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As a Sacramento personal injury lawyer since 1982, I’ve had many cases where people have been seriously injured in a cat, truck or motorcycle accident which resulted in an amputation. The cost of designing and fitting a prosthesis can be very expensive and to my clients without adequate insurance, these life changing injuries can be emotionally, physically and financially devastating.

I recently ran across a volunteer network that gives me great hope that technology and community will soon relieve much of the financial burden in terms of obtaining a prosthesis.

In 2013, the Open Hand Project was a crowdfunded study that uses donations to help design a 3D, prosthetic, affordable hand. The aim was to reduce the heavy costs of prosthesis.

medical marijuana for relief of chronic painMany alternative remedies for chronic conditions have been explored in recent years, and one that is receiving an increasing amount of attention from traditional medical practitioners is the use of medical marijuana for relief of chronic pain.

A recent study conducted in Australia looked at more than 1500 people who were receiving opioid drugs for relief of chronic pain conditions (not related to cancer). Most were experiencing pain from neck and back injuries, from arthritis or other rheumatological problems, or from severe headaches. Among this group, about 1 in 6 reported also using medical marijuana for relief of chronic pain in addition to their prescribed narcotic medications. As a group, those who reported using cannabis tended to being having more severe pain and were on higher doses of opiods.

Of those who reported use of medical marijuana for relief of chronic pain, more than a third described it as “very effective” as a pain reliever, either on its own or in conjunction with their prescribed medications.

You’re broken your arm, it’s in a cast and you are suddenly feeling very restricted. Things you normally took for granted will suddenly be formidable or impossible to do.

Here’s a few things you’ll likely have some problems doing:

– Getting things done quickly. A broken arm will slow you down doing most everything. Allow twice as much time as you usually take for anything.

From time to time, I find web resources that may be especially helpful to my clients who suffer from chronic pain. Recently, I came across www.PainAction.com which fits the bill.

PainAction is a website specifically designed to helped people who suffer from all kinds of chronic pain. I like it because it emphasizes self action, instead of a medical model that encourages those who suffer pain to just “do what the doctor orders”.

The site includes a Medication Safety Library, a free downloadable Guide to Pain Management and a self check quiz that patients can take to guide them into managing their pain.

castManaging pain after orthopedic surgery is vitally important to successful rehabilitation and recovery.   Proper pain management after surgery allows the patient to begin movement that will result in the most favorable possible outcome.

In some hospital settings, a multifaceted pain management approach is employed.  Factors such as the patient’s medical history and age are considered by the rehabilitation specialist and that information is used to develop a course of individualized pain management care following orthopedic surgery.

Some of the analgesic options following orthopedic surgery include long- and short-acting narcotic pain medicine, anti-inflammatories and topical analgesics.  Adequate pain relief ensures that the post-op patient can rest comfortably and get the sleep necessary to aid in recovery, as well as participate in meaningful rehabilitative therapy.  The method of measuring pain that is used by nearly every health care facility is the 1-10 pain scale – 1 being minor discomfort to 10 being the worst pain a patient can imagine.  The goal is to get the patient to a low number and again, allow for comfortable rest and therapy to an extent that will be useful in returning to normal activities as quickly as possible.

A recent  study looked at variations in the motor vehicle injuries and deaths in a car crash by body mass index (BMI) and vehicle type.  This was a retrospective cohort study of people involved in

motor vehicle collisions, using data from the Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network and the National Automotive Sampling System Crashworthiness Data System

.  This was a large sampling size article.

As a Sacramento Wrongful Death attorney, over the past 30 years, I’ve experienced first hand the human toll it takes on families when they lose a loved one. Unexpected and sudden death is a nightmare that seems to endure. You feel your grief will never fade.

If you’ve lost some-one close to you, its important to remember how much they loved and cared about you, and how they would never want you to suffer.

I’ve put together a list of some of the things my clients have told me helped them over the years. I hope some of these may ease your pain.

As an experienced Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer, I know how important medpay coverage within my clients automobile insurance policy. Esentially, Medpay coverage is an option within your auto insurance which pays your medical bills or the medical bills of anyone in your car injured in an auto accident. Medpay pays regardless of who is at fault in an accident, and I believe having a minimal coverage of $10,000 medpay is prudent. Medpay is very reasonable. The most expensive part of any auto insurance policy is always the liability coverage which protects the driver or owner if they are at fault in an accident.

Today, for the first time in 30 years, I found a medpay provision in an auto insurance policy that takes away from the injured party the right to choose the provider he or she wishes to treat their injuries.

A policy I reviewed by Anchor General Insurance specifically excludes care by a chiropractor or an acupuncturist after an accident. Although I am not surprised by this, as Anchor General has an abysmal reputation in California, I believe that consumers should read their policies rather than be caught unaware when it is too late.

As a holistic personal injury lawyer, I see literally hundreds of people each month suffering from the physical and emotional after-effects of trauma.

Bessel van der Kolk MD, is a psychiatrist who has treated traumatic injuries for decades and is a well known author of several very readable books on PTSD and the effect of severe trauma on the injured person and their families.

I’m very pleased to recommend Dr. van der Kolk’s newly published book entitled:

It’s been well documented in medical journals for years that those who suffer brain injury often complain of sleep disturbances. True, loss of sleep after a traumatic brain injury, may in part be due to the associated pain or anxiety following such incidents. However, medical studies clearly indicate that loss of sleep after a traumatic brain injury is often due the brain’s inability to properly produce melatonin after severe trauma.

In 2010, the American Academy of Neurology published studies researched by Dr. Rajaratnam, a leading physician studying the links between loss of sleep and brain injury. He reported that the results from the study “suggest that the brain injury may disrupt the brain structures that regulate sleep, including the production of melatonin”. Simply put, lack of melatonin production in the brain results in sleep loss.

A study was performed in an Intensive Care Unit in Athens, Greece that treated eight patients consecutively who were admitted to the ICU following a severe head injury. The melatonin levels were charted from blood tests of these patients. Those patients with the greatest head trauma displayed the highest disrupted patterns of melatonin secretions.

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