Blog Archive

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 δΈ€ 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...