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3 Must-Know Treatments for Back Pain Jun 1st, 2024

Are you grappling with relentless back pain? The kind that lingers, interferes with daily tasks, and keeps you from activities you love? If so, you're not alone. Millions of Americans are living with chronic back pain. It can seriously diminish your quality of life — and when physical therapy, oral...

Tips to Extend Pain Relief From an Epidural May 1st, 2024

Finding a solution for chronic back pain can be a long journey. What works for some people doesn’t always work for others, and effective pain management often takes trial and error. And if you’re considering an epidural for back pain, you might be wondering how long the relief will last....

Find Lasting Relief From Back Pain With Intracept Apr 2nd, 2024

Are you living with chronic back pain? If so, you know all too well that it can interfere with everything from your everyday tasks to your ability to sleep at night. And if you’ve tried lifestyle modifications, pain medication, physical therapy, and all of the other popular treatment options without...

3 Signs It's Time to Consider Spinal Cord Stimulation Mar 1st, 2024

Millions of Americans are living with chronic back pain. It’s a pervasive issue that can interfere with nearly every aspect of your life — from your ability to work to your ability to sleep at night. And if you’ve tried all of the conventional treatments without relief, you might be...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Feb 20th, 2024

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

Chronic Pain: Symptoms and Causes Feb 6th, 2024

Chronic pain is a complex and challenging condition that affects more than 50 million Americans each year. While pain is a natural response to injury or illness, when it persists beyond the expected healing time, it transitions from acute to chronic — and that can significantly impact your quality of...

5 Essential Treatments for Disease States Jan 12th, 2024

When you’re in chronic pain, you want one thing: to not be in pain anymore. Unfortunately, the solution usually isn’t that simple. The pain you’re experiencing is a symptom of a problem, not a diagnosis in and of itself. To provide a permanent solution, Dr. Eric Fanaee needs to determine...

Coping With Chronic Pain During the Holidays Dec 4th, 2023

The holidays are here, and so is the fun! Right? Yes, all of the parties, shopping, decorations, events, and presents are good in and of themselves, but they can also cause loads of added stress to your body. And when you’re dealing with chronic pain, that’s no small thing. Eric...

5 Ways to Fight Fatigue and Lessen Your Chronic Pain Nov 1st, 2023

Chronic pain is debilitating. And, unfortunately, fatigue is a common side effect of pain that can have a profound impact on your quality of life and your ability to enjoy everyday activities. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to managing chronic pain, but there are ways to alleviate your symptoms and improve...

How Can Weather Affect Health and Chronic Pain? Oct 9th, 2023

Weather has an undeniable effect on your daily life, from dictating your choice of outdoor activities to influencing your mood. And if you’ve ever wondered if the weather affects your health, you’re not alone. The weather can have a real impact on how your body feels — especially if you’re...

The Importance of Relieving Anxiety and Stress Sep 1st, 2023

More than one in five American adults suffers from chronic pain. It’s a complex, challenging condition — and finding an effective treatment plan goes far beyond simply addressing the physical discomfort. Chronic pain takes a toll on your mental and emotional well-being, too. Anxiety and stress are common companions of chronic pain, often...

Intracept Procedure: What It Is and Key Facts Aug 2nd, 2023

About 16 million American adults suffer from chronic low back pain. Whether the pain persists for weeks, months, or years, it erodes your overall health and your quality of life. Various treatment options for back pain exist, but finding effective relief isn’t always easy. Eric Fanaee, MD, and our team...

How To Pick Up the Pieces After a Failed Back Surgery Jul 1st, 2023

You had back surgery with the goal to alleviate chronic pain and regain your quality of life. It was a major decision, but now that you’ve healed, you still have pain. Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) can happen despite everyone’s best intentions, and you’re not alone. Up to 40% of patients experience continued pain...

What Is Spoon Theory? Jun 1st, 2023

Meaning The spoon theory is an introduction to understanding how chronic illness, chronic pain, and disability impact a person’s capacity to perform everyday tasks, engage in work and social life, and meet longer-term goals. Becky Bikat Tilahun, a clinical psychologist with the Cleveland Clinic, considers it a strategic planning tool.1...

How to Prepare for a Spinal Cord Stimulator May 1st, 2023

A spinal cord stimulator is a device that your doctor implants under your skin to manage chronic pain. It can be a good option for people who haven’t found adequate pain relief with conservative treatment, and if you’re thinking about getting one, you’re in the right place. Studies show that spinal cord...

4 Nonsurgical Treatments for Chronic Neck Pain Apr 1st, 2023

Around 30% of American adults experience neck pain in their lifetime. Acute neck pain may dissipate on its own with time — but for about half of all neck pain sufferers, that pain becomes chronic.  Neck pain can stem from a variety of factors, including poor posture, injury, and spinal...

Does Acute Pain Affect Your Quality of Life? Mar 7th, 2023

Quality of life is a measure that aims to capture an individual’s overall well-being and happiness. While it’s highly subjective, some factors always play a role — and one of those is health. Your health has an undeniable effect on your perceived quality of life. When you’re healthy, your quality...

Types of Neuropathic Pain and Your Treatment Options Feb 9th, 2023

Neuropathic pain is a type of chronic pain that stems from nervous system damage or dysfunction. Your nerves transmit electrical signals from your body to your brain, and when they get damaged, they can “misfire” and send near-constant pain signals even if you’re not injured. Neuropathic pain, or neuropathy, is...

Am I a Candidate for Minimally Invasive Surgery With Intracept®? Jan 6th, 2023

Your back aches, and you’ve tried everything to make the pain go away. When rest, medication, physical therapy, and even cutting-edge regenerative medicine don’t make a difference, it’s easy to start wondering if you’re out of options. The good news? Other approaches are available. Dr. Eric Fanaee specializes in managing...

How Do Changes in Seasons or Weather Affect Chronic Pain? Dec 2nd, 2022

Headaches that hit right before rainstorms. Tingling nerve pain that gets sharper in the summer. Painful joints that seem to ache even more when the weather turns cold. If any of these experiences sound familiar, you’re not imagining things. The weather and the environment around you affects your body in...

Working From Home Is a Pain in My Neck! Nov 3rd, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic sent many American workers home from the office in early 2020. Nearly three years later, many still haven’t returned. A 2022 survey revealed that about 58% of Americans are working from home full- or part-time. From nonexistent commutes to greater flexibility, there are plenty of benefits to be had...

When Should You Consider Epidural Steroid Injections? Oct 24th, 2022

Chronic pain is exhausting. It limits your activities, your mobility, and your quality of life. And when traditional treatment doesn’t make a difference, you might be wondering if surgery is your only option. We have good news: It’s not. Eric Fanaee, MD, and our team specialize in pain management, and we offer...

Tired of living with chronic back pain? An Intracept® Procedure can Help Sep 1st, 2022

The Intracept® procedure is a cutting-edge solution for treatment-resistant lower back pain. It’s FDA-approved for people who have suffered pain for at least six months and who haven’t found relief with other treatments.  Using radiofrequency ablation, the Intracept procedure targets nerve pain at the source and stops pain signals from...

Is One of These Conditions the Cause of Your Chronic Pain? Aug 1st, 2022

Chronic pain is generally defined as pain that persists for weeks, months, or even years. About 50 million American adults are living with chronic pain. It’s incredibly common, yet getting the right diagnosis and finding an effective treatment plan is often difficult and frustrating. There are many possible causes of chronic pain,...

What Can I Expect With a Trial Spinal Cord Stimulator Implantation? Jul 1st, 2022

A spinal cord stimulator is a small device that’s implanted near your spine. It uses low-level electric currents to interfere with pain signals in the nerves of your spinal cord, with the goal of stopping chronic back pain. But pain is highly personal, and what works for some people doesn’t work for others....

Can Degenerative Disc Disease Be Reversed? Jun 1st, 2022

Spinal discs are rubbery cushions between each vertebral bone in your spine. These discs are made of collagen with a gelatinous core, and their primary job is to absorb shock and support your body weight. While spinal discs are naturally durable, they deteriorate with age — and more than 90% of people...

How a Holistic Approach Can Help Get You the Right Diagnosis May 1st, 2022

One in four American adults is living with chronic pain. Chronic pain is pain that lasts for months, years, or longer — and it can seriously erode your ability to live life to its fullest. Some types of chronic pain can be traced to a previous injury or a degenerative...

Treating Your Spinal Arthritis With Epidurals Apr 1st, 2022

More than 32.5 million American adults have osteoarthritis. Although there are more than 100 different types of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most common type, and it primarily affects people over age 60. Osteoarthritis is often called wear-and-tear arthritis because it develops when the cartilage in your joints breaks down due to years...

How Radiofrequency Ablation Can Tackle Your Back Pain Mar 1st, 2022

Is chronic back pain keeping you from living the life you want? Back pain might be common, but it’s often difficult to treat — and when conservative care like physical therapy and medication aren’t enough to stop the pain, you may feel as though you’re out of options. If this...

Understanding the Different Treatments for Your Herniated Disc Feb 1st, 2022

Most adults experience back pain at some point in their lives. It’s a common complaint, but pinpointing the cause of the pain and finding treatment that helps you feel better isn’t always easy.  Eric Fanaee, MD, offers comprehensive exams to identify your symptoms and treat them at the source. One...

5 Risk Factors That Can Lead to a Herniated Disc Jan 1st, 2022

Your flexible spine contains 24 vertebral bones. Between each of them is a vertebral disc, which cushions the bones and protects your spinal cord when you move. Vertebral discs are made of slick cartilage with a soft center. While they’re naturally durable, discs may slip, ripture, or herniate as the...

How Spinal Cord Stimulators Offer Relief From Chronic Back Pain Dec 1st, 2021

Back pain is the top cause of disability worldwide. Chronic back pain can keep you from work, hobbies, and enjoying your life — and it’s notoriously challenging to diagnose and treat. Maybe you suffered an injury. Maybe you’re dealing with age-related degeneration. Maybe you’ve tried conservative options like physical therapy...

How Can the FDA-Approved Intracept® Procedure Help You Get Relief From Chronic Back Pain? Nov 5th, 2021

When you have low back pain that doesn’t go away, you might do just about anything to get relief. Chronic pain erodes your ability to work and enjoy your hobbies, and it can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Conservative care like physical therapy and medication can...

How Epidural Steroid Injections Alleviate Back and Neck Pain Oct 27th, 2021

The spine is a complex structure that runs from your pelvis to the base of your skull. Your spine supports the weight of your entire upper body — and when you have spinal pain, it limits your ability to enjoy life. Nearly everyone suffers back pain or neck pain at...

What to Expect During Radiofrequency Ablation Sep 1st, 2021

One in two American adults is living with a musculoskeletal condition like back pain or arthritis. Your musculoskeletal system includes your bones, joints, and muscles — and all too often, disease or damage can leave you with musculoskeletal pain that doesn’t go away. Chronic pain can limit your mobility and...

5 Key Benefits of Treating Chronic Back Pain With Intracept® Jul 7th, 2021

Persistent low back pain is beyond frustrating. It interferes with your hobbies, your sleep, and your daily responsibilities. And when conservative treatment doesn’t make a difference, it can feel like you’re out of options. You may not have heard about the Intracept® Procedure, however. This revolutionary minimally invasive treatment for...

The Intracept® Procedure: A Breakthrough in Treating Chronic Back Pain Jun 27th, 2021

Does your back hurt? If you answered yes, you’re certainly not alone. An estimated 80% of American adults experience acute low back pain at some point. And for 20% of them, the pain becomes chronic.  There are many different treatment options available for chronic back pain, from medication to physical...

Who Is a Candidate for the Groundbreaking Intracept® Procedure? May 24th, 2021

Pain serves an important function: It’s your body’s way of telling you something isn’t right. When you get injured, pain signals travel from the wound site to your brain, letting you know that you need to stop what you’re doing.  But when pain becomes chronic, it’s no longer serving its...

Tips for Getting Through the Trial Phase of Your Spinal Cord Stimulator Apr 22nd, 2021

About 50,000 spinal cord stimulators are placed each year in the United States. Spinal cord stimulators involve a minimally invasive implantation procedure, and they work to quiet pain sensations and help you live a more active life. A spinal cord stimulator can be an effective treatment option for chronic nerve...

When to See a Doctor About Back Pain Mar 15th, 2021

Pain is your body’s way of telling you something isn’t right — whether it’s temporary discomfort or chronic pain. But identifying and treating the cause behind pain isn’t always easy, and many people hesitate to seek professional care. Back pain, in particular, is one of the top causes of disability...

It's Never Too Late to Improve Your Posture Feb 8th, 2021

If you’ve been experiencing discomfort due to poor posture recently, you’re not alone. With the rise in remote working in the past year, more and more people are finding themselves hunched over their computer screens and other devices in a poorly designed work space.  Over time, this poor posture can...

Minimally Invasive Treatments for Chronic Pain Jan 13th, 2021

Chronic pain can be difficult to diagnose and even more difficult to treat, leaving you feeling hopeless about your ability to find relief. Luckily, there are cutting-edge treatments that may be able to relieve your pain without requiring invasive treatment.  Eric K. Fanaee, MD, is an expert in pain management...

The Importance of Keeping Up Your Appointments Virtually Dec 28th, 2020

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, four out of 10 Americans have delayed or avoided getting the health care they need. To work around this disruption, telehealth is emerging as the perfect solution for providing care from a safe distance, and we’re pleased to offer this service here at our practice....

SI Joint Dysfunction Is a Commonly Overlooked Source of Pain Nov 6th, 2020

Your sacroiliac (SI) joints serve as a shock absorber for your body’s weight and protect your spine. However, they can cause pain that can be hard to diagnose because these important joints are located deep inside your body in a region where general pain is common. SI joint dysfunction is...

Pain Is Not a Diagnosis: The Importance of a Healthy Patient-Provider Relationship in Healing Oct 9th, 2020

If you’ve been suffering from chronic pain, trying to get an accurate diagnosis can be frustrating. That’s why it’s important to have a healthy partnership with your health care provider during every stage of that journey. As a pain specialist in West Islip, Islandia, and Smithtown, New York, Dr. Eric...

Do I Need an Injection: Deciding When to Intervene Sep 14th, 2020

Statistics show that most adults suffer at least one case of neck or lower back pain sometime during their life. These painful bouts can be caused by muscle strain, injury, or just natural degeneration due to age.  For most people, this pain goes away with time or conventional treatment. However,...