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5 Little-Known Tips for Sleeping With Chronic Pain Apr 15th, 2021

Sleep problems and chronic pain seem to often go together. It’s a vicious cycle: The more poorly you sleep, the more pain you feel, which in turn, often makes it more difficult to fall asleep the next night. If you have conditions like complex regional pain syndrome, this may be...

Learn How Spinal Cord Stimulators Provide Pain Relief After Failed Back Surgery Mar 9th, 2021

Unfortunately, back surgery doesn’t always provide the pain relief you expect. In some cases, the surgery itself can trigger new and often debilitating discomfort. This surgical failure is common enough that medical experts identify it as a syndrome with its own acronym – FBSS or failed back surgery syndrome. The...

Are You A Good Candidate For Vertiflex? Jul 22nd, 2020

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. This often results in the patient needing a cane or walker, and...

Recovery Post-PRP Treatment Jul 15th, 2020

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. This stimulation results in your body growing brand-new, healthier cells. This treatment has been used for such varied conditions as osteoarthritis,...

Is Degenerative Disc Disease Hereditary? Jul 8th, 2020

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. Symptoms of disc degeneration are the result of gradual wear and tear on spinal discs or an acute spinal injury. Disc degeneration is not...

Can A Patient With Scoliosis Have Vertiflex Superion? Jul 1st, 2020

Scoliosis often occurs during a child’s growth spurt just before puberty. Most cases are mild, with hardly any symptoms, but some people will develop spine deformities that can get severe as they grow. Vertiflex is a new treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis, but if you also have scoliosis you might be...

When Spine Surgery Fails Jun 24th, 2020

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. The reality is much different. Many continue to have pain or develop new back pain, neck...

What Type Of Headache Do I Have? Jun 17th, 2020

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?” The good news is, most headaches are not a brain tumor and are not serious....

When Is Spine Surgery Needed Jun 10th, 2020

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.  Where does a patient go when they experience new neck pain, back pain, sciatica and/or...

PRP Therapy: A Great Alternative To Surgery And Steroids Jun 3rd, 2020

PRP therapy has been used for years to stimulate your body’s natural healing capacity. Most people want to try to avoid surgery for their conditions causing pain. PRP therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that promotes the healing of damaged soft tissues such as muscles, tendons, and cartilage. Platelets...

Covid Is Not A Death Sentence May 27th, 2020

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. While the economic recovery, and perhaps the mental one, will...

The Connection Between The Spine And The Neurological System May 20th, 2020

The spinal cord is part of the central nervous system which also includes the brain. The spinal cord starts at the brainstem and ends in the lower back at the first lumbar vertebrae (L1). Nerves exit the spine from the spinal cord and provide sensory and motor functions to the...

Can PRP Treat My Arthritis? May 13th, 2020

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. These cells are essential for tissue regeneration and repair. Through a sophisticated,bio-advanced process, we are able to...

Is Degenerative Disc Disease The Same As Spinal Stenosis? May 13th, 2020

The spine is important as it provides support and structure to the body, enables movement, and protects the spinal cord, nerves, and many important organs. The bones (vertebrae) in the spine are separated by shock absorbers known as discs. Much like a tire, discs are subject to wear and tear....

Time Recovery Post-vertiflex Treatment May 6th, 2020

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. Fortunately, there are measures that you can take to prevent or relieve episodes of back pain. Surgery is rarely needed,...

How Can Back Pain Affect Your Mood Apr 29th, 2020

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. Back problems can cause physical limitations, which makes a person more likely to stay at home...

Charlie Kirk – Free Speech For One, Free Speech For All With Charlie Kirk Apr 17th, 2020

On today’s podcast we are joined by Charlie Kirk, Founder and President of Turning Point USA, a national student movement dedicated to empowering young people to promote the principles of free markets and limited government. Turning Point USA is on more than 2000 college campuses and has consistently fought for the...

Back Pain And Outpatient Treatment Apr 15th, 2020

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, but if your back pain disrupts your daily life and negatively impacts your quality of life, you should talk to...

What About The Knots? Apr 8th, 2020

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. Muscle knots can be...

Ocular Migraines And Migraine Auras Apr 1st, 2020

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 migraine—and retinal migraine. An ocular migraine is sometimes used as...

New Migraine Medications Mar 18th, 2020

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. Despite how common and how debilitating migraines can be, many migraine sufferers do not seek treatment though there are a few treatment options...

Shane Lawlor – How Chiropractic Helps Golfers Improve Their Game Mar 18th, 2020

Chiropractic is an alternative medicine that is concerned about back pain and treatment for back pain. Today we are joined by Shane Lawlor, one of Europe’s leading Golf Performance Therapists from Ireland, who is an expert in the treatment, assessment and rehabilitation of golf injuries. Highlights: How Active Release Technique...

Tennis Elbow Vs Golfer’s Elbow: Know The Difference Mar 11th, 2020

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. The most...

Alcohol And Pain Medication Mar 4th, 2020

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, but a good rule of thumb is to not consume alcohol while taking certain types...

CRPS And How To Live With It Feb 26th, 2020

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. CRPS typically manifests after an injury such as a fracture or even something as innocent as...

How Can Viscosupplementation Help You? Feb 19th, 2020

Chronic knee pain that’s caused by arthritis is an unpleasant situation that many people across the nation have to experience every day.  If you’re affected by knee osteoarthritis and are seeking knee pain relief, there is another option where others have failed. Viscosupplementation is a series of injections for knee pain that...

What You Can Do About Age-related Back Pain Feb 5th, 2020

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.  You may be wondering, “What can cause lower back pain?” There are several factors that can result in the...

The Benefits Of Sympathetic Nerve Blocks Jan 29th, 2020

Do you suffer from chronic pain that gets in the way of your day to day life? Do traditional chronic pain management methods not work for you? If this describes your situation, you may benefit from a procedure known as a sympathetic nerve block.  Schedule a consultation with your pain...

Everything To Know About Endoscopic Discectomy Jan 22nd, 2020

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. You may need to seek out a back pain...

What To Know About Sports Injuries Jan 15th, 2020

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.  WHAT IS A SPORTS INJURY? Soft tissues such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments are the most commonly affected areas of injury incurred. Bruises, sprains, tears,...

Working Out With Back Pain Jan 8th, 2020

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. However, even if you’ve sustained a back injury or are experiencing chronic lower back pain, you...

Understanding Joint Pain Jan 1st, 2020

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. However, true joint pain refers to pain related to joint diseases like arthritis or arthralgia. Joint pain can range from...

Don’t Let Back Pain Ruin Your Sex Life Dec 25th, 2019

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. Additionally, chronic pain is also associated with depression and moodiness, which can interfere...

Congenital Spinal Problems Dec 18th, 2019

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. Some of the more common congenital disorders are spina bifida, congenital scoliosis, vertebral stenosis,...

Valerie Von Sobel – As A Roller Coaster Dec 17th, 2019

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 side of life. She held herself strong for the rest...

John Heubusch – The Two Faces Of Opioids Dec 12th, 2019

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. A difficult choice considering the tragic epidemic ravaging the country, John continued to search for other options hoping to avoid...

Joint Pain Flare-ups And Changes In The Weather Dec 11th, 2019

For many suffering from joint pain, inflammatory arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis, changes in the weather can lead to increased pain and stiffness. In fact, some people with arthritis even claim that they can predict the weather based on how their joints feel. While the research connecting joint pain and the...

Bob Charles – Pace Making The Back Dec 10th, 2019

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 supervised by Dr. Glaser. Throughout the podcast, Bob talks...

Ron Bahar – Seek The Risk Dec 5th, 2019

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. He speaks not only of his successes in life, but...

Back Pain During Pregnancy Dec 4th, 2019

Unfortunately, back pain while pregnant is extremely common. In fact, between 50-70% of women experience back pain at some point during their pregnancy. This pain is more common in the later stages of pregnancy, and women that are overweight or that have previously had back pain are more at risk...

Spinal Stenosis Nov 27th, 2019

Spinal stenosis is a condition in which one or more spaces in the spine narrow, putting pressure on the spinal cord or surrounding nerves. Not all people with spinal narrowing experience symptoms, so the term spinal stenosis actually refers to the symptoms caused by this narrowing as opposed to the...

Understanding And Treating Arthritic Conditions Nov 20th, 2019

Arthritis literally means “joint inflammation,” yet the term is used to refer to over 100 conditions that affect joints, the surrounding tissue and other connective tissue. It is a rheumatic disease, which means that it’s characterized by inflammation that affects the body’s connecting and supporting structures, most commonly joints, tendons,...

Understanding Degenerative Disc Disease Nov 6th, 2019

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. This condition occurs as individuals age and is closely associated with other issues including osteoarthritis, herniated or bulging discs...

Dr. Jeffrey Glaser – What I Was Always Meant To Be Oct 31st, 2019

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 the characteristics of interventional pain treatments. Because of his own...

Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy Oct 30th, 2019

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is an innovative and increasingly popular type of regenerative medicine to treat acute and chronic soft-tissue injuries. This cutting-edge procedure is particularly popular for athletes and has gained notoriety in recent years as more and more high-profile athletes have utilized it as a way to return...

Stem Cell Therapy Oct 23rd, 2019

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. One of the most promising types of regenerative medicine is stem cell therapy, which uses the...

Vertiflex Superion For Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Oct 16th, 2019

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 nonsurgical treatments. This procedure takes less than an hour and many patients...

Injection Therapy Oct 9th, 2019

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. In fact, it’s an FDA-approved treatment for chronic migraines, which means sufferers endure 15...

Herniated Or Bulging Discs Oct 2nd, 2019

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. Discs have a tough outer ring, called the annulus fibrosus, and a soft, jelly-like center, called the...

Minimally Invasive Discectomy Sep 25th, 2019

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. A herniated disc occurs when the soft nucleus pushes out and breaks through the...

Trigger Point Injections Sep 17th, 2019

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. Oftentimes, there is even a tangible nodule at the trigger point...

Epidural Steroid Injections Sep 11th, 2019

An epidural steroid injection is a minimally invasive procedure that can help to alleviate pain from a number of spinal problems. These steroid injections are generally used in order to decrease pain enough for patients to resume normal activities and to begin physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises. Unlike oral steroids...

Selective Nerve Root Blocks Sep 4th, 2019

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. These procedures utilize needles and diagnostic imaging guidance to locate a specific nerve, and then inject...

Diagnostic Joint Injections For Facet Syndrome Aug 28th, 2019

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. Facet joints let you bend and twist, and they’re also important for providing support and stability to your spine. If...

Treating Chronic Knee Pain Aug 21st, 2019

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. Often patients suffering from knee pain – especially those that have knee pain after...

Innovative Treatments For Migraines Aug 14th, 2019

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. While the medical field is still working to understand all of the underlying causes of migraines, the good news is...

Partnering With Your Pain Management Physician Aug 7th, 2019

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. Instead, it takes a multi-faceted treatment plan to achieve and maintain lasting results.  It’s becoming increasingly...

Will Sports Make My Back Pain Or Sciatica Worse? Jul 31st, 2019

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. Determining whether it’s a good idea to...

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – Symptoms And Treatment Jul 24th, 2019

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic (meaning lasting more than six months) pain condition that usually affects one limb – arm, leg, hand or foot – following an injury or trauma to the affected limb. The most common triggers for CRPS are fractures, muscle sprains or strains, soft...

Spinal Cord Stimulator (Scs) – What Is It And When Is It Indicated Jul 17th, 2019

Spinal cord stimulator (SCS) is an FDA approved treatment method to relieve chronic trunk (back) and limb pain as well as pain due to peripheral neuropathy and complex regional pain syndrome. Think of SCS as a pacemaker for pain. Chronic pain is pain that lasts beyond the usual recovery period...

Nerve Ablations/rhizotomies For Neck And Back Pain Jul 10th, 2019

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. A nerve ablation, also known as radiofrequency ablation (RFA), is an innovative, non-surgical and...

Migraines – Diagnosis And Treatment Jul 3rd, 2019

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. Around 12% of American adults suffer from migraines, which are painful and often debilitating. As a result, it’s important to understand...

Opioids Are Not Indicated For Chronic Non-cancer Pain Jun 26th, 2019

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 in the category of “high-impact” chronic pain. Chronic non-cancer pain...

When Is Spine Surgery “needed”? Jun 19th, 2019

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”. In fact, for many people spine surgery is...

Neck Pain – Diagnosis And Treatment Jun 12th, 2019

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 posture or misuse. The good news,...

Sciatica Pain – Diagnosis And Treatment Jun 5th, 2019

When we talk of sciatica pain, we’re referring to painful symptoms in your buttocks or legs that travel along your sciatic nerve causing numbness, weakness and pain. The sciatic nerve is the largest type of nerve in your body. Each of us has two sciatic nerves that start on each...

Failed Back Surgery May 29th, 2019

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. Among the many risks associated with back surgery, perhaps the greatest is...