Blog Archive

How Do I know If I Have a Pinched Nerve? Dec 1st, 2019

Have you been experiencing pain in your legs or back? You may have a pinched nerve. If not treated properly, a pinched nerve can leave you incapacitated. Bonaventure Ngu, MD, is an experienced orthopedic surgeon at Premier Spine Institute. He and his staff can evaluate your symptoms and create a...

8 Ways to Deal With Arthritis in Your Daily Routine Nov 1st, 2019

An estimated 40 million Americans are living with arthritis, an inflammatory condition affecting joints. While there are over 100 types of arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common. Both types cause joint inflammation and pain and can cause disability if left untreated. An arthritis diagnosis means you have...

Is Back Pain an Inevitable Part of Aging? Oct 1st, 2019

Just like your car, the older your body gets, the more likely you are to lose functionality. But also just like your car, the better care you take of it when it’s young, the better chance you have of avoiding the aches and pains of aging. Dr. Bonaventure Ngu at...

Why Whiplash Pain Sustained After an Auto Accident Is Often Delayed Sep 3rd, 2019

Car accidents can happen in a blink. But their impact on your body can last a lifetime. So why does it take so long for these injuries, such as whiplash, to develop? At Premier Spine Institute, our founder, Dr. Bonaventure Ngu, brings his expertise as an orthopedic surgeon to diagnosing...

Can Spinal Stenosis Be Reversed? Aug 16th, 2019

If you suffer from lower back pain or neck pain, spinal stenosis could be the root cause of your discomfort. As many as 11% of Americans have spinal stenosis and live with back pain and symptoms such as numbness and tingling sensations in their arms and legs.  While spinal stenosis...

When is an Epidural Steroid Injection the Best Choice for Managing Your Back Pain Jul 22nd, 2019

Back pain is tricky business. It can stem from a variety of causes and result in an array of symptoms. Sometimes your back’s just achy from overuse, and a gentle massage or a warm bath can relieve your pain. But if your back has been bothering you for more than...

How to Prevent Sciatica From Returning Jun 19th, 2019

Sciatica is a painful medical condition that’s caused when your sciatic nerve — the largest nerve in your body — gets compressed or irritated, causing pain anywhere from your lower back to your legs. Usually, just one branch of your sciatic nerve is affected, which is why you may only...

5 Tips for Choosing the Best Pillow for Your Neck May 16th, 2019

Do you wake up with a pain in your neck? Your pillow may be partly to blame. A poor pillow fit for your preferred sleeping mode can make neck pain worse, contribute to headaches, and more. The human neck has a wide range of motion, making it prone to injury....

Is Excessive Sitting Contributing to Your Chronic Back Pain? Apr 5th, 2019

Industrialization, modernization, digitalization — all have been boons for American life, allowing us to sit back and reap the benefits. But this shift toward a more sedentary, and seated, lifestyle may be wreaking havoc on our bodies, especially our backs. At Premier Spine Institute, under the experienced guidance of orthopaedic...

Am I a Good Candidate For Laser Spine Surgery? Mar 7th, 2019

If the thought of spinal surgery leaves you thinking you’d rather put up with back pain, you may want to reconsider. While traditional spine surgery certainly doesn’t sound appealing with its large incisions and long recovery period, laser spine surgery is a minimally invasive alternative that can alleviate many common...

How Stem Cell Therapy Can Relieve Joint Pain Feb 1st, 2019

Chronic pain caused by aging or injured joints may be part of your everyday experience now, but innovative stem cell therapy based on the principles of regenerative medicine can help get you moving pain-free again. Dr. Bonaventure Ngu is a board-certified orthopedic specialist who is well known for his expertise...

Common Conditions That Can Cause a Pinched Nerve Jan 9th, 2019

Pinched nerves can occur nearly anywhere in the body, from your neck throughout your spine and into your wrists. The location of a pinched nerve determines the symptoms and problems associated with it. The most common symptoms include numbness, tingling, sharp pain, muscle weakness, and a pins-and-needles feeling in the...

Why Chronic Neck Pain Should Never Be Ignored Dec 20th, 2018

Neck pain is one of the most common medical complaints among both women and men, and thanks to an increasing use of computers and mobile phones for just about any activity under the sun, those complaints are becoming more common. Lots of factors can contribute to neck pain, including spending...

How to Tell If You Are Suffering From a Herniated Disc Nov 27th, 2018

We use our back for lots of activities — probably more than we realize. When we lift, bend, walk, climb stairs, even sit still — the back plays a pivotal role. It’s no real surprise, then, that back pain is one of the most common medical complaints among both men and women in the...

5 Common Conditions That Can Be Treated Through Laser Spine Surgery Oct 31st, 2018

Thanks to technological and medical advances, physicians are now able to treat a number of common back and neck conditions with laser spine surgery, which is often less painful and heals more quickly than traditional open spine surgery. Laser spine surgery, or minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS), is performed without...

Building a Strong Core is Your Best Defense Against Back Pain Sep 13th, 2018

Studies show that exercises to strengthen your core are one of the most effective treatments for back pain, and the reverse is also true: A strong core is your best defense against developing back pain.Strong core muscles are indispensable for every movement you make, from bending over to pet your...

Is Tech Giving You a Stiff Neck? Aug 24th, 2018

The amount of time Americans spend using technology is steadily rising, and with it so is the amount of neck strain and pain they are feeling. Using computers and mobile devices puts strain on your neck, and that consistent strain can lead to complicated, painful problems later in life. Why...

How To Warm Up a Frozen Shoulder Jul 20th, 2018

How To Warm Up a Frozen ShoulderFrozen shoulder is a relatively common but somewhat mysterious problem. Experts estimate that 2-5% of the general population will have frozen shoulder, but they aren’t sure why some people get it and others don’t. Some things appear to raise your risk, including: Suffering an...

Are You a Candidate for Laser Spine Surgery? Jun 20th, 2018

If you’re one of the 31 million Americans who suffers from chronic back pain and you haven’t been able to find relief, you may wonder what your options are. Sure, there’s traditional back surgery, but what if you don’t want an invasive surgery with a long recovery and no guarantee...

Stem Cell Therapy: A Game-Changer for Adults With Arthritis May 18th, 2018

Over 54 million Americans struggle with some form of arthritis, and it’s a leading cause of disability across the nation. Adults with arthritis often suffer from chronic pain and decreased mobility in affected joints, which can lead to declining productivity. Fortunately, there are treatments available that aim to decrease pain...