If you’ve ever experienced back pain or neck pain, you’re not alone. In fact, nearly all Americans will experience back or neck pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is even the third most common reason why Americans go to the doctor.
Headaches are among the most common medical issues that adults face today. Around the world, in fact, headaches are a consistent and chronic problem. The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 50 percent of adults in the world deal with headache disorders, and migraines plague about 30 percent of the population.
Last month, we looked at the prevalence of back pain in many New Jersey residents. We examined the primary causes of back pain and discussed ways in which those suffering can often treat their pain on their own or by seeking professional help. This month, we’re turning our attention to neck pain — an equally distressing health issue, especially among adults 50 and over.
Pain, weakness, or numbness in your back? Sciatic discomfort in your rear or burning and tingling down your leg? You may have a herniated disc.
In a 2013 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it was found that approximately 29% of Americans, 18 and over, experienced low back pain at least once in the last three months. According to similar, more recent studies, this number appears to be on the rise as well. Furthermore, the American Academy of Pain Medicine confirms that low back pain is the most common type of pain reported by patients.
Back pain has unfortunately become an extremely common problem among so many Americans these days. With so many us working at busy, corporate desk jobs, we have found it incredibly easy for our days to fly by without having moved much during a typical 9-5 workday.
Think about the last time you checked your phone. Was it an hour ago? A few minutes ago? Are you reading this on your phone right now?
Chances are, you’ve looked at it at least 10 to 20 times today so far. Actually, most people look at their phones 80 or more times every day. And while looking at your phone to text or email, check Facebook or Instagram, or surf the web isn’t a crime, it may be causing inadvertent damage to your health — namely, neck pain.
Many patients are confused about the difference between pain management physicians and orthopedic surgeons. If you’ve been experiencing pain in your spine, neck, or elsewhere, you may be wondering which type of doctor to consult with first. In fact, this is a quite common dilemma.
Pregnancy back pain is characterized by a lumbar (lower back) pain ranging from dull to deep. Often, it is accompanied by an aching discomfort at the back of the thighs or on the sides of one or both buttocks. This is called posterior pelvic pain.
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We are so happy to welcome Basil Kurdali, M.D. to our practice! Dr. Kurdali is a double board certified physician in both Interventional Pain Management and Anesthesiology. We welcome him to our group from his time serving as Assistant Professor of Pain Management and Anesthesiology at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein School of Medicine.
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