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Neck Pain And Dizziness: The Inner Ear Is Only Part Of The Picture

Did you know that your neck can make you dizzy? Most patients don’t know that dizziness also known as cervical vertigo and neck pain can be connected, and many physicians miss this diagnosis.[1] Why? Both patients and doctors think inner ear or brain when dizziness occurs. However, when the neck component of our balance system…
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Why Your Head Feels Heavy-Weak Upper Neck Muscles May Also Be Causing Your Headaches

Why Your Head Feels Heavy? We can picture the head as a bowling ball balanced on the end of a stick (the spine). There are muscles at the top of the neck as well as in the front and back which help hold the bowling ball on the stick. When the natural curve in the…
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Spinal Fusion Is It Worth It? More Research Says No…

A spinal fusion is a surgery that uses hardware and screws to “fix” together two or more vertebrae to make a damaged section of spine immovable. Given that this is a big surgery with many known serious side effects, a patient the other day posed this question: “Spinal fusion is it worth it?” My answer,…
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Living with Cervical Stenosis: My Story…

I still remember the first day I knew there was something seriously wrong with my neck. I had just finished working out with a personal trainer when I wrenched something and went to lay down on the couch and couldn’t move my neck. In fact, the only way I could get up from the couch…
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Can Cervical Stenosis Cause Paralysis: Will You Become Paralyzed?

One of the more interesting things I hear from patients with cervical stenosis is that some spine surgeon told them that the risk of becoming paralyzed with a routine fall means they need surgery right now! This is personal for me, as I have tight cervical stenosis and have chosen not to have surgery. So…
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Do I Need Neck Surgery? Probably Not…

A common question I hear day in and day out is, “Do I need neck surgery?” As a physician, my answer to that question has steadily changed over the years. A few years ago, when I saw nerves on the patient’s neck MRI that were severely compressed, my answer was always, “Yes.” However, now the…
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Should I Have Artificial Disc Replacement?

If you read this blog, you know that I often write about what I experience on a day-to-day basis. Yesterday, I spoke to a patient from New York who had already had an artificial disc implanted in his back that failed and was contemplating another in his neck. Given that my neck on MRI was far…
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Do You Need to Burn Neck Nerves to Help Chronic Pain?

Neck pain caused by an injury or car accident can be life-changing. Just ask Sarah, who sent Dr. Markle a thank you note this week because he was able to use precisely guided orthobiologic injections to get her life back instead of damaging radiofrequency procedures. Let’s dive in to see what happened. Cervical Radiofrequency: How…
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