Chronic Pain Management for Seniors Madison AL

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Alabama Chiropractic Back Pain Clinic
(256) 715-2268
4835 Sparkman Dr NW
Huntsville , AL
Hours
Monday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Applied Kinesiology, Auto Accidents, Chiropractic Neurology, Chiropractic Traction Therapy, Chiropractic Treatment for Injuries, Chiropractors, Decompression Therapy, Disc Herniation Treatment, Emergency Chiropractic Care, Flexion-Distraction Therapy, Holistic Chiropractic Care, Homeopathic Medicine, Massage Therapy, Orthogonal Chiropractic, Pediatric Chiropractic, Personal Injury

Dr.Shelinder Aggarwal
808 Turner Street Southwest
Huntsville, AL
Gender
M
Speciality
Pain Management
General Information
Hospital: Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville, Alabama
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
4.7, out of 5 based on 20, reviews.

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Dr.JOHN ROBERTS
(256) 265-7246
201 Governors Dr SW #400
Huntsville, AL
Gender
M
Speciality
Pain Management
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
4.5, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Dr.Morris Scherlis
(256) 265-7246
Suite 400 201 Governors Drive, Governors Medical Tower
Huntsville, AL
Gender
M
Speciality
Pain Management
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
3.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Carol P. Walker
(256) 535-2322
P.O. Box 4647
Huntsville, AL
Services
Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Psychological Assessment, Stress Management or Pain Management, Disability Determination or Worker Compensation Evaluation
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Alabama - Birmingham
Credentialed Since: 1997-07-31

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Eric Seemann
256.533.1970 (Practice), 824.232
301 Sparkman Dr, MH 335
Huntsville, AL
Services
Psychological Assessment, Stress Management or Pain Management, Individual Psychotherapy, Child Custody Evaluation, Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation)
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Louisiana Tech University
Credentialed Since: 2006-02-15

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John Richard Roberts, MD
(256) 350-4902
927 Franklin St SE
Huntsville, AL
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1993

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Morris Lee Scherlis, MD
927 Franklin St SE
Huntsville, AL
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1990

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James Michael George
(256) 882-1178
600 Whitesport Drive
Huntsville, AL
Services
Stress Management or Pain Management, Psychological Assessment, Couples Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Forest Institute of Professional Psychology
Credentialed Since: 2000-01-03

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Kenneth Dean Willis, MD
(256) 882-2003
600 Whitesport Cir SW Ste A
Huntsville, AL
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Crestwood Med Ctr, Huntsville, Al
Group Practice: Alabama Pain Ctr

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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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