Death of Rock Legend Brings to Light the Dark World of Opioid Addiction

In April 2016, world-renowned singer Prince was found dead at age 57 in his Paisley Park recording studio. An autopsy showed he had overdosed on a commonly used opioid for pain management, which he took for chronic hip pain from years of performing onstage. About 1.5 million Americans abuse painkillers and roughly 2 million Americans … Read more

Posterior Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy

You may have noticed that during your second trimester of pregnancy, you said “rub my back” to your partner more often than “I love you.” If so, you are not alone.  Somewhere between 50 to 80 percent of women experience some form of discomfort in the low back during pregnancy. Posterior pelvic pain is discomfort … Read more

Getting Your Best Sleep

Forty-five percent of Americans say that poor or insufficient sleep affected their daily activities at least once in the past seven days, according to the National Sleep Foundation’s inaugural Sleep Health Index™. That coincides with the over 70 million Americans who suffer from disorders of sleep and wakefulness. Jonathan Simhaee MD is board certified in … Read more

Five Common Causes of (and Remedies for) Headaches

Ouch! Your head is pounding! Alas, it must be another headache. But what brings it on and what can be done? Well, there are a myriad of triggers. Below are five of the most common… Stress Tension headaches (often called stress headaches) are the most common type of headaches. And as the synonym would suggest, … Read more

Standing Desks: Are They Worth It?

There’s a relatively new alternative to the typical workstation. Instead of sitting for hours at a time, employees are standing while they work.

Research shows that many workers who sit at a desk for long periods of time develop nagging back pain or neck pain. An increasing number of workers have begun using a stand-up or standing desk, at least for part of their workday, to break up the potential problems from prolonged sitting. But are they really worth it? Let’s take a look…

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Opioids and Chronic Pain: A Worrisome Dilemma

At The Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders, we understand the scope of chronic pain. Statistics help put it into perspective. Currently, it is estimated that 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. To illustrate the scope of the problem, this number is more than those with diabetes (26 million), heart disease (16 million) and cancer (12 … Read more

You DON’T Have to Live with Chronic Pain

Chronic pain, which is defined as pain that lasts for several months or, in some cases, years, can be debilitating. Chronic pain, whether from injury, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia or medical treatments, affects an astounding 116 million Americans each year and can lead to further problems, including depression, difficulty walking, sleeping and eating. It deeply impacts families … Read more

A Response to Injections for Back Pain Study by Dr. Jonathan Simhaee of the Center for Pain Management

A recent study regarding epidural steroid injections was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in which the researchers, whose primary specialties were not immediately disclosed, performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of epidural corticosteroid injections for radiculopathy and spinal stenosis. The New York Times and U.S. news writers then concluded, “Steroid shots are no … Read more

Living With Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is generally discomfort that lasts for a month or more beyond what is considered to be the usual recovery period for an injury or illness. It can continue unabated for months or years. Usually, the pain is not constant but the onset of pain tends to get in the way of daily tasks … Read more

Managing Back Pain

Millions of Americans experience excruciating and possibly debilitating back pain every day, which makes the condition one of the most prevalent and vexing. If your back aches, no one realizes or suffers like you do. People may look fine, but inside they are hurting, and hurting badly. It is unfortunate, but many people experiencing back … Read more