Blog Archive

What’s Causing My Cancer Pain — The Tumor or the Treatment? Oct 8th, 2021

Learning you have cancer can be hard enough. But, when it involves pain, it can make life even harder.  If you have pain related to cancer, you should never accept it as a “normal” part of your condition. Numerous therapies exist that can ease all types of cancer pain and...

Reasons You Shouldn’t Ignore Whiplash Sep 8th, 2021

We often associate whiplash with auto accidents, but you can experience these types of neck injuries from any movement that causes your neck to move back and forth rapidly. For example, a whiplash injury can occur when being tackled in football or during a physical assault. Common signs of whiplash...

How to Live with the Chronic Pain of Fibromyalgia Aug 10th, 2021

At least 2% of Americans live with fibromyalgia, a disorder best-known for the chronic pain and fatigue it causes. But our team at Elite Pain Management and Recovery Centers has solutions to help.  If you have fibromyalgia, there are strategies you can use to manage chronic pain. In this blog,...

What To Do About Cancer Pain Jul 14th, 2021

Cancer pain can manifest in many ways. For some, it’s a mild, dull, or achy sensation. But for others, it’s constant, burning, or debilitating. But, no matter your symptoms, our experienced team of pain management specialists can help. At Elite Pain Management and Recovery Centers, we take a multidisciplinary approach...

When To See a Specialist About Sudden Pain Jun 20th, 2021

As pain management specialists at Elite Pain Management and Recovery Centers, we see both acute and chronic pain conditions at each of our locations, including at our new office in Las Vegas. And we’re asked one question all the time: When should I see a specialist about sudden pain? Here...

Chronic Back Pain: Can Spinal Cord Stimulation Help? May 6th, 2021

Trying to find effective, long-term relief for back pain can be frustrating, especially if you want to avoid surgery or risky pain-relieving medications. The good news is there are other solutions. Each year, approximately 14,000 people worldwide turn to spinal cord stimulation, and these numbers continue to rise every year....

5 Causes of Shoulder Pain Apr 5th, 2021

The unique structure of your shoulder joint makes it a highly mobile and flexible part of your body. However, this complexity also leaves it vulnerable to injury. And, unfortunately, when something goes wrong, it can significantly interfere with your daily life. The good news is that relieving shoulder pain doesn’t...

Which Therapy to Treat Cancer Pain Is Right for Me? Mar 5th, 2021

Trying to navigate a cancer diagnosis can be challenging enough. But, when you add the pain from your illness or treatment, it can make things even harder. Fortunately, the team at Elite Pain Management and Recovery Centers can help. We specialize in treating pain conditions, including those associated with cancer....

How to Know If You’re a Good Candidate for a Spinal Cord Stimulator Feb 8th, 2021

What if we said we could ease your pain just by implanting a small device near your spine? Does it sound too good to be true? Believe it or not, that’s exactly what can happen with a spinal cord stimulator. Spinal cord stimulation involves implanting thin wires near the nerves...

Consider These Treatments for Your Shoulder Pain Jan 1st, 2021

Shoulder pain is a common problem. In fact, it impacts as many as 67% of Americans at some point in their lives. The shoulder joint allows the arm to move freely in many directions. Unfortunately, because the shoulder joint allows for such a wide range of motion, this can make...

Understanding Ketamine Infusions and Their Many Benefits Dec 14th, 2020

Year after year, chronic pain tops the list as one of the most common reasons for doctor visits. This widespread problem affects approximately 50 million American adults. And, unfortunately, nearly 20 million of them report symptoms that interfere with their daily activities. The good news is there are ways to...

How Lidocaine Infusions Can Treat a Variety of Chronic Pain Conditions Nov 1st, 2020

Lidocaine gained popularity in the medical world as a numbing agent for dental treatments, and it’s not surprising why. This anesthetic provides faster-acting and longer-lasting results than competitors, such as Novocaine®. However, lidocaine, which has been around since 1943, also started showing success in reducing pain in the 1960s. And,...

Suffering From Acute or Chronic Pain? We Have Solutions! Oct 6th, 2020

Pain is a serious and complex problem. In the United States alone, 50 million adults live with chronic daily pain. And for 19.6 million of them, the pain is so severe it interferes with work or everyday life. Worse yet? Those staggering numbers don’t even include the people experiencing acute...

What Are the Signs of Alcohol Dependency? Sep 8th, 2020

An alcohol use disorder, or alcoholism, is considered a progressive disease. Simply put, when you have an alcohol use disorder, the alcohol you consume, and its effects on your health, usually become more severe over time. It also means that many people show early signs of a problem before they...

Most Common Causes of Hip Pain Aug 17th, 2020

If you have persistent pain in a certain area of your body, it can be easy to assume that one thing is to blame. But, that isn’t always true, especially when it comes to the hip. Your hip is a large and complex structure in your body, and it contains...

Regenerative Medicine Helps You Heal From Within Jul 2nd, 2020

When it comes to chronic pain, you may think that the only options to get relief are risky pain pills or corrective surgery. However, regenerative medicine techniques offer safer alternatives. These new and innovative therapies work by harnessing your body’s natural ability to heal itself. At Elite Pain Management and...

Radiofrequency Ablation May Be the Answer to Your Back Pain Jun 18th, 2020

Nearly half of working Americans have back pain each year, and for many, symptoms can persist or become chronic. With its painful and often debilitating symptoms, it’s no surprise that back pain causes 264 million lost days of work each year — or two days for every full-time employee. Fortunately,...

Understanding the Signs of Opioid Addiction May 7th, 2020

Opioids describe a specific class of narcotic drugs often used for pain management. Illegal forms of this drug include heroin, and common prescription forms include:  Codeine Morphine Methadone  Oxycodone (OxyContin®) Hydrocodone (Vicodin®) Meperidine (Demerol®) While opioids can provide powerful results as a pain management tool, both legal and illegal opioids...

Can a Nerve Block Help My Hip Pain? Apr 23rd, 2020

Nothing can slow you down faster than hip pain. This type of discomfort can vary in severity and occur anywhere near your hip joint, groin, outer buttocks, or upper thigh area. Unfortunately, even mild hip pain can significantly reduce your mobility and prevent you from doing the things you love...

Drug-Free Solutions to Headache and Migraine Pain Mar 20th, 2020

Approximately 4% of adults worldwide have headaches on 15 or more days each month, and one in four American households has someone suffering from migraines. These pain disorders can cause a variety of symptoms, including: Isolated or radiating pain that’s sharp, dull, throbbing, or aching Pain on one side of...

Why Women Are More Likely to Have Chronic Pain Feb 26th, 2020

Pain is a far more complex issue than most people realize. In order to feel pain sensations, your body goes through a specific process known as nociception. This unique process uses different neural pathways than those involved with normal perception, like temperature, pressure, and touch. Instead, your nerves, known as...

Don’t Let Fibromyalgia Control Your Life Jan 14th, 2020

If you have fibromyalgia, you’re familiar with the fatigue, musculoskeletal pain, inability to focus, and irritable bowel symptoms that accompany the condition. The disease is thought to occur when your body amplifies pain sensations and/or your brain irregularly processes pain signals. Triggers for fibromyalgia include physical trauma, infection, psychological stress,...

Everything You Need to Know About Epidural Injections Dec 3rd, 2019

One of the leading causes of disability worldwide, as many as 80% of adult Americans suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Acute back pain typically resolves within a few weeks, but fully one in five of those with back pain develop chronic conditions.  Often, the cause...

The Mental Health Benefits of Group Therapy Nov 11th, 2019

“They are encouraged, and they don’t feel alone. Then comes a glimmer of hope, and hope is the first step out.” Benefits of Group Therapy include: Groups provide support. Groups provide a sounding board. Groups can propel you forward. Groups promote social skills. Group therapy costs less than individual counseling....

Stages of Alcohol Dependency Aug 20th, 2019

An alcoholic can be described as someone drinking to excess. It has been stated that more than one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men can be considered binge drinking. Drinks add up quickly and can become a problem before most even realize they have...

Strength in Numbers Aug 1st, 2019

Having a solid support system while dealing with addiction or chronic pain can be a crucial part of your journey! Social support can help act as your buffer to stress, anxiety, feelings of isolation or helplessness. Having a group of people who are either enduring your same struggle or care...

All About Opioids Jul 31st, 2019

The opioid epidemic has skyrocketed in the past several years as doctors continue to overprescribe their patients. As a nationwide issue, you would be hard-pressed to find someone that hadn’t been effected by it in some way or another. As we fight this battle, it’s important to know just what...

Relieve Pain Naturally Jul 25th, 2019

As the opioid crisis continues, more and more people are looking for safer alternatives to deal with their pain. Whether that’s pain from surgery or chronic pain, here are some pain relief methods people have found success with in the past: Meditation. (Don’t knock it until you try it!) Exercise....

Police are Accidentally Overdosing on Opioids Jun 16th, 2019

Law enforcement officers and paramedics are increasingly coming in contact with synthetic opioids such as fentanyl that can be dangerous and deadly, prompting the DEA warning and updated guidance nationwide. Read More Here. “Fentanyl is used in the operation room during surgery, it’s 100x more powerful than morphine. We’re having...

Why are Opioids so Addictive? Jun 2nd, 2019

“The common misconception is that only drug addicts overdose by injecting a needle with illicit drugs in their arm. That is wrong! Many people who overdose on opioids are following their doctor’s instructions”- Dr. Tonkin According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, opioids act by attaching to specific proteins...

What are Interventional Procedures May 17th, 2019

Interventional procedures are minimally invasive and usually involve treating specific areas of the body through a process that involves imaging guidance. This type of procedure is an alternative to surgery, making for faster patient recovery and less risk. Using radiologists’ expertise in medical images, ultrasounds, MRIs, and X-rays, we are...

What is Pain Management? May 17th, 2019

Thousands of people every day suffer from chronic pain, affecting their quality of life and enjoyment. Doctors typically prescribe opioids to treat chronic pain, but unfortunately, this often leads to addiction and they still suffer from pain. Pain management centers take a different approach than regular physicians in that they...

Local Chief of Police’s Opinion on Opioids Jan 22nd, 2019

This is an incredibly interesting article written by the Chief of Police here in Springfield with other important contributors about the opioid epidemic.“We can’t keep arresting our way out of this problem. People addicted to opioids don’t need to be in jail, they need help.” To learn more visit the...

Client Testimonial Nov 19th, 2018

Safe Disposal of Medications Oct 29th, 2018

In 2007, there were 255,732 cases of improper medicine use reported to Poison Control Centers in the United States. Approximately 9% of these cases (23,783) involved accidental exposure to another person’s medicine. Approximately 5,000 of these accidental exposure cases involved children 6 years and younger. Keeping medicines after they are...

Surgeon General Urges More Americans To Carry Opioid Antidote Mar 31st, 2018

‘As opioid-related deaths have continued to climb, naloxone, a drug that can reverse overdoses, has become an important part of the public health response. When people overdosing struggle to breathe, naloxone can restore normal breathing and save their lives. But the drug has to be given quickly. On Thursday, U.S....

Meet Citizens Against Domestic Violence/Victim Outreach Center Feb 1st, 2018

Meet Jill from Citizens Against Domestic Violence/Victim Outreach Center in Camdenton Missouri. “Over the last 20+ years, CADV/VOC has assisted thousands of victims and their children through our shelter and outreach services. In 2014, CADV/VOC provided first time services to 311 women,8 men and 134 child victims of domestic and/or...

Injections for Back Pain Relief Jan 15th, 2018

Elite Pain Management takes a holistic approach to your chronic pain. From finding you the best physical therapists and chiropractors, to getting you on the correct dosage of medications. Recently EPM has add an interventional procedures suit to our Springfield Missouri office, and one of the main procedures we offer...

Why I love my job at EPM Jan 13th, 2018

Meet Aries, our insurance coordinator. Listen to why she loves working at Elite Pain Management!

Talking to Children About Opioid Addiction Dec 30th, 2017

It’s important to talk to your children about things – any parent can testify to that. But how? One of the hardest things to talk about is addiction. However, children are just as affected by addiction as adults. The opioid health crisis has boomed within the last couple of years,...

A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Opioid Crisis Nov 21st, 2017

This article is an inside look of how pharmacists views the opioid epidemic. It’s every walk of life, there’s no single ‘type’ of opioid user. In 2014, more than 60% of drug overdoses in the United States involved an opioid. Americans, while making up only 4.6% of the world’s population,...

Opioid crisis forces grandparents to raise their grandkids Nov 16th, 2017

The Today Show did a story on grandparents taking care of their grandchildren due to the opioid epidemic. These are heart breaking accounts of grandparents in retirement age now taking care of toddlers, which is not only physically exhausting but also financially straining. “Those grandparents face the daunting task of...

Americans are Hoarding a ‘Massive’ Black Market Supply of Opioids Nov 15th, 2017

The statistics are startling…. There are as many as 200 million opioid prescriptions written each year. As many as 92 percent of patients don’t use their entire prescription. Only 10 percent dispose of the drugs properly. The lack of effective painkiller disposal contributed to a doubling of opioid overdose deaths...

Fentanyl Overdose Survivor Warns Others of Dangers Nov 3rd, 2017

“The doctors basically said it’s just like a miracle that I’m still here, but I am still here and I need to do something positive with my life which, I’m trying to do that, you know,” said May. Read More Here.

Group Therapy for Chronic Pain Oct 9th, 2017

“They feel depressed, they feel alone, like there’s absolutely no end to this. But when they meet with people in similar situations, going through the same things, suddenly they’re not alone.”

US Attorney General to Go After Doctors who Overprescribe Opioids Sep 29th, 2017

Speaking at a forum hosted by the American Conservative Union Foundation and the Cardinal Institute, Attorney General Jeff Sessions unveiled new pieces of the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit, designed to combat the overprescribing of painkillers, a suspected culprit behind America’s drug scourge. “I have assigned 12 experienced prosecutors...

Why You Should Visit a Pain Clinic Sep 29th, 2017

“My name is Sarah. I am 31. I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, and a successful professional at one of the largest communication companies in the world. I am a patient at Elite Pain Management and I want to help you get your life...

Why I use Elite Pain Management Aug 28th, 2017

“I was recommended to go to Elite Pain Management, and in a matter of days I was off ALL of my meds and my family was getting Sarah back, and I was finally getting ME back! Everyday I am happier and happier and healthier than I have been in years...

Local Doctors Prescribing Opioids Aug 25th, 2017

Read the local news story here“The Opioid Crisis is not just a national crisis, it is a Springfield crisis. And we Doctors need to be part of the solution. We need to follow CDC guidelines, and take a critical look at every single prescription that is written. The danger is...

Treating a Drug Overdose With Narcan Aug 7th, 2017

“This product will save lives. We are going to prescribe it for all of our patients” ~ Dr. Tonkin. A medication called naloxone can reverse the effects of an overdose of heroin or some types of painkillers. Paramedics and emergency room doctors have used it for years to save lives....

Why We Love our Jobs – Mishell & Michael Jul 24th, 2017

Elite Pain Management only hires passionate, caring individuals to work with our patients. They love what they do!

Springfield’s Debate of Local Drug Monitoring Program Jul 13th, 2017

“Crazy,” “ridiculous,” and “unsafe,” are a few words Dr. David Tonkin used to describe Missouri’s lack of a statewide prescription drug monitoring program. Tonkin runs pain and addiction management clinics across the country, including one in Springfield. Physicians outside of Missouri can check to see if their patients go to...

Yoga & Depression Jun 28th, 2017

Read more from Style Craze about what depression is, signs of depression, and the yoga poses that help. “At Elite Pain Management our goal is help our patients return to a productive life. This may include participating in behavior therapy, chiropractic care, interventional pain management procedures and yoga. As with...

Pain Killer Profits: American Greed Jun 21st, 2017

Our prescriptions are written only for documented, medical purposes, at Elite Pain Management we are NOT legalized drug dealers. We accept patients with Medicare and Medicaid as well as other commercial insurances. We are not a cash clinic – which is the business model for a “Pill Mill” and a...

Nutrition for Addicts Jun 16th, 2017

“I think that in general, people fail to make this correlation between their diet and their physical, mental and emotional health,” he says. “This becomes part of our responsibility as holistically oriented addiction providers to provide some core education on the overarching role of nutrition in health and wellness.” Read...

First Doctor Convicted of Murder for Recklessly Prescribing Opioids Jun 13th, 2017

Rowland Heights doctor was convicted of second-degree murder Friday in connection with the overdose deaths of three patients, capping a landmark case that was closely watched by medical and legal professionals across the country. Dr. Hsiu-Ying “Lisa” Tseng, who prosecutors say is the first doctor convicted of murder in the...

Yoga & Recovering from Addiction Jun 5th, 2017

“At Elite Pain Management our goal is help our patients return to a productive life. This may include participating in behavior therapy, chiropractic care, interventional pain management procedures and yoga. As with any new exercise program, please check with your provider before starting yoga.” Meet Holly, founder of Hip Sobriety...

The Different Forms of Narcan May 24th, 2017

Naloxone (Narcan) is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a...

Why Fentanyl is Deadlier than Heroin, in a Single Photo Apr 28th, 2017

The opioid crisis continues to grow and new drugs are hitting the streets everyday, the worst of which is Fentanyl. Fentanyl, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is up to 100 times more potent than Morphine! “It’s deadly because it’s so much stronger than heroin, as shown...

The Agony of Opioid Withdrawal Apr 28th, 2017

Prolonged use of opioids changes the way nerve receptors work in your brain, they become dependent upon the drug to function. Withdrawal symptoms are the body’s physical response to the absence of the drug. Symptoms could include: muscle aches, restlessness, anxiety, inability to sleep, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, nausea and vomiting,...

Observed Urine Screenings Mar 21st, 2017

All patients at Elite Pain Management undergo witnessed drug screens. By analyzing the urine we can measure the types and amounts of medications or illicit drugs in the body. This will allow us to know whether the patient is following their prescription plan. There is zero tolerance for patients who...

CDC Opioid Guidelines Mar 21st, 2017

60% of opioid overdoses are patients following a doctors orders. For example, a woman complained of back pains so her Doctor prescribed Oxycodone. She went back and complained it wasn’t helping, so the Doctor upped the dose to 150mg/day. That is 3 times the legal limit and could have serious...

Chasing the Dragon Mar 21st, 2017

“Nobody wakes up and says ‘I want to be addicted to Opioids today because that sounds like a great lifestyle'” – Dr. Tonkin In an effort to help educate students and young adults about the dangers of opioid addiction, the FBI and DEA unveiled a documentary called Chasing the Dragon:...

Southern California Cannabis Expo 2016 News Conference Opioid Addiction Dr. Tonkin Isodiol Jan 23rd, 2017

David Tonkin, MD, one of the nation’s premier pain management specialists with board-certifications in anesthesiology and pain management, will address questions on how to alleviate prescription opioid addiction with cannabis (marijuana and hemp cannabinoids). Doing so through legal channels reduces the demand for seeking fentanyl and counterfeit street drugs that...

Cannabis Conference in Phoenix Jan 23rd, 2017

Arizona Cannabis Conference & Expo will be held October 15 and 16 in Phoenix. Renowned pain specialist, David Tonkin, M.D; 11-year NFL veteran and Super Bowl winner, Marvin Washington; and Native American Healing Center founder Larry Banegas, MSW, have teamed up to produce a public service announcement, Cannabis Addresses Prescription...