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Thomas Yearwood, MD, PhD to Speak At Neuromodulation Society of Australia & New Zealand (Nsanz) – 9th Annual Scientific Meeting

YearwoodThumbPascagoula, MS (March 14, 2014) – Dr. Thomas L. Yearwood, of Comprehensive Pain & Rehabilitation in Biloxi and Pascagoula, and Medical Director of Pain Consultants ASC, will be a keynote speaker at the Neuromodulation Society of Australia & New Zealand (NSANZ) 9th Annual Scientific Meeting to be held in Hobart, Australia on April 13-16, 2014. The conference theme is "Neuromodulation Over the Horizon."

Comprehensive Pain & Rehabilitation's ALGOS Education & Research Center at the Forefront of Neuroscience Innovation

PR ALGOS PICPascagoula, MS (September 4, 2013) - While all physicians strive to stay abreast of the current research and latest technological advances in their specialty, one Pascagoula practice is going the distance. Under the leadership of founding physician Dr. Thomas Yearwood, Comprehensive Pain & Rehabilitation (CPR) frequently hosts clinicians from as far away as Italy and the United Kingdom for the collegial exchange of neuroscience knowledge.

Spotlight on Pain

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South Mississippi Living, July, 2013 issue

Chronic pain is more than just aches and pains that come and go. It’s all the time, every day, and one in three Americans suffers from it. Usually the first course of action is medication — enough painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around the clock for a month. Patients also have surgery in the quest to be pain free. But what happens when neither of these actions work?

Surgical & Non-Surgical Techniques For Spine Pain

Comprehensive Pain & Rehabilitation Provides Update for Healthcare Providers

DAPHNE, AL (March 9, 2011)

Doctors Thomas L. Yearwood and Hunt Hapworth, with Comprehensive Pain & Rehabilitation, will partner with Thomas Hospital to provide a continuing education program especially developed for nurses, case managers and physical therapists on Thursday, April 14, 2011. The program entitled “Surgical & Non-Surgical Techniques for Spine Pain” will be held at the Fairhope Civic Center. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for registration and dinner, followed by presentations from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

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Dr. Yearwood received his medical training from LSU School of Medicine, Internship and Surgical Residency at The University of Washington, and an Anesthesiology Residency at the University of Texas. His talk is entitled, “Introduction to Pain & Neurostimulation.” He will differentiate between three types of pain, discussing individual treatment approaches for each; explain how neurostimulation fits into spine treatment; and review basic spinal anatomy.

Dr. Hapworth is fellowship-trained in Pain Medicine. The title of his presentation is “Interventional Pain Techniques.” He will discuss diagnostic interventional pain testing and review current therapeutic interventional pain techniques. (Photo: Dr. Hunt Hapworth) review basic spinal anatomy.

This program has been approved for 2.0 contact hours of continuing education credit for nurses. The registration fee of $15 will be refunded to each participant at check-in. A hot, delicious dinner will be provided to all registered attendees.

*All attendees must register in advance. No registration will be accepted by phone or mail after Monday, April 11, 2011. A registration form may be requested by calling (251) 279-1704.

Dr. Matthew Barfield Joins Practice

Physical Medicine & Rehahabilitation Specialist Joins Comprehensive Pain and Rehabilitation, DAPHNE, AL (March 30, 2011)

barfield_smallDoctors Thomas Yearwood and Hunt Hapworth of Comprehensive Pain and Rehabilitation (CPR) announce the newest addition to their team of physicians, Dr. Matthew Barfield.

As a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, Dr. Barfield specializes in interventional musculoskeletal medicine, electrodiagnostic medicine as well as acute and chronic pain management. Specifically, he has advanced training in diagnosing and treating pain and restoring maximum function lost through injury, illness or disabling conditions.

“As a native of the area I’m excited to be able to care for the physical rehab and pain needs of the community,” says Barfield. “My goal is to halt the progression of a patient’s chronic pain or, if possible, reverse it.”

Dr. Barfield received his Doctor of Osteopathy degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center and specialized in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at BaylorUniversity Medical Center in Dallas, TX. A Doctor of Osteopathy is much like a traditional M.D., but receives additional training in the body's musculoskeletal system, taking a more holistic approach by looking at the body as a complete system.

For more information about Dr. Barfield or CPR, call 251.625.2228 in Daphne or 228.938.0700 in Pascagoula or

Stimulating Implant Provides Relief From Chronic Back Pain

By Casandra Andrews, Press-Register
DAPHNE, AL (July 26, 2011) 

In 2005, Adam Newell fell 10 feet from scaffolding, shattering his left ankle, fracturing a leg bone and damaging his back as he smacked down hard on red clay. The carpenter spent weeks in the hospital recovering from his extensive injuries.

In the months that followed, Newell thought the stabbing pain that left him disabled might never subside. Finding little relief from pills, he heard about a pain management clinic in Baldwin County that might be able to help.

What eventually delivered Newell from agony, he said, was a device about the size of a cell phone he was able to try out before having it implanted under the skin near his hip.

New Ambulatory Surgery Center Opens

Comprehensive Pain and Rehabilitation Opens cutting edge Ambulatory Surgery Center offering state of the art care to the Southeast Region. 


PASCAGOULA, MS (August 1, 2011)

The physicians of Comprehensive Pain and Rehabilitation (CPR) are now seeing patients in the new 16,000 square foot Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) in Pascagoula, MS. The cutting edge facility has been designed exclusively for our patient population and features exam rooms, procedure rooms and a fully equipped operating room staffed with clinicians specifically trained in pain interventions ranging from injections to medical device implantation.

Dr. Hunt Hapworth to Present Community Talk

Patient Tools for Managing the Pain of Fibromyalgia – Prescription Treatment Options, PASCAGOULA, MS (August, 2011)

Dr. Hunt Hapworth of Comprehensive Pain & Rehabilitation (CPR) will provide a community program entitled “Patient Tools for Understanding Fibromyalgia with a Focus on Prescription Treatment Options” at CPR's The Ambulatory Surgery Center in Pascagoula on Thursday, September 1 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. As part of CPR's commitment to patient education, the presentation is FREE and open to the public.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder where widespread pain affects several parts of the body. Symptoms include diffused musculoskeletal pain, interrupted sleep, muscle stiffness and fatigue. Fellowship-trained in pain medicine, Dr. Hapworth treats numerous patients with fibromyalgia in his clinic. “Fibromyalgia is so disruptive to a person's quality of life. It's often called the invisible disease because there is no visible evidence that it exists, so diagnosis is difficult. Patients are often told it's all in their minds,” notes Dr. Hapworth. “In reality, fibromyalgia is very real and very treatable.”

Fibromyalgia is a diagnosis under the arthritis umbrella.  We have invited the Arthritis Foundation Southeast Region to attend our presentation so that attendees will be able to connect with them and their resources. Arthritis Foundation representatives from our area will be available to connect you with Arthritis Foundation programs and educational material related to Fibromyalgia.  

A light dinner will be provided to all registered attendees. Seating for Dr. Hapworth's presentation is limited; reservations can be made by calling 228.938.0700 no later than Tuesday, August 30.

What: Presentation by Dr. Hunt Hapworth of Comprehensive Pain & Rehabilitation entitled:

“Patient Tools for Understanding Fibromyalgia with a Focus on Prescription Treatment Option”

When: Thursday, September 1, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Where: The Ambulatory Surgery Center at Comprehensive Pain & Rehabilitation, 4105 Hospital Road, Suite 112, Pascagoula, MS

About Comprehensive Pain & Rehabilitation (CPR)

Comprehensive Pain and Rehabilitation (CPR) is a multi-disciplinary physician practice devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain using an integrated program of interventional pain medicine, behavioral medicine and functional rehabilitation.  The overall practice goal is to reduce both pain and its negative impact in order to enable patients to live more productive and satisfying lives. Their clinics are located in both Daphne, AL and Pascagoula, MS.  For more information, call 251.625.2228 or 228.938.0700 or visit

Dr. Matthew Barfield to Present Community Talk on Diabetes & Painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

FREE Presentation to Focus on Prescription Treatment Options for Pain Relief

Fairhope, Alabama (September 12, 2011) - For patients suffering from diabetes and diabetic peripheral neuropathy, pain in the extremities can be a daily problem. Burning pain, pins and needles, and shooting pain in the hands and feet can be nearly-debilitating. Unfortunately, many who suffer remain unaware of their options for relief. To address the lack of knowledge of the disease and available treatments, Dr. Matthew Barfield of Comprehensive Pain & Rehabilitation will present "Understanding Diabetes & Painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy with a focus on Prescription Treatment Options" on Wednesday, October 12, 11 am – 12 noon at the James P. Nix Center in Fairhope.

barfield_smallMany people with diabetes have signs of neuropathy that a doctor could note but feel no symptoms themselves. "Diabetic peripheral neuropathy can be terribly painful, but sometimes it has no symptoms at all. However, it can progress to be a very serious health threat, so seeking early treatment is critical for more than just symptom relief," explains Dr. Barfield. It is estimated that 60-70% of diabetics in the United States have some form of peripheral neuropathy. (Photo: Dr. Matthew Barfield)

As part of Comprehensive Pain & Rehabilitation's commitment to patient education, the presentation is FREE and open to the public. A delicious lunch and opportunity for door prizes will be provided for all attendees who register ahead of time. RSVP in advance by calling (251) 928-2835 or stop by the Nix Center at 1 Bayou Drive in Fairhope, AL.

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Fact Sheet

· Diabetic neuropathies are nerve disorders caused by many of the abnormalities common to diabetes, such as high blood glucose.

· Neuropathy can affect nerves throughout the body, causing numbness and sometimes pain in the hands, arms, feet, or legs, and problems with the digestive tract, heart, sex organs, and other body systems.

· Diabetes mellitus is a leading cause of peripheral neuropathy in the United States.

· About 60 percent to 70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of peripheral neuropathy.

· Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are diverse and often difficult to control, including:

  • numbness or insensitivity to pain or temperature
  • a tingling, burning, or prickling sensation
  • sharp pains or cramps
  • extreme sensitivity to touch, even light touch
  • loss of balance and coordination

These symptoms are often worse at night.

· Treatment first involves bringing blood glucose levels within the normal range. Good blood glucose control may help prevent or delay the onset of further problems.

· Foot care is an important part of treatment. People with neuropathy need to inspect their feet daily for any injuries. Untreated injuries increase the risk of infected foot sores and amputation.

· Treatment also includes pain relief and other medications as needed, depending on the type of nerve damage.

· Smoking significantly increases the risk of foot problems and amputation. If you smoke, ask your health care provider for help with quitting.

· Several classes of drugs have been proven helpful to patients suffering from more severe forms of chronic neuropathic pain.

12th Annual CME Clinical Update

March 31 – April 1, 2012
Hilton Sandestin, Destin, Florida

Taking the Fear Out of the Chronic Pain Patient
Huntington Hapworth, M.D., Pain Management, Comprehensive Pain & Rehabilitation

Strategies for Pain Management: Case-Based Discussion
Matthew Barfield, D.O., Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine, Huntington Hapworth, M.D., Pain Management
Comprehensive Pain & Rehabilitation, Pascagoula, MS
Singing River Health System