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Managing Your Neuropathy Symptoms Nov 10th, 2022

More than 20 million Americans suffer from peripheral neuropathy. This painful condition affects the network of nerves that connects your central nervous system (your spinal cord and brain) and the rest of your body. Peripheral neuropathy happens when one or more of the peripheral nerves are damaged.  While peripheral neuropathy...

5 Mechanical Problems That Fuel Back Pain Oct 1st, 2022

Millions of people suffer from back pain, making it one of the most common reasons for women and men to visit their doctors. While some acute back pain is caused by muscle strain, falls, or other accidents, many painful symptoms are driven by underlying problems with the spine or its...

What Does a Herniated Disc Feel Like? Sep 1st, 2022

Disc disease affects thousands of Americans yearly, and your risk of developing a herniated disc is even greater if you’re older. Treating herniated discs is important for preventing the problem from worsening —but recognizing the symptoms can be difficult if you’ve never had one before. Jonathan Gentile, MD, is skilled...

When is Neck Pain a Sign of a Serious Medical Condition? Aug 4th, 2022

There’s a good reason we call someone annoying a “pain in the neck.” It’s because neck pain is annoying, too, and without treatment, it can take a toll on your quality of life.  Neck pain is also very common — it’s one the most common causes of musculoskeletal pain. That’s probably partly...

What You Should Know About Your Upcoming Intracept Procedure Jul 11th, 2022

About 65 million Americans suffer from lower back pain at any given time. That includes people who have acute or temporary back pain, along with about 16 million people whose symptoms are chronic — either continuous or recurrent. Chronic lower back pain isn’t just uncomfortable. It can quickly take over your life,...

Do You Have These Telltale Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis? Jun 1st, 2022

As many as a half million Americans suffer from the painful symptoms of spinal stenosis, a “narrowing” of the spinal canal that happens more often as we get older. Although it’s common, spinal stenosis is just one possible cause of chronic back pain or neck pain, which makes accurate diagnosis especially important. Jonathan Gentile, MD,...

How Radiofrequency Energy Could Bring Relief to Your Aching Back May 4th, 2022

Most of us suffer from a little temporary back pain from time to time, and usually, with a little TLC, symptoms resolve within a week or less. But for people with chronic back pain, their symptoms last indefinitely, often interfering with their daily activities and detracting from their quality of life....

3 Types of Nerves Associated with Neuropathy Pain Apr 7th, 2022

At least 20 million Americans have peripheral neuropathy, a group of more than 100 medical conditions that affect the nerves outside of your central nervous system. Although there are many types of neuropathy, the symptoms among all these types are similar, depending a lot on the type of nerves that are affected....

7 Telltale Signs of Disc Degeneration Mar 9th, 2022

Your discs are the unsung heroes of your spine, resting quietly between each pair of vertebrae where they provide protection and cushioning for your bones and nerves. But if you’re one of the millions of Americans with disc degeneration, you’re keenly aware of your discs — and the pain that...

Am I A Candidate for Spinal Cord Stimulation? Feb 1st, 2022

Chronic pain affects millions of Americans, taking a toll physically and emotionally, too. While pain medicine can help, most people need higher and higher doses to stay on top of their symptoms, increasing their risks of serious complications. But that doesn’t mean you have to suffer — there is an...

7 Ways to Alleviate Painful Sciatica Jan 1st, 2022

Sharp, aching, burning, stinging: Sciatica pain can be described using a lot of different terms, but no matter which words you use, one thing’s for sure — you want to find relief as quickly as possible. Sciatica happens when the long sciatic nerve is compressed or “pinched” where it exits...

Is Working From Home a Pain in Your Neck? Dec 1st, 2021

Working from home sounds idyllic, right? No long commute, spending extra time with your family (or on your own), and you can do your job right from the comfort of your own home. What could be better? There certainly are some advantages to working from home, but as millions of...

Are You a Candidate for Kyphoplasty? Nov 15th, 2021

Back pain is a common medical complaint, and it becomes even more common as we get older. Knowing what’s causing your back pain is the first step toward getting the right treatment. For some patients, a minimally invasive procedure called kyphoplasty is the best option for relieving back pain symptoms....

You Don't Have to Live With Neck Pain Oct 14th, 2021

Neck pain is a common medical complaint, with an annual prevalence rate of more than 30%. Worldwide, neck pain is the fourth leading cause of disability, and research shows more than half of all people will have significant neck pain during their lifetimes. Most often, neck pain is acute —...

Using Corticosteroids to Treat Disc Degeneration Sep 12th, 2021

Lots of problems can cause back pain, including overexertion, heavy lifting, and even poor posture. But as you get older, other problems can lead to painful symptoms in your back and neck, including age-related changes in your spine’s shock-absorbing discs — a condition called disc degeneration. Disc degeneration happens when...

What’s Causing Your Sciatica? Aug 18th, 2021

If you’re suffering from the nagging aches and pains of sciatica, you’re not alone. As many as 40% of Americans are right there with you, dealing with nagging pain in their back, buttocks, or legs. Even though sciatica involves the nerves in your lower back, it can cause a lot...

5 Risk Factors That Can Lead to a Herniated Disc Jul 22nd, 2021

Herniated discs are a relatively common cause of spine pain, especially in the lower back and the neck — the two most flexible areas of the spine. Researchers estimate about 2% of adults experience a herniated disc each year in the United States. Located between each pair of spine bones...

How Kyphoplasty Works to Relieve Your Lower Back Pain Jun 30th, 2021

If you have lower back pain, you’ve got a lot of company. The World Health Organization says low back pain is very common worldwide, affecting as many as 70% of people in industrialized countries like the United States.  Lots of factors can cause lower back pain, including: Being overweight or...

Living With Neuropathy (And What You Can Do About It) May 27th, 2021

At least 20 million Americans have been diagnosed with some form of neuropathy, according to the National Institutes of Health. The agency also points out that number doesn’t include the many men and women who suffer from neuropathy symptoms, but haven’t been “officially” diagnosed with the condition. Causing symptoms like...

Mainstay Reactiv8 -- treatment for chronic low back pain Apr 30th, 2021

https://mainstay-medical.com/en/home Myself and my colleagues were excited to be part of a study showing the efficacy of Reactiv8.  We were asstounded by the results which you can see for yourself in the published study.  Reactiv8 has allowed us to help this huge subset of patients with chronic low back pain...

Spinal Cord Stimulation: What to Expect Apr 6th, 2021

Experiencing chronic pain can take a physical and mental toll on you. If you’ve already tried various non-surgical pain management techniques with little or no success, spinal cord stimulation might be the right solution. Board-certified pain management specialist Jonathan Gentile, MD, of Indiana Spine Group often recommends spinal cord stimulation...