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Types of Pillows and Cushions for Side Sleepers

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While you sleep at night, the muscles and ligaments in your neck and back need to relax and recover from the daily stressors. Pillows can have a huge impact on spinal health. It is important to choose a pillow with the right height and firmness to support and maintain the natural curvature of your neck to ensure sufficient overnight rest and recovery. Continue reading “Types of Pillows and Cushions for Side Sleepers” »

Injection Based Therapy

Dr. Mike Shah: Surgery Isn’t Always the Answer; Injection-based Therapy May Be an Alternative

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By: Dr. Mike Shah, Interventional Pain Specialist & Pain Management Board Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Minimally Invasive Spine Institute in Dallas

Although the Minimally Invasive Pain Relief team was founded by an expert surgeon, surgery is not always the best way to tackle chronic pain and inflammation. Minimally invasive spine surgery can provide a safe, effective solution for many people suffering from spine or back pain. Yet as effective as it can be, it’s not always the best solution for relieving symptoms. At Minimally Invasive Pain Relief, our team offers another treatment option called injection-based therapy that’s designed to deliver pain-relieving medication directly to the area that’s causing symptoms, without the need for surgery or anesthesia.

Injection-based Therapy: The Basics

Injection-based therapy can be used to relieve different types of pain, including pain caused by localized areas of tenderness called trigger points as well as discomfort that emanates from the joints in the spine called facet joints. In both instances, treatment begins with a technique called “pain mapping” to identify the specific causes of painful symptoms. Pain mapping ensures the right areas are treated using the best technique for optimal results.

Once the sources of pain are identified, medication can be delivered right to the site of symptoms, achieving far greater – and longer-lasting – effects than oral pain medicines. Most injections use corticosteroid medications to help relieve inflammation, combined with a pain medicine that “anesthetizes” the area and prevents pain signaling.

Before treatment, the injection site typically is numbed using a local anesthetic. Then the medications are delivered right to the site of injury and pain. In facet joint injections, depending on the location of the injections, diagnostic imaging may be used during treatment to ensure optimal placement of the needle. 

Benefits of Injection-based Therapy

One of the primary benefits of injection-based therapy is that it often can provide significant relief from pain, enabling patients to avoid spine surgery – or at least delay surgery. But another benefit is based on the way it’s delivered. In oral medications, pain medicines must pass through the digestive system before they can be absorbed into the bloodstream and eventually delivered to the intended site. During these processes, the medication can become diluted – less effective in relieving pain. Plus, the entire dose doesn’t reach the treatment site; some of it is delivered to other areas of the body through the bloodstream, sometimes triggering unpleasant side effects like gastric upset.

In injection-based therapy, the full dose of medication is delivered right to the treatment site so pain relief is faster and more effective. Most patients experience symptom relief soon after their treatment, with effects that last for weeks or even months. Also, injection-based therapy is performed as an outpatient procedure, and in most cases, patients are able to resume their normal routines very soon after their treatment. And finally, since it uses only local anesthesia to help the patient stay comfortable during treatment, injection-based therapy eliminates the risks associated with general anesthesia. 

Learn more about injection-based therapy

The team at Minimally Invasive Pain Relief is skilled in injection-based therapies for many types of pain, including chronic spine and back pain. To find out if you might be a good candidate for this state-of-the-art treatment approach, call the office at 877-504-9759 and schedule an appointment today.

The Minimally Invasive Spine Institute Pain Relief are pioneers of minimally invasive research, and are experts in advanced, noninvasive pain management techniques. If you are a chronic pain sufferer, contact the MIPainRelief team today at 877-504-9759 to schedule a consultation with one of our pain management specialists.


Dr. Mike ShahMike Shah

Interventional Pain Specialist, Board Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Minimally Invasive Spine Institute

Dr. Shah is a Harvard-trained physician in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation who is dedicated to providing pain relief to residents of the Dallas area since 2003. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Duke University and his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Shah also received a master’s in Pharmacology from Tulane and a Master of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health. Following this, he completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at Harvard’s Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, consistently recognized as one of the Top 5 Pain Management Hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

Opioid Addiction Study

Don’t Become a Pain Management Opioid Addiction Statistic

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Opioid addiction is a major public health concern in the U.S. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in 2016 alone, nearly 65,000 people died as a result of opioid drug overdoses – that’s more than the number of Americans who were killed during the entire Vietnam War. While other drugs also cause overdoses in the U.S., the CDC says about three-quarters of all drug overdose fatalities are caused by opioids, a type of painkiller drug that includes both illegal drugs like heroin and fentanyl as well as prescription painkillers like OxyContin.

While you might assume most opioid-related deaths can be attributed to illegal drugs like heroin, in fact it’s the overabundance – and overprescribing – of prescription opioid painkillers that’s at the heart of the recent increase in fatal overdoses. A couple of decades ago, opioid painkillers were primarily prescribed for patients with significant and debilitating pain – most often men and women with advanced-stage cancer. But during the past 10-20 years, there’s been a dramatic increase in the use of these medications as both doctors and patients have become more tolerant – even accepting – of their use. Today, the CDC reports about one in five patients with a non-cancer pain diagnosis are prescribed painkillers, even though there’s little research substantiating that these medications are more effective than non-opioid medicines in these cases.

In fact, a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that non-opioid pain medications like Tylenol and Advil can be just as effective – or even more effective – in many types of pain management. That study looked at 411 emergency room patients with limb pain due to sprains, fractures and other injuries, and compared the effectiveness of different opioid pain relievers with a simple combination of Tylenol and Advil. Patients were asked to assess their pain levels before medication and after. At the end of the study period, the researchers found the combination of Tylenol and Advil was just as effective in treating and relieving pain as any of the three opioid alternatives that were also studied.

The “take-away” message is this: While opioids certainly have a place in the treatment of some types of severe pain, many patients can find the same level of relief without turning to potentially addictive drugs. If you’re suffering from chronic pain, you owe it to yourself – and your health – to consider alternative types of pain management that don’t involve opioid medications. Seeing a pain specialist allows you to explore your alternatives to find an ideal solution that’s custom-tailored specifically to your injury, your level of pain and your health.

The Minimally Invasive Spine Institute Pain Relief are pioneers of minimally invasive research and are experts in advanced, noninvasive pain management techniques. If you are a chronic pain sufferer, contact the MIPainRelief team today at 877-504-9759 to schedule a consultation with one of our pain management specialists.


Dr. Mike ShahMike Shah

Interventional Pain Specialist, Board Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Minimally Invasive Spine Institute

Dr. Shah is a Harvard-trained physician in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation who is dedicated to providing pain relief to residents of the Dallas area since 2003. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Duke University and his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Shah also received a master’s in Pharmacology from Tulane and a Master of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health. Following this, he completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at Harvard’s Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, consistently recognized as one of the Top 5 Pain Management Hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

Pain Management

Dr. Mike Shah: Top Approaches to Pain Management: Which Is Right for You?

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By: Dr. Mike Shah, Interventional Pain Specialist & Pain Management Board Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Minimally Invasive Spine Institute in Dallas 

Chronic pain affects millions of people in the U.S., interfering with mobility and taking a major toll on the quality of life for those who suffer from painful symptoms day after day. Spine or back pain, neck pain and headaches are among the most common types of chronic pain issues seen in doctors’ offices today, but there are other relatively common conditions that cause chronic pain as well, including:

Although the symptoms of pain may seem similar, the causes of pain – and how it manifests itself in the body – can actually vary dramatically. That means that for long-lasting relief, the approach to pain management also needs to vary based on the patient’s symptoms, overall health, lifestyle and other factors.

Nonsurgical Options

While some types of pain are best treated with surgery (especially minimally-invasive surgical options), other types of pain can be treated using nonsurgical approaches.

  • Physical therapy can be very effective in addressing some types of pain, and it can also be very useful following surgery or as part of a comprehensive approach to care that includes other approaches as well, including medication therapy. In physical therapy, special therapeutic exercises and stretching techniques are used to improve mobility while also reducing inflammation that’s commonly associated with pain.
  • Medication therapy uses both oral medications and injection-based therapy designed to deliver medicines right to the source of pain. The latter option can be very effective for many types of spine or back pain, as well as neck pain, limb pain and fibromyalgia, where localized areas of tenderness – “trigger points” – are common source of symptoms.
  • Chiropractic care is another option for treating some types of chronic pain by readjusting the spine to relieve disc problems and nerve impingements. Therapeutic massage is also commonly used in chiropractic care to promote circulation that’s necessary for optimal healing and to help the body get rid of toxins that may be byproducts of the inflammatory process. 

Care Focused on Your Needs

At Minimally Invasive Pain Relief, our team is dedicated to identifying the specific causes of pain using state-of-the-art pain mapping and other advanced techniques so your treatment can be tailored for your needs. Our custom approach to care means you can expect optimal results for long-lasting relief, helping you get back to the activities you love. If you suffer from chronic pain, visit https://mipainrelief.com/ or call Minimally Invasive Pain Relief at 877-504-9759 and schedule a consultation to learn how we can help you feel better.


Dr. Mike ShahMike Shah

Interventional Pain Specialist, Board Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Minimally Invasive Spine Institute

Dr. Shah is a Harvard-trained physician in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation who is dedicated to providing pain relief to residents of the Dallas area since 2003. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Duke University and his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Shah also received a master’s in Pharmacology from Tulane and a Master of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health. Following this, he completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at Harvard’s Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, consistently recognized as one of the Top 5 Pain Management Hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

Fibromyalgia Pain

Dr. Mike Shah Discusses How to Treat Fibromyalgia Pain

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By: Dr. Mike Shah, Interventional Pain Specialist & Pain Management Board Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Minimally Invasive Spine Institute in Dallas

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome that affects about 10 million people in the U.S., and although the condition is most common among women, anyone of any age can be affected. One of the problems with fibromyalgia is that it can be very difficult to diagnose – and as a result, many people may be living with fibromyalgia who have not yet been properly diagnosed with the condition.

What causes fibromyalgia?

The exact cause of fibromyalgia isn’t completely understood, which only adds to the difficulties in obtaining an accurate and timely diagnosis. Some researchers think painful symptoms are triggered by an injury or illness that causes the body’s pain signaling system to perpetually “misfire,” which means the body thinks it is experiencing pain even after the initial injury has healed or subsided. Others think the condition develops when the body’s nervous system becomes “confused” over how to recognize and react to stimuli, which means painful symptoms can be triggered even by a gentle touch or from normal, everyday activities. And still other researchers think the condition may be related to genetics or stress.

Fibromyalgia can also “look” different in different people. While many people with fibromyalgia have tender spots or trigger points that feel painful to the touch, other fibromyalgia sufferers may have more diffuse symptoms including joint pain that can be very similar to arthritis, but without the joint damage that’s caused by that condition. And some people with fibromyalgia have other symptoms that seem to be completely separate from their pain, including:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Bowel problems
  • Persistent headaches
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Anxiety or depression

Fibromyalgia Treatment

Most people who suffer from fibromyalgia benefit from a comprehensive approach to pain management that includes lifestyle changes, therapeutic exercises, medication and stress management activities. However, the Minimally Invasive Pain Relief Team has effective fibromyalgia treatment plans that improve function and lessen pain.

Patients with painful trigger points often find considerable relief through injections of medications designed to relieve pain as well as resolve associated inflammation, and some patients find therapeutic massage to be helpful in stimulating circulation and “loosening” knotted muscle fibers. Since fibromyalgia is a chronic condition and symptoms often change over time, many patients may need ongoing treatment to keep pain and related issues under control.

Find out more.

As with most types of chronic pain, the key to fast, meaningful relief is to begin treatment as soon as possible – and that starts with an office visit. If you’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia or if you suffer from debilitating chronic pain symptoms, visit https://mipainrelief.com or call Minimally Invasive Pain Relief at 877-504-9759 today and request a personal consultation and evaluation to learn about therapeutic pain management interventions that can help you feel better and get back to the life you love.

At Minimally Invasive Pain Relief, our team is dedicated to identifying the specific causes of pain using state-of-the-art pain mapping and other advanced techniques so your treatment can be tailored for your needs. Our custom approach to care means you can expect optimal results for long-lasting relief, helping you get back to the activities you love. If you suffer from chronic pain, visit https://mipainrelief.com/ or call Minimally Invasive Pain Relief at 877-504-9759 and schedule a consultation to learn how we can help you feel better.


Dr. Mike ShahMike Shah

Interventional Pain Specialist, Board Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Minimally Invasive Spine Institute

Dr. Shah is a Harvard-trained physician in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation who is dedicated to providing pain relief to residents of the Dallas area since 2003. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Duke University and his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Shah also received a master’s in Pharmacology from Tulane and a Master of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health. Following this, he completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at Harvard’s Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, consistently recognized as one of the Top 5 Pain Management Hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

Pain Specialist

Dr. Mike Shah: What Does a Pain Specialist Do?

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By: Dr. Mike Shah, Interventional Pain Specialist, Board Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Minimally Invasive Spine Institute in Dallas

Approximately 100 million Americans suffer from some sort of chronic pain, according to data from the American Academy of Pain Medicine. That’s more than the number of people who suffer from cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined. Neck or back pain along with headaches are among the most common types of chronic pain, affecting millions of people and taking a significant toll on their quality of life.

Fortunately, a physician’s understanding of pain – what causes it and how it can be effectively treated – has grown dramatically during the past 20-30 years, and today there are more options than ever for safe, effective pain management. The first step in relieving painful symptoms is scheduling an evaluation with a pain specialist, a doctor who’s trained specifically in the diagnosis and ongoing treatment of pain.

What does a pain specialist do?

Pain specialists have in-depth, advanced knowledge of the physiology of pain – that is, the causes, the effects and the symptoms of pain, as well as the often-complex mechanisms that cause pain to persist. This training and knowledge allows pain specialists to become skilled in evaluating pain, diagnosing the underlying causes and treating the root cause. Interventional pain specialists are also skilled in treating pain using state-of-the-art out patient procedures. From neck or back pain to related issues such as headaches and shoulder or arm pain, a pain management doctor begins treatment with a thorough evaluation of the patient’s condition and symptoms as well as overall health. Utilizing this information, your pain management specialist can develop a comprehensive treatment plan that’s designed specifically for the individual patient. There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution when it comes to treating pain. The key to a successful outcome lies in ensuring each plan of care is tailored specifically for the patient’s unique needs as well as developing a clear path for communication between the patient and the physician regarding pain relief and progress. 

Can a pain management doctor help me feel better?

While most people think of chronic pain in terms of the physical symptoms it causes, the fact is many people with chronic pain issues also suffer from anxiety, depression, sleep problems and other physical and emotional side effects. The sooner pain is appropriately managed, the sooner these problems can be resolved as well. If you suffer from chronic pain, there’s a good chance a pain management specialist can help you feel better too. To learn more about pain medicine and whether it’s a good choice for your needs, call the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute at 877-504-9759 and schedule your personal consultation and evaluation appointment today.

At the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, our team is dedicated to identifying the specific causes of pain using state-of-the-art pain mapping and other advanced techniques so your treatment can be tailored you. Our custom approach to care means you can expect optimal results for long-lasting relief, helping you get back to the activities you love. If you suffer from chronic pain, visit https://mipainrelief.com/ or call the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute at 877-504-9759 and schedule a consultation to learn how we can help you feel better.


Mike Shah

Interventional Pain Specialist, Board Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Minimally Invasive Spine Institute

Dr. Shah is a Harvard-trained physician in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation who is dedicated to providing pain relief to residents of the Dallas area since 2003. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Duke University and his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Shah also received a master’s in Pharmacology from Tulane and a Master of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health. Following this, he completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at Harvard’s Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, consistently recognized as one of the Top 5 Pain Management Hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

Pain Mapping

Dr. Michael Rimlawi Discusses: Pain Mapping Offers Optimal Pain Management

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By: Dr. Michael Rimlawi, Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained spine surgeon and founder of the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute in Dallas

Some types of pain are easy to diagnose: You stub your toe or you get a paper cut on your fingertip, and you know exactly what’s causing the pain and how to treat it. But sometimes the source of pain is less obvious, especially if an injury causes what’s known as referred pain – pain that’s felt in an area away from the injury site. Referred pain typically is associated with nerve impingements like slipped or herniated discs in the neck or back. These injuries can press on nerves as they exit the spine, causing pain anywhere along the nerve pathway and making it more difficult to determine the exact source of pain. For instance, chronic arm pain may actually emanate from an injury in the neck; leg pain might be caused by a disc herniation or nerve impingement in the lower back.

Other times, referred pain symptoms can be associated with trigger points, local areas of tenderness that often form in the upper back, neck or shoulders. These areas of “knotted” muscle fibers can cause chronic headaches along with persistent pain in the arms, back or neck.

Pain Mapping: The Key to Accurate Diagnosis

Obviously, treating pain effectively depends on knowing the source of the pain. But with referred pain, identifying the source can be problematic, even with the use of diagnostic imaging like X-rays or CT scans. The good news: Pain mapping can be extremely effective in pinpointing discrete causes of pain that otherwise may be missed during a traditional diagnosis.

The Minimally Invasive Spine Institute’s pain mapping uses a series of special techniques to “zero in” on the sources of pain so treatment can be optimized for the patient’s specific needs. During the mapping process, the doctor injects pain-relieving medications at different locations depending on the patient’s symptoms and their medical history. Based on the effects of each injection – specifically, whether or not the injection provides a temporary relief of pain – the doctor will be able to identify the original source of painful symptoms so a treatment plan can be “mapped out.” Before the procedure, the injection sites are numbed with local anesthetics and light sedation is administered to ensure the patient remains relaxed and comfortable.

Pain Mapping for Optimal Pain Management

Because it’s a highly specialized technique, pain mapping should only be performed by a trained pain specialist. At the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, we rely on the most advanced pain mapping techniques using state-of-the-art tools for accurate diagnoses of most types of chronic pain, including pain emanating from the spinal nerves. If you have chronic pain, pain mapping can provide critical insight into the underlying cause so you can enjoy more targeted therapy and faster, more meaningful relief of your symptoms.

To learn more about pain mapping or to have your chronic pain issues evaluated, visit https://www.mispinerelief.com/ or call the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute at 855-466-6741 and schedule a consultation today.


Michael Rimlawi

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeon, Board Certified, Fellowship-Trained

Spine Surgeon Dr. Michael Rimlawi is director and founder of the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute’s team. Dr. Rimlawi is a board-certified, fellowship-trained spine surgeon who completed unique training in both orthopedic-spine and neurosurgery-spine at the renowned University of California San Diego. Dr. Michael Rimlawi treats all aspects of spinal disease including degenerative and traumatic conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. More than just a back doctor, he is a leader in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery and a pioneer in endoscopic laser spine surgery.

Pain medication dependence avoidance

Tips for Avoiding Pain Medication Dependence

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By: Dr. Mike Shah, Interventional Pain Specialist & Pain Management Board Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Minimally Invasive Spine Institute in Dallas

At the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, the majority of our patients come to us because they are in pain. And contrary to popular belief, many of those patients don’t need surgery to relieve their pain. Through innovative interventional pain management procedures, nonsurgical therapy and rehabilitation, pain relief is possible with no incisions at all. However, sometimes medication is also needed.

Addiction and substance abuse in America have increased significantly and pain medication misuse has become a dangerous problem. It is safe to say the United States is in the midst of an opioid addiction epidemic. Often times medicine that is intended to help becomes a source of pain for many because of its misuse.

How can patients take steps to heal without the fear of misuse? We have developed four tips to help ease the fear of misuse when a pain medication is prescribed for proper pain management.

1. Follow doctor’s orders

Pain Medication Dependence DoctorsClosely following dosage and the doctor’s orders can help ensure patients are taking the proper amounts to aid with pain relief but not more than is prescribed. 

2. Know the signs of substance misuse

The National Institute on Drug Abuse describes a person who misuses drugs as someone who takes drugs at a higher dosage than prescribed, combines drugs with alcohol or other drugs, and someone who takes drugs through different forms of administration such as snorting pills. Being aware of these signs can be vital to understanding substance misuse. Noticing a personal change in the frequency or dosage of medication you’re taking can be a red flag.

3. Stay alert for early signs of trouble

If you notice you’re not taking the drug as prescribed, or if you begin missing school, work, etc., see your doctor immediately and inform him that you are concerned you may be developing a dependency on your pain medication. 

4. Upon doctor’s orders, stop taking pain medication once the pain has stopped

Stopping pain medicationOnce the injury has healed and the pain has subsided or decreased to a tolerable level, it is important not to lean on pain medication as a crutch. If you experience withdrawal symptoms after ending medication, seek medical attention immediately.  It is important not to leave pain medication unattended where it can be used by anyone else.  You can return unused medication to your pharmacy to keep your family members safe and avoid misuse.

Not everyone who misuses prescription medication becomes dependent. But any misuse must be addressed so it doesn’t develop further.

Substance misuse affects many people and families every single day. Knowing how and what to watch out for and how to handle any issues that may arise can make all the difference.


Dr. Mike ShahMike Shah

Interventional Pain Specialist & Pain Management Board Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Minimally Invasive Spine Institute

Dr. Shah is a Harvard-trained physician in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation who has been dedicated to the eradication of pain in the Dallas area since 2003. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Duke University and his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Shah also received a master’s in Pharmacology from Tulane and a Master of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health. Following this, he completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at Harvard’s Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, consistently recognized as one of the Top 5 Pain Management Hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

Back Pain Myth Busters

Back Pain Myths

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Common Myths About Back Pain

By: Dr. Michael Rimlawi, Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained spine surgeon and founder of Minimally Invasive Spine Institute in Dallas

Back pain is bad enough, and myths about the issue can make it worse. Roughly 8 out of 10 people in America will experience back pain at some point in their life, and being able to separate fact from fiction can be important in dealing with it and knowing when to take it easy for a while or when to get help from a spine specialist.

Back Pain MythsMyth 1 – Rest heals back pain

While rest is important and recommended for back pain, it is not always the key to a healthy recovery. Some instances require more extensive recovery methods, and rest can actually be harmful to recovery. When experiencing severe or prolonged back pain, you should always consult a doctor.

Myth 2 – Sitting up straight can prevent back pain

Back Pain and PostureWhile slouching is bad for the back, sitting up straight for too long can strain the back. Lean back in your chair occasionally to create a curve in your back, and walk around during the day as much as possible. If you sit at a desk for long periods of time, chairs that allow you to place your weight on you legs and knees can help remove pressure from your spine. Below is a video of a few key preventative stretches from the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute that you can easily do at the office to help avoid back or neck strain.

Back StretchesMyth 3 – I’m active, so I won’t have back pain when I’m older

Active Back PainAnyone can experience back pain, regardless of their lifestyle. Being active can decrease the likelihood of back pain, but no one is immune from pain regardless of their lifestyle. Excessive weight gain can increase or lead to back pain so maintaining a healthy weight through regular exercise will help ensure a healthier spine.  However, excessive or improper exercise can put extra stress on our spine.  Using proper form and techniques when exercising can help protect you from injury.

Myth 4 – My spine is fragile, so I need to take it easy to avoid hurting my back

The spine is surrounded by muscles and tendons, which give it strength and flexibility. A spine without fractures is strong, and activities like walking or aerobics can strengthen it even more.  If your doctors instructs you to avoid specific activities, it is important to follow his or her instructions.

Myth 5 – Since I have back pain, I must have torn something

Back Pain from TearPain does not always equate to damage. Sensitivity from overuse can often cause pain in the back area. However, if you are experiencing intense or chronic pain, contact a spine specialist immediately.

Myth 6 – The only way I can fix my back pain is with surgery

Many of our patients at The Minimally Invasive Spine Institute don’t need surgery to relieve their pain. Through innovative pain procedures, non-surgical therapy, and rehabilitation — pain relief is possible with no incision at all.

At the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute our goal is helping patients find relief. In many cases, that means assisting them in determining the exact cause of their pain through testing and diagnostic imaging so we can accurately treat the source of their pain.  Pinpointing the cause of their pain can often allow us to avoid unnecessary procedures or large surgeries.

When I opened the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, my goal was to build a patient centric center that incorporates a team of patient care advocates, therapists, chiropractors, pain management specialists, radiologists and fellowship-trained spine specialists to work as a team to help care for our patients. No patient is ever treated the same because each patient has their own specific conditions and symptoms. Each patient’s pain is unique to them. Each one of our patients has had a customized treatment plan specific to their condition, symptoms and needs.

If you are suffering through pain and chronic symptoms contact us today to speak with one of our compassionate patient care coordinators and learn more about our effective treatment process.


Dr. Michael RimlawiMichael Rimlawi

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeon, Board Certified, Fellowship-Trained

Spine Surgeon Dr. Michael Rimlawi is director and founder of the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute’s team. Dr. Rimlawi is a board-certified, fellowship-trained spine surgeon who completed unique training in both orthopedic-spine and neurosurgery-spine at the renowned University of California San Diego. Dr. Michael Rimlawi treats all aspects of spinal disease including degenerative and traumatic conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. More than just a back doctor, he is a leader in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery and a pioneer in endoscopic laser spine surgery.