Radiofrequency Ablation for Facet Joint Pain

Radiofrequency Ablation for Facet Joint Pain Dr. Craig Best Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) of medial branch nerves is a very well-studied and established tool for management of facet joint pain. Facet joints, otherwise known as zygapophyseal joints, are located at the...

Epidural Steroid Injections Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions: Epidural Steroid Injections Dr. Craig Best Epidural steroid injections (ESI) are very commonly used to help treat radicular neck or low back pain (pain that radiates from the neck down the arm or low back down the leg). It is probably the...

What’s a Physiatrist

What is A Physiatrist? Dr. Craig Best What’s a physiatrist? Patients are often surprised to hear I’m not a surgeon despite the fact that I work in an orthopedic SURGERY practice. I usually explain that my primary specialty is called Physical Medicine &...

MRIs and Low Back Pain

MRI’s and Low Back Pain By Dr. Craig Best “Doesn’t the MRI show where my pain is coming from, doc?” This is a common question I get asked in clinic by my patients. Despite a commonly held belief that an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) will pinpoint the cause of...

About PRP Injections

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections What to know. Dr. Craig Best What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP)? Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a component of the patient’s own blood. It is rich in growth factors and can also signal an increased healing response to...

Vertiflex Superion for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Vertiflex Superion for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Dr. Craig Best What is lumbar spinal stenosis? Lumbar spinal stenosis with neurogenic claudication is a condition in which the area where the spinal nerves traverse in the lumbar spine becomes narrowed, causing compression...
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