrupted, thinking becomes cloudy, and the affected adult is no longer getting out with other people. Persistent pain in this age group can create a steady decline in physical and cognitive function.

What can be done about it? Medications are one possibility but knowing what to take and when to take it can be another difficult hurdle to jump. In this special edition, the American Geriatrics Society's Guidelines for Pharmacologic Therapy are reviewed. The specific focus is on medications for chronic pain in older adults. Chronic (or persistent) pain is defined as pain that lasts more than three months. Older adult refers to men and women 65 years old and older.

The next logical question is, What medications are available and who should take them? Pain medications including acetaminophen (Tylenol), nonsteroidal antiinflammatories (NSAIDs), opioids (narcotics), adjuvant (additional other) analgesics, topical analgesics (rub on creams and gels), and other drugs are discussed. Here's a brief summary of each class of drugs.

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol): Safe and effective, the first choice of drug for pain relief. Patients should not take more than a total of 4 grams each day. Anyone with liver disease or who abuses alcohol cannot take this drug.
  • Nonsteroidal antiinflammatories (NSAIDs): More effective than acetaminophen for chronic inflammatory pain but with possible gastrointestinal problems. Should not be used by anyone with an active stomach ulcer, kidney disease, or heart failure. Patients on NSAIDs must be monitored carefully for any signs of adverse effects.
  • Opioids (narcotics such as Lortab, OxyContin, Percocet or Percodan, Morphine): Anyone who has not responded to acetaminophen or NSAIDs and who has moderate to severe pain that affects daily function should be considered for opioid pain relievers. Newer and better drugs of this type are available that are safe and effective. Opioids should only be prescribed and monitored by knowledgeable physicians with experience using these drugs.
  • Adjuvant analgesics: refers to drugs developed for some other purpose than pain relief but useful for persistent pain. Includes some anticonvulsants, antiarrhythmics, and antidepressants. Used most often for people with fibromyalgia, nerve pain, chronic and severe back or bone pain, and headaches. Often prescribed along with other pain relievers.
  • Topical analgesics including lidocai...
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