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Pinched Nerves

By | 2016-10-25T23:20:27+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Pinched nerves in the neck, back, or anywhere on the body are the cause of significant, constant pain for millions of people in the United States each year. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, compression of a nerve by surrounding tissues, including muscles and bones, may cause damage and prevent the proper communicative [...]

What is an Interventional Pain Physician?

By | 2016-09-23T20:51:23+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Many patients often ask me, "What is an interventional pain physician?" The majority of interventional pain physicians are anesthesiologists, physiatrists (rehabilitation physicians), or neurologists who obtain additional fellowship training after residency. We are specialists who utilize a multifaceted treatment plan that may include minimally invasive procedures, injection therapy, and a medicinal strategy to help patients with chronic [...]

Five Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

By | 2016-09-23T20:50:58+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

A recent article on AARP's website discusses an overview of five common causes of shoulder pain, as well as some treatments that are used for each problem.The five shoulder pain issues discussed are: Osteoarthritis (cartilage degeneration in the shoulder joint) Rotator Cuff Damage (damage to the tendons and muscles connecting the shoulder) Bursitis (inflammation of the bursa, [...]

Facet Joint Injections Effectively Manage Back Pain

By | 2016-09-23T20:50:30+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Facet joints are two small joints on each vertebra which line the spine from the neck to the buttocks. Facet joints are key to a normal, healthy state of mobility. When pain arises in the back or neck, facet joints are a common cause and, in most cases, the pain can be managed without surgery. Two Common Conditions [...]

Lactose intolerance versus milk allergy

By | 2016-09-23T20:49:46+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Lactose intolerance and milk allergy are often considered the same problem.  But they are two entirely different medical conditions that require different courses of action.  People with lactose intolerance experience distress after consuming dairy products because they have a lack of an enzyme known as lactase.  This condition can be detected using the hydrogen breath test [...]

Crohn’s Disease and Diet

By | 2016-10-25T23:20:27+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

By Nour Zibdeh, MS, RD, CLT Crohn's disease is a condition defined by chronic inflammation and irritation of the digestive tract, and, according to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), an estimated 700,000 Americans suffer from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). There is no known cause, but the condition is known to run in families. [...]

Prebiotics and Probiotics: The Dynamic Duo

By | 2016-10-25T23:20:27+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

By Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN You've probably heard of prebiotics and probiotics, but do you know what they are? Nutrition research has pinpointed specific functional components of foods that may improve health, and prebiotics and probiotics are two such substances. Though they are available as dietary supplements, it is not necessary to use special pills, potions, [...]

Why Test for Food Sensitivities?

By | 2016-09-23T20:48:15+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

by: Cass Nelson-Dooley, M.S. The immune system is your body's way of letting you know that you may be intolerant or sensitive to certain foods. A reaction to food is an abnormal response in the gastrointestinal tract that can occur for different reasons. Sometimes there may not be enough of a particular enzyme to digest a certain [...]

Why Test for Zonulin, DAO, and Histamine?

By | 2016-10-25T23:20:27+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

by: Cass Nelson-Dooley, M.S.   The gastrointestinal tract is your body's interface with the outside world. Foods, nutrients, medications, alcohol, pesticides, toxins, viruses, bacteria, and fungus all come into intimate contact with your body through your gut. Up to 80% of the immune system is located in the gastrointestinal tract. Together, the gut and the immune system [...]

FDA approves Novo Nordisk’s weight loss injection, Saxenda

By | 2016-10-25T23:20:27+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Novo Nordisk today announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the new drug application (NDA) for Saxenda® (liraglutide [rDNA origin] injection), the first once-daily glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist for chronic weight management. Saxenda® is indicated as an adjunct to a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management in adults with obesity (BMI [...]