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Is It Normal to Develop Back Pain as You Age?

Millions of Americans live with back pain. But is back pain inevitable as you get older? Learn more about the effects of aging on your back, preventive tips, and available treatments.

Jun 28th, 2021
Are You A Good Candidate For Vertiflex?

Lumbar spinal stenosis is a compression of the nerves in the lower spine. It typically causes the patient a lot of pain in the legs when walking, which is generally relieved only upon sitting down or leaning forward.

Jul 22nd, 2020
Recovery Post-PRP Treatment

Platelet-rich plasma, also known as PRP, is a substance derived from blood that has properties that promote healing. PRP injections are inserted into damaged tissues and will stimulate your body.

Jul 15th, 2020
Is Degenerative Disc Disease Hereditary?

Many people wonder what degenerative disc disease is. For starters, it’s not technically a disease; it’s a condition in which a damaged disc will start to cause pain.

Jul 8th, 2020
When Spine Surgery Fails

When patients come to my practice after back surgery, they are often disheartened because they have gone through a massive operation in the hopes that it would cure their underlying issue and leave them pain-free.

Jun 24th, 2020
What Type Of Headache Do I Have?

Being a pain management doctor, I often see patients with headaches at my practice. I get asked two questions most often: “Is it a migraine?” And “Could this be something serious, like a brain tumor?”

Jun 17th, 2020
When Is Spine Surgery Needed

Many patients are lost when they start developing back pain and or sciatica (pain going down a leg). Oftentimes back pain, neck pain, and sciatica can be severe. However, this does not necessarily mean surgery is necessary. 

Jun 10th, 2020
Covid Is Not A Death Sentence

Many people are worried about the coronavirus and what it will mean for their families, their businesses, and their lives. It feels like we are all at a standstill right now, trying to determine how we will move past this.

May 27th, 2020
Can PRP Treat My Arthritis?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a form of regenerative medicine used to promote healing of damaged soft tissues such as muscles, tendons, and cartilage. Concentrated platelets are obtained from your own blood.

May 13th, 2020
Time Recovery Post-vertiflex Treatment

Back pain is a leading cause of disability worldwide, and one of the most common reasons people miss work. In fact, most people will experience back pain at least once.

May 6th, 2020
How Can Back Pain Affect Your Mood

Chronic pain, or pain that lasts persistently for longer than three months, can make a person more susceptible to emotional changes such as depression and anxiety. Living with chronic pain can also affect relationships with others.

Apr 29th, 2020
Back Pain And Outpatient Treatment

Most people suffer from back pain at least once, and it is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. In most cases, back pain can get better without surgery,...

Apr 15th, 2020
What About The Knots?

Muscle knots are a common source of back pain. “Myofascial trigger point” is the medical term for them, which occur when the fibers of the muscle tense up and tighten. These feel like small, painful bumps that can cause pain and affect the range of motion.

Apr 8th, 2020
Ocular Migraines And Migraine Auras

Of those who report having migraines, one of out every five experience a visual aura. This may be an ocular migraine or a visual migraine. An “ocular migraine” is used interchangeably to refer to two different conditions: migraine aura—or visual...

Apr 1st, 2020
New Migraine Medications

In the U.S. alone, more than 4 million people suffer from chronic migraines. Many of these people miss work and cannot function normally during a migraine attack.

Mar 18th, 2020
Tennis Elbow Vs Golfer’s Elbow: Know The Difference

The elbow is one of the largest joints in the body. It is responsible for many different movements and so there are a lot of opportunities for injury to the elbow. Because many activities put stress on the elbow, it is a very active joint in the body.

Mar 11th, 2020
Alcohol And Pain Medication

Alcohol can have serious side effects on its own but when mixed with prescription painkillers, the effects can be lethal. There are many different types of painkillers available to those who suffer from chronic pain,...

Mar 4th, 2020
CRPS And How To Live With It

You may be asking, “What is CRPS?” CRPS is a chronic condition that causes constant, burning like or fire-like pain, usually in an arm or leg. Patients are often sensitive even to light touch.

Feb 26th, 2020
What You Can Do About Age-related Back Pain

It’s not uncommon for older adults to develop back problems that can result in severe back pain. As we age, time takes a toll on our bodies overall, especially our backs. 

Feb 5th, 2020
Everything To Know About Endoscopic Discectomy

If you have back problems that are causing consistent pain, you may be in need of an endoscopic discectomy. A back injury can cause you to have a herniated disc, which can cause debilitating pain that doesn’t go away on its own.

Jan 22nd, 2020
What To Know About Sports Injuries

Sports injuries are common forms of injury that occur when participating in sports or exercise. They typically stem from overtraining, a lack of conditioning, or poor technique. 

Jan 15th, 2020
Working Out With Back Pain

Working out and staying fit are necessities in living a long, healthy life. “But my back hurts!”, is something a lot of people say, and it keeps them from doing the things they love.

Jan 8th, 2020
Understanding Joint Pain

Joint pain can be defined as any pain, discomfort, or inflammation originating from any part of the joint. This includes structures around the joint such as cartilage, bone, tendons, ligaments, and muscles.

Jan 1st, 2020
Don’t Let Back Pain Ruin Your Sex Life

Chronic back pain can interfere with almost every aspect of your life including your sex life. A recent study found that most people with back pain have a significant decrease in sexual activity because it triggers or exacerbates pain.

Dec 25th, 2019
Congenital Spinal Problems

Congenital means “existing from birth.” Congenital spinal problems are those that you are born with. These issues are caused by abnormal development in the spinal canal and usually are the result of atypical vertebral development in the embryo.

Dec 18th, 2019
Valerie Von Sobel – As A Roller Coaster

Valerie Von Sobel shares her life of struggles, misfortune, and surviving through it all. She tells of her son’s fight against a tumor, her husband’s tragic suicide, and how she survived through these critical times by focusing on the brighter...

Dec 17th, 2019
John Heubusch – The Two Faces Of Opioids

John fought through it all. Diagnosed with cancer, he tried everything to stop the pain. The only option that really helped, however, was managing his pain with an opioid prescription.

Dec 12th, 2019
Bob Charles – Pace Making The Back

Bob had suffered through back pain for over 30 years before meeting Dr. Glaser. To improve his quality of life, Bob had to have a spine surgery. An operation he then followed with a treatment using back-stimulating technology, which is currently...

Dec 10th, 2019
Ron Bahar – Seek The Risk

A success in his field, Dr. Bahar does not let his achievements limit him from further adventures. Discussing the importance of stepping out of one’s comfort zone, Dr. Bahar details his life as a doctor, author, and “regular” human being.

Dec 5th, 2019
Back Pain During Pregnancy

Unfortunately, back pain while pregnant is extremely common. In fact, between 50-70% of women experience back pain at some point during their pregnancy.

Dec 4th, 2019
Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a condition in which one or more spaces in the spine narrow, putting pressure on the spinal cord or surrounding nerves.

Nov 27th, 2019
Understanding Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease is not actually a disease but is a condition where one or more discs between vertebrae deteriorate. These damaged discs can cause pain, primarily in the back or neck.

Nov 6th, 2019
Dr. Jeffrey Glaser – What I Was Always Meant To Be

In this first episode, we meet Dr. Jeffrey Glaser as he introduces us to his life’s dedication to medicine. With strong personal motivation, Dr. Glaser seeks to improve the quality of people’s lives with minimally invasive procedures by focusing on...

Oct 31st, 2019
Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is an innovative and increasingly popular type of regenerative medicine to treat acute and chronic soft-tissue injuries.

Oct 30th, 2019
Stem Cell Therapy

Regenerative medicine is one of the most innovative and cutting-edge fields in the industry, and it offers patients ways to utilize their body’s own healing process to relieve pain, heal injuries, and restore function.

Oct 23rd, 2019
Vertiflex Superion For Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Vertiflex Superion is a cutting-edge, minimally invasive procedure to treat lumbar spinal stenosis. It is the only such class 1 evidence-based treatment, and it provides a minimally invasive alternative for patients that have not had success with other...

Oct 16th, 2019
Injection Therapy

Injection therapy is often associated with cosmetic procedures and thought to be used solely for the purpose of smoothing wrinkles, but the reality is that it can also be an effective way to treat chronic migraines.

Oct 9th, 2019
Herniated Or Bulging Discs

A herniated or bulging disc is one of the most common causes of lower back pain. Intervertebral discs are located throughout your spinal cord and essentially act as shock absorbers for your spine.

Oct 2nd, 2019
Minimally Invasive Discectomy

Spinal discs are like rubbery cushions between vertebrae in your spinal column. Discs have a soft nucleus and a tough exterior, known as the annulus. Discs essentially act as a shock absorber for bones in your spinal column.

Sep 25th, 2019
Trigger Point Injections

Trigger points are officially defined as “discrete, focal hyperirritable spots found on any taut band of skeletal muscles.” Most of us more simply refer to these as knots in the muscles that develop as a result of muscle tension.

Sep 17th, 2019
Epidural Steroid Injections

An epidural steroid injection is a minimally invasive procedure that can help to alleviate pain from a number of spinal problems.

Sep 11th, 2019
Selective Nerve Root Blocks

Selective Nerve Root Blocks are minimally invasive procedures that involve the injection of a local anesthetic along a selected nerve root. Nerve blocks can help to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and diagnose the source of pain.

Sep 4th, 2019
Diagnostic Joint Injections For Facet Syndrome

Pain that comes from facet joints is known as facet syndrome. Each level of your spine has two facet joints that, together with an intervertebral disc, form each intervertebral segment.

Aug 28th, 2019
Treating Chronic Knee Pain

Chronic knee pain is defined as long-term pain, swelling, or sensitivity in one or both knees. There are many conditions that can lead to this type of pain; thankfully, however, there are also many treatment options.

Aug 21st, 2019
Innovative Treatments For Migraines

Migraines are complex neurological disorders with unique causes and treatments. Migraines can interfere with every aspect of life—from daily activities to work and sleep—and the pain can be excruciating and debilitating.

Aug 14th, 2019
Partnering With Your Pain Management Physician

More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. For many, this pain interferes with daily activities, work, and sleep. To successfully treat and alleviate this type of pain, there’s rarely a quick and simple cure-all.

Aug 7th, 2019
Will Sports Make My Back Pain Or Sciatica Worse?

Patients are often anxious to get back to the sports that they love and regularly ask whether they can do so with back or sciatica pain. As is so often the case, the answer is that it varies widely from patient to patient.

Jul 31st, 2019
Nerve Ablations/rhizotomies For Neck And Back Pain

Nerve roots coming from the spinal cord are often the source of back, neck and shoulder pain. For individuals suffering from chronic neck and back pain, nerve ablations can be an effective way to manage this pain.

Jul 10th, 2019
Migraines – Diagnosis And Treatment

Many people think of migraines as just a really bad headache, but this is inaccurate. Migraines are actually a neurological disease that involves a number of troubling neurological symptoms.

Jul 3rd, 2019
Opioids Are Not Indicated For Chronic Non-cancer Pain

Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons that people seek medical treatment, and a 2016 Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analysis found that 50 million Americans suffered from chronic pain, with 19.6 million of those falling...

Jun 26th, 2019
When Is Spine Surgery “needed”?

8 out of 10 Americans will suffer from at least one major episode of back pain at some point in their lives. While surgery might seem like a good way to relieve chronic back pain, in most cases surgery is not “needed”.

Jun 19th, 2019
Neck Pain – Diagnosis And Treatment

Recent CDC data reports that almost 20% of people have experienced neck pain in the last three months. While there are a number of factors that could account for this, neck pain or stiffness is usually the result of neck muscles weakening from poor...

Jun 12th, 2019
Sciatica Pain – Diagnosis And Treatment

Generally, sciatica is caused by some sort of compression of a spinal nerve in the lower back. Most commonly, sciatica comes from nerve contact or compression at L4 or L5, but other levels can also contribute.

Jun 5th, 2019
Failed Back Surgery

Many patients suffering from chronic back pain look to surgery as a way to relieve their pain. While there are some situations when surgery is necessary, more often it is not the best way to resolve back problems.

May 29th, 2019