Category Archives: Basics about Pain Management

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) For Chronic Neck, Upper and Lower Back Pain

What Are Facet Joints? Facet joints connect the vertebrae, the bones of the spine, in neck, upper back and lower back. They help guide your spine when you move. Facet joints are found on both sides ofthe spine. Each is … Continue reading

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Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) for Chronic Lower Back Pain

What Are Lumbar Facet Joints? Facet joints connect thevertebrae (the bones of the spine) and help guide the spine during movement.The lumbar region ofthe spine contains five vertebrae and is locatedin the lower back. Facet joints are found on both … Continue reading

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Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection for Neck and Arm Pain

What Is The Epidural Space? The dura is a protective covering of the spinal cord and its nerves. The area surrounding the dura is the epidural space. In the neck, this space is called the cervical epidural space. What Causes … Continue reading

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Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection for Lower Back and Leg Pain

What Is The Epidural Space? The dura is a protective covering ofthe spinal cord and its nerves. The area surrounding the dura is the epidural spaces In the lower back, this space is called the lumbar epidural space. What Causes … Continue reading

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More Than Just Managing: Does your pain need an intervention?

Aside from cold, flu and upper respiratory conditions, the most common reason people see a doctor is due to neck and lower back pain. The causes of neck and back pain can vary greatly. Some are attributable to repetitive injuries, … Continue reading

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Why You Should Avoid Back Surgery

Every year thousands of people undergo surgery on their neck and lower back.  Many of these could and should have been avoided. Surgery on his spine is very aggressive, has a long recuperative time, various complications, and most importantly in … Continue reading

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Alternatives to Steroid Injections

Corticosteroid injections are the most common types of injections for a variety of painful conditions.  Sports medicine and pain management physicians utilize corticosteroid injections in the treatment of all sorts of joint and spinal conditions.  Such intra-articular degenerative conditions include … Continue reading

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Why Go to a Board Certification Physician

I have been in the field of pain management since 1997.  Since that time I have seen it explode from a relatively unknown specialty into an extremely popular field.  There are several reasons for this.  The most important is that there was a … Continue reading

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Provocative Discography

A discography, or discogram, is a diagnostic procedure used to assist in the diagnostic/therapeutic workup of a patient who is having refractory back pain. The “tools” of a pain specialist are the interventions which can be done to diagnose the … Continue reading

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Causes of Back Pain

In order to discuss what treatments are performed, you need to understand some of the basic anatomy of the spine.  This article will concentrate on the lumbar spine.  The spine is covered and supported by many ligaments and muscle groups.  … Continue reading

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Why Undergo Pain Interventions?

For my first blog I want to try to explain what when and why you might need to seek care with an interventional pain physician.  As the most common treatments are for low back pain, this is what I will … Continue reading

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