Blog Archive

Life With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Oct 1st, 2022

If you’ve developed carpal tunnel syndrome, you quickly realize how wide an impact this problem can have, as pain and discomfort in your wrist and/or hand can make even basic functions difficult. While there’s much that the team here at Advanced Spine Care and Pain Management can do to remedy...

What Every Pregnant Woman Should Know About Managing Back Pain Sep 1st, 2022

Women’s bodies go through a great deal of change in a relatively short time during a pregnancy, and it’s all your body can do to keep up. If, like scores of women before you, you’re dealing with back pain related to your pregnancy, there are a few tips that can...

Tips for Caring for Your Hips Aug 1st, 2022

While there’s an argument to be made for the importance of each joint in your body, your hips are crucial for both your mobility and the support of your upper body. In other words, your hips work hard, and when problems develop, not only can you be left with hip pain,...

Five Tips for Improving Your Spine Health Jul 1st, 2022

Your spine lies at the heart of your musculoskeletal system, which means almost any issue that crops up in this structure can create a domino effect that leaves you in pain and with limited movement. If you were to ask the nearly 65 million people in the United States who report recent...

Bad Habits That May Be Making Your Knee Pain Worse Jun 1st, 2022

Americans are no strangers to knee pain. Research suggests that 14 million people in the United States have symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (OA) and the prevalence of knee OA has doubled since the 1950s.  OA is one of the primary drivers of knee pain, but the problem can develop for any number of reasons, including injury. No...

The Most Common Work-related Injuries May 1st, 2022

Whether you work in an office on the 21st floor or in a delivery truck that traverses New York City, workplace injuries can, and do, happen. At Advanced Spine Care and Pain Management, our highly skilled team routinely handles workplace injuries, helping our patients navigate the tricky workers’ compensation waters. To give you...

Five Questions That May Determine If You’re Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits Apr 5th, 2022

You’ve worked for years and a portion of your paycheck has gone to social security, which includes social security disability insurance. Should the unthinkable happen and you develop a severe disability, you want to be able to access these funds. At Advanced Spine Care and Pain Management, our team has...

Relieve the Pain of Your Spinal Stenosis With Medical Marijuana Mar 6th, 2022

Your spinal canal only has so much room to accommodate your central nervous system and, when the passageway narrows, sensitive nerves are crowded and respond by signaling pain. As a result of this spinal stenosis, you’re left dealing with ongoing discomfort that greatly affects your quality of life. While pain...

Is Your Fatigue Due to RA? Feb 4th, 2022

There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, which is a catch-all term for diseases that cause joint pain and inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is among one of the more common, affecting 1.5 million people in the United States.  RA can be an extremely debilitating disease if left...

Is PRP Right for Me? Jan 11th, 2022

Regenerative medicine is a branch of science that has one exciting goal — to replace or regenerate cells, tissues, or organs to restore or establish normal function. At the forefront of regenerative medicine is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, which is an effective and safe approach to solving a wide range...

What Does Sciatica Feel Like? Dec 9th, 2021

There are many different types of back pain, as odd as that might sound since pain is usually just pain. How the pain presents itself, where it presents, and the presence of other symptoms can be quite different, especially when it comes to sciatica. To help you take the first...

Avoid Carpal Tunnel Surgery With These Noninvasive Therapies Nov 16th, 2021

Your wrist is in pain or you’re starting to develop numbness and/or tingling in your fingers. These symptoms are the hallmarks of carpal tunnel syndrome, which is a form of nerve entrapment in your wrist.  The good news is that carpal tunnel syndrome is not only quite common, but there...

Understanding Osteoarthritis Oct 11th, 2021

Let’s start with some eye-opening numbers surrounding arthritis — the Arthritis Foundation reports that more than 92 million adults in the United States have doctor-diagnosed arthritis or symptoms of arthritis. While there are many different forms of arthritis, it’s fair to say that osteoarthritis leads the pack. As musculoskeletal experts,...

Four Causes of Hip Pain Sep 8th, 2021

You’re having trouble sleeping on your side because of hip pain, or perhaps your hips are stiff when you take your first steps in the morning. These are just two signs of underlying hip issues that may warrant closer attention. To help you determine whether you should be concerned about...

How Your Posture Could Be Contributing to Your Pain Aug 12th, 2021

As modern society forces us into more sedentary lifestyles, our collective posture has suffered as a result. While your mother may have chided you for slouching insofar as appearances were concerned, the problem runs far deeper than how you look. Pain in your back, neck, and other areas can be...

Can a Better Diet Help You Manage Pain? Jul 21st, 2021

Your body is incredibly self-sufficient and comes with its own defense, healing, and regenerative systems that help keep you healthy and minimize pain. For these systems to function optimally, however, they require the right fuel — your diet. If you’re struggling with chronic pain, there’s much that the experienced team...

Complications of Untreated Back Pain Jun 29th, 2021

You develop back pain, and you ignore the problem, hoping it will pass on its own. The days turn into weeks, and the weeks into months, and your physical and mental health begin to deteriorate. The complications that stem from untreated back pain are serious and life-altering, which is why...

Common Causes of Chronic Pain May 13th, 2021

You watch as the world whirls around you, wishing you could be more of a participant than a bystander. But chronic pain has other plans and holds you back. The physical, mental, and emotional effects that chronic pain can have on your life are almost without limits, which is why...

5 Treatments for Sciatica Apr 12th, 2021

There’s lower back pain and then there’s sciatica, which is in a class of its own thanks to the symptoms that often radiate down one of your buttocks and legs. When you have sciatica, simple acts like taking a shower can become an exercise in excruciating pain, which makes finding...

Joint Pain: Why Proper Diagnosis Is Important Mar 7th, 2021

The prevalence of chronic joint pain in the United States is nothing short of staggering — more than 54 million people have arthritis alone. This is to say nothing of the millions more who struggle with more acute problems, such as tendon or ligament damage in their joints.  In either...

When to Consider Radiofrequency Ablation Feb 18th, 2021

Your neck, back, or a major joint is in pain, and you just want to move freely again. Unfortunately, that pain often throws up an insurmountable hurdle, preventing you from finding a solution that will go the distance. With radiofrequency ablation, we break down the wall of pain to help...

Trigger Point Injections for Sports Injuries Jan 7th, 2021

The upsides to an active lifestyle are almost too numerous to count, but there are also downsides, such as sports injuries. Your musculoskeletal system is not only complex, but intertwined in such a way that a problem in one area can have a cascading effect, which is certainly the case...

The Emotional and Mental Impact of Chronic Pain Dec 6th, 2020

Slamming your finger in a door can certainly put you in a foul mood as the pain overwhelms your senses and emotions. Now stretch that experience out over months or years, and you can see why chronic pain is a multi-faceted problem that casts a wide net over your physical,...

How to Manage Arthritis During the Colder Months Nov 6th, 2020

Winters in New York can be long, and they're made even longer if you’re struggling with arthritis flare-ups due to the colder temps. If you’re tired of dealing with joint pain during this season, there are ways to manage your arthritis so that you can remain active and pain free....

Is Sciatica Fixable? Oct 15th, 2020

Contrary to what many believe, sciatica isn’t a single condition, but a set of symptoms caused by the irritation of the large sciatic nerve in your lower back. This means that treating sciatica may be different from one person to the next, depending upon what’s causing the problem in the...

Little Known Causes of Knee Pain Sep 17th, 2020

Knee pain is extremely common in the United States, and knee osteoarthritis alone accounts for more than 80% of all osteoarthritis, affecting nearly 20% of the population ages 45 and older.  Outside of arthritis, ligament tears and dislocations are also common drivers of knee pain, but certainly not the only...

When to Consult a Doctor About Lower Back Pain Aug 18th, 2020

To say that lower back pain is common would be an understatement. Lower back pain affects 80% of adults in the United States at some point during their lives and it’s one of the leading causes of missed work days. While many cases of lower back pain resolve themselves with...

When to Visit a Doctor After a Car Accident Jul 27th, 2020

Each year in the United States, three million people are injured in car accidents, and a whopping two million suffer permanent injuries. While many injuries are readily apparent immediately after the accident, some reveal themselves more slowly, and by the time they’re discovered, permanent damage may have already set in....

Natural Approaches to Arthritis Pain Relief Apr 7th, 2020

Arthritis is a catchall term for a host of conditions that cause pain and inflammation in your joints. More than 54 million Americans are diagnosed with some form of arthritis, and experts predict that this number will reach 78 million by the year 2040. No matter the type of arthritis...

Understanding Spinal Stenosis and How Heredity Plays a Role Mar 13th, 2020

Spinal stenosis is a condition in which your spinal canal narrows, placing pressure on your nerves, which can cause pain. While this condition is most often associated with age and wear and tear, heredity does play a significant role in whether you develop stenosis. At Advanced Spine Care and Pain...

Injured at Work? A Thorough Evaluation Is Essential for Effective Treatment Feb 1st, 2020

The numbers surrounding workplace injuries are scary — a worker is injured every 7 seconds in the United States, which totals nearly 13,000 per day. The end result of these injuries are 100 million work days lost to injury. If you’ve been injured at work, your first order of business...

When Muscle Knots Cause Pain, Trigger Point Injections Can Help Jan 1st, 2020

Knots in your muscles or connective tissues are fairly common, especially if you’re under stress or you spend hours hunched over your desk. While they may be common, the pain that results from these little balls of tight tissue is often very uncomfortable. Hot baths, massages, and stretching do provide...

The Right Diagnosis Takes the Right Doctor: How to Choose Yours Dec 1st, 2019

More than 20% of Americans struggle with chronic pain and 8% of people in this group have high-impact pain that limits their lives in significant ways. If you find yourself among the millions who are trying to find a solution for chronic or acute pain, finding the right doctor to...

How Radio Waves Can Silence Your Pain: Is Radiofrequency Ablation Right for You? Nov 1st, 2019

The prevalence of back pain is nothing short of eye-opening: 80% of adults report experiencing lower back pain at some point in their lives, and 20% of those with acute back pain go on to have chronic problems. While these numbers may provide you with some comfort knowing you’re in...

Dealing with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome at an Office Job Oct 1st, 2019

Just as a linebacker can be sidelined by a knee injury, carpal tunnel syndrome can make life very difficult for you if your working hours are mostly spent in front of a computer. While carpal tunnel syndrome may not be as sexy as that knee injury, it’s no less debilitating...

Why You Shouldn't Wait to See a Doctor After a Fender Bender Sep 1st, 2019

You’re at a stoplight and someone rear-ends you. You jump out to make sure that your passengers are OK and to assess the damage. Alas, your rear bumper looks like it’s seen better days. But what about your musculoskeletal structure? The same damage you see on your fender could have...

Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Sciatica Pain Aug 1st, 2019

Sciatica pain has a way of hijacking your entire well-being as you struggle with even the simplest movements that send shooting pain down your back and leg. When you develop sciatica, the initial pain is often the worst, but there are a few things you can do on your own...

Living with Arthritis Jul 1st, 2019

A whopping 54 million people in the United States have doctor-diagnosed arthritis, a number experts predict will rise to 78 million by 2040 as the population ages. Of these numbers, the majority (31 million) grapple with osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease that slowly robs your joints of the ability to move...

I'm Over 50 -- Is Chronic Pain Normal? Jun 1st, 2019

Recent studies found that between 11% and 40% of Americans cope with chronic pain, which are eye-opening numbers. What may not be so surprising is that the prevalence of chronic pain tends to rise in lockstep with age. But is this normal? Here at Advanced Spine Care and Pain Management,...

If You're in Pain, Consider Trigger Point Injections May 1st, 2019

If you’ve suffered from chronic pain, you know how discouraging it can be. Chronic pain often leaves you with feelings of hopelessness and a sense that your symptoms may never subside, no matter what you do. Here at Advanced Spine Care and Pain Management, our pain-management physicians, Dr. Shailesh (Shay)...

The Importance of Pain Medications and Why They Do Work Apr 10th, 2019

If you experience chronic pain from joint injuries, back problems, arthritis, or trauma, you know how debilitating it can be to your daily life. In addition to the areas that constantly throb and ache, chronic pain can cause other conditions, including anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbances. Chronic pain can make...

What You Should Know About the Symptoms and Treatment of Spinal Stenosis Mar 8th, 2019

Your vertebrae form a tunnel that encases your spinal cord. When this tunnel, or spinal canal, narrows, it squeezes these nerves and causes serious symptoms. Spinal stenosis occurs most frequently in the lower back and the neck, but it can occur anywhere along your spine. Not everyone who presents with...

5 Risk Factors that Can Lead to a Herniated Disc Feb 1st, 2019

Do you struggle with pain and weakness from a herniated disc? This condition can happen in your neck or back, and the pain can be enough to slow you down. Understanding what places you at risk of having a herniated disc can help you make healthy self-care choices to minimize...

Steps You Must Take If You’re Injured at Work Jan 15th, 2019

To protect your health and a potential claim for compensation after an injury at work, there are several important things you need to keep in mind. During a medical emergency, it can be chaotic and confusing, especially when your health is at risk. The staff at Advanced Spine Care and...

Why Pain Following Auto Accidents Is Often Delayed Dec 12th, 2018

The shock and surprise of any car accident — even a minor fender bender — can be upsetting. While you may feel protected surrounded by the size and weight of your vehicle, the fact is that tremendous amounts of force get transferred in any collision. Often that force passes through...

Regenerative Medicine Therapies: A Game Changer for Arthritis Sufferers Nov 15th, 2018

Arthritis affects more than 54 million Americans and is the leading cause of disability in the United States. If you suffer from arthritis, you may already know how it keeps you from doing the things you enjoy. While we do everything we can to help you manage your pain here...

4 Treatments That Can Eliminate the Need for Back Surgery Oct 10th, 2018

Experts estimate that at any given time in the United States, more than 30 million adults are living with the kind of chronic back pain that interferes with day-to-day activities. Given that your back health is central to your overall strength, mobility, flexibility, and range of motion, it makes sense...