Medial Branch Blocks: Effective Spine Arthritis Pain Treatment
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Arthritis Pain Relief of the Spine: Medial Branch Blocks Rocky Mount, Wilson and Raleigh Medial branch nerves are small nerves that feed out from the facet joints in the spine and carry pain signals from the facet joints to the brain. A medial branch nerve block is a procedure in which an anesthetic is injected near small medial nerves connected to a specific facet joint.  The illustration below shows the facet joints with medial branch nerves innervating the joints at … Read More

What is a facet joint cyst?
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What is a facet joint cyst? A facet joint cyst is a fluid-filled sac that is an out-pouching of the capsule that surrounds the facet joints.  Facet joint cysts are typically found in the lumbar spine and are most often related to degeneration.  The facet joint cysts can be present in the neuroforaminal space or in the extra-foraminal area.  When the cyst is located in the neuroforaminal space, patients may experience radicular legs symptoms and discomfort.    When the cyst … Read More

The Top 5 Anti-Inflammatory Herbs
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The Top 5 Herbs to Reduce Inflammation   Modern Western Diet is pro-inflammatory mainly because of all the processed foods that we eat and imbalances in the omega-6’s to omega-3’s.  Eating more natural unprocessed foods and food rich in omega-3’s can reduce inflammation, decrease pain and help you lose weight.  Further, certain herbs and ingredients carry potent anti-inflammatory properties.  Try to incorporate these anti-inflammatory herbs and ingredients into your cooking and you could be on the right path to weight … Read More

The 7 Most Important Decisions You Can Make to Avoid Back Surgery (Part 3 of 7)
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The 7 Most Important Decisions You Can Make to Avoid Back Surgery (Part 3/7) Decide to get Skinny Of course, we live in a society of great abundance and it shows in so many negative ways.  We suffer from alarming obesity rates mainly because we carry thrifty genes.  These thrifty genes helped our ancestors survive times of extreme famine by storing excess food as fat on our bodies.  Unfortunately, these thrifty genes work against us in times of tremendous abundance … Read More

The 7 Most Important Decisions You Can Make to Avoid Back Surgery (Part 1/7)
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Radiofrequency ablation for back pain (This is a 7-part series that will help you explore decisions that could help you avoid Back Surgery. Always talk to your doctor before starting any health program to see if it’s right for you.) First, we need to understand a little about the sources and causes of back pain.  Unfortunately, there are many sources for a person’s back pain. the main sources are muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs, joints and nervous tissues.  Anyone of tissues … Read More