Blog Archive

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...