You Will have Back Pain

We do not have time for Back Pain. But, unfortunately, there is a good chance we will all experience back pain at sometime in our lives.  The good news is that most episodes of back pain are not serious and resolve over time. Physicians are always on the lookout for more serious causes of back […]

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

The holidays usually bring out the best and the worst of us all. We fall off our exercise regimen, we eat food that is not good for us, we drink too much, we get  less sleep and we spend more money . One of these problems can lead to depression and/ or back pain. All […]

Cool it Off or Heat it Up ?

One of the biggest questions we get after an injury is “should I put heat or ice on this?” It seems so simple, but it is one of the most controversial questions in injury medicine. Let’s talk…. There have been many studies done on the efficacy of heat or ice on joint, muscle or soft […]

Pain on a Plane; How to Avoid it

Pain on a Plane ; How to Avoid it 1.73 million people take a plane in America every day. The vast majority of these trips are business related but sooner or later almost everyone has a reason to get on a plane. A good portion of these people have neck or low back pain and […]

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 […]

Epidural Steroid Injections ; Do They Work?

hi I'm Dr. John Shim and today I want to talk about lumbar epidural steroid injections. Many of you have had this recommendation already made by your doctors. So what really is an epidural injection? To make it very simple basically you take a small needle you place it through the skin […]


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