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What is Inflammation and What Does it Do?

 When your body recognizes anything that is foreign—such as an invading microbe, plant pollen, or chemical, it can trigger what is called an inflammatory response. This is your body’s protective reaction and very often keeps you from becoming ill. If the inflammation persists, it can end up hurting you instead of helping you. Many major […]

Fish Oil. Friend or Foe?

There is always someone out there with an answer to life’s problems. Generally, it is something that is going to cost you money, not be complete proven, and be otherwise found in nature. Fish-oil is one of these “answers”.   Let’s talk….. Experts are divided on their opinions about fish oil supplements for the general […]

Turmeric, Is it the Answer?

Turmeric, Is it the Answer? Turmeric, a spice used in India for hundreds of years and known to be a powerful medicine is now being researched for it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The most important compound in Turmeric is Curcumin which is about 3% of basic Turmeric. All studies are based on extracts that are […]

Depression and Back Pain, The Holiday Hangover

Hi I'm dr. John Shim and today I want to talk about a very uncomfortable subject for many of you it's about depression and its relationship to back and neck pain. Right now it's the holiday season and many are preparing for traditions including family gatherings gift exchanges and parties. The hidden […]

Cool it Off or Heat it Up ?

Hi this is dr. John Shim and today I want to talk about a very common and controversial topic, and that's the use of ice versus heat for back pain. We all know that for acute injuries such as sprained ankles or twisted knees using ice is the preferred method it decreases […]

Pain on a Plane; How to Avoid it

Hi I'm dr. John Shim. Today I want to answer questions about advice people asked me about back pain and air travel. We all live very busy lives now and we travel a lot. The statistic is 1.7 million Americans daily get on a plane to travel. Most of the time for […]

Is Your Handbag causing your Pain? Weigh it.

It happened again today. A healthy looking 40 year old showed up at the office with complaints of severe neck pain and right arm numbness and tingling. Her MRI showed some mild disc degeneration but nothing that should really be causing the problems she was describing. She insisted that every time she walked for long […]

Yoga: An Easy way to Prevent and Treat Back Pain

In a study funded by NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH),  a team led by Dr. Robert Saper at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center studied 320 predominantly low-income, racially diverse adults with moderate to severe chronic low back pain. Results were published online on June 20, 2017, in […]

Medial Branch Facet Injections and Radiofrequency Ablation – Another Option for Pain Control

Medial Branch Facet Injections and Radiofrequency Ablation -Another Option for Pain Control For certain people, the source of back pain is the irritation associated with cartilage wear in the facet joints of the spine.  This wear and tear can cause pain that comes from the facets themselves, as the bones wear on each other, or […]

Backpack to Backache? What They Need to Know.

Watch your kids this year as they leave your car to go in to school. Keep an eye as they run for the bus. Are they leaning forward as they walk? Is there a limp? Do they complain of back pain or leg pain? It’s time for a backpack check-up. Let’s talk…… First pick up […]