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

Tennis Elbow: New Biological Breakthrough Treatments
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Do you love tennis but your elbow pain is too much to bear? Do you love fishing but can’t stand the elbow pain? You may have a condition known as Tennis Elbow. If the elbow pain has been present for longer than 6 months, then you may have chronic lateral epicondylitis. Well, New Breakthrough treatments at Carolina Sports and Spine for lateral epicondylitis are proving beneficial to end the suffering of thousands of patients. What is Lateral Epicondylitis or tennis … 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

Why exercise is so important for your spine…
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Spinal Arthritis Treatment The way that I try to explain this to all my patients is that our spine is like the mast on a ship.  The spine is pretty static by itself. In fact, by itself, the spine could only support about 35-40lbs.  Of course, we weigh a lot more than that. On a ship, the mast would surely break if it were not for the strong rope supports and riggings that keep the mast in place and upright. … Read More

Levator Scapulae Neck Pain… What is it?
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Frankenstein Neck     The following exercises help alleviate the muscles in your neck: Sometimes the area of pain will benefit from conservative measures like ice, stretching and rest.  See stretching exercises above.   If these techniques do not work, it may be necessary to try massage with trigger point work or trigger point injections with a physician.  A physician can achieve a great deal of success with a simple lidocaine or sterile fluid injection into the painful trigger points … Read More