4 Things No One Tells You About Dealing With Pain After Back Surgery

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, or (FBSS), refers to patients who experience new or persistent pain after spinal surgery for back or leg pain (1). While most patients are led to believe that surgery will provide relief, the unfortunate reality is that for between 10-46% of patients, pain tends to persist (2). This type of chronic […]

9 Common Questions About Spinal Cord Stimulation

A lot of people have questions about spinal cord stimulation (SCS) and whether it can help them find relief. You’ve been dealing with chronic pain for years, you’ve tried injections and surgery, and you’re looking for more options. These 9 common questions can help you determine if SCS is right for you. Is SCS covered […]

Normal Back Pain Or Compression Fracture? 6 Signs You Can’t Overlook

Are you experiencing back pain that won’t go away? While back pain is a common issue that will impact 80% of people at some point in their lives, it can also be a sign of something more serious. Vertebral compression fractures are an often-overlooked cause of back pain and when left untreated, can lead to further health […]

A Guide To Minimally Invasive Treatment Options for Chronic Back Pain

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What’s in this Guide? What is chronic pain? When to see a doctor for chronic pain Treatment options for chronic pain What are minimally invasive treatments? When is minimally invasive treatment less helpful? When is minimally invasive treatment more helpful? Spinal cord stimulation Intrathecal pain pump Regenerative medicine What is chronic back pain? Back pain, […]

How OTC Pain Medication and Exercise can Solve 80% of Back Pain

Low back pain is an epidemic. In fact, 80% of adults report experiencing low back pain at some point in their lives. It’s a major cause of lost productivity, affecting the economy as well as your individual well being. Fortunately, most lower back pain resolves itself through time and self-care. However, if your pain lasts longer […]

Why Pain Doctors View Surgery as “Last Resort” For Back Pain

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If you’re one of the millions of people who experience back pain each year, remember you aren’t alone. It’s one of the most common reasons to miss work or visit a doctor. You may think surgery is inevitable, but in reality, only a small minority of patients require surgery for back pain. Typically, you can resolve your […]

Doctor Spotlight: Eric DePopas, MD

Eric Michael DePopas MD

https://player.vimeo.com/video/299475571 Specialty & Care Philosophy I’m a practicing physician completing my final year of specialty training in Interventional Radiology (IR) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. As an Interventional Radiologist, I specialize in solving medical problems through the use of image-guided procedures like epidural steroid injections for herniated discs, nerve ablations for chronically […]

Do you have Sciatica? Causes, symptoms, and how to get immediate help

Do you suffer from pain in your lower back?   Maybe you’ve always had back pain in one form or another. Little twinges here and there. Tight and sore muscles. Discomfort when lifting and turning. Difficulty performing daily tasks.   But this time – it feels different.   This time you feel it on one side in […]

3 Mistakes That Can Delay Your Back Pain Relief

1. Physician Appointment Wait Times According to research, the average person waits two to three weeks to see their primary physician after scheduling an appointment. A 2017 study of over 4.2 million new patient visits found that patients waited an average of 2.7 weeks to see the doctor. That’s a long time for someone in pain, and […]

4 Treatments Everyone With Chronic Pain Should Know About

Pain lasting longer than 12 weeks is considered “chronic.” Normally, the body should be able to heal itself within a 4-12 week period and if pain persists beyond that range, you may want to consider evaluation by a pain specialist. If you decide to schedule a visit with a specialist, you can ask about these […]