Category: Pain Management

Genicular Nerve Blocks for Chronic Knee Pain

Raj N. Sureja, MD As an Interventional Pain Management Physician, I treat patients with therapies designed to address their chronic pain with injection procedures as an alternative to surgery.  One of the more challenging pain issues I see is chronic knee pain.  Some patients have severely arthritic knees but because of health reasons, they cannot… Read more »

Why Does the Cold Weather Make my Chronic Pain Worse?

Jenny L.F. Andrus, MD If old wives could tell tales, they might let you know that your joints could predict the weather and let you know when rain is coming, or a cold spell was getting ready to move into the area.  As physicians, we typically would say that it was coincidental that our patients… Read more »

Is my Sciatica Caused by a Spinal Issue or my Piriformis Muscle?

Mark W. McFarland, MD Sciatica is a catch-all term that is used for pain that runs from the lower back through the buttock, down the thigh and calf, into the foot.  It is named thusly after the sciatic nerve, which when compressed, inflamed, or irritated in some way, causes the tell-tale signs of burning, numbness,… Read more »

Kyphosis FAQs

Mark W. McFarland, DO Doesn’t everyone have curves in their spine? Absolutely.  A normal spine has several shallow alternating curves, which helps it to balance the weight of the head, and evenly distribute the weight of the body in alignment from the shoulders to the hips, knees and feet. What is Kyphosis? This medical term… Read more »

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Dr. Andrew Martin

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD What is psychodynamic therapy? Psychodynamic therapy is an evidence-based psychotherapy treatment for depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship problems. Psychodynamic therapy focuses on unconscious conflict. Unconscious conflict occurs when the brain tries to think two opposite things at the same time. For instance, trying to see one’s life as safe and controllable,… Read more »

How Untreated Bone Fractures Occur – Part I

Dr. Carlson in the operating room

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE It may be hard to imagine that someone would have a bone fracture and not seek appropriate medical treatment or that it could be missed by a practitioner during an exam.  However, this happens more often than you might think.  In three articles, I’ll detail the reasons why broken bones… Read more »

October 10 is World Mental Health Day

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD I am excited as I think about World Mental Health Day (Oct 11.), because this is a great time for mental healthcare. Attitudes toward mental health and mental healthcare continue changing in a positive direction, people are more savvy about their emotional wellbeing, and more help is available than ever before.1… Read more »

What is Norepinephrine?

Dr. Raj Sureja

Raj N. Sureja, MD As an Interventional Pain Management Physician, I often work with patients who suffer from nerve-related chronic pain aka neuropathic pain.  It is very important for me to understand how nerves function and communicate with one another and the best ways to help them heal or modulate when they are damaged or… Read more »

What is Serotonin? Part I

Dr. Jenny Andrus

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD You may have heard or read about serotonin and its role in the regulation of depression and mood in the human brain. However, this miracle neurotransmitter and hormone plays an important role in quite a few brain functions and bodily functions.  When it is well balanced, we typically feel good. … Read more »