Why is my Big Toe Numb?

In this article, I’m going to talk about why people have numbness or pain in their big toe (and sometimes the 2nd and 3rd toes).  Big toe pain is a common finding both in patients who have a history of low back pain and/or previous low back surgery.

I also treat a lot of patients that have big toe numbness who haven’t had a failed low back surgery and don’t have low back pain at all.  It’s hard to understand how you could have a form of pain in your big toe and not have Continue reading “Why is my Big Toe Numb?”

Is There a Cure for Degenerative Disc Disease?

I have spent the last 15 plus years helping people who suffer from chronic low back pain, neck pain, hip pain, sciatica, spinal stenosis, fibromyalgia, headaches and neuropathy.  I also do a great deal of functional medicine with patients internationally.

One question that I get over and over again is, “My doctors tell me that I’m old and that my pain is from arthritis and that I’m just going to have to live with it.  Is that true?” Continue reading “Is There a Cure for Degenerative Disc Disease?”

What Causes Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition that many people suffer from especially as they age and body systems begin deteriorating at a faster rate.

The hard fact to accept is that we are all aging and that we are dying from the day that we are born. However, just chalking up the loss of balance, tingling, burning and numbness to “old age” is unacceptable in my book. Continue reading “What Causes Peripheral Neuropathy”

Why does my Low Back Hurt?

Low back pain can be debilitating for those who suffer from this painful condition. I’ve heard many men and women say that there is no pain like low back pain.

Spinal nerves are delicate and in the case of the legs and feet can be up to 3-4 feet long. When a nerve gets pressure on it, it will do something. In the case of a pinched spinal nerve, it will often cause a lot of pain. However, a pinched nerve in the low back can cause other health conditions than back or leg pain. Continue reading “Why does my Low Back Hurt?”

Back and Leg Pain Killed Uncle Gary

Low back and leg pain is a condition that can be unbearable and life altering for many who suffer from it. Relationships, jobs, careers, health, and happiness have all been stolen from people who have dealt with serious low back or leg pain.

I hate to say it but the best example I can think of would be my Uncle Gary. Technically, Gary wasn’t my Uncle. Gary was my Dad’s cousin. We just called him Uncle Gary. Continue reading “Back and Leg Pain Killed Uncle Gary”

What are the Popping, Clicking and Grinding Sounds in my Neck?

As a doctor who works with severe neck and back pain patients, a common question that new patients ask is, “What are those popping, clicking and grinding sounds in my neck?”

I often joke with patients about the “Rice Krispies” sounds or the “sand paper” sounds that they will tell me that they are experiencing when they turn their head. The reality of these sounds are that they are not normal and are serious. Continue reading “What are the Popping, Clicking and Grinding Sounds in my Neck?”

What is Spinal Stenosis?

Patients often come to me after being told that they have a condition called spinal stenosis. They still don’t know what it is and don’t really know if there is something that can be done about it.

Often, I have patients who tell me that their Dr. told them that they have arthritis and that they will have to live with it. While stenosis itself can be somewhat of a “permanent” condition, it isn’t entirely correct that there isn’t something that can be done.
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What Causes Sciatica?

Through the last 15 plus years, many patients have come through my program for the treatment of sciatica or “leg pain”. Sciatica is the most common form of “radiculopathy” (nerve pain) in the legs.

Still yet, many people don’t know what causes this life altering painful condition. In this article, I’m going to discuss different symptoms and causes of sciatic pain and also possible treatment options. Continue reading “What Causes Sciatica?”

Is Pickleball Good for Back Pain?

Pickleball is a sport that is taking the world by storm. It is especially popular among senior citizens because many of the “Silver Sneakers” programs are located at gyms that offer pickleball.

I’m an avid tennis player. My mother and father-in-law were in town last week and we went to the gym to work out. The gym was reserved for pickleball from noon to 3 p.m. Continue reading “Is Pickleball Good for Back Pain?”

Can a pinched nerve cause nerve pain?

I’ve worked with severe low back and hip patients for many years. During that time, I’ve developed my unique treatment protocols and treatment methods to help my patients get their quality of life back through natural and non-invasive methods.

It’s true that most of my patients come to me after having failed attempts everywhere else that they have been. Failed steroid injections, failed neck or back surgery, and failed hip replacement surgery are daily topics of conversation in my clinic. Continue reading “Can a pinched nerve cause nerve pain?”

Can a herniated or “slipped” disc heal?

A herniated or “slipped” disc can cause a tremendous amount of pain. I’ve spent the last 13 years working with patients who had severe pain from a herniated or bulging disc.

Often, I will work with patients after 3 or 4 failed back or neck surgeries. The one thing that they all have in common is that they come to me because the injections, therapy, radio-frequency nerve root ablation, spinal cord simulator and back surgeries either didn’t work or left them with worse pain. Continue reading “Can a herniated or “slipped” disc heal?”

Dr. Keith Currie Nearing Completion of Functional Medicine Program – Thyroid & Gut Health

Dr. Keith Currie, D.C. has spent the last 4 years receiving post doctorate training to become a board certified DABCI (Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Internists). This certification requires 300 hours of post doctorate course work that includes seminars around the country.  Dr. Currie is excited to announce that he is on schedule to take his examination in early 2019.

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What Causes Sciatica or Leg Pain?

Through the last 15 plus years, many patients have come through my program for the treatment of sciatica or “leg pain”.  Sciatica is the most common form of “radiculopathy” (nerve pain) in the legs.

Still yet, many people don’t know what causes this life altering painful condition.  In this article, I’m going to discuss different symptoms and causes of sciatic pain and also possible treatment options.

Continue reading “What Causes Sciatica or Leg Pain?”