Is There a Cure for Meralgia Paresthetica?

Thigh pain, or numbness in the thigh, can be life altering for many.  Any time there is numbness, it can be a sign of possible nerve damage and should be taken seriously.  Once a nerve becomes permanently damaged, it is irreversible and normal function is gone forever.

Numbness in the thigh is a condition called Meralgia Paresthetica.  Meralgia Paresthetica can be a painful condition for those who suffer from it for a prolonged period of time.  Most people can bear pain or numbness for a short time period but when a condition becomes chronic, it can become quite bothersome.

Last week, a consultation came in and told me of his meralgia paresthetica and how much pain he had been in.  He also described the numbness in his upper leg and thigh.  He was very concerned because he hadn’t been able to find help.

In Arkansas, I am very well known for my natural and non-invasive treatment successes for people who suffer from chronic and debilitating neck and low back pain, failed low back and neck surgery syndrome, peripheral neuropathy (tingling, burning, or numbness of the hands and feet), loss of balance, fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, and sciatica.

All of these conditions have one thing in common:  Nerves.  Continue reading “Is There a Cure for Meralgia Paresthetica?”

What is Facet Joint Syndrome?

 

I’ve read thousands of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) reports.  An MRI is imaging that is different than x-rays or CT scans. MRI’s show soft tissue problems such as bulging discs, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, osteophytes (bone spurts), and a condition called facet joint hypertrophy.

Most of the MRI reports that come across my desk are lumbar and cervical MRI’s.  Occasionally, I’ll read a thoracic MRI report but most of my patients have severe and chronic low back pain with accompanied hip or leg pain.

I’ve also treated many severe neck pain patients with upper extremity radiculopathy which is pain, tingling, numbness or weakness in the upper back, shoulders, arms and hands.  Continue reading “What is Facet Joint Syndrome?”

Can Deep Breathing Reduce Low Back or Neck Pain?

Chronic low back and neck pain can be debilitating for so many who suffer with these conditions.  In fact, my entire professional career has been centered around treating the worst of the worst.

I don’t get your garden variety neck and low back pain patients.  The most common scenario I see in my clinic are patients who have been in pain for years.  Most have tried injections, physical therapy, spinal manipulation, stem cell injections, steroid injections, etc…

Over half of my patients come to me after having failed neck or low back surgery.  I know the neck and back pain world very well.  I’ve heard thousands of sad stories of lost quality of life, lost relationships, lost time with family and loved ones. Continue reading “Can Deep Breathing Reduce Low Back or Neck Pain?”

What is a Slipped Disc?

Throughout my career, I have had many patients come in and describe their low back pain, leg pain, sciatica, hip pain, neck pain, and spinal stenosis as being caused by a ‘Slipped Disc”.

I’ve often thought that the term slipped disc was a funny one because it really doesn’t fit with human anatomy.  A spinal disc is the cushion between two vertebrae so how can it be “slipped”?    Continue reading “What is a Slipped Disc?”

Pain Changes Things

I have dedicated my professional career to working with patients who are in chronic pain.  It has become my life’s calling.  I get so much joy and happiness helping people who say that nothing else had worked for them before they came to me.

Some people may think I’m a nerd, but I still get goosebumps when someone tells me how much better they are.  I’ve been in healthcare for a long time but I feel like I hit the game winning 3 point shot in the NBA Finals every time a patient shares with me a great success story with all of the things that they couldn’t do before and all of the things they can do now.

I don’t believe in, recommend, or do pain management.  To me, “pain management” is for the birds  It’s sad, because it is a multi-trillion dollar industry but I don’t have a time and place for pain management. Continue reading “Pain Changes Things”

What Causes Calf Cramps

Calf cramps can be miserable for those who suffer from them.  Through the years, I’ve had patient after patient come in and tell me how thankful they were to finally get rid of the cramps in their calf muscles after I successfully treated them.

Of course, when people have cramps in their muscles, they want to find relief fast.  It can be extremely painful and make you care about nothing else when you are in that moment.

You may experiment by drinking pickle juice, or you may have done all of the stretching that your friends, doctors and therapists have told you and still have cramping in your lower legs.

What are Possible Causes of Cramps?

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My Quest to Solve Low Back Pain

I have some really exciting news for all of my patients and future patients.  I just got back from a business trip where I purchased another machine to add to my treatment protocols for severe low back, hip and leg pain.

It helps people with severe low back pain, sciatica, peripheral neuropathy, and spinal stenosis caused by a herniated disc, bulging disc, facet joint arthropathy, and degenerative disc disease.

In life, we all want to get better.  I am always working to do better for my patients and add more tools to my tool box when it comes to available treatment options for people who are suffering and in need of some serious help. Continue reading “My Quest to Solve Low Back Pain”

Can Yoga Help Low Back Pain?

Various forms of yoga have been done for hundreds of years.  Even the cave men and women probably had some soft patch of grass where they would do some gentle stretching to loosen up their achy bones and joints.

I know you realize that I’m joking here but as I think about it, maybe it’s not a joke.  Seriously, hunting and gathering was really hard on their bodies and let’s face it, they didn’t have good quality shoes, diets, sleeping arrangements, or anything for that matter so you know that they had a lot of low back, hip and leg pain. Continue reading “Can Yoga Help Low Back Pain?”

What Does Sciatica Feel Like?

Sciatica pain is some of the worst pain that is possible in my opinion.  I’ve never given birth to a child or anything but I have seen what sciatica can do to both men and women and it ain’t pretty.

Yes, I realize that I used bad grammar but it’s not pretty.  I’ve seen both men and women who had sciatica nerve pain cry painful tears of agony.  I’ve seen people be on the floor because they can’t stand up.

Some people may think, “How could one pinched nerve in my back cause so much pain in my buttock or leg?”  I’m here to tell you that it can and it does. Continue reading “What Does Sciatica Feel Like?”

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 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.

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