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Lesser-Known Causes of Neuropathy Dec 1st, 2022

More than 20 million Americans suffer from peripheral neuropathy, which is a condition that affects the nerves outside of your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Peripheral neuropathy is especially common among people with diabetes, but there are other causes, too. At Berkower Pain & Spine Rehabilitation in Pembroke...

Low Back Pain? Your Diet May Be to Blame Nov 1st, 2022

Low back pain is a common medical complaint, affecting as many as 65 million American adults at any given time. About 16 million Americans suffer from low back pain that’s chronic, which is pain that persists or recurs and may interfere with daily activities. David Berkower, DO, of Berkower Pain & Spine Rehabilitation in Pembroke Pines,...

Help! I Have Whiplash Oct 1st, 2022

Every year, millions of people suffer neck injuries, including whiplash, a relatively common injury most often associated with car accidents, falls, and sports injuries. In fact, every year in the United States, about 841,000 people seek hospital treatment for whiplash injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents. Whiplash may be relatively common, but it can...

Things You Can Do At Home to Strengthen Your Back and Avoid Pain Sep 1st, 2022

Back pain is one of the most common medical complaints in the United States, with about 16 million Americans suffering from pain that’s either continuous or recurrent. A lot of that pain is due to back strain that could have been prevented with just a little extra effort. As a leading provider of holistic,...

A Closer Look at Your Nerves Aug 1st, 2022

Your nervous system is always hard at work, helping you breathe, digest food, feel the sunshine, and even move your eyes so you can read this blog post. Yet as essential as this network of nerves is to your health and wellness, most of us don’t give it much thought...

Why You Should Consult a Professional About Pain Management Jul 1st, 2022

When you’re dealing with chronic pain, it can feel like no one else knows what you’re going through. But in fact, more than 50 million American adults are right there with you, suffering from regular or recurrent pain that can take a big toll every day. Lots of issues can cause chronic...

5 Ways to Reduce Whiplash Symptoms Jun 1st, 2022

Whiplash is a common neck injury, affecting about 2 million Americans every year. While most whiplash injuries are associated with car accidents, they can also happen because of falls, sports injuries, and other events that cause your neck and head to “snap” back and forth. In fact, it’s that “snapping” motion that gives whiplash...

5 Exercises for Managing Chronic Lower Back Pain May 1st, 2022

Roughly 16 million American adults suffer from chronic lower back pain, with symptoms that take a toll on their lives every day. The lower back is involved in lots of activities, which is why even “mild” discomfort can have a major effect on a person’s well-being. Lots of factors can...

Can Arthritis Cause Neuropathy? Apr 1st, 2022

Nearly 60 million Americans have arthritis that’s been diagnosed by a doctor, and many more suffer from the symptoms without seeking medical care. More than 20 million American adults have some form of neuropathy, which is nerve injury or damage that causes pain, tingling, numbness, and other nerve-related problems. Both arthritis and neuropathy...

Can Dietary Changes Help My Fibromyalgia? Mar 1st, 2022

About 4 million American adults suffer from fibromyalgia, a chronic condition that can cause widespread aches and pains, fatigue, sleep issues, memory problems, and even depression. Although there’s no cure for fibromyalgia, there are ways to treat it, including making dietary changes. At Berkower Pain & Spine Rehabilitation in Pembroke...

How to Reduce Sciatica Pain Fast Feb 1st, 2022

Lots of issues can cause lower back pain. However, if your back pain is accompanied by pain that radiates into your leg or buttock, there’s a good chance you have sciatica.  Sciatica is a common cause of nagging back pain, and it affects up to 40% of people at some...

Can Weight Gain Cause a Herniated Disc? Jan 1st, 2022

Losing weight isn’t easy, but dropping extra pounds does come with a lot of health benefits, such as decreasing your risk of suffering a herniated disc. A common cause of back and neck pain, a herniated disc happens when a disc tears and the inside of the disc pushes out...

5 Signs of Fibromyalgia Dec 1st, 2021

About 4 million American adults suffer from fibromyalgia, many with symptoms so severe and persistent that they make everyday activities difficult and painful. As a chronic medical condition, fibromyalgia requires ongoing medical care. The key to feeling better is learning to recognize the signs of fibromyalgia so you can begin...

When to See a Specialist About Lower Back Pain Nov 1st, 2021

Lower back pain is one of the most common medical complaints for both women and men, in part because we use our lower back for so many activities. What’s important is to know when home care is OK and when it’s time to see a doctor. At Berkower Pain &...

Understanding How Workers’ Comp Works Oct 1st, 2021

Roughly 3% of workers suffer from work-related injuries or illnesses every year in the United States, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s almost 3 million employees who develop some type of injury or illness as a result of their job. Considering the high cost of...

Does My Muscle Pain Mean I Have Fibromyalgia? Sep 1st, 2021

Muscle soreness is a pretty common medical complaint, typically happening after a period of extreme exercise or strenuous physical activity. And in those cases, discomfort usually resolves on its own after a day or two of rest. But not all muscle pain is caused by overexertion. If you have fibromyalgia,...

Will My Whiplash Pain Go Away on Its Own? Aug 1st, 2021

More than 2 million Americans suffer whiplash injuries each year. If you’re one of them, you might be wondering what to expect from your injury — and if it will heal on its own. The fact is, whiplash injuries can be a lot more serious than they might seem at...

Relief for Your Sciatica Jul 21st, 2021

If you’ve been diagnosed with sciatica, you have a lot of company. In fact, up to 40% of Americans suffer from this condition at some point.  Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve in your lower back becomes irritated and inflamed. This nerve divides into two branches, with one branch traveling...

Your First Steps After a Workplace Injury Jun 24th, 2021

Every year in the United States, about 3 million workers are injured on the job, most while simply completing the regular duties assigned to them. Getting injured at work can be a little intimidating, especially because you depend on your job — and your employer — for your income. It’s...

Staying Active With Arthritis May 19th, 2021

If you’re dealing painful arthritic joints, being more active probably seems counterintuitive. But increasing physical activity — within certain limits — could be just what you need to help slow the progression of your arthritis and reduce its painful symptoms. At Berkower Pain & Spine Rehabilitation in Pembroke Pines, Florida,...

Is There A Cure for Fibromyalgia? Apr 12th, 2021

As many as 12 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia. If you’re one of them, you know the toll the condition can take on your life and health. For years, there was a lack of understanding about its causes and symptoms. In fact, until the last couple of decades, many practitioners...

Myths and Facts About Workers’ Compensation Mar 21st, 2021

Workers’ compensation insurance was designed to protect employees, ensuring they get the care and treatment they need for work-related injuries — without having to pay for it. Yet, many employees don’t know about this very important coverage. At Berkower Pain & Spine Rehabilitation in Pembroke Pines, Florida, David Berkower, DO,...

The Link Between Poor Nutrition and Neuropathy Feb 11th, 2021

You’ve heard it since you were a kid: You are what you eat. That’s true when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding many diseases, but did you know that good nutrition can help you manage neuropathy symptoms, too? A healthy diet supports normal nerve function, so watching...

Myths and Facts About Fibromyalgia Jan 12th, 2021

Fibromyalgia affects about 4 million American adults, yet despite its prevalence, some physicians still have trouble diagnosing the disease and helping patients manage it. In fact, fibromyalgia is a widely misunderstood chronic pain disorder, and that lack of understanding and awareness has fueled a lot of myths and misconceptions.  At ...

Tips for Living With Arthritis Dec 7th, 2020

Do you have arthritis? You have a lot of company. About a quarter million Americans have been diagnosed with arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s nearly 55 million people, and that doesn’t take into account those who have arthritis but have not seen a doctor...

Sciatica Pain Vs. Other Back Pain Nov 9th, 2020

Your lower back takes a lot of stress and strain throughout the day, so it’s not surprising that it’s a frequent source of pain. Lower back pain can be caused by many things, such as repetitive lifting, standing or sitting for long periods of time, or having a bad posture....

Treatment Options for Your Herniated Disc Oct 14th, 2020

The pain from a herniated disc can sometimes go away on its own if you give it enough rest. However, if your symptoms persist longer than a few weeks, you may need more than rest to get back to normal.  A herniated disc, sometimes called a slipped disc, develops when...

Do You Have These 4 Symptoms of Arthritis? Sep 15th, 2020

Everyone knows that stiffness and joint pain come with age. We’ve all watched our parents groan as they stand up from the couch or hobble from the car after a long ride — and maybe you’re doing those things already.  While it’s normal to lose some of your range of...

Common Illness and Workers Comp Aug 20th, 2020

If you sustain an illness or injury on the job, you may wonder about whether you’re entitled to workers’ compensation, or workers’ comp. These insurance benefits are provided by your employer, and cover your medical expenses and lost wages due to needed time off. Workers’ comp also covers rehabilitation-related expenses....

Pain Management and COVID19: What You Should Know Jul 20th, 2020

If you’re one of the 50 million Americans who deal with chronic pain on a daily basis, you might be concerned that the pandemic will interrupt your normal pain management routine. With stores and restaurants closed, it can be easy to think that your doctors, specialists, and caregivers have closed...

Treat Your Sciatica With These Lifestyle Changes Jun 5th, 2020

Anyone who suffers from sciatica understands how this type of complex pain can significantly interfere with day-to-day life. Sciatica is not just general back pain, nor is it limited to your back. Living with sciatica can be difficult because the intense pain can limit movement and affect your ability to...

The Connection Between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia May 27th, 2020

Rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia are painfully debilitating conditions that can affect your ability to live an active and enjoyable life. Having both can cause a mind-numbing cluster of symptoms that may make it hard to function at all. So, where’s the good news? With the right treatment, it’s possible to...

Am I at Risk for Peripheral Neuropathy? Apr 29th, 2020

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) currently estimates that nearly 20 million Americans suffer from peripheral neuropathy, which causes miscommunication between your peripheral nerves and brain due to damage or dysfunction in the nerves connecting them. NINDS, however, suspects that more people suffer from peripheral neuropathy than...

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia and What You Can Do to Reduce Pain Mar 18th, 2020

Fibromyalgia flare-ups can derail your life for a day, a week, or months at a time. Pain, fatigue, and other symptoms can make it hard to function, and you may find it hard to enjoy life.   At Berkower Pain and Spine Rehabilitation in Pembroke Pines, Florida, David Berkower, DO,...

Whether You Live Locally or Are a Snow Bird, We Can Provide Relief for Your Back Pain Feb 1st, 2020

Do you have back pain but don’t want to see a doctor where you live because you’re heading south for the winter months? Not to worry. Whether you’re a “snow bird” or you happen to live in Pembroke Pines, FL, if you’re suffering from back pain, you can find relief...

5 Risk Factors That Can Lead to a Herniated Disc Jan 5th, 2020

Many patients that we provide relief for at Berkower Pain and Spine Rehabilitation suffer from herniated disks, which causes them serious pain and discomfort. We take pride in providing relief for herniated discs and instructions on how to avoid them in the future. What’s a herniated disk? The bones that...

The Many Benefits of Wearing a Brace for Lumbar Issues Dec 1st, 2019

Lower back pain is more common than you may think. In fact, approximately 80 percent of adults suffer from lumbar pain at some point in their lives. In 90 percent of cases, the pain subsides without surgery. But that's not always the case. Sometimes, in order to treat back pain, you need...

How a Few Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Relieve Your Nerve Pain Nov 1st, 2019

Stated bluntly, nerve pain can debilitate you if you don’t get treatment. Any number of factors can cause your pain, including:  Diabetes, stroke, multiple sclerosis, cancer or other major illness Injury to the brain or spine Poor blood supply to the nerves Carpal tunnel syndrome or sciatica Tumors that press...

Could Sciatica Be Causing My Buttock Pain? Oct 1st, 2019

Are you experiencing shooting pain in one of your buttocks? Does your pain sometimes run from your lower back and down your leg or worsen after sitting or standing for long periods? If so, sciatica might be the cause.   As you age, it’s normal to experience some aches and pains....

Why You Should Have a Medical Evaluation After an Auto Accident Even if You're Not in Pain Sep 3rd, 2019

After an auto accident, you might be tempted to skip a medical evaluation if you're not in pain, especially if you've got a lot of paperwork to deal with. However, it's important to get yourself to a doctor as soon as possible. Some of the injuries you may have sustained...

How CBD Hemp Oils and Creams Can Help Alleviate Chronic Pain Aug 2nd, 2019

Chronic pain has more than physical effects. Your pain may interfere with many activities you enjoy such as sports, dancing, or gardening. Having to limit or give up what you enjoy doing can leave you angry, frustrated, and anxious. When your body hurts, it’s not surprising that you’re also more...

Injured on the Job? Here's How Berkower Pain & Spine Rehabilitation Can Help You Jul 9th, 2019

According to the National Safety Council’s data, 510 workers are injured each hour, and most of those injuries are sprains, strains, tears, soreness or pain, and cuts or lacerations resulting from overexertion, contact with objects or equipment, or slips, trips, and falls. If you get injured at work, Berkower Pain...

How to Best Prevent Sports-Related Injuries Jun 1st, 2019

Plenty of sports can cause pain and injury, but what about those we don’t normally think about? Though many people consider the possible injuries that can occur during sports like football and basketball, so-called low-impact sports like golf and tennis can also potentially lead to injury, especially in the area...

How Your Sleeping Position Might Be Contributing to Your Lower Back Pain May 9th, 2019

You may not think too much about your sleeping position, and you may not be aware of just how much it can affect your ability to get a good night’s rest. Did you know that most back pain is the result of lifestyle behaviors like improper posture, uncomfortable sleep positions,...

How Physical Therapy Can Help You Overcome Pain Caused by Sciatica Apr 11th, 2019

Sciatic nerve pain can be annoying or debilitating. It may hurt to stand for long periods, or you may find it difficult to find a comfortable sitting position during a movie. Dr. David Berkower specializes in physical medicine, rehabilitation, and pain management. If you’re a sciatica sufferer in the Pembroke...

The Most Common Types of Work-Related Injuries and Why You Should Seek Treatment Mar 4th, 2019

It’s estimated that one worker suffers a work-related injury every seven seconds, with some experiencing injuries that are serious enough to interfere with their lives. Even the most minor injuries should be reported to your immediate supervisor right away to ensure your interests and overall health are protected. Our team...

Why Nerve Blocks Could Be Your Best Option For Treating Chronic Joint Pain Feb 1st, 2019

Severe, chronic joint pain almost always interferes with your quality of life. When you need relief from pain in your joints so you can enjoy an active lifestyle, but you also want to avoid invasive surgeries, a nerve block may be an ideal solution. As an accomplished doctor of osteopathic...

The Importance of Exercise for Arthritis Sufferers Jan 16th, 2019

According to the CDC, nearly 50 percent of people 65 and older have had arthritis diagnosed by a doctor. Many others may go years undiagnosed. While your first tendency may be to "favor" a painful joint by limiting its movement, doing so on an ongoing basis can actually have the opposite of...

What You Need to Know About Epidural Injections for Relieving Back Pain Dec 21st, 2018

A Statista survey supports the estimates of the medical community that around 29% of people in the U.S. have some form of back pain and believe that overwhelming stress is a major contributor to their pain. However, 26% blamed a lack of exercise and the same percentage blamed their type of work. As is...

Why Whiplash Pain Is Often Delayed Nov 29th, 2018

One of the things that many people don’t realize when they get into an accident is that whiplash does not manifest itself right away. In fact, whiplash can take days or weeks to become obvious to the person who’s been injured. This is especially true for people who don’t know...

How Nerve Ablations Can Smooth Your Chronic Back Pain Oct 30th, 2018

Chronic back pain can sneak up on you at any age. Back pain, especially lower back pain, can be the result of an injury, arthritis or even a problem with your discs. Depending on the severity, this pain can make it impossible for you to enjoy hobbies, go to work or even...

5 Important Tips When Undergoing an Independent Medical Examination in an Injury Claim Sep 18th, 2018

We see many patients with car accident injuries at Berkower Pain and Spine Rehabilitation, as well as workplace and other injuries that may involve insurance companies. A third-party insurance company, or even your own insurer, could dispute the severity of your injuries as part of their claims process. They may...

Considering a Nerve Block? Here’s What You Should Know Aug 27th, 2018

Considering a Nerve Block? Here’s What You Should KnowWhether it’s due to a sore throat, ankle sprain, surgical procedure, or other problem, pain is sometimes a part of life. It’s typically temporary, though. As you heal, the pain will fade. Won’t it?Not always. Sometimes pain turns chronic, and it can...

Back Pain After A Recent Fall? What You Should Know And Do May 26th, 2017

As you get older, actions and events that once had very little impact on how you feel or that would not have caused you any lasting pain or injury, could now cause your body significant damage and cause you to feel long-lasting pain. Because of this, you should treat every...

Home Remedies For Acute Back And Neck Pain Mar 20th, 2017

Acute back and neck pain is a common ailment for most people, no matter the age. It can come from a day of garden work or being a little too aggressive on the basketball court. Relieve the pain and tension with two easy home remedies.ICE AND HEATThere are many ways...

How to Help Manage Your Fibromyalgia Pain Jan 17th, 2017

Living with fibromyalgia is tough, but there are things you can do to manage your pain and give you your life back. In order to reduce discomfort, improve your mood and get relief from your symptoms, here are three ways to manage your fibromyalgia pain.REDUCE STRESSStress can cause fibromyalgia symptoms...

How To Tell If You Have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Nov 20th, 2016

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, sometimes simply referred to as CTS, is damage to the hands, wrists, and arms that occurs in many people, especially those who work with keyboards, musical instruments or any other handheld equipment that puts repetitive strain on the hand.WHAT IS ITThe first thing you need to know...