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By Dr Marc Russo Currently, Hunter Pain Clinic is assessing where the role of medicinal cannabis might lie in terms of treatment of persistent non-cancer pain. The best evidence we have to date is that medicinal cannabis is ineffective for nociceptive pain arising from tissue injury or...

By Dr Marc Russo There is increasing evidence for a lack of long term benefit from conventional “pure mu” opioids when used for chronic non-cancer pain [1-3]. Additionally, there is increasing concern with these conventional opioids either being misused by the individual for whom they are...

By Danielle Santarelli (PhD) Neuromodulation represents an advanced pain management therapy for patients with chronic, refractory pain. The term “neuromodulation” refers to the therapeutic administration of electrical stimulation (or chemical agents) directly to the nervous system (spinal cord, brain or peripheral nerves) in order to modulate...

By Dr Marc Russo As both the public and medical practitioners would know there has been an up-scheduling of codeine in pharmacies. It is no longer available over-the-counter and must be obtained by a script from a doctor. So, what is left and how effective is it? The...

By Dr Marc Russo, Danielle Santarelli (PhD), Dean O'Rourke (B.Ed. H & PE (Hons), MBIBH) The act of controlling one’s breath for the purpose of restoring or enhancing health has been practiced for thousands of years amongst Eastern cultures. One example is yogic breathing (also known...

By Dr Marc Russo & Dr Willem Volschenk Dr Marc Russo and Dr Willem Volschenk have co-authored a paper that appeared in Healthed. Titled Non-opioid Analgesics and Non-traditional Opioids in General Practice, the article discusses the use of non-opioid analgesics and non-traditional opioids in the management of chronic...

By Danielle Santarelli, PhD Etanercept is an injectable medication used to treat various inflammatory conditions. Etanercept modulates the inflammation process by binding to and blocking Tumour Necrosis Factor (TNF) – a cell signalling protein (cytokine) that promotes and mediates inflammation. Increased concentrations of TNF are found...

By Danielle Santarelli, PhD Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (PENS) is a relatively modern neurostimulation therapy for the treatment of chronic neuropathic pain. PENS is similar to TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation), a therapy in which a low voltage electrical current is delivered to the area of pain...

By Danielle Santarelli, PhD October is Mental Health Month – a month designated to raising awareness and understanding of mental health issues across the nation, and to promote mental wellbeing, coping strategies and recovery. Population statistics indicate that 20% of Australians suffer from mental health disorders, and...