Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc DiseaseWhat 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. Read more…


The Importance of Cross-Training and Core Weakness for Runners

The Importance of Cross-Training and Core Weakness for RunnersRunning 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 events. The Chicago and New York Marathons now rely on a lottery system to gain entry into their events. Read more…


Cold Weather and Back Pain

Cold Weather and Back PainWhy 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. Read more…


Migraines and Headache Launch

Migraines and Headache LaunchA 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 disabling condition that must be treated with absolute haste to abort the headache as quickly as possible. Read more…


Sphenopalatine Ganglion Nerve Block

Sphenopalatine Ganglion Nerve BlockWhat 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. The current indications for SPG blocks includeL chronic/episodic migraines, cluster headaches, trigeminal neuralgia, and medication overuse headaches. The toughest obstacle of performing the SPG has always been location. The SPG, as stated earlier, is located centrally behind the nose, inferiorly to the eyes. Read more…