Blog Archive

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,...