Treat your pain and live a better life… Welcome to my blog about pain. Unfortunately, many people suffer from chronic pain. As a board certified physician in physical medicine and rehabilitation, my specialty is treating these people with both acute and chronic pain. A majority of my practice is working with patients that are experiencing… Continue Reading

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Category Archives: Back Pain

When to See a Doctor for Back Pain

Sometimes a little back pain comes into every person’s life. Milder backaches can generally be successfully managed by simple back pain treatments such as rest, medicines, therapeutic massage, physical therapy, exercise and weight loss. But when back pain is persistent and affects the quality of your life, it indicates the need for an evaluation and… Continue Reading

How to avoid the need for disc surgery. Alternatives to neck or low back surgery:

What are my alternative options to disc surgery?   Treatment options for neck or low back pain When a patient presents with a herniated cervical or lumbar disc with clinical evidence of nerve root irritation (cervical or lumbar radiculopathy), he or she has several choices: no surgery, traditional open surgery, microscopic surgery or micro-endoscopic surgery.… Continue Reading

Piriformis Injections

Severe buttock and leg pain. Piriformis injections are indicated for patients who experience severe buttock and posterior leg pain characteristic of Piriformis Syndrome, a chronic condition that involves the lower sacral muscle. Piriformis syndrome may constitute up to 6-8% of low back pain conditions associated with sciatica, which refers to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling… Continue Reading

Implantable Spinal Cord Stimulator Doctor NYC

Spinal cord stimulator implantation NYC for Chronic Pain. Spinal cord stimulation is a safe and effective method of blocking chronic spinal pain that uses low voltage electrical currents to stimulate the spinal nerves. It helps patients to better manage their pain and decrease the use of pain medication. It is an option for patients who… Continue Reading

Radiofrequency Ablation of the Medial Branch Nerves

Radiofrequency Ablation of the Medial Branch Nerves is a safe and effective way to relieve chronic lumbar (lower back) pain using radio waves to create heat. These radiofrequency waves are electromagnetic waves that travel at the speed of light and blocks nerve tissue from transmitting pain signals to the brain. The medial branch nerves are… Continue Reading

Additional Causes of Low Back Pain

Non-Mechanical Causes of Low Back Pain Mechanical injury is the leading cause of low back pain (please see my previous post titled, “Mechanical Causes of Low Back Pain.”) Today, I’m going to focus on other less common causes including neoplasm, inflammatory, metabolic, Paget’s disease, psychosomatic, depression and referred pain. No matter the cause, it is… Continue Reading