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How Often Do You Need to Have Acupuncture Treatments? Nov 1st, 2022

Acupuncture is an alternative medicine practice that’s been making steady progress into Western medical practices over the last few decades. It’s minimally invasive, relatively painless, and completely safe when administered by a qualified professional. Dr. Patrick Brennan at Coastal Pain Medicine is highly qualified to administer acupuncture to his patients...

3 Things That May Be Causing Your Neck Pain Oct 1st, 2022

Neck pain is more than just a pain in the neck. It’s something that affects the functioning of your entire body, and it can leave you drained from the effort of fighting it. That’s where we at Coastal Pain Medicine come in. Our medical director, Patrick Brennan, DO, and our...

How Ketamine Can Take the Edge Off Your Chronic Pain Sep 1st, 2022

Chronic pain, any pain that lasts 12 weeks or more after an injury or illness, is one of the most common reasons people seek medical care. Approximately 25% of American adults experience chronic pain. Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by widespread and chronic musculoskeletal pain. Some 4 million adults in the United States, or around...

5 Telltale Signs that Your Back Pain Is Sciatica Aug 1st, 2022

If you have pain that starts in your lower back and travels through your buttocks and down your outer leg, you may have sciatica, a compression of the sciatic nerve root in the lumbar spine. Your sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. Its root lies in the...

The Link Between Diabetes and Nerve Pain Jul 1st, 2022

Your body’s peripheral nerve system contains all the nerves and nerve fibers not part of your brain and spinal cord, your central nervous system.  Peripheral nerves send information from the brain to your extremities, such as telling a limb to move, and take back information from the extremities about physical...

Using Acupuncture To Alleviate Your Fibromyalgia Pain Jun 1st, 2022

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that affects some 3-6% of people around the world. It’s more common in women — 75-90% of cases — but men and children can develop it, as well, and it affects all ethnic groups. At Coastal Pain Medicine, pain management specialist Dr. Patrick Brennan and our team offer acupuncture as one of...

What Is Considered To Be a Personal Injury? May 1st, 2022

Accidents are inevitable, and whether you were hurt in a car crash or a slip-and-fall, you need a proper medical evaluation, accurate diagnosis, and effective treatment. At Coastal Pain Medicine in Pompano Beach, Florida, board-certified pain specialist Dr. Patrick Brennan and our staff specialize in caring for patients immediately following an injury and throughout...

How Does Workers' Compensation Work? Apr 1st, 2022

If you were injured or became ill on the job, there’s a lot of red tape to go through, from getting a medical evaluation and treatment to filling out the right forms.  Because not every doctor has the expertise or stamina to deal with a workers’ comp claim, you should...

Which Stage of a Migraine Attack Are You In? Mar 1st, 2022

Migraine is not a headache; it’s a neurological disorder that produces discrete or overlapping attacks composed of pain and other symptoms, such as mood changes, nausea, and difficulty concentrating.  It’s also different from the common tension-type headache in that it won’t go away with a simple over-the-counter pain reliever like...

Does Acupuncture Hurt? Feb 1st, 2022

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine technique using ultra-fine needles that’s been gaining support in evidence-based medicine in the last few decades. At Coastal Pain Medicine, interventional pain management specialist Dr. Patrick Brennan offers acupuncture. It’s a treatment option for pain-related conditions ranging from headaches to musculoskeletal problems, helping to...

How IV Therapy Can Help Alleviate Fibromyalgia Pain Jan 1st, 2022

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome affecting 3-6% of people around the world. The disorder is more common in women — 75-90% of cases — but men and children can also develop it, and it affects all ethnic groups. At Coastal Pain Medicine in Pompano Beach, Florida, pain management specialist...

Is Working from Home a Pain in Your Neck? Dec 1st, 2021

Working from home offers a number of advantages over the daily commute, but it does come with some serious disadvantages. It can be a pain in the neck. Literally.  It’s a good bet you haven’t set up your home office as ergonomically as your workplace, and you may end up...

Why Suboxone® Might Be Right for You Nov 1st, 2021

Opioids, a type of narcotics, are prescribed for pain relief and can help as part of a chronic pain treatment plan. But if you take them long-term, you can become dependent on the drugs, even as they become less and less effective at controlling pain.  Opioids also have the potential...

Understanding How Acupuncture Works Oct 1st, 2021

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine technique using needles that has been gaining support in evidence-based research in the last few years. At Coastal Pain Medicine in Pompano Beach, Florida, Dr. Patrick Brennan offers it as a treatment option for conditions ranging from headaches to musculoskeletal pain, helping to improve...

Hurt on the Job? We Can Help! Sep 1st, 2021

Accidents and illnesses happen. They’re part of life. But when they happen while you’re on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation.  Every state, though, has its own specific rules, regulations, and insurance carriers, making it difficult sometimes to navigate the system and deal with all the red...

Help for Your Migraine Attacks Aug 8th, 2021

You may have had some warning, but maybe you didn’t. Whatever the case, your world has narrowed down to intense, unrelenting pain, with all the side effects that come with it. You’re having a migraine attack, and you’re in for a bumpy ride that can last for days. Migraine is...

Why You Need the Right Team in Your Corner When It Comes to Workers' Comp Jul 8th, 2021

Not every doctor has the expertise, patience, or stamina to deal with the endless bureaucratic red tape of a workers’ comp claim. That’s why you should see a doctor who specializes in handling such cases if you get hurt on the job or become ill because of it.  In Pompano...

Are Overuse Injuries Covered By Workers' Comp? Jun 17th, 2021

In the state of Florida, if you’re injured on the job or become ill because of your work, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance can help cover the cost of your medical expenses. This includes care for repetitive stress (overuse) injuries, as well as ongoing treatments such as physical therapy to...

5 Common Causes of Back Pain May 3rd, 2021

Grappling with back pain? If so, you’re far from alone. Back pain is the leading cause of disability around the world and one of the most common reasons people miss work each year. And while anyone can experience it, back pain is especially likely if you’re over age 30, lead...

When Should You See a Doctor for a Work-Related Injury? Apr 1st, 2021

Getting injured is never a great experience, but circumstances can get especially complicated if your injury happens while you’re on the job. You should see a doctor for a work-related injury as soon as possible to get the care you need and necessary documentation to file with workers’ compensation. At...

When It Comes to Workers' Compensation, We Work for Our Patients First Mar 10th, 2021

Every year, approximately 2.8 million American workers in private industry are injured on the job. Fortunately, around 94% of the American workforce is covered by workers’ compensation. This insurance is designed to protect your medical and rehabilitation costs if you suffer a work-related injury. You might think that work-related injuries...

What You Should Know About Managing Arthritis Pain Feb 1st, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 54 million American adults have some form of arthritis, a number that will most likely increase as the country’s population ages. Arthritis is a “catch-all” term that refers to over 100 different conditions, all of which affect the joints. In...

Acupuncture and COVID-19: What You Should Know Jan 10th, 2021

Acupuncture uses tiny needles to stimulate nerve activity in your body and bring about the release of various chemicals that help regulate your body’s internal system and invite healing. Many people find this means of healthcare powerfully helpful in both preventing and managing common health challenges. As the COVID-19 pandemic...

Recognizing the Signs of Opioid Dependence Dec 2nd, 2020

It’s easy to overlook the signs of drug dependence when you’re taking a prescription medication. You might think that because it comes from a doctor, it’s always safe. Unfortunately, some medications, like opioids, have an effect on the body and brain that put you at risk of dependence and addiction....