Epidural Injections and Back Pain

An epidural injection involves inserting a needle into the back between 2 vertebrae. The needle can be advanced to the space between a long spinal ligament (the Ligamentum Flavum) and the tough material that lines the spinal canal (called the Dura). As you can imagine, a certain amount of technical skill is required to place […]

Chronic Pain and the Opioid Crisis

Here in Ontario the opioid analgesic OxyContin has been withdrawn from the market and new regulations regarding opioid prescriptions have been put in place. This occurred not long after publication of a study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, showing a six-fold rise in OxyContin related deaths in the past 10 years. A strong correlation […]