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Accuracy of Diagnostic Facet Joint (Medial Branch Nerve) Blocks

Lumbar Facet Joint Pain Lumbar facet pain is a common cause of both acute and chronic pain in the low back. Most people experience low back pain at some time in their life. Lumbar facet (zygoapophyseal joint) pain is the cause of this in many of these cases, particularly as...
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Zygapophyseal (Facet) Joint Syndrome: What All Back Pain Patients Need To Know

What is "Facet Syndrome"? Facet joint syndrome is spinal pain that originates in the joints on the back side of each of the vertebra. These joints are designed to help stabilize the spine as it moves. There are two such joints at each spinal level. Working in unison the joints...
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Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Explained

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis What is spinal stenosis of the spine? Lumbar spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the central spinal canal in the lumbar spine (lower back) or the neuroforamina where the spinal nerves exit the spine.  Narrowing of the central canal is called central spinal...
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How do you know if you have a pinched nerve?

What is a  Pinched  Nerve? The term “pinched nerve” is used to describe the condition when a nerve is being  compressed by the surrounding tissues What are some of the symptoms of a pinched nerve? Some signs and symptoms associated with pinched nerves include changes in sensation...
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Should I Get a Steroid Injection?

Cortisone Injections: What are they? Cortisone, also known as corticosteroid, shots are injections that may help relieve Inflammation and associated pain in various parts of the body. They're most commonly injected into joints-- such as your ankle, elbow, hip, knee, spine, wrist...
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Drinking Coffee May be Healthy After All

It appears that moderate coffee consumption may be healthy after all. In a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, coffee consumption is associated with an overall reduced risk of death. The study was published in the August 15, 2017 edition of the Annals of...
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Can the Shape of Your Sacroiliac Joint Increase the Likelihood of Pain?

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Sacroiliac Joint Shape Research A recent study in Pain Physician studied the question regarding whether or not the shape of a person's sacroiliac joint can make a difference as to whether or not they have sacroiliac joint pain. Sacroiliac Joint Pain Sacroiliac joint pain is a...
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Comparison of Transforaminal Epidural Injections with Conservative Management

  A recent study published in Anesthesia Essays and Researches in the January-March 2017 edition compared fluoroscopic guided transforaminal epidural steroid injections to conservative management in patients with chronic lumbar radicular pain. In this study there were 120...
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Even the Pope Gets Sciatica

Even Pope Francis is not immune to low back pain and sciatica Pope Francis has apparently been suffering with sciatica recently, according to an Aug. 10 report in the Italian news magazine Famiglia Cristiana.. According to the report In Crux, the Pope has been receiving massages...
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Opioid Risk in Elderly Patients with COPD

COPD, elderly woman
The risks of opioid medication including unintentional overdose and death has gained increasing attention by physicians, the FDA, law enforcement, and the media. Opioids are a class of potent pain medications including morphine, codeine, oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone,...
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Single Level vs. Multilevel Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection for Lumbar Pain

  Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections Transforaminal epidural steroid injections are used to treat pain associated with spinal conditions such as herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis. The most common body region that these injections are...
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Morphine Gave No Benefit Placebo for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia in Recent Study

Rheumatoid Arthritis Morphine Placebo
Morphine effects similar to placebo in rheumatoid arthritis - Medical Xpress http://news.google.com Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:40:02 GMT Read more ... Morphine is in a class of medications called opiates.  This class of medication ranges from weak opiates such as tramadol and codeine to...
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Answered: Your Most Burning Questions About Scoliosis

Scoliosis exam to evaluate for scoliosis treatment
What is Scoliosis? Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that usually occurs around the time of the growth spurt before puberty.  While there are some diseases like muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy that can cause scoliosis, in most cases, the cause is "idiopathic"...
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Pulsed vs. Thermal Radiofrequency for Management of Chronic Refractory Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis, heel pain
Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis is like, but painful condition affecting the heels. It often is the most symptomatic with the first steps taken in the morning. It usually presents with pain around the medial or inside aspect of the calcaneus (heel bone). Often there is...
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Spinal Cord Stimulator Success Stories: Justin Minyard

This is an inspiring story of a young man who has overcome chronic pain with the help of Boston Scientific's spinal cord stimulator (SCS) technology.  His injuries were sustained helping victims on 9/11 and later serving his country in Afghanistan.  After surgeries and opioid...
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Spinal Cord Stimulation: Restoring Lives Limited by Chronic Pain

  Chronic pain is a very difficult problem to manage. There are many options and approaches. Fortunately, after most surgeries to correct spinal injury or pathology, most people are able to return to an acceptable level of function and a manageable level of pain. For those...
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Reducing Opioid Dose Results in Many Improvements

  A systematic review in the Annals of Internal Medicine has reviewed 67 studies covering eight different intervention categories for chronic pain. These categories included interdisciplinary pain programs, buprenorphine assisted dose reduction, and behavioral interventions....
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Lower Back Pains

Lower back pains are a common problem throughout our society. The low back is also referred to as the lumbar spine. The lumbar spine is a highly complex group of structures that are designed to work as a functional unit. The components of the lumbar spine include bones, joints,...
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Where can you dispose of unused opioid medication?

Once the problem the medication was prescribed for has resolved or once the time period for its prescribed use has passed, it is best to properly dispose of unused controlled substance medications. This will assure that the medication will not fall into the wrong hands. Here is...
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Testosterone Therapy: What You Need To Know About Hypogonadism and Testosterone Pellet Therapy

What is Testosterone Pellet Therapy? Testosterone Pellet therapy is a method of delivering bio-identical hormones by using implanted pellets placed below the skin.  These pellets filled with testosterone or other hormones continuously release small quantities of bio-identical...
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