Fibroids and Infertility: Is There a Connection?

While uterine fibroids are more common as a woman ages, approximately 20-30 percent of women of childbearing age are affected. These noncancerous tumors of muscle tissue in the uterus can cause back pain, abdominal pressure, urinary frequency, and heavy, painful, prolonged periods. Reproductive problems, such as infertility, can also be caused by uterine fibroids. Are […]

Tennis and Back Pain

Tennis can be hard on a player’s body. While most people associate tennis with injuries to the wrist and arm—hence the term, “tennis elbow”—low back pain is also very common among tennis players. How Does Tennis Cause Back Pain? Low back pain associated with tennis can have various causes: The hard surface of the court […]

Varicose Veins: Not Just a Woman’s Issue

A common misconception is that only women suffer from varicose veins. In reality, a surprising 40 to 45 percent of men also suffer from varicose veins. Why the Misconception? While it’s true that cosmetic vein conditions, such as spider veins, arise mostly in women, there are other vein conditions—even painful ones—that occur in men almost […]

Questions to Ask Your Specialist About UFE

You’ve talked to your OB-GYN about your uterine fibroid diagnosis and possible treatment options. So…what’s the next step? If you and your OB-GYN have determined that a treatment option such as Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) might be right for you, it’s time to see a specialist, particularly an interventional radiologist, who can evaluate whether or […]

Avoid Back Pain by Strengthening Your Core

Approximately 25 percent of Americans are affected by back pain in any given year, spending more time at the doctor’s office for back pain than for any other medical condition except high blood pressure and diabetes. Back pain sufferers can potentially avoid those doctor visits, as well as costly prescriptions and surgery, by doing simple […]

Athletes and Varicose Veins

Most people associate varicose veins with pregnant or overweight, sedentary individuals, but did you know that even active, healthy adults can be plagued with this condition? Athletes who spend much of their time on their feet can place a lot of strain on the veins of the lower legs, which can lead to the development […]

Questions to Ask Your OB-GYN About UFE

If you’ve been diagnosed with uterine fibroids and are tired of the pain and heavy bleeding you’re experiencing, it’s time to take action. With many treatment options available, it’s important to find the right one for you. Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), a minimally invasive, nonsurgical procedure that blocks off the blood supply to the fibroids, […]

Running and Back Pain

In recent years, running has seen a huge spike in popularity. More and more athletes are participating in half and full marathons, as well as “fun” running events—where runners are doused with colorful powders, run through muddy obstacle courses, or have to outrun “zombies.” Besides the “fun” element added to running in recent years, running […]

Surgery vs. Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins

In recent past, if a patient suffered from painful and unsightly varicose veins, a doctor would typically recommend vein ligation and stripping—a surgical procedure that removes the veins from the legs or thighs. Ligation refers to the surgical tying off of the greater saphenous vein in the leg, while stripping refers to the removal of […]

Is Uterine Fibroid Embolization Covered By Insurance?

If you’re considering Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) to treat your fibroid symptoms, you most certainly have many questions. “Will I have to stay overnight in the hospital?” “Is the procedure painful?” “How long will my recovery be?” One question that may also be on your mind—“Will my insurance cover UFE?” Although all insurance companies and […]