Direct visualized rhizotomy vs radiofrequency ablation

Direct Visualized Rhizotomy vs. Radiofrequency Ablation

There are several options available when it comes to treating nerve-based back pain. This type. . .

Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis Are Easy to See and Can Be Serious If You do Not Act

Spinal stenosis means narrowing of the spinal canal. In the lower back. . .

Episode 6: Steven King

All work and no play may make Jack a very dull boy, but low back pain can make working and playing really challenging. This week, Dr. Lieberman discusses back pain with Steven King. Steve’s pain was off to the side, shot to the buttocks, felt like it was in his hip, and burned on his outer thigh. This pattern is typical of low back pain due to an arthritic facet joint.

The joints that connect one spine bone to another are called facet joints. The medial branches are nerve fibers that send pain signals from the facet joints. The medial branches go exclusively to the facet joints. If you were to numb up a medial branch you would not feel the facet joint to which it was connected, but you could feel a spinal nerve root, disc, or another ligament the same. MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of Steve’s back showed swollen facet joints. On examination, Steve’s back was tender over his lower joints, and there were no signs of nerve root problems like numbness or weakness in his legs.

Is he a candidate for RFA (radiofrequency ablation)?

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Frequently Asked Questions
about Back Pain . .

ACDF Surgery or Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement?

So you need spine surgery on your neck. Relax. Neck surgery today is safer, better, and less painful than it’s ever been.

QUIZ: What’s Causing Your Neck Pain?

Is your pain coming from your facet joints, or do you have a cervical disc herniation with radiculopathy, or both?

Episode 4: SEVERE Neck Pain

Dr. Lieberman discusses neck pain and the road to recovery through ACDF surgery.

Breaking Bad News

The first time I told someone their loved one died I did not know what I was doing. Literally. And it didn’t go well. 

After An MRI Of The Knee: What’s Next?

In this post, Dan Lieberman discusses next steps after your MRI. 

Episode 3: The Knee Tumor

A soft tissue sarcoma, there’s nothing else in your life from this point on that takes priority over this tumor – “this is a problem, that if not dealt with, is fatal.”

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Frequently Asked Questions
about Herniated Discs . .

THE #1 Neurosurgeon Recommended Treatment For A Herniated Disc

The Nuts & Bolts of Herniated Disc Explained

What it is, Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment!

Herniated Disc:

In this post, Dan Lieberman and Patrick Ranney discuss symptoms and treatments in detail. 

Episode 2: The Clinic with Dr. Dan Lieberman, Patrick Ranney, Herniated Disc.

Pat is well known to the Clinc, having undergone L5/S1 anterior lumbar interbody fusion surgery six years earlier. He reports that he was pain free until three weeks earlier.

Pat returned to walking for exercise after a couple of months break due to a knee issue. After the second day, he reported pain and numbness in his right leg. Magnetic resonance imaging showed a giant herniated disc. . .

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Frequently Asked Questions
about Herniated Discs . .

THE #1 Neurosurgeon Recommended Treatment For A Herniated Disc

Diet for Healing Back Pain

Planning a diet for your New Year’s resolution? Consider cutting these foods when dealing with back pain!

Spinal Stenosis:

Dan Lieberman and Jon Rogers discuss the signs, symptoms, and treatment options in this enlightening blog post.

Episode 1: The Clinic with Dr. Dan Lieberman, Jon Rogers, SPINAL STENOSIS.

Jon Rogers and his wife moved to Phoenix to start a new life. Trained as an aerospace engineer, Jon worked on some of the largest military projects in America. For example, Jon was on the team that developed the Top Gun missile for the US Air Force.

When it came time to retire, he moved to Tucson with his wife to start his second act as a cowboy. . . .