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Can Changing Your Posture Reduce Chronic Chronic Pain? Sep 1st, 2020

Whether you’re sitting at a desk, standing in line at the grocery store, or relaxing on the couch, poor posture can stress and strain muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons.  When slouching becomes a habit, a temporary crick in your neck or ache in your back can worsen and become chronic....

Understanding Pain Management Aug 6th, 2020

Chronic pain can become a life-changing disability that makes it hard to perform even the simplest of tasks. The good news? Many effective treatments exist that can get you moving again and enjoying the active life you crave. John S. Michels, MD, is an award-winning physician who specializes in relieving...

Injections for Knee Pain: Understand Your Options Jul 8th, 2020

Aching, painful knees are a common complaint for people of all ages. Knee pain is related to a wide variety of issues, including sports injuries, overuse, arthritis, and sedentary lifestyles.  The good news? A pain medicine specialist can help relieve your discomfort and restore your mobility without surgery. John S....

What Causes Upper Back Pain? Jun 23rd, 2020

Pain is not a pleasant experience. But it can be a helpful signal from your body that something has gone awry. Understanding why something hurts is the first step in developing a successful treatment strategy.  That’s certainly the case with upper back pain, which can be related to anything from...

How Your Autoimmune Disease Contributes to Your Peripheral Neuropathy May 13th, 2020

Peripheral neuropathy affects the normal functioning of nerves that exist outside your brain and spinal column. There are about 100 different types of peripheral neuropathy, many of which affect the sensory nerves. These are the nerves that help your brain identify certain sensations your skin feels, such as temperature, texture,...

What to Expect During Your Rhizotomy Apr 10th, 2020

A nonsurgical rhizotomy, also known as radiofrequency (RF) ablation or RF neurotomy, uses heat to disrupt pain signals that travel from your nerves to your brain. Working in much the same way as injections that temporarily numb the nerves, a rhizotomy rises to the next level by relieving back, neck,...

5 Treatment Options for Your Neck Pain Mar 3rd, 2020

Neck pain is a common ailment in the United States. It’s often due to poor posture, muscle strain, or the effects of aging. Regardless of the cause, though, ongoing neck pain and stiffness can make it hard to work, play, or rest. John S. Michels, MD is a highly skilled...

Solutions for Painful Peripheral Neuropathy Feb 1st, 2020

John S. Michels, MD, is a pain management doctor with a thriving practice in Dallas, Texas. As a former NFL Super Bowl champion (Green Bay Packers) who retired due to a career-ending injury, he has a unique compassionate perspective on the complex nature of pain and how it can impact...

Gaining the Upper Hand on Chronic Headaches Jan 1st, 2020

If you have chronic headaches, you don’t have to resign yourself to just living with them. There are things you can do to help prevent getting them. And, if needed, medical treatment is available as well. John S. Michels, MD, of Interventional Spine & Pain in Dallas specializes in pain...

Strategies for Avoiding Back Pain During the Holidays Dec 2nd, 2019

With nearly 65 million Americans reporting a recent incident of back pain and 16 million adults experiencing chronic back pain, the chances are high that you or someone in your family will experience back pain at some point during the holidays. It only makes sense that back pain increases over...

These 3 Habits Are Causing Your Neck Pain Nov 1st, 2019

Are you suffering from neck pain? If so, you’re in good company. Approximately one-quarter of American adults experience neck pain at some point in their lives. Your neck plays an important role in your health. Not only does it protect your spinal cord, but it’s also home to the nerves, muscles,...

How to Live an Active Life While Managing Knee Pain Oct 1st, 2019

Does your knee pain act up when you try to garden, walk the dog, or play a game of tennis? Most likely, you wonder whether staying active will make things worse or if you should simply elevate and ice the offending knee and call it a day. There’s a short...

Is Lower Back Pain Holding You Back From Doing the Activities You Love? Sep 1st, 2019

Have you been experiencing chronic, prolonged back pain? Is it increasingly difficult to continue doing the activities you love – exercising, sports, or playing with your kids? You are definitely not alone. As many as 20% of adults have severe pain that warrants pain management. Luckily, you don’t have to...

The Best Long-Lasting Treatments for Chronic Back Pain Aug 1st, 2019

Chances are, you’ll experience back pain at some point in your life — perhaps due to an injury, overdoing an activity, or tweaking your back in some way. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, 80% of all adults will suffer a bout of low back pain during...

How Spinal Cord Stimulators are Delivering Drug-Free Relief for Chronic Back Pain Jul 1st, 2019

You’ve tried over-the-counter and prescription medications. You’ve gone to the chiropractor and have received physical therapy. You’ve also used hot pads, ice packs, and different shaped pillows. But your back pain still persists. When nothing works, it’s easy to feel like you’re at your wit’s end. But don’t give up....

Why Regenerative Medicine Therapies Are a Boon For Joint Injuries May 31st, 2019

Regenerative medicine is a branch of medicine that focuses on using the body’s own healing processes to treat illnesses, pain, and injuries. This new branch of medicine is responsible for all organ and tissue transplants, including stem cell therapies and platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP). Stem cell therapy and PRP are...

When is an Epidural Steroid Injection the Best Option for Chronic Back Pain? May 9th, 2019

When your back is hurting, you’ll do whatever it takes to feel better, because you lose too much time at work and at play when you’re injured. Sadly, low back pain is a common problem and affects nearly everyone at some point in their life. It’s not only professional athletes...