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F I T 2 0 1 4 - 2 0 1 5 3 5 Dr. Ajith Nair Improves Quality of Life for Patients With Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Complex regional pain syndrome is a disease that primarily occurs after a minor event or trauma such as a fracture, sprain or surgery. Te cause of the excruciating pain associated with CRPS is typically not known. What is known: CRPS efects relatively young people (average age ranges from 36 to 42 years) and occurs more frequently in women. Te goal of CRPS treatment is to improve quality of life. Dr. Ajith Nair, M.D., has spent the past 20 years of his medical practice in the feld of pain management, helping thousands of patients deal with a variety of ailments that cause pain, including CRPS. Dr. Nair knows passive treatment of chronic pain tends to encourage dependency on narcotics, which can cause serious medical consequences, including liver damage and even death from accidental overdose. One safe and efective option Dr. Nair uses for chronic pain suferers, including CRPS patients, is spinal cord stimulation. SCS has been used for more than 40 years to help people take control of their chronic pain. SCS delivers electrical impulses to specifc locations, masking pain signals with a smooth, tingling sensation called paresthesia. Tis sensation reduces the feeling of pain. According to Te Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, SCS has been shown to be highly efective in the treatment of CRPS. Early evidence suggests SCS resulted in the relief of pain in over 73 percent of CRPS patients. To learn more about treatment options for chronic pain, call (502) 995-4004 or visit Special Advertising Section The chance of running injuries is reduced greatly when you change your running environment. Alternate your running shoes. Your footwear is a major part of your running environment. Also alternate your running surface. Always running facing traffc keeps the angle or camber too consistent on your body. When it's safe, run with traffc some to change the angle of foot strike. Mixing up the types of surfaces changes the way the foot strike lands. Rotating between grassy areas, uphill, downhill, concrete, asphalt and steps mix up the surface, adding variety and decreasing risk for over-use injuries. — Larry Holt, Ken Combs Running Store Would I beneft from visiting a pain specialist? Have you been suffering with pain for three months or longer? Do you have pain in your legs and back? Does the pain interfere with your normal activities? Do you take pain medication every day? Are the drugs becoming less effective in managing the pain? Are you noticing side effects from the medication? If you answered yes to one or more of the questions, you may very well beneft from visiting a pain specialist. — Dr. A.J. Nair, Kentuckiana Pain Specialists

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