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The Curious Case of the Typical/Atypical L5-S1 Disc Herniation

On this page: What can happen to the L5-S1 disc? What’s a subligamentous disc herniation? What is an epidural? What are the symptoms of a herniated disc at L5-S1? What happens when an epidural doesn’t work? How do you treat an L5-S1 disc herniation? This week I saw a patient with an L5-S1 disc bulge/herniation…
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The Vagus Nerve, Neck Pain, Anxiety, Headaches, and Depression

On this page: The function of the vagus nerve Neck pain and the vagus nerve Other symptoms of an irritated vagus nerve We’ve seen neck pain patients for years with lots of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Many have suffered from depression, anxiety, headaches, and some even cardiac problems like runs of tachycardia. So what’s causing all…
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Meniscus Tear Recovery Time Without Surgery

On this page: Can a meniscus tear heal on its own? What happens if you leave a torn meniscus untreated? How can I improve my chances of the meniscus healing on its own? Does meniscus surgery work? Can you treat a meniscus tear without surgery? What is the meniscus tear recovery time without surgery? If…
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What Causes Knee Pain 1 Year After Meniscus Surgery?

On this page: What is meniscus surgery? Does meniscus surgery work? Can the meniscus tear again after surgery? What happens to the knee after meniscus surgery? What can you do if still you have knee pain? Knee pain 1 year after meniscus surgery is much more common than most people realize. Why? Let’s dig in.…
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Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow) – Why There’s Absolutely No Need for Surgery

What is Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)? Lateral epicondylitis is the medical term used for tennis elbow which is a painful condition caused by damage or tears in the tendon (common extensor tendon) that attaches the forearm muscle (extensor muscle) to the outside of the elbow bone. Patients suffering from a severe case of tennis elbow…
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SI Joint Fusion: Does This Work?

The Rise of Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Fusion Surgery I have been following with interest the rise of SI Joint fusion surgery. This has exploded over the last five years. So what does SI Joint fusion look like? Can SI Joint dysfunction be cured? How successful is SI Joint fusion? Are there better and less invasive…
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Nerve Damage After Surgery: What Are Your Treatment Options?

On this page: What happens when your nerves are damaged? How common is nerve damage after surgery? What does nerve damage after surgery feel like? What tests show damage? How long does it take for nerves to repair after surgery? What helps with nerve pain after surgery? Patients’ recovery stories One of the biggest issues…
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Carpal Tunnel Surgery Recovery

Carpal tunnel surgery recovery is critical to understand BEFORE you sign up for the surgery. Understanding the recovery timeline is all about knowing how the procedure is performed and whether you’re a candidate for newer, less invasive, and regenerative options. So let’s dig in. What Is the Carpal Tunnel? There’s an area in your wrist…
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