All About Tennis Elbow

All About Tennis Elbow

Richard Kang, MD Blog

Also known as lateral epicondylitis, tennis elbow occurs when too much strain is placed on the tendons in your elbow and is usually caused by repeating the same motions with your wrist or arm over an extended period of time. Such motions damage your tendons, causing inflammation or tears that can be extremely painful. Tennis elbow occurs through repetitive use …

Facet Medial Branch Block

Facet Medial Branch Block: What to Expect

Richard Kang, MD Blog

A facet medial branch block is a diagnostic procedure typically used to determine whether you are a candidate for a radiofrequency ablation. The medial branch nerves feed out from the spine’s facet joints and are responsible for carrying pain signals to the brain. A radiofrequency ablation creates heat lesions that destroy targeted medial branch nerves, blocking the pain signals. Before …

Tendinitis: What You Should Know

Tendinitis: What You Should Know

Richard Kang, MD Blog

Tendinitis occurs when a tendon becomes irritated or inflamed, leading to pain and tenderness around a joint. Tendons are thick cords that attach the muscles to the bones. While all tendons are susceptible to tendinitis, the condition most commonly occurs in the shoulders, wrists, elbows, knees, or heels. Here is what you should know about this common ailment. Tendinitis is …

Epidural Steroid Injections: What to Expect

Epidural Steroid Injections: What to Expect

Richard Kang, MD Blog

Epidural steroid injections are used to treat chronic pain in the back or neck that is not alleviated with more conservative therapies such as NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and targeted exercise. Steroids are powerful anti-inflammatory medications that help decrease swelling and pressure on the nerves. Hence, epidural steroid injections may be used for a wide variety of conditions, including but …

How Spinal Cord Stimulation Can Fight Chronic Pain

How Spinal Cord Stimulation Can Fight Chronic Pain

Richard Kang, MD Blog

Spinal cord stimulation can treat chronic pain in the back, leg, or arm that is not responsive to more conservative treatment methods. It can also help to reduce reliance on opioid pain medications and improve functionality. Here is what to expect. A spinal cord stimulator is a small device that resembles a pacemaker. Surgically placed under the skin, it uses wires …

Male Hormone Imbalance: What You Should Know

Male Hormone Imbalance: What You Should Know

Jag Desai, MD Blog

Men tend to accept changes in their bodies as just part of the aging process. However, most symptoms of “aging” are actually caused by a hormone imbalance, which affects not only testosterone, but also cortisol and thyroid levels. It is true that as men age, they are more likely to experience male hormone imbalance, but there are other contributing factors …

Trigger Point Injections: What You Should Know

Trigger Point Injections: What You Should Know

Richard Kang, MD Blog

Trigger point injections can be very helpful for pain conditions that involve the muscles of the back, neck, legs, or arms; some conditions include fibromyalgia, tension headaches, and myofascial pain syndrome. A trigger point is a knot of tightly bound muscle tissue that forms when the muscles are unable to fully relax. You may be able to feel trigger points …

What to Expect After Varicose Veins Treatment

What to Expect After Varicose Veins Treatment

Steven Kim, MD Blog

Although nonsurgical laser treatment for varicose veins has a much shorter and easier recovery time than traditional surgery, it is still important to follow proper aftercare protocols. If you are scheduled for varicose veins treatment, you probably have a lot of questions about what to expect. Here is what you should know. You will be encouraged to start walking around …

Most Common Sports Injuries

What You Need to Know About the Most Common Sports Injuries

Richard Kang, MD Blog

“Weekend warriors,” who spend the week behind a desk and then train or play hard on the weekends, are at particular risk for sports injuries. Other high-risk groups include athletes who over-train and kids who are trying to adapt to growing and changing bodies, but anyone who plays sports could eventually develop an injury. Each sport has its own unique …

Are Varicose Veins Dangerous?

Are Varicose Veins Dangerous?

Steven Kim, MD Blog

Varicose veins can make you feel self-conscious about the way your legs look, leading you to try to hide them. But are varicose veins simply a cosmetic issue, or are they actually dangerous? Like so much in life, the answer is, “it depends.” Varicose veins form when the one-way valves in the veins stop operating properly, allowing blood to pool …

How Regenerative Medicine Can Help Your Sports Injury

How Regenerative Medicine Can Help Your Sports Injury

Richard Kang, MD Blog

Regenerative medicine is a relatively new field that has revolutionized the treatment of both injuries and illnesses. It enhances the body’s natural healing processes, shortening healing times and reducing pain. Using a regenerative approach to sports injuries can help you get back on the field faster, with a lower risk for reinjury. At CORE Medical & Wellness, we can use …

Sports Medicine: What You Should Know

Sports Medicine: What You Should Know

Richard Kang, MD Blog

If you or your child sustain an injury during exercise, sports, or other physical activity, you may be referred to a sports medicine specialist for assessment and treatment. If you have never seen a sports doctor before, you might wonder what to expect. Here is what you should know. Sports medicine doctors may come from a variety of medical backgrounds, …

Non-Surgical Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins:

Non-Surgical Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins: What You Should Know

Steven Kim, MD Blog

In the United States, approximately 1 in 5 adults are affected by varicose veins. These twisted, rope-like veins in the legs are often a cosmetic concern, but they can also cause aching pain. They are caused by a disease known as superficial venous insufficiency, in which tiny valves in the veins do not operate properly, allowing blood to pool. Traditional …

Dr. Steven Kim Joins CORE Medical & Wellness

Varicose Vein Expert Dr. Steven Kim Joins CORE Medical & Wellness in Lyndhurst, NJ

Steven Kim, MD Blog

CORE Medical & Wellness is a multidisciplinary practice that specializes in Non-Surgical Orthopedics, Spine, and Sports Medicine, Interventional Pain Management, Adult and Pediatric Dermatology, Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetics, Men’s and Women’s Health, and Vein Disease Treatments. To learn more about CORE Medical & Wellness located at 256 Stuyvesant Ave Lyndhurst, NJ 07071, visit CoreMedicalWellness.com. Click here to read original press …

What are Varicose Veins?

What are Varicose Veins?

Steven Kim, MD Blog

Varicose veins are extremely common, affecting roughly 1 in 5 adults in the United States. They are twisted, rope-like veins that typically appear in the legs. Some people’s varicose veins are primarily a cosmetic concern, while others suffer from aching pain. Varicose veins are caused by a disease known as superficial venous insufficiency. When veins function normally, tiny one-way valves …

What Is Interventional Pain Management?

What Is Interventional Pain Management?

Richard Kang, MD Blog

Pain, whether acute or chronic in nature, is notoriously difficult to treat. Everyone’s subjective experience of pain is unique, so even two people with exactly the same condition could feel pain in radically different ways. Likewise, what works to alleviate one person’s pain may not touch someone else’s pain. Yet too often, patients with pain are given standard medications to …