Reasons Facet Joint Injections Fail

Doctors are treating facet joints at explosively increasing rates; so much so that the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG-DHHS) initiated an inquiry. The OIG-DHHS stated there was often a lack of medical necessity or indication for facet joint injections and other facet joint treatments. So what’s behind this growing trend of repetitive facet joint treatments? And why don’t these facet joint treatments work?

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Neck pain

Neck Pain – Is Surgery the Most Effective Treatment?

If you’ve been experiencing neck pain, you may think surgery is your only option for a chance at relief. Before undertaking such a serious decision, it’s important to determine whether surgery is actually the most effective option for treating neck pain. As medical technology improves and our understanding of cervical disc issues expands, more options for treating pain that may actually be more effective are brought to light, and they may be worth considering. How do I know how serious my neck pain is? First of all, it’s important to know when neck pain is a result of something serious,

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artificial disc replacement vs spinal fusion

Artificial Disc Replacement vs Spinal Fusion – What’s the Difference?

Spinal fusion is one of the most common surgical treatment options for those with severe back pain that has failed to see relief from conservative treatments. Artificial disc replacement has been increasing in popularity as well since gaining FDA approval in the early 2000s. However, the question is, what’s the real difference between these procedures?

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Reasons Facet Joint Injections Fail

Doctors are treating facet joints at explosively increasing rates; so much so that the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG-DHHS) initiated an inquiry. The OIG-DHHS stated there was often a lack of medical necessity or indication for facet joint injections and other facet joint treatments. So what’s behind this growing trend of repetitive facet joint treatments? And why don’t these facet joint treatments work?

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artificial disc replacement vs spinal fusion

Artificial Disc Replacement vs Spinal Fusion – What’s the Difference?

Spinal fusion is one of the most common surgical treatment options for those with severe back pain that has failed to see relief from conservative treatments. Artificial disc replacement has been increasing in popularity as well since gaining FDA approval in the early 2000s. However, the question is, what’s the real difference between these procedures?

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