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Lifestyle Changes To Ease Back Pain Jun 2nd, 2024

Back pain is a common issue affecting people of all ages — athletes and non-athletes alike. The World Health Organization estimates that the global burden of back pain will rise to 850 million by the year 2050, so if you're dealing with back pain, know that you're far from alone. ...

Can You Treat Persistent Sciatica Without Surgery? May 20th, 2024

If you're tired of the constant pain shooting down your leg and disrupting your daily life, but you’re not ready for surgery, you’re probably wondering what options are left to treat your sciatica.  Good news: you have several options here at International Spine, Pain & Performance Center in Washington, D.C.,...

How to Adapt Your Workouts With Knee Pain Apr 10th, 2024

If you have knee pain, you probably already know that you need to make modifications to make your daily tasks easier 一, and exercise is no exception. However, you don't need to abandon your exercise altogether. With the right approach and modifications, you can adapt your workouts to accommodate knee...

3 Causes of One-Sided Neck Pain Mar 15th, 2024

Neck pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders. It’s also a complex one with both psychological and biological risk factors.  Not only is neck pain complex, but it can also present in many different ways. Various conditions can cause burning sensations, sharp or stabbing pains, or even a...

Myths and Facts About Physical Therapy Feb 7th, 2024

Many people think of physical therapy as nothing more than stretches, but this isn't further from the truth. Physical therapy is an umbrella term that includes many treatments and therapies.  Don't let the myths and misconceptions about physical therapy keep you from getting the therapy you need.  Read on as...

The Truth About Kegels Jan 18th, 2024

Kegel exercises aren't your average workout, often recommended for pelvic floor health. There's more to the story — especially when it comes to addressing pelvic pain and conditions like vulvodynia.  Our team of providers at International Spine, Pain & Performance Center in Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Virginia, reveal the truth...

Your Treatments for Tendinitis Dec 6th, 2023

Tendinitis happens when a tendon 一 a tissue that connects your muscles to your bones 一 becomes inflamed due to overuse, strain, or sports injury. Not only does tendinitis cause nagging pain, but it can also impact your day-to-day activities.  The good news is that you have many options for...

What Most Women Don't Know About Vulvodynia Nov 2nd, 2023

Vulvodynia is a type of pelvic pain; an estimated 16% of all women experience this at some point. Vulvodynia can be located in one specific area of your vulva (called localized vulvodynia) or widespread (generalized vulvodynia). In both cases, vulvodynia causes severe pain and burning, and it can make activities...

The Link Between Your Diet and Migraines Oct 1st, 2023

Migraines are not just severe headaches; they are complex neurological conditions that can be nothing short of debilitating for those who suffer from them. While many factors contribute to migraine development, including genetics and hormonal fluctuations, it's becoming increasingly clear that diet plays a significant role in triggering and alleviating migraine attacks.  But...

Tips for Office Workers to Avoid Back Pain Sep 1st, 2023

Are you tired of dealing with constant back pain at your office desk after long hours? If so, you're not alone. Back pain is one of the most common sources of chronic pain, and it's something that our team of providers diagnose and treat often here at International Spine, Pain & Performance Center in Washington, D.C.,...

Athlete? Here's Why You Shouldn't Play Through Knee Pain Aug 1st, 2023

As athletes, you may pride yourself on your resilience, but resilience shouldn't include pushing through pain and discomfort to achieve your goals. While resilience is beneficial in certain situations, ignoring or playing through knee pain can have serious consequences and hinder your long-term performance.  Our team of providers at International...

Exercise — Your Secret Weapon Against Chronic Pain Jul 13th, 2023

Chronic pain can come in many forms, but sports injuries, arthritis, back pain, and migraines are some of the most common sources of chronic pain. While our team of providers provides a plethora of pain management therapies 一 from nutritional counseling to injections to physical therapy  一 we want you...

Alleviate Chronic Hip Pain Naturally with Physical Therapy Jun 7th, 2023

Chronic hip pain 一 a debilitating condition that affects your daily life and overall well-being 一 can be addressed through many different treatment options, including both surgical and nonsurgical. However, many people seek natural methods as a first line of defense to manage their hip pain without relying heavily on medications...

When Osteoarthritis is the Cause of Your Chronic Lower Back Pain May 12th, 2023

In honor of Arthritis Awareness Month, our team of providers wants to take this time to highlight this common (but often misunderstood) condition. There are over 100 types of arthritis, but osteoarthritis is the most common form. It's a chronic condition that contributes to the breakdown of cartilage in your...

Prevent First-Time Injuries and Injury Recurrence with Sports Medicine Apr 5th, 2023

The term “sports injury” refers to an injury sustained while participating in a physical activity, whether an organized sport, an exercise routine, or a recreational activity such as biking. Sports injuries fall into two categories: acute and overuse/chronic. Acute injuries, such as fractures, concussions, or sprains, occur suddenly, often due...

Managing Migraine: 5 Effective Strategies to Improve Your Quality of Life Mar 15th, 2023

Migraines are notorious for the debilitating pain they cause, and unfortunately, they’re not short-lived. Unlike other headaches, migraines can last up to 72 hours, turning your misery into a days-long event.  This can make it hard to perform well at work, enjoy social outings, or even complete daily tasks. If...

4 Causes of Knee Pain You Should Never Ignore Feb 17th, 2023

When you suffer from an acute knee injury, such as a fracture, you are likely to seek immediate medical care, but sometimes knee pain develops slowly over weeks or months. You might be tempted to ignore this type of pain. Just because you can push through slightly nagging knee pain...

How Posture Affects the Muscles in Your Neck and Back Jan 10th, 2023

Posture refers to how you carry your body when you sit, stand, and walk. Good posture means that your spine (from your cervical spine to your lumbar spine) is in proper alignment. Good posture can make you appear confident, improve your focus, and even boost your productivity. However, poor posture is more than...

When to Consider Epidural Steroid Injections for Chronic Back Pain Dec 9th, 2022

Epidurals are often associated with childbirth, but the reality is that your epidural space is part of your anatomy, not a type of injection. This space contains small blood vessels and fat, and it’s located between a membrane called the dura mater and the vertebral wall. Administering anesthetic medication into...

Lower Back Pain and Numbness In My Feet — What Is the Connection? Nov 8th, 2022

When you think about your back pain, you might recall painful muscle spasms, sore joints, or even the sharp zinging pain of sciatica in your buttocks. Back pain has many causes 一 and many different treatment options 一 but there’s one thing that back pain probably doesn’t make you think of:...

Bad Habits That Are Making Your Back Pain Worse Oct 11th, 2022

Whether you’re dealing with back pain from a pulled muscle or a herniated disc, there’s no disputing one key fact: back pain is more than a nuisance. It can affect your sleep quality, work performance, and ability to enjoy everyday pleasures. Managing back pain is key to restoring your quality...

Lesser-Known Causes of Neck Pain Sep 7th, 2022

Arthritis, tech neck, and pulled muscles are three common causes of neck pain, but these are far from the only causes of neck pain. Knowing what’s causing your neck pain is the first step to finding relief.  We encourage you to seek medical care if your neck pain persists for...

What Are the Most Common Spine Issues? Aug 7th, 2022

Back pain is a leading cause of disability worldwide with about 80% of people expected to deal with back pain at some point in their lives. While some people may struggle with back pain for just a few days 一 perhaps as a muscle heals from being overworked at the gym 一 the...

A Closer Look at How Physical Therapy Can Help Arthritis Jul 1st, 2022

Did you know that there are over 100 types of arthritis? They’re all characterized by joint inflammation and pain, but one of the most common types is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition caused by natural wear and tear on your joints. Whether you’re dealing with a stiff knee or an achy hip, there’s...

How to Manage Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction Jun 1st, 2022

While you might not think much about your sacroiliac joints, they serve a vital purpose: they support your upper body weight when you stand. You have sacroiliac joints on your right and left sides, and each one connects your pelvis with your lumbar spine. This joint contains the sacrum and the ilium (top part)...

How to Prevent Common Running Injuries May 1st, 2022

Whether you’re a seasoned runner who’s explored every running trail in Arlington, Virginia, or getting ready to race your first 5K race in Washington D.C., all runners should stay vigilant when it comes to injury prevention.  Our team of providers knows just how frustrating it is when a sports injury...

Understanding Vulvodynia: Signs and Treatments Apr 5th, 2022

There are many types of pelvic pain, and unfortunately, they can all reduce your quality of life. Vulvodynia is no exception. While it’s not an easy topic to discuss in company, an estimated 14 million women suffer from vulvodynia.  Below, our team of providers explains what vulvodynia is, seven signs you have it, and how...

5 Important Facts About Tendinitis Mar 3rd, 2022

Your tendons are thick fibrous cords that connect your muscles to bones, and unfortunately, tendons can become stretched, overused, and damaged. Tendon injuries are common sports injuries, affecting 30% of runners, 14% of volleyball players, and 12% of basketball players. If these tendons become inflamed, it can cause a painful...

Signs You Have Sciatica Feb 1st, 2022

From muscle strains to herniated discs, there are many reasons why your back might hurt, and identifying the underlying cause is the first step in finding relief. Wondering if your pain is related to sciatica? Sciatica is a common cause of leg and back pain, and it affects 4 out...

Recognizing the Different Stages of a Migraine Jan 6th, 2022

Migraines aren’t just your typical headache. Instead, a migraine is a neurological disease that affects nearly 40 million people in the United States. Migraines can be debilitating, and unfortunately, they can leave you miserable for up to 72 hours at a time.  Sometimes, though, you can mitigate migraine symptoms by...

How Stem Cells Promote Healing Dec 8th, 2021

When the stem cells are isolated and injected into diseased or damaged tissue, it can stimulate your body’s natural healing processes. If you’re considering stem cell therapy for a sports injury or to treat chronic pain, you might wonder exactly how that works. Stem cell therapy, along with platelet-rich plasma...

Which Sports Put My Rotator Cuff in Danger, and How Can I Protect It? Nov 5th, 2021

Your shoulder is an amazing part of your anatomy with an amazing range of motion. Your rotator cuff 一 a group of four muscles that cover the head of your humerus 一 helps to lift and rotate your arm.  You might not think much about your rotator cuff or its...

What is PRP and How Does it Help? Oct 8th, 2021

Interventional orthopedics 一 a highly specialized branch of medicine that focuses on regenerative care 一 promotes healing, improves function, and improves performance in those with back pain, joint issues, and wounds.  As interventional orthopedists, our team of providers here at International Spine, Pain & Performance Center prides itself on offering...

Is Radiofrequency Ablation Right for Me? Sep 6th, 2021

When it comes to treating back pain, you’ve got options! From medication to physical therapy to spinal cord stimulation to radiofrequency ablation, our team of providers here at International Spine, Pain & Performance Center is happy to offer a wide variety of treatments to help you get the relief you...

2 Types of Spinal Stenosis Aug 12th, 2021

Spinal stenosis, sometimes called spinal narrowing, can put pressure on the nerves that travel through your spine. This narrowing can develop when one of three things occur. They include degeneration of the discs in your spine, arthritis in the spine and narrowing of the spinal foramina (bony openings). Often all...

4 Telltale Signs of Knee Pain Jul 7th, 2021

Sometimes knee pain comes on suddenly after an accident or fall, but sometimes knee pain can develop slowly. As knee pain continues to worsen, it can severely limit your mobility and ability to complete daily activities. Regardless of what’s causing your pain, the multidisciplinary team here at International Spine, Pain...

Explore Spinal Cord Stimulation as a Solution for Your Back Pain Jun 17th, 2021

Occasional back pain is not uncommon. Sore muscles or even overdoing them at the gym can lead to temporary pain. However, for 16 million Americans back pain isn’t temporary 一 and it profoundly impacts their day-to-day life. Because chronic and severe back pain is so debilitating, it accounts for 83...

3 Causes of Hip Pain May 9th, 2021

Your hip joint is a ball and socket joint, and it’s one of your largest joints. You might not think much about the mechanics of your hip — until it starts to hurt. Hip pain can severely limit your mobility and keep you from the activities you love.  At International...

Assessing Your Risks for Compression Fractures Apr 1st, 2021

Compression fractures are a type of fracture that affects one of the vertebrae in your spine. Compression fractures, which can develop as a result of osteoporosis, can cause back pain and kyphosis. Untreated compression fractures can severely impact your quality of life as well as your mobility. At International Spine,...

How Nutrition Can Enhance Your Sports Performance Mar 2nd, 2021

Eating a well-balanced, nutrient-dense diet can help reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases, but your nutrition can also improve your sports performance. Consuming enough calories, carbohydrates, fluids, and protein can help you make positive gains in your chosen sport — whether you're a professional, amateur, or weekend warrior At...

The Differences Between Cervical and Lumbar Stenosis Feb 3rd, 2021

Your spine is integral to the way you move throughout the day, and you might not think much about it until your back hurts. Cervical stenosis and lumbar stenosis are two spinal conditions that can cause pain and discomfort, and they can dramatically reduce your quality of life.  At International...

Which Fluoroscopically Guided Procedure Is Right for You? Jan 1st, 2021

When you think about x-rays, you likely picture a still image. X-rays are useful in diagnosing broken bones and dislocated joints, but what if you need a continuous image? Continuous x-ray imaging, known as fluoroscopy, provides detailed moving images. In a way, fluoroscopy is like an “x-ray movie.”  Here at...

Understand Labral Tears Dec 1st, 2020

When most people think about hip pain, they think about the bones in the hip. Although the hips bones play a big role in supporting the weight of your upper body, bones aren’t the only components of your hips. Your hip is a complex joint that consists of bones, ligaments,...

8 Conditions That Improve With Physical Therapy Nov 1st, 2020

Physical therapy has long been touted for its ability to help people with sports injuries – to both reduce pain and improve mobility. Sports injuries aren’t the only condition to benefit from physical therapy. The 250,000+ physical therapists (PTs) who work in America often collaborate to treat chronic disorders as...

Common Signs of a Concussion Oct 1st, 2020

Concussions are one of the most common sports injuries. Because anywhere from 1.6 to 3 million athletes sustain concussions each year in America, concussions have been dubbed a silent epidemic. If you think you’ve suffered a concussion, it’s important to seek medical attention. Without proper treatment, concussions can cause lingering...

6 Treatments for Lasting Back Pain Sep 9th, 2020

Sometimes back pain is short-lived. Maybe you overdid it at the gym, or maybe you pulled a muscle swinging your golf club. In many cases, a little rest, hot/cold therapy, and an inflammatory pain medication might be enough to ease your pain. Sometimes though, back pain is lasting. Back pain...

Effective Treatments for Spondylolisthesis Aug 10th, 2020

Spondylolisthesis may not be the easiest word to say, but when it’s translated from its Greek roots, it means “slipped spine.” Spondylolisthesis is a spinal condition in which certain vertebrae in the spine slip down. When a vertebra slides out of place, it can rub on the vertebra below. It...

What Can I Do About Bursitis Pain? Jul 7th, 2020

If your elbow or knee is red, swollen, and tender, you might assume you've overused your joint. You might even wonder if arthritis is at play.  Turns out, stiff, red, and swollen joints can be signs of bursitis. Experts estimate that one out of every 10,000 individuals experiences bursitis in the...

Getting Back in the Game Through Sports Medicine Jun 23rd, 2020

Whether you play golf, soccer, or participate in cross-country races, you want to play — not sit on the sidelines. When a sports injury occurs, it forces you to miss out on what you love. Unfortunately, over 8.6 million sports injuries are reported each year, and if you’re one of...

Physical Therapy As Part of Your Pain Management Program Mar 2nd, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 20.4% of Americans struggle with chronic pain. If chronic pain forces you to lay in bed and rest, you’re not alone.   It may seem contradictory, but too much rest and inactivity can make your pain worse. Physical therapy...

Straighten Up With Kyphoplasty Feb 1st, 2020

Dealing with back pain? Unfortunately, back pain is very common. So common that the National Institutes of Health estimates that nearly 80 percent of adults experience back pain at some point in their life. Sometimes, back pain is caused by muscle strain or overuse, and sometimes it’s caused by more...

Spotting the Warning Signs of a Herniated Disc Jan 1st, 2020

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give your spine much thought until something hurts. This remarkable column functions as your primary support structure, holding your body together and keeping you upright.  Adults have 33 vertebrae making up their spine, separated by pillowy cushions known as discs. The exterior...

Is Spinal Stenosis Causing Your Chronic Back Pain? Dec 1st, 2019

Back pain is one of the most common reasons for calling in sick to work, and it accounts for more than 264 million lost work days every year — that’s two full work days for everyone in the country who works full-time. If you are one of the millions of...

Don't Ignore Chronic Pelvic Pain Nov 1st, 2019

About 15% of women of childbearing age suffer from chronic pelvic pain, which is pain below the belly button lasting for six months or more. Yet, the majority of women experiencing pelvic pain don’t seek treatment, and it’s not because their pain is bearable or it doesn’t interfere with their...

When Should You Consider Epidural Steroid Injections? Oct 1st, 2019

Whether you realize it or not, epidurals aren’t just used to ease pain for women about to give birth. These injections can also provide short-term pain relief for certain types of back pain.  If you are living with severe back pain, the expert providers at the International Spine Pain and...

Getting Active Again After an Injury Sep 1st, 2019

Are you in the process of recovering from a serious injury? Are you just itching to jump back into sports or your workout, but want to be cautious about not injuring yourself again? Dr. Mehul Desai and his staff at the International Spine, Pain & Performance Center, located in Washington,...

What Can I Do About Chronic Migraines? Aug 16th, 2019

More than four million people in the United States suffer from chronic migraines, making it the sixth most debilitating illness in the world.  Chronic migraines are often confused with regular headaches, but there are major differences. Headache pain is typically dull, sometimes moderate, and felt across the head. Migraines, on...

Beware the Dangers of Tech Neck Jul 10th, 2019

Think about your daily life. You may wake up, look down at your phone to check emails or social media, then get ready for the day. You go to work and sit at your desk for eight hours or so, hunched over and looking down at your keyboard. Then you...

I'm Over 50—Is Chronic Back Pain Normal? Jun 12th, 2019

You might expect aches and pains as you get older. After all, that wear and tear over the years has to result in some damage, right? The problem with back pain is that it can start at any age for many reasons, so tolerating pain because you think it’s normal...

Epidural Steroid Injections Can Help Alleviate Chronic Leg and Back Pain May 20th, 2019

Chronic back and leg pain can be hard to cope with on a day-to-day basis. It’s the little things like lifting the laundry out of the washer, reaching up for that top shelf item, and carrying the kids upstairs that can make the daily grind of living with chronic pain...

Curious About Kinesio Taping? Here's How It Works Apr 17th, 2019

If you’re living with pain and inflammation or muscle weakness and tension, our team at International Spine, Pain & Performance Center might recommend Kinesio® Taping. This innovative therapeutic technique uses a special adhesive tape to treat a wide range of problems all over your body, from your head to your...

Top 5 Ways Physical Therapy Can Help with Your Arthritis Mar 29th, 2019

Arthritis is a group of degenerative diseases that affect your joints. More than 50 million American adults have some form of arthritis. It’s more common in women and older people and is the leading form of disability in the United States. Arthritis issues can range from mild to severe and...