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Are Your Shoes to Blame for Your Knee Pain? Sep 1st, 2022

Dr. John S. Michels is an award-winning pain management specialist with a busy practice in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas.  He’s also an NFL Super Bowl champion with a unique perspective on the life-altering effects of chronic pain. That experience drew him to his medical specialty and dedication to providing minimally...

A Closer Look at Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Aug 1st, 2022

John S. Michels, MD, is an award-winning pain management specialist with a busy practice in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. He has significant experience accurately diagnosing and successfully treating painful nerve disorders like complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Read more about CRPS and the nonsurgical therapies Dr. Michels provides to eliminate your pain...

Bad Habits That Are Making Your Neck Pain Worse Jul 1st, 2022

Neck pain is often linked to something as simple as using the wrong pillow. But it may also result from a more complex issue such as osteoarthritis, herniated disc, or compressed nerve. Dr. John S. Michels is a pain management specialist with an award-winning medical practice in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. He...

What Are My Options for Alleviating Cervical and Lumbar Facet Arthritis Pain? Jun 1st, 2022

Award-winning pain management specialist Dr. John S. Michels provides comprehensive treatment for chronic and acute pain at his busy practice in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas. Dr. Michels has significant expertise in restoring mobility and improving his patients’ overall quality of life with the most effective, nonsurgical therapies available for peripheral neuropathy and other nerve...

Osteoarthritis and Back Pain: What You Need To Know May 1st, 2022

Award-winning physician John S. Michels, MD, is well-known for the highly effective, minimally invasive pain management therapies he offers at his busy practice in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. Dr. Michels is also a former NFL Super Bowl champion who suffered a career-ending injury. That experience prompted his decision to specialize in...

Bothered by Migraines? Botox May Help Apr 1st, 2022

Botox® has always been about more than treating wrinkles. Physicians were using it to treat strabismus (crossed eyes) in the late 1970s, when they accidentally discovered it reduced the appearance of frown lines in the brow area. Since then, it’s been used for treating painful muscle spasticity related to cerebral palsy, overactive...

5 Ways to Protect Your Joints from Pain and Damage Mar 1st, 2022

Dr. John S. Michels is a well-known interventional pain management specialist with a busy practice in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He excels at controlling joint pain but prefers to prevent it from happening in the first place whenever possible. Read Dr. Michels’ tips for protecting your joints from damage and...

Can Neck Pain Be a Sign of Disease? Feb 1st, 2022

John S. Michels, MD, is a former pro athlete and award-winning pain management physician in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas.  He is well-known for blending advanced medical treatments such as regenerative medicine therapies with a practical, patient-first approach to controlling pain that’s structured to meet your needs. What diseases...

When Should I Seek Professional Help for My Chronic Pain? Jan 1st, 2022

It’s sometimes hard to determine when and whether you should see a specialist for chronic pain, because it typically starts subtly and builds over time. But there’s no reason to wait until pain takes over your life before seeking specialty care. John S. Michels, M.D. is a pain management specialist...

4 Common Sports Injuries That Affect the Knee Dec 1st, 2021

Although they’re the largest joints in your body, your knees encounter a lot of stress and strain during a normal day.  That’s amplified in any sport that requires running, jumping, or quick changes in direction. This activity greatly increases your risk of a knee injury, which can put you on...

Suffering from Sciatica (Radiculopathy)? Epidural Steroid Injections Can Help Nov 1st, 2021

Dr. John S. Michels is an interventional pain management specialist with a thriving practice in the Dallas/Fort Worth region of Texas.  This former NFL first-round draft pick and Super Bowl champion provides highly effective treatments to reverse the painful effects of a wide variety of issues, including nerve damage related...

How Kyphoplasty Works Oct 1st, 2021

If you suffer back pain due to spinal compression fractures, kyphoplasty can help.  John S. Michels, MD, is a pain management specialist with a busy practice in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. He is renowned for his medical skill and has regularly received numerous awards for delivering highly successful,...

Learn Your Options for Alleviating Cervical and Lumbar Facet Arthritis Pain Sep 1st, 2021

Symptoms of facet joint arthritis often start as a dull ache and stiffness in the back or neck. Depending on where the arthritic joints are located on your spine, the discomfort can intensify and eventually spread to your buttocks, shoulders, or back of the head.   Dr. John S. Michels is...

Treating Vertebral Compression Fractures With Kyphoplasty Aug 1st, 2021

Compression fractures occur most frequently in the mid to upper (thoracic) spine and at the upper most portion of the lumbar (lower) spine. These painful fractures are often linked to decreased bone density due to osteoporosis. Pain management expert Dr. John S. Michels shares insight about compression fractures from his...

When to See a Specialist About Chronic Pain Jul 6th, 2021

About 50 million adults in the United States struggle with chronic pain conditions. Technically, chronic pain is any pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks, but should you really wait three months to see a specialist? John S. Michels, MD, is an award-winning pain management specialist in the Dallas-Fort Worth...

4 Effective Treatments for Chronic Neck Pain Jun 6th, 2021

John S. Michels, MD, is a top-level pain management specialist with a busy practice in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. His exceptional medical skill and compassionate care for anyone experiencing chronic pain is widely recognized by his patients as well as his colleagues. Read what this award-winning expert says...

Benefits of Peripheral Nerve Blocks After Knee Surgery May 3rd, 2021

Dr. John S. Michels is an award-winning physician who has endured his own personal trials with debilitating pain. A career-ending injury during his time as an NFL Super Bowl champion helped guide his decision to become a pain management specialist. These days, he combines his considerable medical skill and the...

What Injections Help Back Pain? Apr 1st, 2021

If you struggle with back pain, you’ve likely been told: Remain as active as possible Take over-the-counter pain relievers as directed Remain patient as your back heals over the next several weeks to months Dr. John S. Michels is a top-level pain management specialist who takes a much more supportive...

Living With Arthritis: 5 Pain Management Tips Mar 14th, 2021

Dr. John S. Michels is an award-winning physician with a busy practice in Dallas, Texas. He provides outstanding pain management services for residents in and around Dallas, Fort Worth, Highland Park, University Park, and Preston Hollow. His patients value his significant medical expertise and minimally invasive treatment approach. They also...

What is Kyphoplasty and How Can it Help Me? Feb 18th, 2021

Award-winning pain management physician Dr. John Michels is well-known in the Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, area for providing highly effective and minimally invasive treatments for chronic pain issues. Read why Dr. Michels may recommend kyphoplasty as a nonsurgical solution for debilitating chronic pain related to spinal compression fractures. What...

The Most Common Stressors That Cause Back Pain Jan 1st, 2021

Strictly speaking, stressors are defined as any internal or external factors that affect the function of an item. In the case of your body, that could be physical stress and/or psychological stress. Dr. John S. Michels is a pain management specialist with a thriving practice in the Dallas/Fort Worth area...

Bad Habits That Are Making Your Knee Pain Worse Dec 1st, 2020

Can reversing a few bad habits really help decrease knee pain? Yes. And it may be as simple as getting enough sleep and making a few changes to your exercise routine. Award-winning physician and former NFL Super Bowl champion John S. Michels, MD, understands pain and how it can affect...

What Is Tech Neck? Nov 1st, 2020

Tech neck, also referred to as text neck, is a new name for an old issue — neck pain that’s caused by repetitive strain and injury to the muscles and other tissue structures of the cervical spine.  The ever-evolving screen technology we’ve come to love and even rely on lies...

5 Myths About Neck Pain Oct 4th, 2020

Many myths exist regarding chronic pain, the most painful of which might be that you should just accept that stiff muscles, aching joints, and reduced mobility are part of the aging process.      John S. Michels, MD, is a highly respected pain management specialist who provides outstanding care for patients in...

Can Changing Your Posture Reduce 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...