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5 Lifestyle Tips for Managing Inflammatory Arthritis Sep 1st, 2022

Any type of arthritis is difficult to deal with, but inflammatory arthritis has special challenges. When you have this form of arthritis, it’s imperative to get your symptoms under control.  At Southern Pain Specialists, our team offers expert care for many different forms of arthritis. If you’re dealing with joint pain, Dr. Kenneth Varley provides...

How to Prevent Aging-Related Back Pain Aug 1st, 2022

You often hear people complaining of various body aches. From your back to your hips to your knees, getting older definitely takes its toll. Years of wear has definite effects on your back as time passes, but you don’t have to accept back pain as your fate. At Southern Pain Specialists, our team...

How Your Hobby May Be Weakening Your Hand Strength Jul 1st, 2022

A lot of different conditions can cause weakness in your hands. Sometimes, this problem arises when you’re doing something you really love — your hobby. Whether you play guitar or you enjoy painting, issues with your hands can happen if you’re not diligent. At Southern Pain Specialists in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Kenneth Varley and...

Radiofrequency Ablation vs. Steroid Injections Jun 1st, 2022

Chronic pain in your back causes a lot of issues in your work life and your home life. It’s not only uncomfortable, but it also may affect your mobility and ability to perform normal activities. Luckily, there are a lot of treatment options when it comes to back pain, including...

Bad Habits That Are Making Your Sciatica Worse May 2nd, 2022

A lot of issues lead to back pain, and one of the most common ones is sciatica. This condition happens when your sciatic nerve becomes irritated or inflamed, and it often causes pain, numbness, and tingling in your low back and legs. If you have sciatica, you know about the...

When Is Viscosupplementation Right for Knee Pain? Apr 1st, 2022

Knee pain is a common ailment, especially as you get older. It can make walking, climbing stairs, and even getting out of bed difficult. It’s important to seek treatment when your knee pain doesn’t go away on its own, as it could be a sign of osteoarthritis. In this case, you...

What Dietary Supplements Help Neuropathy? Mar 6th, 2022

Neuropathy is a condition that often leads to pain or numbness in different areas of your body. Many different medical problems can lead to this condition, making treatment sometimes difficult. But what if simply adding supplements to your daily regimen could make a difference with your neuropathy? At Southern Pain...

Menopause and Osteoporosis: How Are They Linked? Feb 1st, 2022

Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens your bones and sometimes leads to fractures in your body. Many older people are at risk for this condition, especially post-menopausal women. In fact, menopause plays a huge role in the development of osteoporosis in women. At Southern Pain Specialists, we’re experts when it...

Kyphoplasty for a Compression Fracture: What to Expect Jan 5th, 2022

As you get older, you’re more at risk for a problem known as osteoporosis. This condition makes you more prone to broken bones throughout your body, including your spine. Vertebral compression fractures are among the complications of osteoporosis, and getting them treated is the key to relieving your pain.  At...

Can Injections Help My Low Back Pain? Dec 7th, 2021

When you have low back pain, you may have to sit out on many of the things that you love. Not only does low back pain affect your work, but it can also affect your mental health when you can’t seem to find relief. But there’s hope to ease your...

Signs of Psoriatic Arthritis Nov 16th, 2021

Arthritis really affects the way you’re able to do things, like opening a jar or walking up the steps. The tricky part is that there are many different types of arthritis that can affect your body. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are probably the most well known, and psoriatic arthritis is...

Things You're Doing That Make Your Sciatica Pain Worse Oct 5th, 2021

Your back is one of the areas in your body that you hope never develops chronic pain. Unfortunately, because it’s a crucial part of the way you move, it’s very prone to injury and degenerative conditions. Sciatica is just one of the many causes of chronic back pain, and it...

The Link Between Diabetes and Nerve Pain Sep 5th, 2021

If you have diabetes, you know the effect it can have on your health. You need to keep a constant eye on your blood sugar to make sure it doesn’t get too high or too low, which can lead to serious problems. But did you know that diabetes affects the...

When to Consider Spinal Cord Stimulation Aug 4th, 2021

Back pain can turn your life upside down — especially when you can’t find a treatment that helps. Whether your pain was the sudden result of an injury or it’s been brewing for a long time, you need to find a solution. And spinal cord stimulation could be just the...

Radiofrequency Ablation for Joint Pain: What to Expect Jun 8th, 2021

Do you have chronic joint pain? If so, radiofrequency ablation may be able to give you the relief you need. Kenneth Varley, MD, of Southern Pain Specialists in Birmingham, Alabama, is an expert in treating joint pain. In this blog, Dr. Varley explains what radiofrequency ablation is and how it...

6 Signs of a Vertebral Compression Fracture May 10th, 2021

Do you have ongoing back pain that worsens when you stand and eases when you lie down? You may have a vertebral compression fracture. This common fracture, which affects the vertebrae of the spine, can cause a lot of pain. If you have a vertebral compression fracture, Kenneth Varley, MD,...

Degenerative vs. Inflammatory Arthritis: Ways They Differ Apr 11th, 2021

Arthritis is a common ailment that causes pain. There are, however, many types of this disorder, including degenerative arthritis and inflammatory arthritis. These conditions have some symptoms in common, so figuring out which type is affecting you can be tricky. At Southern Pain Specialists, our team is very experienced in...

When a Nerve Block is Right for You Mar 9th, 2021

If you suffer from intense pain, a nerve block may be just what you need to stop the pain. At Southern Pain Specialists, our team aims to get pain under control, so you can get back to the activities you love. Our experienced pain management expert, Kenneth Varley, MD, can...

Can Radiofrequency Ablation Treat My Nerve Pain? Feb 9th, 2021

Do you deal with nerve pain in your spine? Have you tried medications and other treatments to no avail? Radiofrequency ablation, which stops targeted nerves from sending pain signals, may be able to help. In this blog, Kenneth Varley, MD, of Southern Pain Specialists explains what radiofrequency ablation does and...

Understanding the Risks of Developing Osteoporosis Jan 21st, 2021

If you don’t have osteoporosis, chances are you don’t think much about it. However, anyone can develop this condition — which causes bones to become brittle — and your chances of getting it can increase with age.  In this blog, Kenneth Varley, MD, of Southern Pain Specialists in Birmingham, Alabama,...

Noticing the Signs of Peripheral Neuropathy Dec 7th, 2020

Everyone has had their limbs “fall asleep” at one time or another. It can happen if you sit in an awkward position or fall asleep with an arm above your head. But what if your extremities get pins-and-needles or go numb when you don’t do these things? If this sounds...

Is Radiofrequency Ablation Safe? Nov 8th, 2020

Before you feel pain, a nerve somewhere in your body first sends a signal to your spinal cord and brainstem and then to your brain. This system helps us take care of ourselves if we sustain a cut or twist an ankle.  However, sometimes the body can send pain signals...

Can Compression Fractures Be Prevented? Oct 7th, 2020

Do you have back pain that gets worse when you stand up and decreases when you lie down on your back? Do you feel back pain when you sneeze, cough, or laugh? Furthermore, does it seem like you’re a bit shorter than you used to be? If this sounds familiar,...

Posture Matters When It Comes to Spine Health Sep 1st, 2020

If you have a pain, cramp, or ache in your back, it could be due to a poor posture. There are many ways to get a poor posture, and having one can lead to a host of problems.  Kenneth Varley, MD, an expert pain management doctor at Southern Pain Specialists...

Recognizing the Early Signs of Nerve Damage Aug 18th, 2020

Just about everyone has experienced their hand, arm, foot, or leg “falling asleep.” If you sit in an odd position or lean on your arm for too long, you may feel a sudden tingling, numbness, or burning sensation when you adjust your body. This feeling — often described as “pins...

Understanding Sacroiliac Joint Issues Jul 16th, 2020

If you’ve ever dealt with seemingly unexplained back pain, you know how frustrating it can be. And you’re not alone. Back pain is one of the most common reasons that adults visit their doctors and miss work days, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.  Sometimes, back...

Vitamin D and Bone Health Jun 24th, 2020

You’ve probably heard more times than you can count that vitamin D is essential for your health, namely your mood and immune function. But vitamin D has another enormously important health benefit that doesn’t get as much publicity: bone health.  Yes, vitamin D is absolutely essential for bone health. Getting...

Traveling With Arthritis: 5 Tips May 27th, 2020

Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or car, sitting for long periods of time can lead to arthritis flare-ups. And that, put simply, is no fun. Arthritis can make traveling difficult, so much so that you might avoid travelling. However, you deserve a vacation, too. So Kenneth Varley, MD, and...

Managing Back Pain: Lifestyle Remedies Apr 21st, 2020

If you have back pain, you’re far from alone. About 80% people experience lower back pain at some point in their life, according to the National Institutes of Health. No matter the cause, back pain can seriously impact your day, from affecting your ability to work to precluding you from...

Am I A Candidate For Radiofrequency Ablation? Mar 25th, 2020

Nagging chronic pain can put a damper on all aspects of your life. Chronic pain may prevent you from working, playing with your kids or grandkids, or engaging in your favorite recreational activities. Furthermore, chronic pain may make it hard to get high-quality sleep, and it may mess with your...

Understanding Piriformis Syndrome and How It Causes Sciatica-Like Symptoms Feb 27th, 2020

If someone feels pain, numbness, and weakness that radiates along the sciatic nerve ― which goes from the lower back and down both legs ― they may think it’s sciatica. However, this isn’t always the case. Piriformis syndrome can also be the culprit. The symptoms can mirror each other, and...

5 Steps to Reduce Your Risk of Osteoporosis Jan 10th, 2020

One in three women and one in five men over age 50 will experience osteopathic fractures. Is there anything you can do to prevent this, or is it inevitable? Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent developing osteoporosis, a disease that can weaken your bones to the point...

How Diabetes Causes Peripheral Neuropathy Nov 1st, 2019

Diabetes is one of the most common conditions affecting Americans today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30 million Americans have diabetes, and an additional 80 million have prediabetes.  Diabetes is very serious because it can have so many other related health effects. One of...

What Makes Women More Susceptible to Osteoporosis? Oct 1st, 2019

Just like your car, your house, and even your favorite jeans, your body begins to show signs of age no matter how well you take care of it. One of the ways it reveals the advancing years is osteoporosis — the loss of bone density.  Over time, if left untreated,...

Is There Such a Thing as “Normal” Back Pain? Sep 1st, 2019

Earlier this year, reports surfaced about a Scottish woman who couldn’t feel pain. As it turns out, her genes were mutated in such a way that pain didn’t register. While this may seem like a blessing, feeling pain is actually important. The Scottish woman didn’t know when she was getting...

Could Weight be the Cause of Your Arthritis? Aug 1st, 2019

There are over 100 different types of arthritis, and each one has a different cause. But one thing they all have in common is that being overweight worsens the symptoms. But does being overweight or obese actually cause your arthritis? In some cases, the answer may be yes. The Centers...

Lifestyle Changes to Prevent or Minimize Sciatica Pain Jul 3rd, 2019

Feel that shooting pain starting in your lower back and descending through your bottom and down the back of your leg, even all the way to your foot? That’s called sciatica, and as much as 40% of the population will experience it at some point in their lives. Sciatica is...

How Effective is Viscosupplementation for Remedying Chronic Knee Pain? Jun 1st, 2019

If you suffer from chronic pain in one or both knees, you’re probably ready for relief. Chronic knee pain can arise from many conditions, and many different treatments exist. It’s hard to know which option is right for you. Dr. Kenneth Varley and the team at Southern Pain Specialists can...

Understanding Kyphoplasty to Treat Spinal Compression Fractures May 2nd, 2019

In some cases, spinal compression fractures can be treated with nonsurgical remedies. But depending on the severity of your fracture and other variables, there may be a need for kyphoplasty. Dr. Kenneth Varley is a pain management specialist who understands the necessity for kyphoplasty in certain cases and wants to...

How to Prevent Your Osteoporosis From Worsening Apr 14th, 2019

Being diagnosed with osteoporosis can be quite alarming. You may find yourself feeling uncertain and confused, and chances are you will be left with more questions than answers after receiving your diagnosis. Don’t worry! Once you have a better understanding of osteoporosis, you will see there are a variety of...

Are Epidural Steroid Injections Safe, and When Are They the Best Option for Chronic Back Pain? Mar 27th, 2019

If you have pain that doesn’t respond to conservative treatments like over-the-counter pain relievers, your doctor might recommend a corticosteroid shot. A corticosteroid injection is an interventional pain technique that reduces inflammation in your tissues, nerves, and joints. When you have chronic back pain associated with nerves near your spine,...