Have you ever been late to see the doctor and turned away, or showed up on time and asked to wait an unreasonably long period of time? Both Mark Alyn, host of Late Night Health, and I both agree that doctors being too busy to meet their patient is a pathetic excuse, and we talk about this frustrating phenomenon on the show.
Concussions are a dangerous but sometimes subtle injury that can frequently occur in sports, particularly football. Much of the time, though a person is experiencing one, there may not be any obvious physical signs like scratches or bruising that would show it. When a person experiences a powerful blow to the head, the brain may knock against the skull and a concussion occurs when the brain is damaged. Although sometimes resting is enough to recover, concussions can last for weeks, affecting your vision, balance, and even your emotions.
Safety on the field is vital, especially when considering high school football concussions are on the rise. Check out the numbers from GlobeLifeInsurance.com.
Ever since I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life, I have worked passionately to make it a reality and I have always believed that if I am to be successful in my pursuits, I will find that success through balance. It is because of this I want to introduce to you a television program called Balance. Balance is a nationally-televised cable TV show that explores connections that people have made between health and wealth. The essential idea behind the show is that everyone is entitled to realize their full potential yet often what stands in the way is poor health or poor finance. However, with a balanced lifestyle that emphasizes wellness as well as taking care of yourself and your community, success can become a reality. The program offers the personal stories of guests who have achieved success in their careers and personal lives and can reflect on the — sometimes arduous — journey.
I was asked to speak about my own journey and I am excited to announce that the episode will air on the Discovery Fit & Health channel on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 5:00 AM. You will also get to meet Gavin Keilly, founder of GBK Productions, and hear how he came to be a successful entrepreneur and charity contributor as well as hosts Steven E. Schmitt and Trissa Tismal.
My colleague and friend Robert Ferguson, MS, CN, CEO of Diet Free Life, works tirelessly as a certified nutritionist and coach. He recently appeared on the Ricki Lake Show:
In the video we meet Steve, who has lost 200 pounds and wants advice about how to teach those same lifestyle changes to his daughter Jordan. When asked about what kind of dialogue needs to occur in the family to encourage these changes, he gives excellent advice. The trick is to talk in terms of energy and metabolism, while removing judgement from the equation completely. This way, instead of seeking approval, kids can focus on building a sense of holistic health.
Communication in the home is the most important element in teaching a healthy lifestyle. Kids are information sponges and have the capacity learn good or bad habits — this is why it is so important for parents to explain why yo-yo dieting is not the way, and to show how good habits can not only change the way you look, but also the way you feel.
I love sharing what I know with others and discussing my patient care philosophy. I recently had such an opportunity with Jennylyn Gleave on The Jennylyn Show. We sat down together and discussed everything from the humble beginnings of my career as a 14-year-old hospital volunteer, to how the lifestyle of a professional athlete can impact overall health. I describe how the prescription drug abuse epidemic affects the doctor-patient relationship, and we discuss the issue of “biofeedback” and how emotional barriers can prevent effective treatment. Join us for an in-depth one-on-one.
In the interview above, I talk with Stephanie Stephens from Mind Your Body about ways to control pain while avoiding surgery and pills. If you’re wondering what viscosupplementation is, or how radio frequency ablation works you’ll find the video helpful. Additional topics include: epidurals, TENS unit, pain pumps, and nerve/facet blocks.
With ergonomics issues turning out the be the culprit behind many cases of chronic pain, it’s no surprise experts are discovering that some of our favorite tablet devices such as the iPad are causing a great deal of shoulder and neck pain. In this segment for KRON 4 TV I explain how this could happen and some easy ways to avoid it.
It’s no secret that it can be really difficult to maintain your fitness and overall health when so many of your days are spent in the office. Employees can develop carpal tunnel from repetitive wrist movements and a constant deficiency in circulation can cause a number of cardiovascular problems. There are, however, some great solutions to prevent discomfort and a deterioration in health while at work. Some of the best results come from employers that lead by example and implement programs such as a walking group or a push for ergonomics awareness.
A recent post on the Nuesoft Blog shares some great advice when it comes to workplace wellness. In the featured Neusoft video podcast, I talk with Lindsey Coates about how to engage in a routine that works for everyone as well as how to encourage good habits and comfort. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Designate a coordinator to get everyone involved.
- Create a board that will centralize all wellness information (leaflets, routines, leader board – if you want to make it a competition, etc.).
- Walk as a group during lunch around the building or floor you are on.
- Sit on a yoga ball for an hour a day while working on the computer. When your hour is up pass it to another team member.
- Sign up as a group to do a 5k, softball team or other sporting activity. It’ll also promote morale!
If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn, you’ve probably noticed that I have been posting about the new pages on my website. Along with a new design, we’ve added these new and easy to use pages so visitors and patients can quickly sort through a plethora of educational content on pain solutions, alternative treatments, and general health information that I have personally contributed to. The information is separated by video, audio interviews (podcasts), and text articles that can be conveniently sorted through. Here are some details about the new pages:
Television, radio, and videocasters come to Dr. Moshe Lewis seeking empathetic advice and empirical knowledge of pain, disease, healthy lifestyles, and technology. Watch over 20 educational videos featuring The Pain Coach himself on this convenient TV channel.
Dr. Moshe Lewis is a guest contributor and writer to many sites including Fox News, Yahoo, Men’s Health, Everyday Health, Dr. Oz’s Share Care and his own blog. Browse the massive catalog of articles that Dr. Lewis has participated in recently.
Listen to all of the radio shows and podcasts Dr. Moshe Lewis has been featured on recently. From topics including yoga to chronic pain, these educational audio shows will keep you coming back for more.
This page received a small update. Read and download PDF articles, publications, and guides that Dr. Moshe has written for his patients and website visitors. These publications are educational documents about pain management, helpful alternative therapies, medical diseases, and general news about the health care industry.
These pages will be contributed to in the future, so be sure to subscribe or visit TheJetMD blog frequently and chat with me on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. We usually post two educational articles a week. If you have any recommendations for TheJetMD blog, we would be happy to hear from you.
KTVU's John Fowler interviews Dr. Moshe Lewis on the negative aspects of normal stretching. What kind of stretches lead to less injuries and allow you to perform 11% better? Watch to find out.
Podcast Interview length: 51 minutes
Yoga Journal estimates that Americans spend over $5 billion a year on yoga classes and products. And this should come as no surprise – yoga is credited with lifting moods, revitalizing sex and reducing stress. But a recent New York Times Magazine article focused on how yoga can also cause serious injury. We discuss the safe practice of yoga.
Interview length: 56 minutes — Interview date: November 21st, 2011
In this interview with Dr. Michael A. Lenoir on KPFA Radio's About Health, we touched on acute vs. chronic pain, Michael Jackson and dietary considerations. We answered many listener questions regarding increased sensitivity to pain, acupuncture, avoiding surgery, chiropractors, arthritis, the stress caused by pain, and more.
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Doctors are frequently given complicated medication requests from their patients who have chronic pain and insomnia. It can often be challenging to help the patient understand when safety is being compromised and risk is being accelerated. Treating celebrities is even more challenging for several reasons. Most celebrities are quite charming and charismatic and at the same time live on the edge. They push the limits between safe use of medication and the risk of death by often having multiple doctors prescribing overlapping medications. Sometimes they have medications all mixed together and frequently are not clear about exactly what they are taking in terms of quantity and frequency.
Any doctor interacting with Michael Jackson would be challenged to assert the proper balance of risk and benefit for several reasons. Many people feel like they knew Michael because he grew up in the public eye and because his lyrics were so personal. Given his chronic history of pain and his pursuit of excellence, insomnia was an insurmountable challenge. By entering into a game of Russian roulette with Michael it was only a matter of time before the combination of deadly agents proved fatal.
Doctors have a professional obligation to maintain a healthy relationship with their patient that does not compromise the standards of medical practice such that every encounter becomes another spin of the roulette wheel. Careful documentation of the amount of medication that celebrities are taking, and a clear understanding of other doctors that may be prescribing, is critical to undertake a treatment plan with honesty. Today even testing urine, blood, or saliva is not unreasonable to provide a better understanding of what a patient, or even a celebrity, may be taking. A patient should not see this type of testing or monitoring as insulting as they can lower the risk of death. These tools are becoming standardized in pain management and are supported by all doctors being trained today. In my practice, celebrity patients are drug tested with the same frequency as ordinary patients. Despite all of these measures, some patients are willing to put their lives on the line, even if they are a celebrity, because they are not happy living in pain. Even though they can bring happiness to others, they want out at all costs. When a physician becomes embroiled in this type of situation, whether it be Heath Ledger, Anna Nicole, or Michael Jackson, they are kidding themselves to think that they are doing anything else besides assisting in suicide.
There is a plethora of really helpful and fascinating scientific research on what causes chronic pain. Scientists are digging through the human genome in order to find what causes the chronic pain that is so disruptive to our lives. The Huffington Post recently released an article on some of the latest findings:
Scientists have found a gene that regulates chronic pain, a discovery that could potentially boost the effectiveness of painkilling drugs, according to a new study in the journal Science.
The gene, called HCN2, is located at the pain-sensitive ends of nerves, Reuters reported. Apparently scientists had known about the existence of HCN2 before, but didn't know what role it played in pain.
Researchers found that by removing this gene from the nerve endings in mice, they no longer felt chronic pain, BBC News reported. They measured their pain response by seeing how quickly they reacted to pain.
TED recently had Richard Resnick — the CEO of GenomeQuest, a company that builds software to support genomic medicine — give a presentation on the research his company is doing. GenomeQuest is on the hunt for the specific genes that produce chronic pain:
Deep vein thrombosis usually occurs among people who have to sit for long periods of time such as on a long-haul flight. With the advent of marathon video gaming, these clots can also form and prove deadly. Symptoms include swelling in the leg where the blood clot originates, followed by shortness of breath, chest pain and dizziness.
“After my research I saw there was no difference to Chris sitting at a desk on his Xbox and someone on a long-haul flight,” Staniforth’s father, David, told BBC News. In a statement, Xbox manufacturer Microsoft said that it encourages gamers to take breaks from playing, BBC News reported.
Ken McCoy recently interviewed me on his radio show. We had a great time discussing what pain management is, what pain management specialists do, and my philosophy regarding pain management in general. Click the play button on the audio player above to listen to our segment. Here’s an overview of what we talked about:
Trying to get patients to understand their medication: Medication is extremely important to many, but some forget what their medicine is supposed to be doing for them. Sometimes they no longer need to be taking it.
Ken McCoy and I also discuss how I got started as a pain management, physical medicine, and rehabilitation specialist. * We discuss how the holistic approach to treating patients and the future of medicine/health.
Taboo Talk: a talk show featuring Lady Charmaine Day, Pastor and Christian Consultant of Unlimited Help Ministries Unlimited Help. Today Lady Charmaine talks to Dr. Moshe Lewis — Pain Management Specialist — about staying healthy and new advances in pain treatment technology:
Listen to Dr. Moshe Lewis and Yvette Scott discuss pain management.
A Cup Of Cold Water’s “Managing Your Pain” was featured on Comcast Channel 15 (Bay Area, CA) at these times:
I recently helped write an article on managing Arthritis pain with Healthline.com. It’s comprehensive and gives quite a few treatment tips that pain management specialists prescribe. If you are currently suffering from Arthritis, I highly recommend you employ some of these methods. Here is the list of the categories they dive into:
More than 40 million Americans are affected by Arthritis. If left untreated, arthritis can become a chronic condition with symptoms of severe pain and swelling that seriously disrupts everyday life. Learning how to live with arthritis can be extremely difficult, but by making healthy lifestyle changes and incorporating different treatments, you can manage the symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Treatments for arthritis will depend on your individual health needs, severity of pain and other symptoms associated with the arthritis.
Read the entire Healthline article Managing Arthritis Pain
I recently took part in a video for SOMA Orthopedics in San Francisco. They made a high quality video introducing their acupuncture services. I am interviewed half way into the video.
By Brian Lilla
Featuring: Moshe Lewis, Mikel Davenport
SOMA Orthopedics (SOMAortho.com)
See how acupuncture is done, learn how it works, and see patient testimonials. Experience the wonders of acupuncture at SOMA Orthopedics in San Francisco.
Listen to Dr. Moshe Lewis, Yvette Scott, and Dr. John Cuniff discuss heart disease.
Click here to watch part 2 of "Heart Disease - A Silent Killer".
Part 1 focuses on:
Dr. Moshe Lewis, a physician who specializes in musculoskeletal injuries and diseases at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, explains what rhabdomyolysis is, what causes it and how it is treated.
(via USA Today)
About the Video
ABC7's Emmy award-winning public affairs show, "Beyond the Headlines," provides in-depth coverage of the topics and issues facing the people of the Bay Area. Throughout the year, "Beyond the Headlines" airs half-hour specials on issues, ranging from Bay Area housing to same-sex marriage.
Today we are going to talk about chronic pain. We will hear from doctors who specialize in treating pain, and learn about some of the alternative treatments to help combat this issue.