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New Charlotte Office

We are pleased to announce the opening of our Charlotte office! To schedule an appointment, refer a patient or to learn more about our services, contact us at 336-765-6181. Click here to download our Charlotte New Patient Referral Form. We are excited to NOW provide...

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COVID-19 Update

Carolinas Pain Institute and The Center for Clinical Research remain committed to providing the safest possible health environment for our patients, staff and health care providers.  We continue to monitor, on a daily basis, the local, regional, statewide and federal...

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Automatic Thoughts and Pain

by Dee Emmerson, TCC Writer Kevin hurts all the time since his accident. After learning how thoughts become automatic, he’s noticing that his pain gets worse with certain ways of thinking. Because this surprises and baffles him, he’s trying to pay attention to the...

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Letting Others Down: Living with Lupus

  I’m overly conscientious. Some might think this is a good trait, particularly when they happen to be on the receiving end of my hyper-conscientiousness. I will always arrive on time (or early and sit in my car and wait until the appointed time), deliver...

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Aromatherapy and Its Use in Chronic Pain

by Blaire Morriss, ANP-BC, RN If you’ve ever smelled lavender and felt calmed, or had the perfume of a freshly peeled orange brighten a moment, you’ve directly experienced the powerful effects of scent. Aromatherapy, the therapeutic use of essential oils, has...

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Encouragement for Pain Sufferers

…Where seldom is heard a discouraging word by Dee Emmerson, TCC Writer The old ballad, “Home, Home on the Range” paints a picture of buffalo, deer and antelope roaming under never-cloudy skies—an idealistic view that omitted any mention of human interaction. The...

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Caregiving and Opioids

Politicians, pharmaceutical companies, physicians, patients, attorneys, law enforcement and the common citizen have all weighed in on the public health emergency we know as the opioid crisis. Yet one demographic with significant input into this issue has received...

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Understanding Skeletal Pain

We tend to think of our bones as hard and static, but bone is one of the most dynamic organs in the body. When our skeleton is functioing properly, it is very metabolically active and serves as a reservoir of minerals and growth factors that the body can draw upon in...

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Calming the “Pain Brain”

Many people with pain are so overwhelmed that they can’t function well— physically, emotionally and/or cognitively. A major contributing factor to this “meltdown” is a hyperaroused nervous system, which manifests as feelings of anxiety and stress. If it were possible...

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Chronic Pain and Art Therapy

PAIN IS A MULTIDIMENSIONAL EXPERIENCE THAT AFFECTS AN INDIVIDUAL’S PHYSIOLOGICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL FUNCTIONING. WHEN PAIN CONTINUES BEYOND THE BODY’S ABILITY TO HEAL AND BECOMES CHRONIC, THE OVERWHELMING STRESS THAT CAN DEVELOP IN EACH OF THESE AREAS OF...

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IBS: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The truth about the trouble down under. During her twenties, when Rebecca Spencer was getting ready for a first date, she had more on her mind than selecting an outfit to complement her curly red hair and spitfire personality. She found herself worrying about what...

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