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 →

Low Back Pain Treatment: Radiofrequency for Facet Joint Pain

As I mentioned previously, facet joints are a common and underdiagnosed source of chronic low back pain.  Medical studies show that 15-40% of non-sciatica low back pain is caused by facet joint problems.  Fortunately, one of the most safe and effective treatments in all of pain medicine (radiofrequency neurotomy) targets facet joint pain specifically. Part.. read more →

Back Pain: 8 Causes to Know

Back pain, especially lower back pain, is a huge problem!  In fact, back pain is the most common reason why I see patients in my office.  According to the CDC’s National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, over 13 million doctor’s visits occur each year for “back symptoms,” and most commonly this is in the lumbar spine.. read more →