The Surprising Facts of Cell Phone-Induced Pain

Our smartphones do it all. They give us directions via GPS, let us talk with our friends on every single social platform (in addition to texting and calling) and even play our favorite songs by request. Unfortunately, not everything our phones offer us is good. In fact, cell phone-induced pain is becoming an increasingly large … Read more

Calming the “Pain Brain”

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 to look at the nervous system of almost anyone suffering from chronic pain, you would … Read more

Where Does the Time Go?

Recently I came across an old photo someone posted on Facebook of my daughters with their friends and the Easter Bunny. I’m guessing the girl’s ages were around five and seven at the time the picture was taken. Those same adorable faces are now thirty and thirty-three. I’m not a particularly nostalgic person, nor one … Read more

Paul Christo, MD

Paul Christo, MD

Dr. Paul Christo is a board-certified, Harvard-trained anesthesiologist and Johns Hopkins–trained pain medicine specialist. He’s an associate professor and researcher at Hopkins in the division of pain medicine and department of anesthesiology and critical care medicine. You might think someone with such an impressive academic pedigree might talk a little over your head and overdo … Read more