Is Scoliosis Surgery Worth It?
Several years ago, one of our employees had severe scoliosis and was in severe pain. Given that this was a structural problem, I wasn’t sure we could help, but I developed a procedure called a percutaneous scolioplasty that did eventually make a difference. Let me review another patient today whose… Read More
What Is Foraminal Stenosis?
What is Foraminal Stenosis? What is foraminal stenosis? Is it necessarily the cause of your back or neck pain, and does foraminal stenosis require surgery? Let’s start from the beginning… Your spinal column, or backbone, is made up of vertebrae, stacked one… Read More
Pain After Back Fusion: Adjacent Segment Disease
Pain after Back Fusion Your spine is built for movement, but it also has to be stable. In essence, it’s this duality that confuses many physicians and patients and often leads to a back fusion, which stops movement in patients with degenerative or painful back… Read More
How to Read a Low Back MRI Report : What Type of Disc Problem Do You Have?
I find that one of the most confusing things for patients learning how to read a low back MRI report is understanding that there are different types of disc problems that each require a different therapeutic approach. So without understanding their type of disc issue,… Read More
Stem Cells for Disc Regeneration?
Across the Internet right now, you can find countless websites advertising stem cells for disc regeneration. Is this for real or is it a scam? A recent patient post on our RIP fusion blog can help explain what’s real and what’s likely not. What Is… Read More
Epidural Steroid Injection Reviews: Is There a Better Way?
Dr Centeno Epidural Steroid Injection Alternative Lecture AAOM 2016 My patients’ epidural steroid injection reviews through the years have been mixed. On the one hand, the injection can help prevent the need for surgery; on the other, the… Read More
TMJ Stem Cell Therapy: Valerie’s Story
Every doctor sees patients who, right off the bat, he or she knows are a huge challenge. Valerie was one of those patients with one of the most severe cases of TMJ I have ever seen. She was unable to eat solid or soft foods at… Read More
What a Decade of Disc Stem Cell Research Has Taught Us
In 2005, we pioneered disc stem cell research as the first clinic on earth to inject stem cells into low back discs. Along the way, we’ve learned some valuable lessons about what did and didn’t work. Recently, we’re seeing a spate of clinics offering to inject stem cells… Read More
How to Get Off Migraine Medications: Trudy’s Story
When Trudy first walked into the office I’m not ashamed to say that I was overwhelmed. Not only did she want to know how to get off migraine medications, but also how to get off other meds she was taking for her neck, back, shoulders, and knees. She… Read More
Is There a Bad Back Posture? Do You Have Loss of Curve?
Out of the hundreds of MRI reports I see every year, very few of them have a word written about the state of the low back curve. Despite this, many studies show that losing the normal curve in the low back is a big deal. Essentially that a bad… Read More