Sciatic Nerve Pain

Written by, Josh Suderman, MD Sciatic nerve pain is often referred to as “sciatica” and generally means pain beginning in the back and running down the leg.  This is commonly due to problems in your spine irritating the nerves in your back that travel into your leg.  These nerves normally control sensation and strength in…

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Anti-inflammatory Diet for Arthritis and Other Inflammatory Diseases

Written by: Dr. Deborah Pellegrini   “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates   This statement continues to hold true for most of the common inflammatory diseases today. The healing properties of food have been reported by cultures worldwide throughout history. Over the past 20-30 years we have seen extensive clinical…

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Pain Control Without Narcotics

Written by Dr. Josh Suderman The term “narcotic” comes from the Greek word for “stupor” and originally referred to a variety of substances that dulled the senses and relieved pain.  Today, it commonly refers to an opioid medication which is a class of narcotic that can cause side effects such as drowsiness and is used…

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How Does a Pain Clinic Work?

Written by, Dr. Josh Suderman The term pain clinic can be met with a fair amount of stigma these days and many people don’t understand what this term means and how it can be a helpful place for many people in pain.  Some doctors may advertise that they operate a pain clinic, but here at…

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Low Back Pain

Written by Josh Suderman, MD Low back pain is one of the most common reasons someone visits a doctor and one of the most common reasons people are referred to our clinic. Low back pain has many different causes and can impact a person’s life in many ways. There are multiple parts of the low…

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Why I became a doctor

Written by, Josh Suderman, MD The cliché goes that when someone is asked why they want to be a doctor they say because they “want to help people”. Although this is a simple answer, it captures a common sentiment among doctors and an essential motivating factor to embarking on a career in healthcare. Growing up…

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Dr. Suderman Letter to MCAC

Dr K., I am trying to understand the rationale behind the recent elimination of reimbursement for sedation during interventional pain procedures lasting less than 10 minutes. I’m hearing that MCR does not feel it’s necessary. I have also heard that MCR feels these procedures should be accomplished in a few minutes. This is flawed on…

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The Importance of Core strength in Managing Low Back Pain

Written by Josh Suderman, M.D. Our spines provide significant support for our body as we sit, stand and move. The bony structures of the spine rely on muscles, tendons and ligaments to provide the best support for us. It has been reported that the spine alone could only support 35 pounds of weight (spine-health.com). Thus,…

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Dangers of Opioids

Per research more than 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain which is nearly 5% of the world population. In the United States there are 100 Million people who suffer from chronic pain. That is more than diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke and cancer combined. The most common types of pain are lower back…

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Chronic Pain

  There are several different types of pain that the human body can encounter. Acute pain is the body’s way of letting us know when something is wrong or what we are doing is harmful and it typically doesn’t last longer than a few weeks. This type of pain goes away once the cause has…

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