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Everything You Need To Know About Headaches Feb 11th, 2021

You’ve had so many headaches, it can be easy to dismiss them as part of normal life. And you’re not alone. The World Health Organization (WHO) found that approximately 5% of adults live with daily headaches, and almost every single person has experienced occasional headaches. Unfortunately, most will brush them...

How Spinal Stenosis Can Affect Your Neck Jan 13th, 2021

Every year, approximately 500,000 Americans suffer from symptoms of spinal stenosis. And while it’s typically a condition that affects your back, you can also experience pain and other symptoms of spinal stenosis in your neck as well.  The first step in getting the treatment you need is understanding the condition...

Interventional Pain Management for Your Chronic Pain Dec 2nd, 2020

Addiction to prescription pain medication is a huge problem in America. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 21%-29% of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain will misuse them.  One of the best ways to change this statistic is to offer patients a different, healthier way to manage and...

What To Do for Your Sciatica Nov 9th, 2020

If you suffer from sciatica, don’t despair as there are some effective pain relief options for your pain and discomfort. According to Harvard Medical School, 90% of patients suffer from this bothersome condition. And luckily these days we have a variety of treatment options to choose from. In this helpful...

The Foods and Drinks That Trigger Your Migraines Oct 1st, 2020

Migraine headaches are more common than you may think. A shocking 12% of the population, including children, regularly suffers from migraines. Another thing that you may not know is that certain foods and drinks can actually trigger your migraines. In this helpful guide, David Wu, MD, with offices in Torrance,...

The Best Posture Supporting Exercises for Your Back Pain Sep 22nd, 2020

As you go on about your day, you may not notice your shoulders drooping or your neck slanting down. But over time, these maladjustments can add up and take a serious toll on your back and musculoskeletal health.  In this blog, David Wu, MD, with offices in Torrance, California, discusses...

When You Should See A Doctor for Headaches Aug 21st, 2020

Most people get headaches occasionally. Sometimes, however, a headache can be a side effect of a more serious condition, such as a concussion or stroke. In this blog, David Wu, MD, discusses when it may be necessary to seek care for head pain. When to seek emergency care Most people...

Working From Home? Here's the Best Ways to Avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Jul 28th, 2020

Carpal tunnel syndrome is common in the United States. In fact, 3-6% of Americans have the condition. The reason it’s so common is because many people work office jobs and spend lots of time on the computer, which can place an enormous amount on strain on the wrists. And now...

Best Treatment Options for Joint Pain Jun 24th, 2020

If you suffer from joint pain, you’re not alone. More than 15 million Americans also suffer from this condition every year. And many people with joint pain don’t even realize there are treatment options.   At the interventional pain management practice of David Wu, MD, in Torrance, California, we’re here to...

Which Interventional Pain Management Technique is Right For Me? May 27th, 2020

We know what a huge impact pain can have on your life. And we also know how risky prescription pain drugs can be when it comes to pain management. Studies show that in the United States, 128 people die of an opioid overdose every day.   At the interventional pain management...

The Long Term Effects of Ignoring a Herniated Disc Apr 22nd, 2020

You may notice intense back pain that comes and goes, or you may feel shooting pain from your back that goes down your legs. If you’ve ignored these symptoms, you shouldn’t. These are often signs of a herniated disc.  At the pain-management practice of David Wu, MD, we know just...

Learn How The Simplicity Probe Aides Your Joint Pain Mar 1st, 2020

If you have arthritis in your joints, you know just how difficult it can be to perform everyday tasks, such as bending, walking, or just moving. Fortunately, there’s a minimally invasive treatment that can relieve your joint pain. The Simplicity™ Probe is a radiofrequency ablation device that can stop problematic...

The Other Side of Pain Management: Cognitive Strategies Feb 1st, 2020

Did you know that more than 25 million Americans live with chronic pain? If you live with chronic pain, you know just how taxing it can be on both your mental and physical health. You’ve likely been prescribed pain medications to treat it, but pain medications can cause harsh side...

How Spinal Cord Stimulation Works to Manage Pain Jan 3rd, 2020

Injuries to the spine are no joke. Besides any pain that you may feel while sitting or standing still, you could be hampered by pain in any or all of your daily activities. You may be feeling this pain due to an auto accident, an inherited or genetic disorder, a...

Best Ergonomic Tools to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Dec 1st, 2019

Carpal tunnel syndrome is thought to affect 3-6% of working U.S. adults at any given point in time. Carpal tunnel can cause pain in the wrist and hand, cramping, numbness, and other issues that make it hard to function. At the South Bay, Torrance, California offices of Dr. David Wu,...

Is Your Diet Causing Those Chronic Headaches? Nov 1st, 2019

Chronic headaches are a source of misery for many people. In fact, more than 45 million Americans deal with chronic headaches. Chronic headaches occur more than 15 days of the month, but many people live with daily headaches. Twice as many women as men suffer from chronic daily headaches. Chances...

How Your Weight Affects Your Sciatica Pain Oct 1st, 2019

Sciatica is a painful condition that’s caused by a slipped spinal disc in about 85% of cases. Your discs are jelly doughnut-like spheres that separate your vertebrae and act as shock absorbers so they don’t grind against one another when you walk, run, or jump.  If a spinal disc ruptures...

The Dangers of Tech Neck Sep 1st, 2019

Odds are you’ve heard of the health consequences of too much screen time. Stare at your screen for too long and your eyes will get dry and itchy. Look at your screen before attempting to sleep and get ready for a restless night of interrupted sleep. Add in that the vast...

What Makes PRP Therapy So Effective for Chronic Pain? Aug 2nd, 2019

Constant, unrelenting, chronic pain has a ripple effect on your body and on your life. Most patients and their doctors have turned to opioid medications to reduce that pain, but the solution has made the problem worse.  Since the late 1990s, when pharmaceutical companies assured physicians that opioids were not...

Is Arthritis Preventable? Jul 1st, 2019

Depending on your lifestyle and family history, arthritis may affect you at some point in your life – just one of the benefits of getting older! Because arthritis symptoms can limit your ability to participate in some of your favorite physical activities, it’s important to learn and practice preventive measures...

Tension, Migraine, & Cluster Headaches: What Are the Differences and Best Treatment Methods? Jun 1st, 2019

Your head is hurting. A lot! So what do you do about it? In this blog, David Wu, MD, goes over the three main types of headaches so you can determine how to lessen the pain, lessen the frequency, and even prevent them. What’s a tension headache? If your head...

The Best Ways to Manage Your Joint Pain May 6th, 2019

Pain from inflamed joints can make it hard to walk and may stop you from enjoying activities you normally like to do. You may even be taking over-the-counter pain medications just to make it through each day. If you’re experiencing joint pain and it’s affecting your quality of life, there...

Do You Work in an Office? Here's How You Can Prevent Developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Apr 9th, 2019

You have plenty of things to focus on other than pain when you’re at work. Thankfully, there’s a lot you can do to lower your risk of a common source: carpal tunnel syndrome. Caused by pressure on the median nerve that gives you sensation in your thumbs and fingers (except...

3 Factors That Put You at Greater Risk of Developing Neck Pain Mar 1st, 2019

Your cervical spine, otherwise known as your neck, is the slenderest portion of your spine. Just seven small vertebral bones are responsible for holding your 9-pound-plus head upright and allowing it to move without inhibition or pain. The combination of carrying a heavy load and being relatively small puts your...

What You Should Know About the Pain Caused by a Herniated Disc Feb 1st, 2019

For those in their 30s to 50s, about 2 in every 100 will experience a herniated disc in their spines, with men twice as likely to have one than women. Discs between vertebrae act as your body’s shock absorbers, cushioning the thousands of little impacts your body undergoes every day....

Why Physical Therapy Plays Such an Important Role in Recovery Jan 7th, 2019

Whether you’ve recently undergone surgery or suffered a musculoskeletal injury, physical therapy (PT) may be recommended as part of your recovery plan. There are many people out there who aggressively avoid exercise -- and physical therapy often resembles, you guessed it, exercise. So what is it about physical therapy that...

5 Tips to Avoid Back Pain Dec 19th, 2018

Back pain is one of the most common physical complaints that brings patients to their doctors’ offices. It’s estimated that around 80% of adults will experience back pain at some point during their lives. In some cases, back pain is unavoidable, whether it’s from injury or degenerative conditions. In other...

Injections: Should I Consider Them to Relieve Chronic Pain? Nov 29th, 2018

One of every four Americans has experienced pain lasting more than 24 hours. Chronic pain is more than simply an ongoing unpleasant sensation. It’s an interruption to your daily living, often interfering with your ability to perform routine tasks and undermining your enjoyment of life. While pain medication can often...

3 Interesting Facts About Chronic Headaches Oct 31st, 2018

Even a mild headache with its nagging discomfort can throw your day out of alignment.  Severe headaches can cause you to dim the lights and tune out everything but your pain. Thankfully, most people only have a handful of headaches every year. Many individuals, about 30 million in the United...

Why You Should Never Ignore Sciatic Nerve Pain Sep 21st, 2018

One of the more chronic forms of nerve pain stems from the sciatic nerve, a major pathway from the spine and down each leg. Often called sciatica, this isn’t a condition in itself, but rather symptoms of compression somewhere along the nerve’s route. There are many reasons why the sciatic...

Is Chronic Joint Pain Normal As You Age? Aug 15th, 2018

Do you find yourself grunting more often when you get out of a chair? Are your joints achy in the evening and stiff in the morning? Are you reaching for your over-the-counter medications on a daily basis to combat chronic pain?Though you may assume that joint pain is just part...

How to Incorporate Injections Into Your Pain Management Routine Jul 11th, 2018

How to Incorporate Injections Into Your Pain Management Routine More Americans than ever are living with some form of pain, and more than 25 million of them experience long-lasting pain. Along with treatments such as physical therapy and medication, adding injections to your regimen can help address the source of the...

Living With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome   Jun 19th, 2018

Anyone who’s struggled with carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS, knows the problem isn’t simply a matter of discomfort and pain. Compromised use of your hands is a serious matter, for earning a living or even just getting through your day. The pain of the condition can keep you awake at...

Will a Herniated Disc Heal on its Own? May 17th, 2018

When you’re suffering from the pain and discomfort of a herniated disc, you might wonder if it will heal on its own. Herniated discs aren’t universally the same: There are several types, they can have different causes, and each one has different symptoms. Also, after you’ve had a back injury,...

Best Pillows for Neck Pain Apr 18th, 2018

From the moment you get up until you lay your head back down at night, your neck is hard at work almost every second of every waking hour. That’s why your choice of a pillow can mean the difference between a thoroughly rested neck and one that starts the day...

I Exercise Regularly, So Why Do I Have Sciatica Pain? Mar 22nd, 2018

Sciatica pain is a symptom of a pinched sciatic nerve, which is the largest single nerve in your body that runs from each side of your lower spine, branches through each side of your buttocks and down the back of the each thigh, and runs down to the foot. This...

Using Cognitive Strategies to Relieve Pain Mar 13th, 2018

We all know aches and pains are tough, but when you experience pain that doesn’t go away, it can be debilitating. Struggling through work and missing out on the things that matter most is no way to live. At his clinic in Torrance, California, Dr. David Wu offers patients a...

Common Exercise Mistakes That Hurt Your Joints Jan 23rd, 2018

If you’re exercising, then congratulations on your commitment to fitness. You’re bettering your heart and respiratory health, keeping up your stamina, and managing your weight. Sometimes, however, exercise just hurts -- and not in the satisfying, “hard-effort” way.If your joints ache when you exercise, it may be a side effect...

12 Tips for Avoiding Migraine Triggers Jan 8th, 2018

As many as 37 million people in the United States have migraines, and about 5 million of them have at least one migraine per month. Although triggers do not cause people to have migraines, they can bring about an attack. Here are a few tips on understanding triggers and how...