On Being a James Scholar – Carey Dachman, B.S., M.D.

September 5, 2012

As an undergraduate, I attended the University of Illinois—and I’m still proud today to say I was a James Scholar.

The James Scholar Honors Program is named after Edmund J. James, the school’s fourth president, who helped bring the university into the international spotlight by inviting world-class academics to participate in campus programs during his tenure. James believed that scholarship and research were essential to human development, and it is this fundamental principle today that continues to allow high-achieving students to explore their passions, their talents, and the potential of their future contributions.
Being a James Scholar is demanding. Students are admitted based on academic achievement and are required to complete two honors courses each academic year, maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. The benefits, however, make it all worthwhile. James scholars have the opportunity to participate in research projects and work individually with faculty members, which can lead to future prospects and valued relationships. Smaller classes, along with social and educational events, create an enriched and unique total experience. Those who excel can ask for nothing more, and should accept nothing less.

Dr. Carey Dachman is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management.


Can Acupuncture Help My Arthritis? – Carey Dachman, M.D.

August 23, 2012

In my practice, we combine advanced medical care with more holistic or alternative approaches to get the best results for patients. Especially in the treatment of arthritis and pain management, acupuncture has proven to be particularly effective.

It is believed that acupuncture increases the release of endorphins in the body by stimulating the muscles, which send a message to the brain and spinal cord. This results in the release of these chemicals that are produced naturally by the body to decrease stress or pain.

Many patients prefer acupuncture because it is an effective drug-free way to manage pain. There are no issues of tolerance, dosage, or having to fill a prescription. It also allows us to examine a patient’s response at the time of treatment, making any adjustments as necessary. Complications from acupuncture are rare, as long as a licensed practitioner performs it under sterile conditions.

As it has gained in popularity and credibility as an alternative treatment, more and more insurance companies now cover the cost.

Dr. Carey Dachman is certified by the Board of Internal Medicine, the American College of Rheumatology, and the American Academy of Pain Management.

Dr. Carey Dachman on Myofascial Release

April 20, 2011

by Dr. Carey Dachman

As a pain management physician and Medical Director of Pain Therapy Associates, I diagnose and treat patients suffering from back and neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, migraines, and dozens of other conditions. A fully equipped medical office and lab, Pain Therapy Associates maintains all the necessary equipment to perform a variety of procedures, among them EMG testing, trigger point therapy, and myofascial release. The latter treatment method, myofascial release, uses soft tissue therapy to heal damaged musculoskeletal, nervous, and lymphatic systems.

Myofascial release focuses therapeutic treatment on the body’s fascia, or the soft tissue protectively wrapped around muscles, blood vessels, and nerves. Part of the connective tissues, the fascia can become damaged by overuse, trauma, infection, or inactivity. A patient with inflamed fascia may feel pain or muscle tension or experience diminished blood flow. While myofascial release targets the fascia layer, other parts of the body, including other types of connective tissues, may respond to the therapy as well.

Direct myofascial release requires practitioners to apply constant force to the fascia until it relaxes. To do this, they might use their knuckles, elbows, or specialized instruments against the patient’s affected areas, stretching out the restricted fascia. The physician or therapist conducts the treatment without oils or lotions so he or she can properly work down into the deep tissues and identify inhibited areas in the fascia, applying the necessary amount of sustained pressure. An indirect myofascial release requires the practitioner to apply a lesser amount of pressure, which results in the fascia tissues gently relaxing and consequently allowing blood flow back to damaged areas.

Read more about the services offered by Pain Therapy Associates online at www.painhelp.com.

An Overview of Migraine Headaches by Dr. Carey Dachman

April 13, 2011

Caused by vasodilation of the blood vessels, migraine headaches bring about the release of chemicals from nerve fibers coiled around the arteries of the brain. This chemical release stems from the enlargement of the arteries, which stretches the nerves and causes pain and inflammation. Each of these factors exacerbates the others, causing the often debilitating symptoms associated with migraine headaches.

While migraine headaches themselves create sometimes extraordinary levels of pain, they also provoke increased nervous activity in the intestines. Because of this issue, many people who suffer from migraine headaches endure added discomfort in the forms of vomiting, diarrhea, or nausea. The primitive instinct of fight or flight causes delays in the stomach’s ability to empty into the small intestine. As such, oral medications used to treat migraine headaches take longer to enter the intestines to be absorbed. In addition, sufferers often complain of chills, light sensitivity, and blurred vision because sympathetic activity in the body related to pain decreases blood circulation.

With 28 million Americans undergoing the pain and related symptoms of migraine headaches, the problem affects public health and productivity in the workplace. The effects usually last between four hours and four days, making recovery a lengthy process. For some patients, migraine headaches include symptoms such as auras in which light and color seems to flash or zigzag before their eyes or in their peripheral vision. Other patients experience hallucinations, double vision, or vertigo. In some cases, migraine headaches instigate a pins and needles feeling, paralysis or muscle fatigue, stroke-like episodes, and blind spots or blindness. Rare cases of ocular migraine headaches can trigger irreversible loss of vision.

For more information about migraine headaches and to learn state-of-the-art treatment methods, visit the website of Dr. Carey Dachman at PainHelp.com.

Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Medical Pain Management – Specialties of Dr. Carey Dachman

December 23, 2010

I recently appeared in a New York Times advertisement promoting some of the top doctors in the nation. Listing my areas of medical expertise as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and medical pain management, the New York Times advertisement was taken out by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of America’s Top Doctors. I have earned the distinction of being named Top Doctor in Cook County by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. for five years. In order to inform readers of the New York Times who may have read the article but not know much about my particular specialties, I have included brief descriptions of them below.

Fibromyalgia – The word fibromyalgia is comprised of both Latin and Greek roots, which accurately pinpoint the nature of the disease. “Fibro” comes from Latin word for fibrous tissue; “mya” is derived from the Greek word for muscle; “algos” comes from the Greek word for pain. Thus fibromyalgia is a disorder that affects muscles and connective tissue and is characterized by chronic extensive pain throughout the body and an increased sensitivity to pressure.

Rheumatoid Arthritis – A chronic systematic inflammatory disorder, rheumatoid arthritis affects approximately one percent of the American population. Rheumatoid arthritis can attack tissues and organs, but the disorder primarily affects the synovial joints. Rheumatoid arthritis leads to the degeneration of articular cartilage as well as ankylosis, a stiffening of the joint.

Medical Pain Management – Medical pain management focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to alleviating pain and improving general quality of life for patients. Through a holistic picture of a patient’s overall medical needs, pain management professionals can craft a system of medications and therapy, that can include pharmaceuticals, physical therapy, exercise, and psychological therapy.

If you are suffering from fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis and live in the Greater Chicago area, I may be able to help you. Contact Pain Therapy Associates, Ltd. at 847.352.5511 for more information.

An Overview of Fibromyalgia by Dr. Carey Dachman

December 6, 2010

The Medical Director at Pain Therapy Associates in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Carey Dachman is an expert in fibromyalgia and one of the top doctors in America, according to The Castle Connolly guide. Until recently, the medical community considered fibromyalgia a diagnosis of last resort for individuals with generalized pain not responding to any form of treatment. However, understanding of fibromyalgia has increased dramatically in recent years, and hope exists for individuals living with the condition. Closely related to chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia causes pain throughout the body and often makes those afflicted feel extremely tired. In fibromyalgia, regular medical diagnostic tests fail to find any underlying cause for the pain and fatigue. Roughly one in 50 individuals suffers from fibromyalgia, a condition that affects more women than men. Often triggered by physical or emotional trauma, fibromyalgia strikes more frequently in older individuals. Fibromyalgia regularly coexists with other conditions, including depression, irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or rheumatoid arthritis. People who have developed fibromyalgia often have trouble sleeping or feeling rested. The following chart illustrates many of the common symptoms of fibromyalgia:

No one is entirely certain what causes fibromyalgia, although one theory focuses on the concept of central sensitization, suggesting that people who develop fibromyalgia are naturally more sensitive to pain, possibly because of a traumatic experience. The brain receives pain signals from various parts of the body for no reason. This frequent pain stimulation leads to an increase in various chemical transmitters in the brain resulting in generalized, ongoing pain. If you believe you may have fibromyalgia, contact Dr. Carey Dachman to book an appointment at Pain Therapy Associates, found on the web at www.painhelp.com. Treatments do exist and Dr. Dachman has a solid record of accomplishment in treating fibromyalgia.

The Illinois State Medical Society

November 11, 2010

by Carey Dachman

As a practitioner of holistic medicine in Schaumburg, Illinois, I hold membership in the Illinois State Medical Society. Founded in 1840 by 12 surgeons and physicians, the Illinois State Medical Society seeks to meet the legislative and economic needs of state physicians while holding doctors accountable to a high standard of science and ethics. Composed of a House of Delegates, a Board of Trustees, and Member Councils and Committees, the Illinois State Medical Society features a clear organizational structure and resources to advance its members’ interests. The House of Delegates sets the Illinois State Medical Society’s agenda on a yearly basis, voting on resolutions that if approved, get sent to the Board of Trustees for further action. Members of the Board of Trustees assume responsibility for realizing the annual agenda after the House of Delegates selects them. Member councils and committees function as lower-level interest groups through which participants discuss specific topics and concerns regarding medical operations in the state. Committee involvement usually begins locally, and doctors conducting such efforts work their way to state-level activities and endeavors. The Illinois State Medical Society offers eight different categories of membership. Regular members include licensed practitioners residing and practicing in the state of Illinois. Retired members once held regular membership but have since discontinued active practice due to age or incapacity. Service members encompass medical officers participating in governmental services for the United States. Medical students can hold student membership when enrolled in medical school within Illinois, and in-training members have completed their medical degree but have yet to complete the necessary internships and residencies required of them before they become full-fledged doctors. Emeritus membership acknowledges more than 35 years of good standing participation in the Illinois State Medical Society, while distinguished membership denotes significantly contributing members who remain ineligible for regular membership. Group members receive special discounts on membership dues, as made possible through organizational bylaws. The Illinois State Medical Society represents a substantial majority of medical and surgical practitioners in the state of Illinois. Adhering to strict standards of competence and compassion, the Illinois State Medical Society strives to provide doctors with the resources and representation they require to best serve their patients.

Dr. Carey Dachman’s Blog

August 12, 2010

Outside of his medical practice, Carey Dachman enjoys spending his leisure time exercising and reading Russian classics. A respected rheumatologist who is based in Schaumburg, Illinois, Dr. Carey Dachman obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1976. A Board-certified rheumatologist and pain specialist, Dr. Carey Dachman specializes in treating chronic pain problems. At present, Dr. Carey Dachman serves as the Medical Administrator at Pain Therapy Associates, Ltd. Dr. Carey Dachman and his colleagues combine traditional and alternative methods to treat arthritis, chronic back pain, and other health ailments. When Dr. Carey Dachman sees a patient at Pain Therapy Associates, he performs a physical examination to uncover any health issues. After the physical exam is complete, any diagnostic tests that need to be done in order to develop a treatment program will be conducted. Some of the diagnostic tests that Dr. Carey Dachman may order include EMGs, EKGs, and MRI scans. Diagnostic test results will help to pinpoint what could be causing any chronic pain problems then Dr. Carey Dachman will establish a treatment protocol.