Blog Archive

Warning Signs of Whiplash Aug 1st, 2022

When your head forcefully flings forward and backward again, the resulting injury is called whiplash. Among the most prevalent causes of neck pain, whiplash can damage multiple structures within your neck, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and even discs and nerve rootsof your cervical spine.  Any time you suspect a whiplash injury,...

How the Intracept Procedure Can Help Relieve your Chronic Back Pain Jul 20th, 2022

The novel Intracept® procedure by Relievant® is sweeping the nation as a treatment for chronic back pain. Now covered by Medicare, it has passed numerous research trials, showing exceptional safety and superb effectiveness ratings.  You might worry about possibly needing surgery for a painful back, but the Intracept procedure may...

Are Your Shoes to Blame for Your Hip Pain? Jun 1st, 2022

Whether it affects one or both of your hips, hip pain is more than a minor inconvenience. It can worsen with time, causing stiffness and limited mobility along with the pain.  Our medical expert, Dr. Glenn M. Flanagan, investigates the possible causes behind your hip pain and evaluates the damage...

Exercises to Try if You Have Sciatica May 1st, 2022

Any radiating sensations down the back of your leg are often painful. Often, the cause is sciatica. The issue that causes sciatica is the irritationof the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in your body, and it runs down each of your legs. Sciatic nerve compression can be due to bone...

PRP: Is It Right for Me? Apr 3rd, 2022

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a remarkable and widely-used injectable substance containing platelets, growth factors, and liquid plasma from your own blood. A medical provider obtains the sampleby a simple blood draw in the office and places the blood in a machine called a centrifuge. The centrifuge spinsthe sample very rapidly,...

Problems That Can Occur With Repetitive Cortisone Injections Mar 2nd, 2022

Cortisone injections are a popular minimally invasive treatment for joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation. Relatively reliably, the steroid cortisone reduces inflammation even in cases where joint pain has not responded well to other treatments or management strategies.  Despite their success in treating musculoskeletal pain, it’s possible to overdo it on...

3 Types of Pain That Respond Well to Radiofrequency Ablation Feb 1st, 2022

Chronic pain due to injuries and degenerative conditions can appear in almost any part of your body. While lifestyle changes are often the first recommendation, advanced therapies in the office are also often necessary.  Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive treatment for chronic pain that uses the heat from radiofrequency...

Is Working From Home a Pain in Your Neck? Jan 4th, 2022

Your neck doesn’t have the same level of support as the other areas of your spine.  While it supports your head, it’s also prone to neck pain due to the strains of sitting in a single position for hours at a time. People who work from home are especially at...

Prolotherapy: How Does It Work and What Conditions Does It Treat? Dec 15th, 2021

Joint and muscle pain can last for weeks or even months despite your efforts at caring for your injury at home. Prolotherapy, a stimulating treatment for various types of pain in the joints or back, offers a reduction in pain plus improvements in the function and mobility of targeted joints....

How Effective Is Viscosupplementation in Remedying Knee Pain Nov 15th, 2021

Knee pain is often due to arthritis, a degenerative joint condition, and dealing with it can be challenging. You rely on the knee joints to sit down, stand up, and walk around all day, which aggravates the pain and stiffens the joint.  Knee pain specialist Glenn M. Flanagan, MD, uses...

Understanding Radiofrequency Ablation Oct 15th, 2021

Radiofrequency ablation is one of many ways to manage back and joint pain. Unfortunately, not many people have a full understanding of how it works and why it’s an excellent choice for treatment.  Here at Naples Regenerative Institute in Naples, Florida, interventional pain specialist Glenn Flanagan, MD, often recommends radiofrequency...

Remedy Sciatica and Prevent it From Returning Sep 1st, 2021

Anyone who has ever experienced sciatica is well aware of the pain it can cause. Sciatica is a condition in which the sciatic nerve becomes irritated or compressed, sending shooting, stabbing pain into the lower back and down one leg. Finding the right treatment or combination of treatments is key...

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for Knee Pain Dec 25th, 2020

Natural healing relies on blood flow to an injured area. If we cut ourselves, the area gets red, hot and swollen because of the acute inflammation with a primary goal of healing that tissue. FIRST - Platelets in our blood moving past the injury are activated to form a clot...

Stem Cell Treatment Miracles? Dec 24th, 2019

photo credit from an article by LEONID SCHNEIDER Are all stem cell treatments the same? Of course not. That's the simple answer. But what may surprise you is how different the treatments really are from clinic to clinic, patient to patient, and provider to provider. First of all, and most...

Customized Treatment Plans Oct 14th, 2019

Integration of treatments from different types of providers who manage pain should be the primary goal in all cases. Sounds easy, right? Unfortunately, it's not. We're at a point where all the different providers who can help you are growing further apart, instead of learning to work together. Who knows...

Who's a Regenerative Medicine Expert? Oct 1st, 2019

This is a very, very, very interesting topic WHO is a pioneer in this field? A leader? An expert? WHAT criteria exists to help determine this? WHERE can you find these experts? The reason this topic is so interesting is because juuuuuust about everyone advertising they provide regenerative medicine services...

Are All Injections the Same?? Sep 20th, 2019

You can see the needle starting on the top left, pointing down and to the right towards the target of the injection Over the years we have seen drastic differences develop in the ways that injections are provided. I will review the differences in the common types of injections, from...

A New Era In Orthopedics Mar 29th, 2019

It's an exciting time to be involved on the cutting edge of orthopedic care. Invasive orthopedic surgeries have proven to be a double edged sword. With surprisingly low level evidence supporting the majority of surgeries, the number of orthopedic spine and joint cases has still sky-rocketed over the last decade....

What Is Regenerative Orthopedics? Mar 29th, 2019

In its simplest form, this is a field of Orthopedics focused on healing and preserving tissue in your body, instead of masking painful symptoms and replacing your body with prosthetic joints, screws, rods, etc. For decades, managing orthopedic issues that did not respond to therapy and rest led to generations...