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Treating Back Pain After an Epidural Nov 1st, 2022

Urethral stricture is a fairly common men’s health problem that has been documented since ancient times. Unfortunately, the treatments for it don’t always prevent recurrence, for what can become a debilitating condition.  Dr. Paul Chung, an expert in men’s health issues, has offered the two most common treatments for urethral stricture, urethral dilation...

Posture Tips for Improving Neck Pain Oct 6th, 2022

Viewing digital screens was already on the rise before the pandemic isolated so many. It was only natural that we turned to smartphones, tablets, and laptops to work, entertain ourselves, and stay connected. Makeshift home offices often advanced ergonomic compromises.  All these factors push your head forward in front of...

Exercises that Help (or Hurt) Your Knees Sep 8th, 2022

The knees are the largest joint in your body, and they’re crucial to move you through your day. Knee pain can make it tough to handle everyday tasks, let alone worrying about exercise.  Yet, building and maintaining the support muscles of the knee might be one of the best pain-killing...

What Are My Pill-Free Options for Pain Relief? Aug 4th, 2022

Rethinking pain management amid the current opioid crisis is a natural progression. In 2019, over 10 million people in the United States misused these prescription medications. Given the potential for side effects and addictions, it simply makes sense to look away from medication-based therapies for chronic pain.  You may be surprised at...

5 Conditions That Cause Lasting Shoulder Pain Jul 7th, 2022

You can feel pain in your shoulder as a result of many injuries or conditions, and not all of them may be problems with the shoulder joint itself. However, when it comes to long-lasting pain, medically referred to as chronic pain, chances are good that it’s from one of five...

Is Your Diet Contributing to Your Back Pain? Jun 1st, 2022

Back pain is a common problem that most adults face at some point in their lives. Though it’s temporary for some, others deal with long-term issues. Lower back pain hits about 25% of American adults in any given three-month period.  Chronic back pain, lasting longer than three months, may involve...

5 Ways Good Posture Is Good for You May 1st, 2022

There’s no escaping posture, whether you’re sitting or standing. It’s like the weather, always there no matter if it’s good or bad. You’ve likely been told to sit up straight or to stop slouching at some point in your life, and no matter what the motivation for it, it’s good...

Try These Stretches If You Have Sciatica Apr 1st, 2022

As many as 40% of Americans experience sciatica, the collective name of the symptoms that arise from compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. It creates pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness, not just at the site of compression. Sciatica has the potential to crop up anywhere along the nerve.  When...

The Link Between Poor Nutrition and Headaches Mar 1st, 2022

Usually, headaches are minor problems, short periods of discomfort with no serious medical reason behind them. Migraines can be more disruptive, as can chronic headaches. About 1 in 5 people with headache issues may have also food sensitivity issues that contribute to their episodes.  Headaches and diet can have several...

Our Medication-Free Pain Management Methods Jan 1st, 2022

Managing chronic pain has long been a challenge. Even when you find a medication that works and has minimal side effects, your body can change its response over time, building resistance to the medication’s effects. This scenario requires increased dosages, increasing the risks of increased complications or addiction.  At Westside...

Are Your Shoes to Blame for Your Knee Pain? Dec 1st, 2021

When it affects you, it doesn’t matter how common knee pain is; you simply need to get past it to get on with life. Could something as simple as a change of shoes be causing your issue? It’s possible.  The mechanics of walking have a big influence on the condition...

How to Manage Back Pain When You're Pregnant Nov 3rd, 2021

Carrying a heavy bag of groceries from your car to the kitchen can take some effort, but it’s nothing compared with the months you spend carrying a developing child. While the human spine is well-suited for managing temporary loads, it’s common when the late stages of pregnancy include back pain. ...

The Healing Benefits of PRP Injections Oct 1st, 2021

The best and most complete healer you’ll encounter is your own body. Left to its own devices, your body carries out many repairs and maintenance tasks without you giving it a single thought.  The field of regenerative medicine recognizes the incredible power of nature and seeks to find ways to...

Treatment for Your Sciatica Sep 1st, 2021

Up to 40% of Americans experience sciatica at some point in their lives, with the risk rising as they get older. Your sciatica episode may be different from others because there’s not a singular cause behind all cases, and sometimes you may have more than one factor contributing to your...

What's Causing My Severe Knee Pain? Aug 2nd, 2021

Occasional knee pain is common, as are knee injuries. There’s a difference, though, between sore, aching knees and episodes where you have serious, debilitating pain. Aches can be trouble enough to work around, while severe pain can stop you in your tracks.  The causes of severe knee pain can vary...

How to Manage Your Arthritis Jul 27th, 2021

More than 1 in 5 American adults are diagnosed with some form of arthritis. Though there are over 100 conditions that fall under the arthritis banner, the most common forms are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Each has a different cause, but both are degenerative diseases that can’t be cured.  However,...

The Valuable Role of IV Therapy in Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Jun 16th, 2021

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) may be affecting as many as 2.5 million people in the United States, with an estimated 90% of them undiagnosed.  This isn’t surprising when you consider that the cause of the condition is unknown. You get more tired when you exert yourself physically or mentally, which...

Symptoms in Your Hands Could Stem From Your Neck May 4th, 2021

Unlike injuries that produce symptoms directly at the affected site, nerve irritation or compression can sometimes create an effect called referred pain. Instead of symptoms at the point of injury, you could experience effects anywhere along the path of the nerve.  It’s possible that tingling, numbness, or pain that you...

How Ketamine May Hold the Key to Relieving Your Chronic Pain Apr 1st, 2021

Everyone endures occasional aches and pains, whether from exertion, injury, or medical condition. Many times, over-the-counter pain medications are all you need. On other occasions, you may need to rest for a few days.  Chronic pain gets diagnosed when your pain symptoms last 12 weeks or longer. Often, it’s not...

Understanding the Healing Power of Stem Cells Mar 2nd, 2021

Patients and doctors alike seek the best and most conservative effective treatments when faced with conditions and illnesses. In particular, the management of chronic pain demands a movement away from drug-based therapies.  When used wisely, opioid pain medications provide excellent short-term pain relief, such as after surgery or an accident....

Here Are Your Alternatives to Prescription Pain Management Feb 2nd, 2021

There’s no question that opioid pain medication, when used knowledgeably and with careful medical oversight, can be effective in controlling chronic pain. However, drawbacks and side effects should make opioids no longer than a short- to medium-term solution.  You need alternatives if your chronic pain condition lasts for years, or...

These Bad Habits Are Making Your Back Pain Worse Jan 1st, 2021

Incidental back pain is one thing. A day of overwork or overuse can slow you down temporarily, but with rest and recovery, you’re back to your normal routine in a day or two without ill effect.  About 16 million American adults, though, suffer from chronic back pain that’s both regular...

What Is Tech Neck? Dec 1st, 2020

Your neck’s primary job is supporting and stabilizing the head. That’s an average load of 11 pounds, on average, supported by 20 muscles and balanced atop seven vertebrae.  It’s a substantial load, and good human posture aids the process by holding this weight over your body’s center of gravity. This...

Regular Back Pain Vs. Sciatica Nov 1st, 2020

Back pain is common. It occurs so widely that 85% of people will suffer from it at some point in their lives. One-quarter of American adults report suffering from back pain within the last three months.  It’s often a tricky problem to diagnose and treat accurately, since causes often seem...

Common Causes of Knee Pain Oct 15th, 2020

The constant stress and strain on your knees means it’s likely you’ll experience knee pain at some point in your life. Dr. James Nassiri and the team at Westside Pain Specialists know and understand the reasons behind knee pain, and they can quickly identify why you’re suffering.  More importantly, they...

PRP and Me: Am I a Candidate? Sep 14th, 2020

If you’ve heard of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, it may be as a sports treatment, helping world-class athletes recover from the wear and tear of elite level performance. While you may be miles behind the abilities of pro athletes, PRP can still be an option for you.  As a drug-free...

Don't Let Arthritis Keep You From Enjoying Life Aug 6th, 2020

With over 100 forms of the disease, arthritis is a collection of joint disorders, not a single, simple condition. Though two types of arthritis comprise most of the diagnosed cases, there are still over 54 million American adults living with some form of the disease. When the pain and accompanying...

Pain Medicine and COVID-19: What You Should Know Jul 9th, 2020

As you navigate your personal health situation during the pandemic stages of COVID-19, there’s plenty of information circulating, both good and bad. Since the coronavirus causing COVID-19 is new and not seen before, the situation changes rapidly, reflecting new discoveries by doctors and researchers. A secondary problem surrounding COVID-19 is the...

How to Prevent Lower Back Pain Jun 8th, 2020

No one plans on back pain, yet 65 million Americans report that they’ve recently experienced a back pain episode. Additionally, 16 million people have chronic back pain that interrupts their ability to fully function through their daily lives. What’s worse is that back pain isn’t a condition, but instead a...

Why Does My Shoulder Hurt? May 13th, 2020

The construction of your shoulder makes it a remarkable joint that’s strong and has a great range of motion. However, it’s also a complex joint that operates with great precision. When one component becomes damaged, irritated, or inflamed, your entire arm may become useless, and the pain could become chronic....

5 Myths About Arthritis Apr 10th, 2020

It’s a surprise to many people that arthritis has more than just a few variations. Instead, arthritis encompasses over 100 conditions, each causing joint inflammation and pain, though osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are by far the most common. Even if you’re aware of this, there are still plenty of myths...

Why You Shouldn't Ignore That Popping Sound in Your Shoulder Mar 2nd, 2020

Crepitus. It sounds a bit ominous, but the medical term for the snaps, crackles, and pops that your body makes from time to time isn’t always bad news. However, the picture is more complex when it’s your shoulder doing the popping. The shoulder is a complex piece of anatomy that...

What's the Difference Between Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis? Feb 1st, 2020

Arthritis isn’t a single disease, but in fact a collective identity for over 100 conditions that cause pain and swelling in the joints of your body. Over 54 million adult Americans are affected by some form of the disease, usually osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, the two most common types.  For...

Resolve to Have a Pain-Free Year: How Regenerative Medicine Can Help Dec 31st, 2019

Despite all the advances in medicine made over the centuries, contemporary healing therapies still can’t match the elegance and power of your own body’s ability to repair itself. The precise nature of both body systems and some illnesses aren’t yet understood, even when we observe the way those systems work....

How Your Weight Affects Your Sciatic Nerve Pain Dec 1st, 2019

If you’re suffering from back pain, you won’t be surprised to learn that it’s the leading cause of disability worldwide. Problems with the sciatic nerve are a common source of such pain, as well as effects that radiate anywhere along the path of the nerve. Pain arising from sciatic nerve...

Is Back Pain Normal As You Age? Nov 1st, 2019

Back pain is virtually inevitable. As you read this, about 31 million Americans are currently suffering from back pain. It’s the leading cause of disability around the world and among the primary reasons for missed time in the workplace. Costs associated with medical care and lost wages could amount to...

This Is How Arthritis Affects Your Joints Oct 1st, 2019

Any of the more than 100 types of arthritis can cause tenderness and swelling of your joints, but not always for the same reasons. The most common forms of the disease, however, result in the deterioration of affected joints and may eventually lead to permanent disability without effective treatment. Osteoarthritis...

Why You Should Consider Ketamine as Part of Your Pain Management Routine Sep 1st, 2019

One contributor to the current opioid crisis is chronic pain. When there’s no treatment or cure for a pain-causing condition, or when the reasons behind chronic pain aren’t entirely clear, pain management is often the only option for care.  However, prolonged use of many pain-relief drugs, including opioids, can create...

The Dangers of Tech Neck Aug 1st, 2019

Daily living can be a pain in the neck. If it feels like that more often, it may be due to changes that common technology brings into your life. It’s called tech neck, or sometimes, text neck.  By either name, it’s a pain syndrome that sources back to questionable ergonomics...

The Benefits of IV Vitamin Therapy for Fibromyalgia Pain Jul 1st, 2019

Chronic pain is never easy to contend with, and when fibromyalgia is the cause, there’s no treatment leading to a cure. The condition can only be managed, typically with a combination of therapies and pain medications. While techniques such as physical and occupational therapy can provide some drug-free benefits, overuse...

When Your Neck Pain Could be the Sign of a More Serious Problem May 31st, 2019

If you’re dealing with neck pain, chances are it’s nothing serious. Perhaps you’re suffering from tension, you were hunched over a table or workbench, or you simply strained a muscle with some long-forgotten motion. In these cases, you can likely get some relief through self-care and rest. When neck pain...

3 Amazing Benefits of Amniotic Regenerative Cell Therapy May 6th, 2019

Chronic pain often results from conditions that cause tissue to deteriorate faster rate than your body can repair it. The exciting field of regenerative medicine looks at ways to help your body heal naturally. One strategy that can often produce results seeks to augment the resources available to your body’s...

Will I Need Surgery to Cure My Chronic Shoulder Pain? Apr 1st, 2019

When your shoulder starts to hurt, it won’t matter to you that shoulder pain is common, or that many problems are minor or short-term. When you can’t perform simple, daily tasks that you’ve always done, the important moment is now. When shoulder pain turns chronic, it may seem there’s no...

How PRP Can Help With Treating Chronic Pain Mar 1st, 2019

Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons why people seek medical help. It’s a leading cause of lost time in the workplace as well as a primary reason for long-term disability. A strong contributor to the worldwide opioid crisis, chronic pain can be difficult to treat, particularly when...

What You Should Know About Ketamine Infusion Therapy Feb 1st, 2019

Suffering through chronic pain may make you feel isolated and alone, but in fact you have plenty of company. It’s estimated that 100 million Americans, about 1 in 10, have experienced episodes of pain lasting three months or longer, part of the 1.5 billion chronic pain sufferers worldwide. Chronic pain...

You Don't Have to Continue Living In Pain: Learn More About Pain Management Specialists Jan 9th, 2019

When pain results as part of a medical condition, it’s logical to think that your primary care physician is your go-to source for pain management, and usually that’s the case. However, there are other times when pain itself is the condition, whether due to your body’s deterioration or as a...

Why Sciatica Pain Should Never Be Ignored Dec 6th, 2018

Pain stemming from a sciatica episode can range from annoying to debilitating, as anyone who’s experienced the complex pain of sciatic nerve irritation already knows. The pain can affect your lower back as well as anywhere along the nerve’s path, from the spine to the foot, on either side —...

How PRP Is Changing The Way People Deal With Pain Nov 16th, 2018

When pain is dominating your life, it’s tough to keep up with your everyday duties. Finding time or energy for the things you enjoy becomes difficult, if not impossible. Traditional pain relief treatments using drug therapy often carry side effects including drug resistance and dependence, and surgical solutions can be...

Stem Cell Therapy: What Are The Benefits? Oct 12th, 2018

Your body already has some remarkable self-healing mechanisms. You may not think much about it when you have a small cut. You simply count on your body to do what’s necessary to repair the damage underneath the adhesive bandage you apply. Your body actively works to fix other types of...

Understanding the Steps to Dealing with Chronic Pain Sep 26th, 2018

More than 25 million people (11% of the population) in the United States face chronic pain every day when they wake up, and the physical and mental toll this takes cannot be understated. While it may be of some comfort to know that you’re not alone, these numbers do little...

Am I a Good Candidate for PRP? Aug 24th, 2018

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a cutting-edge procedure that’s highly effective for chronic pain and injuries. It uses your body’s own healing mechanisms and applies them right where you need them. At Westside Pain Specialists, we understand how this innovative procedure works and know that while it can help many,...

What Is Frozen Shoulder? Jul 20th, 2018

When you have pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion in your shoulder, you may have adhesive capsulitis or frozen shoulder. Women more commonly have the condition as compared to men and it usually shows up between the ages of 40 and 60.Frozen shoulder is characterized by gradually worsening symptoms...

5 Great Ways to Exercise When You Have Arthritis Jun 4th, 2018

Arthritis, in all its many forms, presents a huge dilemma for sufferers: One of the best ways to fight back — exercise — is blocked by the disease itself. Arthritis is a catchall term for more than 100 conditions that cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in your joints. Most people...

10 Tips to Relieve Tech Neck May 16th, 2018

If you’ve noticed that your neck is stiff and sore, and you have trouble moving your head, your phone or laptop might be the culprit. Constantly bending your head to see how many “likes” you’ve gotten, to play another round of Fortnite, or to catch up on the news can...

PRP: A Game-Changer for Aging Joints Apr 25th, 2018

The aging process brings several striking changes to your body that go deeper than the physical observations you notice when looking in the mirror. Hidden beneath the surface of your skin, your joints are changing as well.Joints form wherever two bones come together and create flexibility within your skeleton. They’re...

How to Protect Your Knees During Exercise Mar 29th, 2018

You’re born with two knees that are amazingly versatile and give you the freedom to move from place to place. With proper care and exercise, you can prevent unnecessary damage to your knee joints and help prevent painful conditions, like osteoarthritis, from developing.There are a lot of ways knee damage...

Can Sciatica Symptoms Be Dangerous? Feb 14th, 2018

You’re familiar with the sciatic nerve if you’ve ever had lower back pain originating on one side, centered on the buttock, with accompanying sensations down the leg on that side. The sciatic nerves branch off from the spine in the lower back and provide sensations down each leg, ending at...

Is My Pain Condition Real? Why Chronic Pain Can Seem Psychosomatic Jan 31st, 2018

Conditions that cause chronic pain can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint or trace back to a physical origin. With fibromyalgia, for example, the pain reaction might be out of proportion with any physical explanation of the pain sensation or its severity. For that reason, this or similar pain without a...

The Connection Between Stress and Chronic Pain Nov 27th, 2017

Chronic pain takes a relentless toll on both the body and mind of the sufferer. With no reprieve from pain and discomfort, stress becomes an ever-increasing burden. However, there’s a reverse relationship between stress and chronic pain as well, where physical malady follows the presence of chronic stress, rather than...

8 Alternative Therapies for Easing Arthritis Pain Oct 20th, 2017

Arthritis is the most common joint disease and the leading cause of disability in the United States. It’s also a disease that gets progressively worse with age, so you need treatments that are safe for the long haul and effective enough to help you stay active.While temporary pain relief can...