Pain Management

Diagnosing Pain

Another stellar blog post with fresh perspectives on healthcare from our PA, Craig Kantack. Craig has been with Eastern Idaho Spine, Sports and Rehab for over 3 years and is really an expert in PHYSIATRY and musculoskeletal care.


As a PA walking into the exam room for the first time (new patient) or for that matter any other appointment, I diligently try to keep an open mind. By this, I mean trying to avoid the […]

By |November 13th, 2017|Categories: Pain Management||Comments Off on Diagnosing Pain

Does Shoulder Surgery for a Labral Tear Improve Outcomes?

I posted a link last week to a research study that showed arthroscopic knee surgery–the most common orthopedic surgery in the world–to be ineffective for knee pain. Another study was recently published in the British Medical Journal regarding another common orthopedic surgery and the results are similar.

Shoulder surgery for a labral tear is also one of the most common orthopedic procedures performed and one for which the rehabilitation and recovery is a long, […]

By |June 15th, 2017|Categories: Pain Management|Tags: , |0 Comments


I just got back from Philadelphia, PA where I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a seminar discussing the advances in neurostimulation. Neurostimulation is also known as spinal cord stimulation or SCS. This is a science that has been around for 50 years, and actively prescribed for chronic pain issues ~40 years.

As I do not possess an advanced degree in physics or engineering, my plan was to lay the ground work of the […]

By |June 14th, 2017|Categories: Pain Management|Tags: |0 Comments

Research Shows Arthroscopic Knee Surgery Is Not Effective

Check out this new article just published in the British Medical Journal – Arthroscopic knee surgery (getting your knee “scoped”) is the most common orthopedic procedure in the world and yet research shows it is not effective for relieving pain or improving function.

An international panel of surgeons and patients agreed to change the guidelines for knee arthritis, recommending conservative measures instead of surgery.

Another reason to come see us and see what we […]

By |May 20th, 2017|Categories: Pain Management|Tags: |0 Comments

Alternative to Treating Pain

This article I read recently caught my eye.

Complementary Pain Treatments Gain Traction

I followed this up over Christmas break with a read of this fascinating book:


Here’s the central points, if you don’t have time to read the article and a whole separate book:

– Opiate addiction has devastated America.

– Opiates are NOT the only option for treating long-term, chronic pain, such as pain caused by degenerative arthritis, disc herniations or degenerative disc disease of the spine. […]

By |March 20th, 2017|Categories: Acupuncture, Pain Management|Tags: , |0 Comments

Are Epidural Steroid Injections (ESIs) just a Band-Aid? Do they just cover the pain and bring a week or two of relief?

I’m often asked these questions when discussing an Epidural Steroid Injection as a form of treatment with a patient.

My answer has always been no.

In the purest sense I do not believe that a properly prescribed and administered ESI is purely for a quick pain fix. It is true that we are looking to lessen the symptoms of pain—which is likely why the patient presents to our clinic; however, our overall goal is […]

By |January 6th, 2017|Categories: Pain Management||0 Comments

Back & Neck Pain: An Expanding Global Problem

Listed in this blog (see below) is a link to an article titled “How Back Pain Took Over the World.” This article covers statistics from the Global Burden of Disease study—a study which has the somber task of tracking deaths and disease on a global basis.

The findings in this study were quite interesting. Humans on an average are living 10 years longer than they did in 1980. Unfortunately, […]

By |December 5th, 2016|Categories: Back Pain, Pain Management||0 Comments

Do You Do Pain Management?

Today’s post is written by Craig Kantack, PA.

Question: Do you do pain management?

Answer: Sort of. Let’s expand further through some questions:

What is pain management?
Straight from Wikipedia: Pain management (also called pain medicine or algiatry) is a branch of medicine employing an interdisciplinary approach for easing the suffering and improving the quality of life of those living with pain. (

Pain management is not a recognized specialty, per se, but is practiced by physicians […]

By |October 11th, 2016|Categories: Pain Management|Tags: |0 Comments

Alternatives to Treating Pain

Chronic pain medication use has been increasing in the past 20 years at an alarming rate. The number of patients on chronic pain medications is growing which is very concerning, taking under consideration the fact that opiate pain killers do nothing to actually make the condition better and in the long run can be very addictive.

They have the potential for side effects such as: nausea, vomiting, constipation, drowsiness, and respiratory depression and if taken […]

By |October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Pain Management||0 Comments