Why does the cold weather increase arthritic symptoms such as low back pain? Many patients often ask why pain gets worse during the winter months. Studies have been conducted to find the correlation of weather and arthritic pain but results are always inconclusive. The fact is, cold weather seems to affect patient’s pain.
A migraine is a common disabling headache disorder that affects millions of lives. In a recent study done by the Global Burden of Disease Survey 2010, migraines ranked as the third most prevalent disorder and seventh-highest specific cause of disability worldwide. Migraines have an impact on lifestyle, occupations, and quality of life. It is a… Continue Reading Migraines and Headache Launch
What is an SPG block, and how can it help my headaches? The sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) is a nerve bundle located deep in the face, behind the root of the nose; it is part of the autonomic nervous system. For a long time the SPG has been a target for the treatment of severe headaches.… Continue Reading Sphenopalatine Ganglion Nerve Block
Many patients with chronic headaches, report their headaches arising from the neck or base of the skull. The pain is usually uni-lateral (one-sided). From the neck, the pain can then radiate forward towards the top of the head, forehead, eye, or all the above. This is the definition of a cervicogenic headache.
In the lumbar spine, there are five vertebrae or bones separated by five intervertebral discs. The lumbar vertebrae are named one through five with lumbar vertebral body one being the superior most and lumbar five being the inferior most.