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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 […]

Why won’t the Surgeon Operate on my Spine?

There are legitimate reasons why a Surgeon will not offer elective spine surgery on patients. Bear in mind,  we are talking ELECTIVE SPINE SURGERY,  not emergency surgery.    As you know,  elective surgery may definitely be warranted,  as the patient has debilitating pain,  or loss of function that does not improve with non surgical care. […]

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 […]

You Will have Back Pain

Hi my name is dr. John Shim and I want to talk about a topic that's very familiar to all of you and that's back pain. The truth is if you live long enough you'll have back pain. When you're in your teens some develop back pain that's related to sports or […]

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 […]