Archived in Back Pain

PRP (platelet rich plasma) injection for the back


I recently did a PRP injection for a young teenager with a pars injury (a portion of your lumbar spine that is under high stress with certain sporting activities). We tried rest and time, with minimal relief. Complaints included lower back pain, leg pain, and some numbness in the feet.


Debating between an SUV or sports car?


Well, I drive an SUV. No, it is not because I love visiting the gas station every 2 days, rather it's to prevent back pain. The bigger the car, the better it is for your back! Rule of thumb: Your knees should be level or below your hips. This position places the least stress on your lower back. And if you are planning a long trip, take breaks every hour.


What sleep position is good for your back?


That nightly pose can help reduce back and neck pain. Laying flat with a small pillow under your knees is the best position. However, laying flat on your stomach can worsten back pain.


Does herbal turmeric reduce pain?


A patient recently asked me if Turmeric (an herbal supplement) will help reduce her neck pain. She recently read something about it online but knew very little. What I tell all my patient's regarding herbal medicine is " although research rarely supports the herbal's advertised use, some people do have positive responses. Therefore, if it helps than continue taking it. However, let your doctor know."

I put together a little something about the history and use of Turmeric. The information provided is from recent research studies. Current recommended dosage is max of 2g per day.


Darvocet (propoxyphene) withdrawn from US market


As of November 19, 2010, Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals Inc. the makers of Darvon (propoxyphene) and Darvocet (propoxyphene and acetaminophen) are withdrawing these medications from the US market on the recommendations of the US Food and Drug Administration. New data shows that these medications place patients at risk for serious heart rhythm abnormalities. Propoxyphene is an opioid used to treat moderate pain. All physicians are asked to stop prescribing this medication.


Quick everyday tips to a healthy back


Preventing back pain and back issues begins early. Here are some quick tips you can do everyday to help prevent back pain and other back issues.


7 Ways Proven to Treat Low Back Pain


Back pain is a difficult condition to effectively treat. I have put together some scientifically proven treatments that can reduce low back pain. Please consult an experienced physician when beginning or ending any treatments.

Can weight gain cause back pain? Absolutely!


Obesity affects over 130 million Americans. We all understand that obesity contributes to heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and certain cancers. What about your back?