Pain Management Referral: What To Expect

Many patients referred by their primary doctor or a surgeon to “pain management” have little idea of what to expect.  Those thinking of scheduling a pain management appointment on their own may also have concerns about how they will be treated.  Although every pain management practice is different, this outline of the patient experience in.. read more →

An Effective Middle-Ground for Back Pain

Medications, physical therapy, spinal manipulation, acupuncture, spine surgery — sorting through the treatment options for back pain can be overwhelming!  Many people believe that when conservative non-invasive options have failed, surgery is their only option.  In many cases, this is not true.  For many causes of back pain, interventional therapies offer the opportunity to direct treatment.. read more →

Smoking and Chronic Pain

Many people are aware that smoking cigarettes can increase their risk of cancer, lung disease, and heart disease.  However, not many people are aware that smoking is also linked to various kinds of chronic pain.  Several studies have shown that people with chronic pain problems are more likely to smoke cigarettes than others, and emerging.. read more →

Featured in this Sunday’s Ventura County Star!

I had an opportunity to talk about chronic pain and the challenges of starting a new medical practice with Maria Saint of the Ventura County Star newspaper: Who’s New in Business: Ventura Pain & Spine Physicians Inc. I discuss some influences on my practice and how small medical practices are better equipped to provide personalized.. read more →

Is Your Pain Doctor Board-Certified?

Legally speaking, any doctor can say they specialize in pain management, chronic pain, back pain, or other areas related to pain. But not all pain specialists are created equal.  Some have completed formal training programs called “fellowships” in Pain Medicine.  Some have passed specialized examinations testing their knowledge regarding chronic pain evaluation and treatment.  But.. read more →

Radiofrequency Treatment for Chronic Neck Pain

Neck pain is the second most common reason that patients come to my office to address (#1 is back pain).  Although there are many causes of neck pain, one of the most common is diagnosis that is often missed.  The good news is that an excellent treatment is available! Cervical Facet Pain I have written.. read more →

Neuropathic Pain Article Featured on Cover of Practical Pain Management

I recently wrote an article about nerve pain for Practical Pain Management titled “Assessment and Treatment of Neuropathic Pain.”  I just learned that they have chosen to feature the article on the cover of this month’s issue!  Practical Pain Management is the most read journal for pain specialists and I am honored to have my article.. read more →

Ventura Pain and Spine Physicians in the News!

News outlets in Ventura and Camarillo have been picking up word of our Grand Opening! It is often said that there is a national shortage of pain doctors; less than 1% of physicians specialize in this field. It’s my hope that I can fill this niche for Ventura County. Lucian (age 7 mo) and I.. read more →

Botox for Migraine Headaches

Botox is famous for its cosmetic use by some doctors to reduce wrinkles.  Some observant doctors noticed that patients with chronic migraine headaches that received cosmetic Botox treatments had improvement in their headache symptoms.  Studies were done, showing that Botox does indeed reduce the frequency of migraine headaches.  In 2010, the FDA approved the use.. read more →

Pain Medicine News: “Progress, If No Breakthroughs, In Chronic Post-op Pain”

Pain Medicine News is a very good monthly newspaper that focuses on breakthroughs in the science and treatment of chronic pain.  Unlike medical journals, which can be difficult and expensive for patients to understand and access, this newspaper does a good job of summarizing the findings and making them available for free.  Although some of.. read more →