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What is a Medial Branch Block?

The medial branch block procedure is performed to identify a painful facet joint. The facet joints are the joints between the vertebrae in the spine. They allow the spine to bend, flex and twist.

Jun 12th, 2019
Natural Ways to Reduce Inflammation in Your Body

Inflammation is behind a myriad of disorders and thought to be associated with diseases as serious as cancer and diabetes. In our business, we treat patients whose inflammation causes significant pain in varying parts or throughout their body.

Jun 12th, 2019
Good Posture Tips for Back Pain

If you are among the millions of Americans who suffers from back pain, you know firsthand exactly how debilitating even a slight injury can be ....

Jun 12th, 2019
Foods That Cause Migraines

People who experience random headaches should consider looking into foods that have been shown to possibly cause migraines. It’s said that certain foods are more prone to causing headaches than others due to their various ingredients or additives.

Jun 12th, 2019
Can Exercise Help Prevent Migraines?

We all know exercise is good for you. It keeps internal organs functioning; it keeps the body healthy; it builds the immune system—the list is seemingly endless.

Jun 12th, 2019
How Sleep Affects Chronic Pain

It makes sense that chronic pain would inhibit a good night’s sleep. After all, many of us learned at a young age that even temporary minor aches cause us to toss and turn endlessly, unable to fall asleep due to the distraction of discomfort.

Jun 12th, 2019
Anti-inflammatory Diet and Chronic Pain

While a special anti-inflammatory diet can be beneficial for everyone (especially when it comes to preventing arthritis, cardiovascular problems, and other diseases), it’s particularly helpful for those who suffer from chronic back pain.

Jun 12th, 2019
Why Are Back Injuries So Common?

Back injuries are so common that the majority of people will suffer from one at some point (or multiple points) in their life. This is due to a number of reasons that we will explore in this article.

Jun 12th, 2019
Turmeric For Pain Relief

Have you ever considered using turmeric for pain relief? Wondering how to use turmeric for optimal effect? For the vast majority of ailments, from osteoarthritis to muscle injuries, reducing inflammation is a primary strategy for reducing pain.

Jun 12th, 2019
What is a Lumbar Sympathetic Block?

This procedure is an injection that numbs branches of nerves in your lower back. It helps doctors find and treat a number of problems linked to these nerves. Usually, a series of injections is needed to treat a problem.

Jun 12th, 2019
What is a Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection?

This injection procedure is performed to relieve low back and radiating leg pain. Steroid medication can reduce the swelling and inflammation caused by spinal conditions.

Jun 12th, 2019
Facet Joint Injections

The facet joints, found on both sides of the back of the spine, can become painfully irritated or inflamed. A facet joint injection may help diagnose the source of a patient’s pain. It can also relieve pain and inflammation.

Jun 11th, 2019
What is a Fascia Iliaca Block (FICB)?

This procedure is performed to block pain signals from traveling along the femoral nerve from the thigh or knee to the brain. It is commonly used to alleviate pain that can appear after certain leg surgeries such as total knee replacement.

Jun 11th, 2019
What is Cervical Selective Nerve Root Block (CSNRB)?

This injection relieves pain in the neck, shoulders, and arms caused by a pinched nerve (or nerves) in the cervical spine. It can be used to treat conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and radiculopathy.

Jun 11th, 2019
What is a Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection?

This injection relieves pain in the neck, shoulders, and arms caused by a pinched nerve (or nerves) in the cervical spine. Conditions such as herniated discs and spinal stenosis can compress nerves, causing inflammation and pain.

Jun 11th, 2019
What is a Celiac Plexus Block?

This procedure temporarily disrupts the nerves of the celiac plexus. These nerves branch away from your spine. They connect to the organs in your abdomen.

Jun 11th, 2019
What is an Axillary Brachial Plexus Block?

This outpatient procedure numbs the arm and hand with an injection of local anesthetic. Typically, it is used before or after surgery on the elbow, forearm or hand. The numbing sensation will last for several hours after the injection.

Jun 11th, 2019
About Pain Management

Pain management is a term that is used to describe various healthcare techniques that are available to help reduce pain and discomfort that is associated with a variety of pain conditions.

Jun 11th, 2019
Anatomy of the Spine

The spinal column is the body’s main support structure. It has thirty-three bones, called vertebrae, which are divided into five regions: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral and coccygeal.

Jun 11th, 2019
What is Cervical Radiculopathy?

This condition is an irritation or compression of one or more nerve roots in the cervical spine. Because these nerves travel to the shoulders, arms and hands, an injury in the cervical spine can cause symptoms in these areas.

Jun 11th, 2019
What is Degenerative Disc Disease?

This condition is a weakening of one or more vertebral discs, which normally act as a cushion between the vertebrae. This condition can develop as a natural part of the aging process, but it may also result from injury to the back.

Jun 11th, 2019
What is Facet Joint Syndrome?

This condition is a deterioration of the facet joints, which help stabilize the spine and limit excessive motion. The facet joints are lined with cartilage and are surrounded by a lubricating capsule that enables the vertebrae to bend and twist.

Jun 11th, 2019
What is a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc is a common injury that can affect any part of the spine. A herniated disc can cause severe pain and other problems in the arms or legs. Treatment options for herniated disc depend on the location and severity of the injury.

Jun 11th, 2019
What is Kyphosis?

This condition is a deformity of the spine. With it, your vertebrae change from a cylindrical shape to a wedge shape. Your spine may begin to curve forward.

Jun 11th, 2019
What is Lumbar Radiculopathy?

This condition is an irritation or compression of one or more nerve roots in the lumbar spine. Because these nerves travel to the hips, buttocks, legs and feet, an injury in the lumbar spine can cause symptoms in these areas.

Jun 11th, 2019
What are Migraine Headaches?

A migraine is an intense, throbbing headache that may be accompanied by nausea or dizziness. A migraine can last from hours to days. Much about migraines isn’t understood.

Jun 11th, 2019
What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

A migraine is an intense, throbbing headache that may be accompanied by nausea or dizziness. A migraine can last from hours to days. Much about migraines isn’t understood.

Jun 11th, 2019
Kyphoplasty (Ballon Vertebroplasty)

This minimally-invasive procedure repairs a vertebral compression fracture. It helps restore the spine’s natural shape. Some patients experience rapid pain relief after the procedure.

Jun 11th, 2019
Where Back Pain Begins

Back pain is an extremely common complaint, with statistics suggesting that approximately 80% of adults in the United States will suffer from back pain at some point during their lifetime.

Jun 11th, 2019
Common Knee Pain Causes

The knee is a complicated structure and one that we rely on for an overwhelming range of activities, from walking to swimming to hiking and more.

Jun 7th, 2019
Sleep Better and Fight Pain

If you suffer from chronic pain, you know all too well that it can interfere with a good night’s sleep. In fact, millions of Americans suffer from pain related sleep loss.

Jun 7th, 2019
Our Favorite Stretches For Back Pain

Regardless of your age or exercise routine, you may be surprised to learn how certain stretches for back pain can positively affect your day-to-day life. The benefits of stretching are unbelievable.

Jun 7th, 2019
The Best Ways to Prevent Back Injuries While Running

Running is an excellent way to stay in shape and to increase cardiovascular endurance. However, in spite of the myriad benefits to running for exercise, the practice does come with a whole host of risks.

Jun 6th, 2019
What is Post-Laminectomy Syndrome?

This condition, also called “failed back syndrome,” is a type of chronic pain. It can develop in some people after spine surgery. This pain most often develops after a laminectomy procedure. This is the removal of bone at the rear of your vertebrae.

Jun 6th, 2019
What is Scoliosis?

This condition is an abnormal curvature of the spine. It most often develops in early childhood, just before a child reaches puberty. In most cases, the direct cause of scoliosis is not understood. Genetics may play a role. It can run in families.

Jun 6th, 2019
What is Spondylolisthesis?

This condition occurs when a lumbar vertebra slips out of place. It slides forward, distorting the shape of your spine. This may compress the nerves in the spinal canal.

Jun 6th, 2019
What is Spinal Stenosis?

The spinal column contains open spaces that create passageways for the spinal cord and the spinal nerves. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of (or an intrusion into) these openings.

Jun 6th, 2019
What are Trigger Point Injections?

This outpatient procedure is designed to reduce or relieve the pain of trigger points. These small, tender knots can form in muscles or in the fascia (the soft, stretchy connective tissue that surrounds muscles and organs).

Jun 6th, 2019
What is Thoracic Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?

During this minimally-invasive procedure, the provider uses heat from radio waves to treat painful facet joints in your upper back. This procedure is also called radiofrequency rhizotomy. It can treat pain that doesn’t respond to medications...

Jun 6th, 2019
What is Stellate Ganglion Block?

A stellate ganglion block is an injection that numbs branches of nerves in your neck. This helps doctors find and treat a number of problems linked to the nerves. Treatment may require a series of injections.

Jun 6th, 2019
What is a Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant?

A Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant (also called SCS) uses electrical impulses to relieve chronic pain of the back, arms and legs. It is believed that electrical pulses prevent pain signals from being received by the brain.

Jun 6th, 2019
You Might Have a Herniated Disc (and Not Even Know It!)

Your spine is made up of a stack of individual bones, known as vertebrae, which are separated by spinal discs. These discs are somewhat rubbery in nature and provide your spine with important cushion and shock absorption to protect your spine.

Jun 5th, 2019
What is a Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injection?

This injection procedure is performed to relieve pain caused by arthritis in the sacroiliac joint where the spine and hip bone meet. The steroid medication can reduce swelling and inflammation in the joint.

Jun 5th, 2019
Trigger Points and Release Techniques

In its most basic terms, a trigger point is an exceptionally sensitive area of skeletal muscle. You might have noticed one and recognized it as a “knot” in your back or, more rarely, an extremity like a leg.

Jun 4th, 2019
Lower and Upper Back Stretches You Can Do at Work

Doing stretches at work may feel silly, but the benefits of taking a break from sitting at your desk (probably with your head tilted against a phone or hunched over a computer keyboard) can do wonders for your flexibility and help reduce back pain.

Jun 3rd, 2019