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How Ketamine Infusion Therapy Can Treat Depression

In the last 20 years, Ketamine has been increasingly used in non-traditional ways, including: treating depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS/RSD), and other pain conditions through infusion therapy.

How Does Ketamine Work?

The wide range of chemical processes that occur in the human brain are very complex and fully understanding them is something that neurobiologists spend their entire lives doing.

Treating Depression With Ketamine

Growing evidence shows that ketamine produces remarkable antidepressant effects. In 2000, Berman and colleagues were the first to demonstrate the rapid onset of antidepressant effects with an NMDA receptor antagonist. In their placebo-controlled, proof-of-concept, crossover study of 7 patients, a subanesthetic dose (0.5 mg/kg) of ketamine administered through a 40-minute infusion yielded significant antidepressant effects within hours and lasted several days. In a placebo-controlled, randomized crossover study by Zarate and colleagues in 2006, 12 out of 17 participants (71%) showed a more than 50% reduction in depressive symptoms within 24 hours of receiving ketamine. These same participants showed almost no change in symptoms following a placebo saline injection. A 1-week follow-up confirmed a sustained response in approximately one-third of participants. An additional three placebo-controlled, crossover studies examining ketamine’s effects on major depressive episodes associated with both major depressive disorder (MDD) and bipolar disorder showed very similar results: rapid, robust antidepressant effects persisting for at least several days to weeks following a single subanesthetic ketamine dose. More recently, research has indicated that a series of infusions produces more pronounced and longer lasting benefits. There have been over 100 independent clinical trials on ketamine treatment for depression. Their results consistently prove the efficacy of IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy with a 70% success rate or higher.

 

You can find out more about Ketamine Infusion Therapy here

 

By |June 17th, 2020|Categories: News||Comments Off

Memorial Day 2020

For those courageously gave their lives and those who fight today

Thank You.

By |May 25th, 2020|Categories: News||Comments Off

A Free Blood Pressure Machine provided by Relievus!

It has become essential for you to monitor your vital signs, particularly your blood pressure. Relievus is proud to present its new Remote Monitoring Program to all eligible Medicare patients. We have come up with an easy way to monitor your blood pressure, right in the comfort of your own home. If you have Medicare, Aetna Medicare, Horizon Medicare, Amerihealth Medicare, Cigna Medicare, Keystone Medicare, AmeriHealth Medicare, United Medicare, etc., you are qualified for this in-home program without ever having to leave your home. And this is covered by the Medicare program. Here is how the program works:
 
1. Relievus will supply you an easy-to-use remote, blood pressure device at no charge to you. You can pick it up at one of our offices. 
2. This remote, blood pressure device is easy to use and has a built-in SIM card that will automatically remotely transmit your blood pressure readings, totally HIPAA compliant, to your private chart in our electronic medical record system. You just press a button on the blood pressure device and your measurement will be transmitted right to your electronic medical record chart.
3. Our medical staff will review your recordings and alert you if you need further consultation with our physicians.
4. We will also fax your reports to your treating physician so they too can keep up with your progress.
 
If you or one of your loved ones would benefit from this program, please call us at 888-985-2727 for more information.
By |April 30th, 2020|Categories: News||Comments Off

Coronavirus – Cause for Caution

OUR PRACTICE

We want to assure everyone that we have a strict safety protocol in place to protect our patients and staff from any illness, including Coronavirus/COVID-19.
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Sterility and cleaning of our facilities are always our top priority. We are performing all safeguards and procedures outlined by the CDC to prevent infection in all our practice locations.

ORIGINAL EMAIL

Common symptoms are fever, cough, and difficulty breathing
If you develop these symptoms please CALL your primary care doctor, local urgent care, or hospital. 
Again, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
CALL your primary care doctor, local urgent care, or hospital to make an appointment. Then CALL to reschedule your appointment at Relievus/Renewus.
With significant attention in the media about the 2019 novel (new) Coronavirus, Relievus wants to share some important information about the virus and how to protect yourself and others. The most accurate and up-to-date information can be found at the following websites:
  
What is Coronavirus?
The coronavirus is a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, which has now been detected in 37 locations internationally, including cases in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
  
CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses
 
How it spreads
·       Person-to-person spread
o  The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
o  Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
o  Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
o  These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
·       Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects
o  It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
·       When does spread happen?
o  People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
o  Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
 
 
Lastly, Relievus wants you to know that the CDC is aggressively responding to the global outbreak of COVID-19 and preparing for the potential of community spread in the U.S.
 
Below are current measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus (taken from the world health organization website)
Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus
COVID-19 is still affecting mostly people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:
 
·      Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
·      Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
·      Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
·      Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
·      If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
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By |March 15th, 2020|Categories: News||Comments Off

Pain Management in Havertown

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

We have 14 clinical practice locations in New Jersey and 3 locations in PA.

Our Havertown location is at 700 East Township Line Road., Havertown, PA 19083

 

If you want to check out another location please click here!

By |February 15th, 2020|Categories: News||Comments Off

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Treatment

The Vertiflex Superion device procedure is an innovative and minimally invasive procedure for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS). The device helps open up the narrow area of your spine, which relieves the pressure and pain associated with LSS.

Symptoms of LSS often include
  •   Pain while walking
  • Pain relief when sitting or bending forward
  • Numbness or “tingling” feeling in your legs, calves, or buttocks
  • Weakness and/or loss of balance
  •   Pain, weakness, tingling and/or cramping in the legs, buttocks, and/or back (neurogenic intermittent claudication)
  •   Using a cane, walker, or shopping cart to move around more comfortably
Based on a study published in November of 2018 called the Journal of Pain Research, researchers examined patients who were treated with IPD through 5 years, all were recommended to receive the Superion®  device. There has also been a study whose results indicated that opioid use for the treatment of LSS pain had been reduced by 85% because of the device.
By |January 27th, 2020|Categories: News||Comments Off

New Treatments at Relievus

Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) Spinal Cord Stimulation

One of our new treatments at Relievus is Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) Spinal Cord Stimulation.

Devices to stimulate the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) became available in the mid-2010s for treating chronic pain, particularly in areas that were hard to treat with traditional spinal cord stimulation, such as the hand, chest, abdomen, foot, knee or groin.

The DRG is an easily accessible structure in the spine that plays a key role in the development and management of chronic neuropathic pain. It is a bundle of sensory nerve cell bodies within the epidural space. Each nerve root communicates to the dorsal root ganglion in a way that allows sensory messages from a defined area of the body. Therefore, applying stimulation to the DRG can permit focused therapy to a specific focal area.

DRG stimulation has been used successfully to treat neuropathic pain of the limbs, axial back, groin, chest wall, and phantom limb. The anatomy of the DRG allows for stimulation of the abnormal pain fibers more selectively than conventional spinal cord stimulation. This results in fewer energy requirements and, in many cases, pain relief at a sub-threshold level that is paraesthesia free. In addition to focusing on stimulation, DRG neuromodulation has a few other distinguishing aspects. At 12 months, patients who responded to the therapy were reported to have both less discomfort and also improved mood scores.

By |December 17th, 2019|Categories: News||Comments Off

Whiplash Injury

Whiplash, also called cervical acceleration/ deceleration (or CAD) syndrome, is a neck injury commonly caused by car accidents, falls, and contact sports. It results from a quick, jerking motion that forces the neck beyond its normal range of motion.

For more information, click here!


By |November 18th, 2019|Categories: News||Comments Off

New treatments for the pain!

MILD Procedure

mild® is a safe procedure that can help patients diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) stand longer and walk farther with less pain.  It is a short, outpatient procedure, performed through a very small incision (about the size of a baby aspirin) that requires no general anesthesia, no implants, and no stitches. Study data show that 79% of patients experience a significant reduction in pain and a significant increase in mobility.  In addition, the mild® procedure has been proven to have a very low risk of major complications. Click here to see more detail information.

Vertiflex Superion Procedure

The Vertiflex Superion procedure is an innovative and minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS). Once placed, the device helps open up the narrow area of your spine, relieving the pressure and pain associated with spinal stenosis. Click here to see more detail information.

Percutaneous Endoscopic Lumbar Decompression

Percutaneous endoscopic lumbar laminectomy or laminectomy (PELL) is a minimally invasive surgical technique to treat lumbar canal stenosis. The procedure is undertaken using a single port endoscope, as with percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PED). Because PED has the powerful advantage of structural preservation, it allows for short hospital stays and early recovery of the patient. PELL and PED are conceptually very similar, in that they are both minimally invasive.

Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) Spinal Cord Stimulation

Devices to stimulate the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) became available in the mid-2010s for treating chronic pain, particularly in areas that were hard to treat with traditional spinal cord stimulation, such as the hand, chest, abdomen, foot, knee or groin. Click here to see more detail information.

By |October 10th, 2019|Categories: News||Comments Off

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s medical cannabis program

“There are 150 students enrolled in the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s medical cannabis program, which explores marijuana from myriad angles, including clinical care, science, and policy.”

More and more, it is becoming known that cannabis can be used as medical marijuana. At last, University of Maryland started the nation’s first Medical Marijuana Master’s Degree program! There are now students who will focus and study medical cannabis. We hope to find out more about the therapeutic and health effects of cannabis, and more potentials of it. Additional people participating in the research to develop a better understanding will benefit numerous patients and health services.

Although the classes are only available online right now, students are still required to attend in-person for a good number of times during the program. Through this first step, we hope that people will become more comfortable with using cannabis for medical purposes, while also maintaining control of who and how cannabis will be used for the general public.

Click the link to read the full article:
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/articles/2019-09-05/university-of-maryland-starts-nations-first-medical-marijuana-masters-degree-program

By |September 23rd, 2019|Categories: News||Comments Off