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Back Pain Relief Aug 3rd, 2020

Back pain occurrences do not always require a health care visit. There are several things you can try to help alleviate back pain before seeing a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor, or physiatrist. The following are suggestions to help while in discomfort; Light Exercise – when you are in...

Migraine Headaches Jul 1st, 2020

What is a migraine? Migraines are a type of recurring headache that cause intense, throbbing pain on one side of your head. These headaches often occur with nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light and sound. Without treatment, a migraine may cause pain and symptoms so severe that you need...

Failed Back Syndrome Jun 15th, 2020

What is failed back syndrome? Failed back syndrome, also called failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), is the layman’s term for postlaminectomy syndrome. Failed back syndrome refers to spinal pain after unsuccessful spinal surgery. Spinal surgeries are generally regarded as successful 95% of the time, not all the time, so it’s...

Meditation Jun 1st, 2020

Meditation is a habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts. This practice is increasing in popularity as the scientific benefits are being discovered. A person can train themselves to use meditation as a way to reduce stress, develop concentration, think positively, increase self-discipline, create healthy...

Pinched Nerve May 14th, 2020

Pinched Nerve What is a pinched nerve? A pinched nerve can occur when the tissues around it put the nerve under pressure. Bone, cartilage, tendon, or muscle pressing on a nerve can cause it to malfunction, resulting in pain, weakness, tingling sensations, or numbness. You can experience the discomfort of...

Yoga Poses for Back Pain Apr 30th, 2020

Back pain is quite common and may be caused by something as simple as a muscle strain to complex from a herniated disc. When pain arises, all one can think about is relief. Fortunately, the majority of people do not need surgery to counter occasional or chronic back pain. At...

Telehealth Apr 17th, 2020

What exactly is telehealth? Telehealth is defined as the provision of healthcare remotely by means of telecommunications technology. In these days of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, much of healthcare is provided through telehealth. Technologies include videoconferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications. Tarpon Interventional Pain...

Cervical Radiculopathy Apr 6th, 2020

What is cervical radiculopathy? Cervical radiculopathy arises due to compression of the nerve roots that sit near your cervical vertebrae. Nerve root damage causes pain and affects your sense of touch along the length of the nerve’s pathway, which runs down your arm and into your hand. The symptoms of...

Cervical Disc Herniation Mar 2nd, 2020

  CERVICAL DISC HERNIATION What is a cervical disc herniation? A cervical disc herniation is diagnosed when the inner portion of an intervertebral disc bulges through the fibrous outer layers of the disc and compresses the surrounding cervical nerves. The inner portions of intervertebral discs are made of a gelatinous...

Herniated Disc Feb 3rd, 2020

A herniated disc, also called bulged, slipped or ruptured, is a common cause of back and neck pain. Fortunately, there are several options for treatment and in most cases do not require surgery. What is a herniated disc? Your spine is a column of backbones (vertebrae) stacked on top of...

The Importance of Opioid Education Jan 6th, 2020

THE IMPORTANCE OF OPIOID EDUCATION At Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care, it is vitally important to educate our patients on opioids; both to be aware of the risks and side effects as well as understanding how to safely take them when needed. Often, prescription opioids are used to help...

Trigger Point Injections Dec 2nd, 2019

Trigger Point Injections What is a Trigger Point Injection? Trigger Point Injections or TPI are a type of injection that may be used to help relieve pain. This procedure is used to treat painful areas of muscle that contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that form when muscles do...

Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy Nov 3rd, 2019

Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy In spinal cord stimulation (SCS), mild electric currents applied to the spinal cord through small medical devices change pain signals. These mild electrical stimulations to the nerves modify nerve activity to minimize the sensation of pain reaching the brain. The device involves placing a lead with...

CBD or Cannabidiol Oct 7th, 2019

CBD You have probably noticed the letters CBD are popping up all over the place. What does CBD stand for, is it safe, and is it beneficial to me? What is CBD? CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of several chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. The CBD found in...

Pain Management Sep 9th, 2019

What is Pain Management? Pain Management is a medical approach combining science and alternative healing approaches in order to study the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of pain. Many of these alternative healing approaches include massage therapy, analgesic medications, physical therapy, regenerative medicine, injections, and in some cases surgery. Those that...

Interventional Pain Medicine Aug 12th, 2019

Interventional Pain Medicine Interventional pain medicine is an alternative to surgery using various options of treatment. Who Practices Interventional Pain Medicine? Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation physicians, also called physiatrists, are specialty trained in the area of interventional medicine emphasizing the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders whether short-term or...

Regenerative Medicine Jul 11th, 2019

Regenerative Medicine Regenerative Medicine is the process of replacing human cells and tissues to restore normal function. This exciting new area of medicine may change the way Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation doctors treat and manage pain. Types of Regenerative Medicine The following are two common types of regenerative medicine: Platelet-Rich...

Driving and Back Pain: What to Do Mar 22nd, 2019

Back pain is the most common complaint that prompts people to go see a doctor, and about 90 percent of all Americans will suffer from debilitating back pain at some point in their lives. People who sit at a desk all day frequently complain about it, but those who spend hours driving...

Causes and Treatments for Sciatic Back Pain Mar 15th, 2019

Sciatica means one thing for a patient: radiating, shooting pain in the lower back and upper leg. The pain usually starts in the lower back or buttocks and radiates down the back of one leg. The level of pain can vary from a mild ache to an excruciating sharp pain....

Tennis Elbow Mar 8th, 2019

Do you experience elbow pain that causes you discomfort on a frequent basis? If so, you may have a condition called tennis elbow. Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is one of the most common causes of elbow pain in the United States. It is caused by overuse of the elbow, which leads...

Orthopedic Conditions of the Shoulder Mar 1st, 2019

Muscle, tendons and ligaments come together in a ball and socket joint to provide stability while also creating flexibility and the range of motion required to perform the never-ending myriad of tasks by one of our most underappreciated joints – the shoulder. Of all the joints in the body, the...

Is the Pain Down Your Leg Caused by Sciatica? Feb 15th, 2019

If you are experiencing radiating pain in the leg, it may be sciatica nerve pain. However, a firm diagnosis and effective treatment will require a physical examination by a doctor. Your health care provider will examine you and take your health history into account before making a definitive diagnosis. Let’s take...

What Is Electrodiagnostic Evaluation? Feb 8th, 2019

When a doctor uses electronic nerve tests to diagnose neurologic and neuromuscular impairments, these tests are broadly referred to as electrodiagnostic evaluation. The tests are specifically done to evaluate nerve function in the peripheral nervous system and the muscles. Your doctor may order nerve testing to diagnose the cause of muscle twitching...

Do People Get Shorter with Age? Feb 1st, 2019

You may have been the tallest kid in your elementary school only to be the shortest during senior year; or have experienced a monumental growth spurt somewhere during puberty or adolescence. Either way, from the time you’re born until early adulthood, your body continues to grow taller. Your growth may...

What Are Bulging Discs? Jan 25th, 2019

How are your shock absorbers performing these days? No, we’re not referring to the mechanical devices in your car that help keep it riding smoothly on a bumpy highway. We’re talking about the shock absorbers in your spine, otherwise known as discs. They’re the rubbery pads firmly embedded between each set...

What Are Disc Herniations? Jan 18th, 2019

Nearly everyone experiences some form of back pain during the course of their lives. Most back problems can be classified as mild to moderately painful, and they can be treated with rest, hot or cold compression, and/or medication. They gradually subside over time. However, if you feel a sharp, persistent pain in...

What You Need to Know About the Thoracic Spine Jan 11th, 2019

When patients see their doctor about back pain, the problem area is often either in the lumbar (lower spine) or the cervical (neck) region. However, pain can also occur in the mid- and upper-back areas of the spinal column, located between the lumbar and cervical regions – this is called...

Can You Prevent Plantar Fasciitis? Jan 4th, 2019

The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue located at the bottom of the foot that attaches the heel bone to the toes. When the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, it’s referred to as plantar fasciitis.  One of the most common causes of foot pain, plantar fascia is also one of...

Different Types of Knee Disorders Dec 28th, 2018

Composed of bone, ligament, cartilage, and even fluid, the knee joint is one of the most complicated joints in the human body. It is also the largest joint, and it is known as a compound joint – meaning that the tibia and femur are connected in one section, and the...

What Causes Herniated Discs? Dec 21st, 2018

Spinal discs function as cushions in the back, acting as shock absorbers between the vertebrae. The spinal column is flexible thanks to these discs, enabling the torso to bend and twist. The discs therefore provide flexibility while absorbing shock at the same time. The back’s structure is made up of...

Non-Invasive Pain Management Techniques Dec 14th, 2018

Imagine a chronic condition where the pain doesn’t stop. Thankfully, the pain can now be managed and minimized, thanks to the latest breakthroughs in medical science. Researchers are continuing to explore techniques to eliminate pain, and with much success. Who Can Help Control My Pain? The first step to managing...

Tech Neck Syndrome and How to Fix It Dec 7th, 2018

Digital technology is utilized by the masses every single day – most people nowadays are at least somewhat tech-savvy. Cell phones, tablets, and other types of handheld devices vie for our attention all day long. Unfortunately, along with the knowledge imparted through technology, tech neck syndrome has also emerged. It...

What Are Medial Branch Blocks? Nov 30th, 2018

A medial branch block is a diagnostic test used by pain management doctors for the express purpose of discovering sources of pain and easing discomfort. Medial branch blocks are accomplished by injecting local anesthetic on the medial branch nerves. This form of interventional pain management treats the facet joints (zygapophysial joints), which...

Using Pain Management to Overcome Headaches Nov 16th, 2018

Headache pain can be debilitating, especially if they are long lasting as so many headaches are. Migraines are especially troublesome as they often come on quickly, intensified by external triggers such as light, noise, smells and even the foods we eat. In the United States, headache treatments account for $1...

Pain Management: Knowing Your Treatment Options Nov 9th, 2018

Chronic pain can change a happy, optimistic person into someone who may choose to miss out on fun activities and seeing the people they love due to pain, which is something they believe is beyond their control. Add to this the depression that not living the quality of life you...

Nonsurgical Back Pain Treatment Options Nov 2nd, 2018

Back pain is nearly unbearable for some people. Unlike other parts of the body, which can be elevated or isolated to relieve pain, the back is always in service.  The sheer number of integral parts and the structural makeup of the back presents an opportunity for pain, which can be related...

Types of Back Pain: Middle Back Pain vs. Thoracic Back Pain Oct 26th, 2018

The spine is made up of multiple sections and each has a name: the cervical region (the vertebrae of the neck), the thoracic region (the vertebrae of the upper back), and the lumbar region (or lower back). The middle back refers to the area above the hips and below the...

Stretches for Knee Pain Oct 19th, 2018

An estimated one in five adults experiences knee pain at one time or another. There are many reasons for knee pain, some that require more attention than others. In addition to bearing our full weight as we walk or run, knees allow for an incredible range of movement. They are...

4 Types of Knee Pain Oct 12th, 2018

If you are suffering from knee pain, getting to the root cause may take some time – but it is essential for proper treatment. Because the knee is a small area, pain often radiates throughout the entire knee area. Therefore, it can be difficult to pinpoint where the pain is...

Taking Care of Your Spine: The Benefits of Ergonomic Work Spaces Oct 5th, 2018

Ergonomic workspaces are designed to conform to an employee’s body to relieve pressure, ensure comfort, disallow exaggerated movement and promote good, natural health. For example, instead of a one-size-fits all approach to furniture, ergonomics allow the furniture to form to the person. Shorter people might have higher chairs; taller people...

What to Expect From Nerve Conduction Studies Sep 28th, 2018

If you’re experiencing shooting pains and numbness and tingling in your neck, lower back, wrist or legs, don’t be surprised if you’re doctor recommends a nerve conduction velocity (NCV) test – also known as a nerve conduction study. How Nerve Conduction Velocity Tests Work NCV’s are tests that measure how...

The Connection Between Orthopedics and Sports Therapy Sep 21st, 2018

It doesn’t matter if you are a point guard for the Dallas Mavericks, a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, or the star of your intramural dodgeball team, if you are an athlete the last thing you want is an injury. And while a strain or shin splint might set...

Is An Orthopedic Condition Causing My Headaches? Sep 14th, 2018

When it comes to pain, there are few coincidences, especially if you suffer from neck or back pain. If you do have orthopedic pain and you get frequent headaches, the latter may not be an isolated incident. In fact, your orthopedic condition may actually be causing your headaches.  Here’s how....

Shoulder Pain After a Fall Sep 7th, 2018

Injuries happen every day; some more severe than others. But even a “simple fall” can result in serious injury. One of the most common but often more injuries you can sustain after a fall is to the shoulder. That’s because the shoulder is made up of a complex system of...

Best and Worst Exercises for Knee Pain Aug 24th, 2018

Knee pain is one of the worst types of pain in the human body because it not only causes suffering but also prevents you from being active. A common misconception is that if you suffer from knee pain, you can’t exercise because you could make the condition worse. However, there...

Symptoms of Shin Splints Aug 17th, 2018

Shin splints are an overuse problem that refers to pain along the shinbone (the tibia). Typically, people experience shin splints during or after exercising. The most common exercise that causes shin splints is running, although it can happen during almost any type of physical activity. How Do Shin Splints Happen?...

What is a Patellar Tendon Tear? Aug 10th, 2018

Most people know that your body is made up of bones and muscles. But how familiar are you with the important middleman between the two? Tendons are cords of fibrous tissue that help attach muscles to bones. The patellar tendon is a tendon that attaches the bottom of the kneecap...

3 Easy Ways to Integrate Calcium into My Diet Aug 3rd, 2018

Calcium is integral to bone and muscle health. A calcium deficiency can lead to a lot of different health problems, including osteoporosis. Despite knowing all this, many people still do not get enough calcium on a daily basis. Luckily, there are easy ways to add calcium to your diet to ensure you...

5 Daily Habits That Could Increase My Risk of Needing a Hip Replacement Jul 27th, 2018

Hip replacements are a very common type of surgery. A lot of people face a high risk of hip fractures as they get older and are forced to consider hip replacement surgery at some point. Then there’s the recovery period to consider. Recovering from a hip replacement surgery can be a long,...

What You Should Know About the Different Types of Meniscal Tears Jul 20th, 2018

One of the most common of sports injuries is a meniscus tear. It’s what happens when the thin, C-shaped cartilage that cushions your shinbone from the thighbone is forcefully twisted or you rotate your knee – say, while pivoting in a game of pickup basketball. It doesn’t even have to be sports-related; a...

Symptoms Of Rotator Cuff Tears Jul 13th, 2018

In a survey by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, during a one-year period nearly 2 million people visited a doctor due to a rotator cuff problem. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons located at the shoulder joint that helps you rotate and lift your arms....

How Do Selective Nerve Blocks Work? Jul 6th, 2018

When the nerves in your spine are irritated or “pinched” by a bulging disk or a bone spur, it can lead to inflammation that causes pain, numbness, or tingling. One way to quell that pain is with a selective nerve block. It’s an injection of a local anesthetic and steroid...

How Can Stem Cell Therapy Improve Sports Performance? Jun 29th, 2018

Athletes are often told that it’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game. But in competitive sports, how you play the game depends on how strong, agile, and healthy you are. Achieving your peak performance can involve many different treatment options, especially if you’ve experienced...

SYMPTOMS OF A PINCHED NERVE Jun 22nd, 2018

There are all kinds of lower back and leg pain. But when several different symptoms of pain – numbness, tingling, a shooting “electric” jolt that extends from the pelvis all the way to your toes – occur all at once, you may be suffering from a pinched (or compressed) nerve. How would...

The Complete Guide to Spinal Stenosis Jun 15th, 2018

Age-related wear and tear may be expected for a lot of things – your home, your car, your clothes, etc. But, when it happens to your body, it can be a particularly disturbing and painful development. Certain chronic conditions affecting the neck and back can lead to some of the...

What Are Epidural Steroid Injections ? May 31st, 2018

One of the common treatment options for lower back and leg pain are epidural steroid injections (ESIs). In fact, they’ve been used since 1952 and are, to this day, an essential part of the non-surgical management for conditions such as sciatica and low back pain. But what exactly is an...

Acute vs. Chronic Spinal Pain May 25th, 2018

When it comes to spinal pain, it’s all about time. Acute pain comes on quickly, and usually is the result of a sprain, strain, pull, or inflammation. Chronic pain in your spine most often is the result a degenerative condition that causes a spinal nerve to become compressed. Acute pain usually...

Herniated vs Bulging Disc May 18th, 2018

Herniated vs. bulging discs.  What’s the difference?  When you have excruciating back pain, it may not matter to you.  Pain is pain.  But there is a difference.  To understand the difference – and similarities – of herniated and bulging discs, it is necessary to understand how the components of your spine stack...

Causes of Inflammation in the Joints May 11th, 2018

Joint pain is bad enough, but when inflammation sets in with its redness, swelling and heat, the ordeal rises to a new level. Blame it on your immune system, which triggers inflammation in response to a physical injury or an infection. However, if you know some of the preventable causes...

Why Do We Get Shorter With Age? May 4th, 2018

When you were a kid, your father seemed to stand as tall as a redwood tree. When you hit high school, you were thrilled that finally you and dad saw eye to eye. Maybe not on cars, school, or dating but, still, at least you could stand at eye level....

Is Arthroscopic Surgery an Option for Cartilage Tears? Apr 27th, 2018

There are many types of sports injuries, but one of the most common among athletes who play contact sports such as football and hockey are meniscus, or cartilage tears. Although cartilage tears are common in athletes, they aren’t the only ones who get them. Anyone can get this injury when...

Different Types of Interventional Pain Management Injections Apr 20th, 2018

Chronic pain can severely limit one’s ability to live a full an active life. For those who suffer from chronic pain, every-day tasks can become burdensome chores. Just as there are a wide range of pain conditions, so too are there a variety of interventional pain management procedures available to treat them....

Is there a Link Between Osteoporosis and Crohn’s Disease? Apr 16th, 2018

Crohn’s disease is a chronic condition classified as an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Symptoms vary in severity, often including frequent diarrhea and abdominal pain. Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by a decreased bone density that worsens over time and leads to fractures in many cases. Although the two conditions seem...

Returning to Exercise After Orthopedic Surgery Apr 13th, 2018

Understanding what to expect after orthopedic surgery can go a long way towards helping you with your recovery. Exercise is vital for restoring movement and building strength after orthopedic surgery. In fact, your doctor and physical therapist will have you up and moving the day of your surgery in some cases. Here...

Rapid Weight Gain and the Effects on Your Joints Apr 6th, 2018

There are many well-known links between excess weight and diseases. Most people are aware that gaining weight is bad for your heart and is also linked to certain kinds of cancer. Rapid weight gain especially can be a shock to the system, affecting many processes in the body that have...

Properly Walking with a Cane Mar 23rd, 2018

A cane is the simplest and lightest of assistive devices for walking. There are many different types of canes, with different materials, colors, and handles. Your cane can be an expression of your own style. When used correctly, a cane provides stability and helps increase mobility for people with pain...

Are Cortisone Injections Safe? Mar 9th, 2018

Cortisone is a synthetic steroid identical to the hormone cortisol that is made by your body. It is one of a group of medicines called corticosteroids, and the name people use when they talk about this kind of steroid. When injected, cortisone effectively reduces inflammation in the body that causes...

The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery Mar 2nd, 2018

Surgery is an amazing tool that can help people live longer and have an overall better quality of life. Surgical intervention is never something to take lightly, as there are always possible complications and damage that can occur to adjacent soft tissue not directly involved in the procedure. Recovery can...

Should You Take Calcium Supplements for Bone Health? Feb 23rd, 2018

Calcium is a mineral that is vital to the strength and function of your body. Your bones and teeth contain calcium and rely on a steady intake to maintain density and prevent bone loss. Osteoporosis is a condition usually diagnosed in people over 50 where the bones become porous and...

What’s next in 2018 for Stem Cell Research Feb 16th, 2018

Time Heals All Wounds: 2018 Holds Several Surprises for Stem Cell Research Deep within the human body is the power to heal. Yes, most of us already have the components to heal our own ailments, and stem cells are the catalyst that trigger these natural abilities. Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs), obtained...

10 Tips to Improve Bone Health Feb 9th, 2018

Bone health is something that should concern everyone. In addition to providing a stable and strong framework for your body, bones do other important jobs like protecting organs, and housing calcium and marrow (where blood cells are made). Naturally, most people don’t think about having healthy bones until there is...

How to Prevent Ski Injuries Feb 2nd, 2018

Many winter sports enthusiasts love skiing, but this daring pastime isn’t without its dangers. Proper safety on the slopes can mean the difference between enjoying the beautiful après-ski nightlife – and being stuck in a sling or a cast. Every year in the United States alone, 40 people will lose...

The Bones Most Likely to Fracture Jan 26th, 2018

Every year, 6 million people suffer from a broken bone, or fracture. It is by far the most commonly reported orthopedic condition. Most people think of bones as quite unyielding; and while they are rigid, they do “bend” a bit to accommodate us when participating in high-impact activities. However, if we...

How Your Orthopedic Doctor Can Help You Treat Chronic Pain Jan 12th, 2018

Have you experienced pain for more than three months? You may be suffering from what is known as chronic pain, and it can present itself in numerous ways – from migraine headaches to lower back discomfort. According to a study done by the National Institutes of Health, nearly 50 million American adults...

Stem Cells and Healthy Bones Dec 22nd, 2017

There are 206 bones in the human body. Their main jobs are to help protect our organs and provide mobility with the help of ligaments and muscles. What are your options, however, when your bones are no longer as healthy as they once were? Perhaps an accident, injury, or disorder...

How Stem Cells Can Help Your Orthopedic Surgeon Better Treat Your Knee Pain Dec 15th, 2017

As you get older, the general wear and tear of life starts to take its toll on your body. Many people really start to feel the pain most strongly in their knees. While joint pain is thought of as fairly common as you age, significant and severe pain is not....

How Long Does a Concussion Last? Dec 8th, 2017

Your brain, although a soft, and incredibly sensitive organ, is relatively well-protected by your skull and fluid that acts as a barrier. However, it can be affected by a concussion if you’ve experienced a traumatic, sudden injury.  Let’s start with the basics. What is a concussion? A concussion can be...

Can Stem Cell Therapy Help Cancer Patients? Nov 10th, 2017

Bone marrow, a spongy tissue found inside our bones, is responsible for producing healthy blood cells. Within the bone marrow, there are white blood cells (leukocytes), red blood cells (erythrocytes), and platelets (thrombocytes). The white blood cells help our body’s immune system fight off bacteria, infection and sickness. Red blood cells help transport...

Is it Back Pain or Hip Pain? Nov 3rd, 2017

Lower back problems can often be misunderstood, and may actually be hip pain. Therefore, this type of pain can often be hard to diagnose without proper examination and testing. Doctors often say that there is a lot of overlap with hip and back pain. Most pain from hip and back...

The Benefits of Trigger Point Injections Oct 17th, 2017

What are Trigger Points? Trigger points, (also known as muscle knots, or trigger sites) are specific areas of spasm and inflammation within the skeletal muscles. In most cases, these trigger points are a result of trauma to the muscle fibers. This can occur after trauma, such as an auto accident,...

Am I a candidate for partial knee replacement? Sep 29th, 2017

If you are suffering from knee problems, you may be asking yourself whether you need knee surgery.  Perhaps you have noticed that the medication and cane is not as effective a combo as they used to be. If your knee is unstable, painful, or unable to function normally, it may...

Stem Cell Therapy and Regrowing Damaged Components: Knee Injuries Sep 1st, 2017

Our bodies are made up of billions upon billions of cells. Most cells are differentiated (specialized), making up specific organs within our bodies, such as liver, bone, tendons, and nerves. Every day, as cells get old they die and new cells are born and take the place of those that...

Tarpon Orthopedics rebrands and redesigns website with a blog Aug 14th, 2017

Tarpon Orthopedics recently redesigned our practice website to include more ways for patients to interact with our office. The website offers online appointment requests and an award-winning patient education library. We will be blogging about the latest information regarding research and advancements in sports medicine, regenerative medicine, and similar orthopedic services. The blog...

Sports Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy Jul 28th, 2017

Sports medicine is a sub-specialty of orthopedic medicine, focused on the treatment (and prevention) of injuries and conditions caused by strenuous physical and sports-related activities. It makes sense then that sports medicine, with an emphasis on healing and performance, would work well with another emerging medical field, known as regenerative...

Peripheral Neuropathy: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Jun 30th, 2017

Peripheral neuropathy is loss of function, pain, weakness or numbness resulting from damage to the peripheral nerves of the body. It is estimated that 25-30% of Americans, and a whopping 60-70% of all diabetics are affected by this disorder. All ages can be affected, but risk increases as you get...

Back Pain and Emotional Distress May 12th, 2017

Pain is a Downer Studies have shown that there is a strong relationship between depression and pain. This makes perfect sense if you think about it, because pain make you feel isolated, possibly even fearful. You may, for instance, fear losing more function or control of your own life decisions....

How Do I Know When I have a Concussion? May 5th, 2017

A concussion is a brain injury. Concussions are often caused by a violent blow to the head, or violent shaking or whipping of the head or upper body. Concussions can happen at any place and time. They can be caused by automobile accidents, work related accidents, falls or during outdoor...

Rotator Cuff Exercises for Healthy Shoulders Mar 10th, 2017

Your rotator cuff is actually made up a group of tendons and four muscles. The muscles combine to form a sleeve like band, or “cuff” which goes over the shoulder, connecting your upper arm to your shoulder blade. Your rotator cuff provides stability, allowing the muscles of the shoulder to...

What’s the Difference Between Facet Injections and Trigger Point Injections? Feb 24th, 2017

Many patients suffering from severe, chronic pain can benefit from certain forms of targeted injections. While many people may have heard of both trigger point injections and facet injections, they may not really understand the differences, or the potential benefits of each form of therapy. Both kinds of treatments are...

Recovering from a Sports Injury Jan 20th, 2017

We take care of all our patients equally no matter what’s causing their pain, but athletes in particular can often get hurt in some really terrible places. This is why over half of our orthopedic doctors specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation. No matter your age, no matter your skill level, sports...

Back Pain Treatment Options Jan 13th, 2017

There is no one cure for back pain, but once we know what the cause is for your back pain we can begin to treat the cause – the first step in eliminating your pain. Various different treatments are available, from bed rest to surgery, so it’s important that you know what...

Lasting Effects of Untreated Concussion (and Surprising Concussion Symptoms) Dec 16th, 2016

What immediately pops into your mind when you think of a concussion? Perhaps it’s football players colliding, resulting in head injuries and loss of consciousness? While collisions during high-contact sports often cause concussions, falls are actually the most common cause of concussions in Plano, and across the country. Also, many...

Can Steroid Injections Help My Back Pain? Dec 9th, 2016

Has your daily life been completely disrupted by chronic neck or back pain? It can come out of nowhere, without a known cause, eliminating your ability to enjoy activities or even complete the simplest of tasks without excruciating pain. Other times, it can be the result of inflammation lingering from a...

Marathon Training Myths Busted Nov 14th, 2016

Training for a marathon requires a great deal of motivation, determination, and persistence. There are many sports medicine tips and tricks for helping you during training and during the race itself. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common myths about marathon training. MYTH: No Pain, No...

What Kind of Headache Do I Have? Oct 28th, 2016

Headaches are a real pain. They can range from being mild and annoying, to seriously debilitating. Per the CDC, approximately 80-90% of people have suffered or will suffer from a headache, most of those people will have headaches several times a year. The biggest issue when it comes to headaches,...