What is degenerative disc disease (DDD)? The discs in the spine are the soft cushions that allow our back to move. They are shock absorbers that give the bones (vertebrae) above and below the ability to mobilize. DDD occurs throughout life and is comparable to the normal wearing process known as arthritis.
Running has become very popular in recent years. Marathons in particular are growing in popularity. A marathon by definition is a 26.2 mile road race. Races like the Chicago and New York Marathons host between 45 and 50,000 runners on an annual basis. It has become increasingly difficult to gain entrance into some of the…Details
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.Details
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…Details
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.…Details