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South Jersey tries new tech in suicide prevention fight

https://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/south-jersey/2018/07/04/new-jersey-suicide-risk-prevention-technology-apps/715564002/

By |July 18th, 2018|Categories: News||Comments Off

Independence from opioid oppression

https://www.courierpostonline.com/story/opinion/readers/2018/06/26/independence-opioid-oppression/737118002/

By |July 17th, 2018|Categories: News||Comments Off

Abrams news article

http://southjerseymagazine.com/articles/?articleid=2207

By |July 6th, 2018|Categories: News||Comments Off

Main Line Times

LETTER: Let us declare independence from oppression of opioids

To the Editor:

On July Fourth, millions of Americans will come together to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, an historic testimonial against oppression that still inspires people around the world.

Today, millions of Americans are confronting another kind of oppression — opioid addiction.

At Relievus, we see the effects of this horrible epidemic every day. It has destroyed families, ruined lives and even led to an historic decrease in lifespan among sectors of the U.S. population.

According to recent reports, in 2016, 11.5 million people misused prescription opioids, while over 42,000 died from an opioid overdose. Roughly 40 percent of those deaths involved a prescription opioid. But the impact isn’t limited to opioid abusers. Another report puts the economic impact of each opioid overdose death at approximately $800,000.

It’s important to understand that people who abuse opioids are not weak or inferior. They simply are people trying to deal with their pain. Eventually this pain becomes difficult to manage until it begins affecting their quality of life.

Weaning patients off opioids is an important step. But managing pain takes an intense, multi-faceted approach. Most need social support, behavioral therapy and/or individual counseling. They cannot do it alone. It will take a united and coordinated front.

On this Fourth of July, let us reignite the spirit of American courage and community. Let us work to create a new dawn of independence from the oppression caused by the abuse of opioids and other drugs.

— Young Lee, MD, Havertown

http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/mainlinetimes/opinion/letter-let-us-declare-independence-from-oppression-of-opioids/article_ee4bd1b6-74c5-11e8-9e6a-775ec321c9ac.html

By |June 27th, 2018|Categories: News||Comments Off

CBD Oil for Dogs

What is CBD Oil?

CBD oil is made from cannabis extracts and boasts a wide range of potential medical benefits such as being anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antiemetic, anxiolytic and antipsychotic agent, as cited by the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology in 2013. These benefits give it the potential to treat a wide range of conditions such as neuroinflammation, epilepsy, oxidative injury, vomiting and nausea, anxiety, and schizophrenia. Our CBD Oil also has only 0.3% THC meaning it does not have the mind altering properties found in other cannabis products.

CBD Oil for Dogs

Of the wide variety of helpful effects CBD oil has been shown to have in humans, a good portion of them also help dogs. This is due in part to humans and dogs having similar endogenous cannabinoid systems. CBD oil can reduce anxiety in dogs, relive joint pains, and boost appetite by reducing their nausea. If a dog is suffering from epilepsy or seizures then CBD oil can help to reduce the frequency of seizures over time, with some instances of seizures fully stopping. Because CBD oil lacks high amounts of THC it does not present the risk of toxicity to canines that other cannabis products with higher levels of THC do.

Symptoms that can be treated in Dogs using CBD Oil
- Seizures and Epilepsy
- Chronic Pain and Arthritis
- Nausea and Loss of Appetite
- Anxiety
- Cancer symptoms and side effects
- Inflammation

To learn more about CBD Oil, check our site on CBD Oil.

By |June 19th, 2018|Categories: News||Comments Off

MMP in NJ

Who are Eligible for Medical Marijuana?

· Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

· Anxiety

· Chronic pain of visceral origin

· Chronic pain of musculoskeletal disorders

· Crohn’s disease

· Glaucoma

· HIV / AIDS

· Inflammatory bowel disease

· Intractable skeletal muscular spasticity

· Migraine

· Multiple sclerosis (MS)

· Muscular dystrophy

· Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

· Seizure disorder, including epilepsy

· Terminal illness, if the physician has determined a prognosis of less than 12 months of life

· Terminal cancer

· Tourette’s syndrome

Caregivers

A patient certified for medicinal marijuana may opt for a caregiver if needed. Caregivers generally assists the patient through the MMP process, which includes obtaining and distributing the medical marijuana to the designated patient. Person who is qualified for caregiver must register with the New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program. For more information, visit Caregiver under Patient Info.

Registration Procedures for MMP

Patients need to first register with New Jersey MMP and in addition to get a physician’s approval stating he/she is suffering from a serious conditions. After registrations and payment, medical marijuana ID is issued, which can used to obtain medical marijuana from approved dispensaries in NJ locations.

For more information, visit the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program site or Relievus Medical Marijuana Program.

By |May 15th, 2018|Categories: News||Comments Off

Stem Cell PRP Therapy at Relievus

What is Stem Cell PRP Therapy?

Relievus helps take the confusion out of pain treatment and management. We provide stem cell injections and platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy. Stem cell and PRP treatment allows for regenerative healing and pain relief through injections of plasma and adult stem cells. Stop suffering from pain, we can help you relieve it using advanced treatments. We have locations across New Jersey and Pennsylvania: including offices in Cherry Hill, NJ and Philadelphia, PA.

Injection Treatment

Using the body’s own elements of natural regeneration certainly has an advantage in healing an injury, which is exactly the mechanism used when performing platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections. The natural response of the body to an injury is to incite an inflammatory response to attract certain healing elements to the site of injury through the blood vessel system. The platelets in our blood are one of the integral elements used in this healing process.
The blood has been broken down into its three main components: platelet poor plasma (PPP), platelet rich plasma, and red blood cells. It is the platelet rich plasma that is the basis of all PRP therapies. The centrifugation separates the platelets from the other blood cells and increases their concentration. Then the increased concentration of platelets is combined with the remaining blood that was drawn.

Why PRP Therapy?

PRP therapy may be used to manage numerous injuries including muscle injuries (hamstring sprains, biceps and triceps injuries, calf and quadriceps injuries), ligament injuries (ACL, MCL, LCL sprains and tears of the knees), tendon injuries (Achilles tendonitis, rotator cuff injuries, tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis), patellar and quadriceps tendonitis), degenerative conditions such as arthritis (osteoarthritis), joint pain, degenerative disc disease, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, neck and back pain, nerve injury, plastic surgery, burns, split-thickness skin graft donor sites, and stress fractures. It may also be used after surgical procedures to assist in the healing process in areas of poor blood supply.

Benefits of PRP

One of the main benefits of PRP is that the patient’s own blood is used, making this procedure safe, cost effective, and without side effects. The natural healing process may take 3-6 weeks after the injection and the procedure may need to be repeated 1-2 more times in a 6-month period to encourage full healing and regeneration.

By |April 20th, 2018|Categories: News||Comments Off

Donations to Haiti

Our very own Dr. Young Lee, his daughter, Hannah, and Taylor doing amazing work in Haiti. We donated 10% of all our CBD sales to the Love and Hope Mission Center.

 

 

 

By |March 26th, 2018|Categories: News||0 Comments

Regenerative Medicine is the Pain Management Alternative You’ve Been Looking For

Injuries happen to almost everyone, but for some they can be far worse. For those with chronic pain, arthritis and a host of other ailments, it can mean a lifetime of discomfort. While many of those symptoms can be treated, it’s often with invasive surgery or only partially effective treatments like cortisone shots. Regenerative medicine offers an alternative to going under the knife, while achieving lasting results. Relievus, a pain management and neurology specialist practice, offers these treatments at both its Havertown and Philadelphia locations. Here, clinician Dr. Uplekh Purewal offers insight.

Q: What is regenerative medicine?

A: It’s a form of medicine that involves using the regenerative properties of the human body to help repair injuries or chronic, pathological conditions like arthritis over a period of time. We’re harvesting the body’s own abilities to heal itself.

Q: What conditions can it treat?

A: Meniscal injuries, partial tear of a tendon, arthritic conditions, low back pain. We’ve seen promising results with respect to low back injuries, disc tears, small disc bulges, small disc herniations. The arthritic conditions are really the ones that if patients aren’t at the end stage of the arthritic condition, will frequently see benefits.

Q: Who is the ideal candidate?

A: The ideal candidate is the most youthful and healthy patient, but if you’re someone who’s in their 40s, 50s or 60s and your still taking care of yourself—you’re not smoking, not drinking heavily, you’re exercising—you’re the ideal candidate.

Q: What’s the difference between PRP and stem cell treatment?

A: Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is [achieved by] concentrating the blood down to the factors which will signal to help with the regenerative processes. Stem cells are cells that are resting around adipose tissue and are concentrated in bone marrow. There are different types of stem cells that can, with signals, help aid the healing process. When we take the bone marrow, concentrate it, and re-inject it into sites of injury, the stem cell can effect change.

Q: What takes place leading up to a procedure?

A: Patients would have a consult with a physician in our practice and we would go over their entire medical history, their social history, their general overall health. We would ask them about what conditions have been effecting them and we would review appropriate diagnostics and we would look to see what the condition is and why the person has the condition [to make sure] it looks like its something that can be met or improved with PRP and/or stem cells.

Q: What’s the process for treatment?

A: If it’s a PRP procedure, we would draw their blood, concentrate it, and then we would re-inject it to the area of injury. If it’s a stem cell procedure, stem cells are taken directly from bone marrow. We numb the area with local anesthetic before we do the procedure. Bone marrow is concentrated and then it’s placed back into the area of injury.

Q: How soon do patients see results?

A: In the vast majority of patients, you’ll see no immediate response. I do see some people who have significant results over a couple of weeks. The average person would expect to see results about three to six months after the procedure. It may be up to a year.

Q: What’s the benefit over surgery?

A: The major difference is that once something is cut open, it’s cut open. You’re not going back from that, whether it’s a minor surgical procedure or major. Regenerative medicine is an alternative to that. When you’re getting a surgical procedure, you’re relying on that surgeon, the surgical technique, the tools they’re using. The difference is we’re not cutting you open; we’re doing procedures that are advanced but they’re minimally invasive and we’re using the body to heal itself.

Q: What about cortisone injections?

A: The big difference between regenerative medicine and some of the other therapies out there with regards to cortisone injections is that over a period of time, cortisone injections have a number of side effects and we have to limit the number of injections—as helpful as they can be, they can also be harmful. If someone’s getting a lot of steroid injections into their knees or into their back they may actually be accelerating the degenerative process. Regenerative medicine injections, on the otherhand can help slow down this process and speed up healing.

Source: http://www.mainlinetoday.com/Sponsored-Content/Regenerative-Medicine-is-the-Pain-Management-Alternative-Youve-Been-Looking-For/

By |March 8th, 2018|Categories: News||Comments Off

Mission Statement 2018

Relievus Mission Statement 2018

At Relievus, we are a team of doctors and professionals devoted to the art of pain management: diagnosing, managing, and treating chronic pain conditions and neurological disorders. We also aim to go beyond treatment of pain, to improve your quality of life and productivity.

Every year, over millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain ranges from back pain, neck pain, headaches, and all the way up to the nerve damage and neurological disorders. While some pain can be alleviated with exercises, other forms of pain may be severe enough to require special treatments.

Pain has many causes. And just as many treatment options. For patients, simply getting the correct diagnosis and choosing the best treatment can be a long and frustrating process. Especially when they have to do it on their own. Relievus has a better idea. Here, your care is in the hands of not just a single specialist, but an entire multi-disciplinary team, with today’s most advanced technology at their fingertips. At Relievus, all our combined skills and experience are focused on assuring the most accurate diagnosis, most effective treatment, and most positive outcome for each patient.

We pride in our integrity to provide the best treatment possible for our patients. Our receptionists and nurse practitioners are expected to welcome the patients with positive attitudes. Our doctors and specialists, on the other hand, will treat the patients so that they could leave with a positive experience. Additionally, Relievus intends to expand the range of treatment option through various methods such as Ketamine infusion, Medical Marijuana, Stem Cell treatment, and Electro Nerve Therapy.

Relievus values and strives to make our patients’ experience more comfortable. With this idea on our minds, we intend to make 2018 a year to do better and more pain-free.

By |February 5th, 2018|Categories: News||Comments Off