News Archives
2018
Alternative Analgesics to Codeine for Acute Pain 2nd March 2018
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?.
2017
Hunter Pain Clinic Supports the Special Children's Christmas Party 14th December 2017
Hunter Pain Clinic were proud to support the 2017 Special Children's Christmas Party. Read about it here..
Slow Breathing 14th December 2017
Controlled breathing techniques have been practised for millennia in the East and have since gained popularity in the Western world due to their claimed health benefits. Despite this, they remain relatively untouched by the medical community. We recently published an article on slow breathing – how it affects the body, what might be the optimal technique for human health and the potential clinical applications..
The Hunter Pain Clinic team were thrilled to recently receive recertification of AS/NZS ISO 9001-2016: Quality management systems. 
Hunter Pain Clinic Maintains Quality Management Certification 7th August 2017
The Hunter Pain Clinic team were thrilled to recently receive recertification of AS/NZS ISO 9001-2016: Quality management systems. .
Dr Russo has performed the first cases of Stimwave spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation in Australia.  

Pictured are the Stimwave team with Dr Marc Russo
L- R | Charlie Warhurst, Barbara Horne, Dr Russo & Jeneth Boughen
 
For more information visit http://www.stimwave.com New Technology Brings Hope to Pain Sufferers 23rd June 2017
Dr Russo has performed the first cases of Stimwave spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation in Australia.   Pictured are the Stimwave team with Dr Marc Russo L- R | Charlie Warhurst, Barbara Horne, Dr Russo & Jeneth Boughen   For more information visit http://www.stimwave.com.
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Pelvic Pain 19th June 2017
Pelvic pain is a broad term to describe any pain within the area of the lower abdomen/pelvis. This article provides a brief overview of some common types of pelvic pain and ends with a discussion on the issue of pain after pelvic mesh surgery..
It has been our pleasure to have Dr Stanley Wong from the Department of Anaesthesiology, University of Hong Kong with us for the past three months.

Dr Wong has been training under Dr Russo, perfecting his procedure techniques, including neuromodulation. During his time with us, he has been able to participate in a research study of treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee. Dr Stanley Wong visits Hunter Pain Clinic 12th May 2017
It has been our pleasure to have Dr Stanley Wong from the Department of Anaesthesiology, University of Hong Kong with us for the past three months. Dr Wong has been training under Dr Russo, perfecting his procedure techniques, including neuromodulation. During his time with us, he has been able to participate in a research study of treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee..
Dr Marc Russo and Dr Willem Volschenk have co-authored a paper that appeared in Healthed. Non-opioid Analgesics and Non-traditional Opioids in General Practice 4th May 2017
Dr Marc Russo and Dr Willem Volschenk have co-authored a paper that appeared in Healthed..
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2017 Neuromodulation Society of Australia and New Zealand and Australian Pain Society Annual Scientific Meetings 18th April 2017
Dr Russo recently attended the Neuromodulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (NSANZ) 12th Annual Scientific Meeting and the 2017 Australian Pain Society (APS) 37th Annual Scientific Meeting..
Etanercept Injections for Pain 3rd April 2017
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 in acute and chronic inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, intervertebral disc disorders and spinal nerve trauma/irritation (radiculopathy). .
Global Year Against Pain After Surgery 20th February 2017
The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) has designated 2017 as the “Global Year Against Pain After Surgery” in an effort to improve the management of post-surgical pain. IASP aims to increase awareness, provide information and educate health professionals and researchers on post-surgical pain, and hopes to encourage world leaders and organisations to support policies that would facilitate and enable this..
2016
Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation 1st December 2016
Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (PENS) is a relatively modern neurostimulation therapy for the treatment of chronic neuropathic pain. A low voltage electrical current is delivered to the subcutenous tissue around the pain generating / hypersensitive nerve via electrode needles. The aim is to desensitive the nerve and hence provide pain relief..
4th Scientific Meeting and 5th Anniversary of Laboratory and Clinical Research for Pain Institute, hosted by the Department of Anaesthesiology, The University of Hong Kong. 4th Scientific Meeting and 5th Anniversary of Laboratory and Clinical Research for Pain Institute 15th November 2016
4th Scientific Meeting and 5th Anniversary of Laboratory and Clinical Research for Pain Institute, hosted by the Department of Anaesthesiology, The University of Hong Kong..
Mental Health and Chronic Pain 1st October 2016
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 that anywhere from 20-80% of chronic pain patients also suffer from mental health disorders.
Intramuscular Botox for Pain 2nd September 2016
Botulinum toxin type A (Botox) is a neurotoxin produced by strains of the Clostridium botulinum bacteria that has therapeutic properties when injected into muscle tissue. Most commonly known for its cosmetic applications, Botox it was initially used to treat spasticity and dystonia. In more recent years, Botox has found clinical applications in the realm of pain management..
Marc's Musings | September 2016 23rd August 2016
In this edition of Marc's Musings, I look at a prevalence and cross-sectional study of neuropathic pain in Australian women..
Candidates are sought for the position of Advanced Trainee in Pain Medicine at Hunter Pain Clinic, a multidisciplinary Pain Clinic in Newcastle, NSW, Australia.
Advanced Trainee in Pain Medicine May 2017-May 2018 8th August 2016
Candidates are sought for the position of Advanced Trainee in Pain Medicine at Hunter Pain Clinic, a multidisciplinary Pain Clinic in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. .
Dr Marc Russo was consulted for an article on advancements in pain management.
Dr Marc Russo features in Nature - The world's most highly cited interdisciplinary science journal 5th August 2016
Dr Marc Russo was consulted for an article on advancements in pain management. "The dearth of treatment options for chronic pain has led to widespread over-prescription of strong opioids. But some innovative thinking is building a promising pipeline.".
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Marc's Musings | August 2016 2nd August 2016
In this edition of Marc's Musings, I look at a systematic review and meta-analysis of the analgesic efficacy and safety of curcumanoids in clinical practice..
How do we Measure Pain? 6th July 2016
Doctors will often ask their patients to quantify their pain using a pain rating scale or assessment tool. The use of pain assessment tools is an invaluable and important component of effective pain management. This article outlines the importance and function of these tools and details some of the most commonly used pain assessment tools..
Radiofrequency Neurotomy 4th April 2016
Radiofrequency neurotomy (RFN), also known as radiofrequency ablation, is a well-established interventional procedure used to treat chronic pain arising from joints that has not responded to conservative treatments, such as medications and physical therapy..
Marc's Musings | March 2016 21st March 2016
In this edition of Marc’s Musings, I look at three studies – a meta-analysis assessing lidocaine infusion on pain after breast surgery, a Cochrane review evaluating physiotherapy for pain and disability from CRPS and a RCT assessing TENS in the management of CRPS..
Marc's Musings | February 2016 18th February 2016
In this edition of Marc’s Musings, I look at three studies. The first study reviewed the effect of perioperative Vitamin C supplementation on post-operative pain and the incidence of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, though the evidence is not entirely clear. The second study reviewed the effects of various physical non-operative modalities on pain in osteoarthritis of the knee. The third study was an investigation of Duloxetine in chronic low back pain. .
Osteoarthritis 17th February 2016
The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) has designated 2016 as the “Global Year Against Pain in the Joints”. One of the most common causes of joint pain is Osteoarthritis (OA). .
2015
Marc's Musings | November 2015 25th November 2015
In this edition of ‘Marc’s Musings’, I look at two studies. The first study surveyed clinicians on diagnostic criteria used for myofascial pain and from this proposed a set of more formal diagnostic criteria. The second study, a review of patients who underwent spinal fusion with our without prior provocative discography, found prior provocative discography to be a possible risk factor for persistent pain after spine surgery..
Not Helping a Partner with Chronic Pain May Be the Quickest Road to Recovery 25th November 2015
Dr Toby Newton-John recently wrote an interesting article discussing the role of the chronic pain patient's partner. .
Preventing Acute Pain from Becoming Chronic - A Viewpoint 25th November 2015
The term “Golden Month” refers to a period of approximately one month following an initiating painful event in which medical intervention is key to preventing the development of chronic pain in high risk patients..
Dr Russo (front row 3rd from left) attends the International Neuromodulation Society Board meeting in Montreal, July 2015. International Neuromodulation Society 3rd November 2015
Dr Russo (front row 3rd from left) attends the International Neuromodulation Society Board meeting in Montreal, July 2015..
Neuromodulation for Chronic Pain 20th October 2015
Neuromodulation represents an advanced pain management therapy for patients with chronic pain that is unresponsive to conservative treatment. .
Marc's Musings | October 2015 12th October 2015
In this edition of ‘Marc’s Musings’, I look at two studies from Pain 2015. The first study reports on a correlation between sleep problems and pain sensitivity, while the second study sheds light on a genetic link between chronic widespread pain and mood disorders..
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Marc's Musings | August 2015 7th August 2015
Effect of Melatonin on Depressive Symptoms and Anxiety in Patients Undergoing Breast Cancer Surgery: A Randomised, Double-Blind, Placebo Controlled Trial Hansen, M V et al Breast Cancer Research and Treatment 2014 No 145 pp 683-695.
Neuropathic Pain 31st July 2015
Each year, the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) designates a focus topic in order to raise awareness and promote research into an area of pain. The focus for 2014-2015 is Neuropathic Pain..
ISO9001 Certification 12th May 2015
ISO9001 Certification reflects an organisation’s commitment to quality, leadership, systems and the sound and stable processes which can deliver consistently safe services that meet their patients’ expectations..
Marc's Musings | May 2015 7th May 2015
In this edition of ‘Marc’s Musings’ I look at two studies – the first looked at the effects of written emotional disclosure on secondary hyperalgesia in women with a trauma history. The second study reviewed the risk factors for serious underlying pathology in adult emergency department non-traumatic low back pain patients..
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) 4th May 2015
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a progressive multifactorial painful condition that develops usually in a limb following trauma or surgery. Diagnosis of CRPS is guided by the Budapest criteria according to symptom presentation: constant pain, allodynia, hyperalgesia, edema, abnormal sweating, and abnormal changes in blood flow, skin colour, skin temperature and hair/nail growth, as well as motor disturbances. .
Health Professionals Musings February 2015 20th February 2015
Effect of Written Emotional Disclosure on Secondary Hyperalgesia in Women with Trauma History; You, D.S. et al. Psychosomatic Medicine 2014 June Vol 776, No 5 pp 337-46..
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Health Professionals Musings January 2015 20th February 2015
Risk Factors for Serious Prescription Opioid Related Toxicity or Overdose Among Veterans’ Health Administration Patients, Zedler et al, Pain Medicine Vol 15 No 11 2014 pp 1911-1929.
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2014
Health Professionals Musings April 2014 23rd December 2014
Musings April 2014.
Health Professionals Musings August 2014 23rd December 2014
Musings August 2014.
Health Professionals Musings June 2014 23rd December 2014
Musings June 2014.
Health Professionals Musings March 2014 23rd December 2014
Musings March 2014.
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Health Professionals Musings May 2014 23rd December 2014
Musings May 2014.
Health Professionals Musings September 2014 23rd December 2014
Musings September 2014.
Hunter Pain Clinic Newsletter - July 2014 1st July 2014
. Hunter Pain Clinic Newsletter - July 2014 . Platelet-Rich Plasma - The Clinical Evidence.
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Health Professionals Musings February 2014 17th March 2014
Bone Mineral Density, cost Effectivenss of Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy.
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Health Professionals Musings 2013 11th March 2014
Dr Russo's Musings January - December 2013.
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2013
New Spinal Cord Stimulator 19th March 2013
Major research into the use of a new spinal cord stimulator that helps patients with chronic back pain..
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Hunter Pain Clinic Newsletter - March 2013 1st March 2013
Bacteria cause one third of all low back pain..
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2012
Health Professional Musings 2012 1st March 2012
Marc's Musings 2012.
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Health Professional Musings. Jan-Dec 2012 1st January 2012
Marc’s Musing Jan - Dec 2012.
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2011
Newcastle Herald Ad Impact Seminar 18th September 2011
Newcastle Herald’s marketing experts hosted an evening to share their latest campaign in promotion of small businesses in the marketplace. With this promotion they revealed the tools that their experts use to maximise your business’s exposure locally, nationally and globally..
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Giving Chronic Pain a Medical Platform of its Own 20th July 2011
Most doctors view pain as a symptom of an underlying problem — treat the disease or the injury, and the pain goes away..
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Hunter Pain Clinic Newsletter - Issue 5, June 2011 1st June 2011
Pain Clinic Assessment.
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