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Best Treatment For Back Pain: Build Your Core Strength

Issue 33.17

As an interventional spine specialist, I am commonly asked the same question from my patients: “How could I have prevented this back pain?” Degenerative disc disease, facet (low back joints) arthritis, spinal stenosis and sciatic pain are conditions that come with an aging spine. It is not a question of IF […]

Should I Have Back Surgery?

Issue 41.14

Spine surgery is a complicated medical procedure that is not without its risks. We are extremely fortunate in our town to have several neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons who have brought a tremendous amount of expertise and skill into our community over the last few years. Our local hospital has also […]

Kyphoplasty And Vertebroplasty

Issue 22.14

Vertebral body compression fractures are one of the most painful conditions that I treat. These fractures can be caused by trauma, metastatic cancer or osteopenia, but are most commonly due to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis weakens bones and decreases the bone density. In other words, the spine bones are like cinderblocks when a […]

New Procedure Burns Out Arthritic Spine Pain

 

Issue 14.14

Arthritis of the spine causes significant pain and decreases the quality of life. Like all arthritic conditions, first line treatment of spine arthritis is physical therapy for core strengthening and oral anti-inflamatories. If these do not provide adequate pain relief, the standard of care is to perform a procedure that […]

Newest Medications Used To Treat Spinal Pain

Issue 6.14

In my medical practice I obtain a patient’s history, physical exam and imaging to diagnose spinal problems that are causing pain. Treatments are best used as a multi-modal approach. With the end goal being pain relief and increased function, I prescribe medications, order physical therapy and perform interventional procedures such as […]

Vertebral Compression Fractures And Osteoporosis

Issue 26.13

Spinal vertebral body compression fractures are a common complication of osteoporosis, a disease causing thinning of the bones. The body is constantly building up and breaking down bone. Peak bone density or bone mass is typically highest in the early 20’s and is optimized by dietary factors and weight bearing exercise. […]

Why Do I Have Pain Down My Leg?

Issue 16.13

Everyday I have new patients come to me with symptoms of pain in their hips and legs. Commonly, these patients have been to orthopedic surgeons or other specialists thinking the pain is stemming from their hip or knee when the problem is really coming from the spine. I’m commonly asked “why […]

Best Treatment For Back Pain: Build Your Core Strength

Issue 6.13

As an interventional spine specialist, I am commonly asked the same question from my patients: “How could I have prevented this back pain?” Degenerative disc disease, facet (low back joints) arthritis, spinal stenosis and sciatic pain are conditions that come with an aging spine. It is not a question of IF […]

Tiny Implanted Devise Blocks Tough To Treat Pain… Eon-mini Spinal Cord Stimulator

Issue 48.12

Spinal Cord Stimulation or SCS is an FDA and Medicare approved treatment that is extremely successful at treating chronic pain. Chronic pain may prevent people from working, eating properly, engaging in physical activity or enjoying life. As a patient dealing with chronic pain, it can take over your life. As physicians […]

New Procedure Burns Out Arthritic Spine Pain

Issue 33.12

Arthritis of the spine causes significant pain and decreases the quality of life. Like all arthritic conditions, first line treatment of spine arthritis is physical therapy for core strengthening and oral anti-inflamatories. If these do not provide adequate pain relief, the standard of care is to perform a procedure that “burns […]