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Am I at Risk for Osteoporosis? Sep 8th, 2021

About 10 million people in the United States have osteoporosis, which makes your bones weak and prone to breaking. There are some risk factors that you can’t control, but there are some things you can do to improve your bone health and lower the likelihood you’ll develop osteoporosis.  At Downtown...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Aug 26th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

Understanding Prolotherapy Aug 16th, 2021

Chronic pain changes your life and those changes are almost never for the better. Pain limits your movements, your hobbies, and eventually, it can even diminish your dreams. Too often, people with chronic pain don’t realize that there are many different approaches to treating pain.  Dr. Ron Ben-Mier and his...

Cartilage: What Is It and Why Is It So Important? Jul 21st, 2021

You probably already know quite a bit about cartilage -- that it’s flexible tissue, it’s what your ears are made of, and that it cushions your joints. But, cartilage is a unique body tissue and plays various important roles in your body.  At Downtown Pain Management, many of our patients...

What Is Little Leaguer’s Elbow? Jun 22nd, 2021

Your elbow is a complex joint, with three bones coming together, numerous ligaments and tendons, and the ability to hinge, but also to rotate. In children who are still growing, it’s even more complex because the bones of the elbow are softer than the supporting structures around it.  At Downtown...

3 Things Athletes Should Know About Their Achilles Tendon May 20th, 2021

Athleticism is generally seen as healthy. Training improves your cardiovascular health, your overall strength, and often helps you maintain a good range of motion and level of flexibility. But, the more you practice and train, the greater risk of at least one injury. Achilles tendon ruptures are more common among...

Everything You Should Know About the Female Triad Apr 15th, 2021

When you see a teen girl playing sports and paying attention to what she eats, you may well admire her dedication to her fitness and overall health. But, you may only be seeing the surface of what could be a problem.  The female athlete triad is a collection of disorders...

Can PRP Help My Arthritic Joints? Mar 18th, 2021

Painful, inflamed joints can decrease your quality of life. You may struggle to do the things you want and need to do, as well as the things you enjoy. Constant pain can even impact your relationships with people you care about.  At Downtown Pain Management, our staff, led by Dr....

What Is a Spinal Cord Stimulator? Feb 16th, 2021

Roughly 20%, or about 50 million, Americans have chronic pain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are all kinds of consequences, from lost productivity to personal hardship. Chronic pain is linked to the opioid epidemic, a host of other chronic medical conditions, and impacts your overall...

Can Radiofrequency Ablation Alleviate My Neck Pain? Jan 20th, 2021

Chronic pain can make your world smaller and your life less interesting. If you find yourself avoiding activities you once enjoyed, or notice that your neck pain is affecting your mood, then you probably understand how pain can be limiting. At Downtown Pain Management, Dr. Ron Ben-Meir and our staff...

5 Factors That Could Be Contributing To Your Sciatica Jan 19th, 2021

Sciatica is the pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness that extends from your lower back down through your buttock and leg when your sciatic nerve is compressed. While in many cases, sciatica is caused by a herniated disc or another spine condition, your day-to-day habits could be making your symptoms worse...

Should You Give Epidural Injections a Shot for Your Back Pain? Dec 1st, 2020

Back pain afflicts about 31 million Americans. What’s even more unsettling is that back pain is the top cause of disability around the world. Ron Ben-Meir, DO, an expert in spine health and pain management at Downtown Pain Management, helps women and men throughout the New York City and northern...

Regular use of prescription drugs for pain and sleep increases frailty risk by 95 percent Jan 14th, 2020

Source: Medical Xpress Researchers from the Oregon Research Institute (ORI) and Florida Atlantic University (FAU) are the first to demonstrate statistically significant links between self-reported regular use of prescription drugs for pain and/or sleep, and longitudinal risk of frailty in adults ages 65 and older. Read More  

Improving trauma pain outcomes Jan 14th, 2020

Source: Medical Xpress Improving acute pain management after traumatic injury remains a priority for policymakers and clinicians as rates of injury and subsequent pain-related disability rise nationally. Read More  

Cannabis reduces headache and migraine pain by nearly half Jan 14th, 2020

Source: Medical Xpress Inhaled cannabis reduces self-reported headache severity by 47.3% and migraine severity by 49.6%, Read More  

Low-dose oral prednisolone substantially improves pain and function in hand OA Jan 14th, 2020

Source: Medical Xpress Research presented at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting found that a six-week treatment with low-dose oral prednisolone substantially improves pain and decreases signs of inflammation in patients with painful hand osteoarthritis Read More  

Leg pain could spell peripheral artery disease for some Jan 14th, 2020

Source: Medical Xpress Leg pain while walking or doing other activities could be a sign of peripheral artery disease, an expert says. Read More  

Researchers report possible biomarker for pain in spinal fluid Jan 14th, 2020

Source: Medical Xpress Pain: we all experience it, but there's no objective way to measure it. Read More  

A new link between migraines, opioid overuse may be key to treating pain Jan 14th, 2020

Source: Medical Xpress About 10% of the world population suffers from migraine headaches, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Read More  

Daily cannabis use lowers odds of using illicit opioids among people who have chronic pain Jan 14th, 2020

Source: Medical Xpress For those using illicit opioids to manage their chronic pain, cannabis may be a beneficial—and a less dangerous—alternative Read More