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Glaser Pain Relief Center As Seen In Ventura BLVD Health

Jeffrey B. Glaser, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Glaser, a UCLA-trained, dual board- certified interventional pain management physician, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of spine-mediated pain. He has been in practice for 18 years and has been the medical director of Glaser Pain Relief Center in Encino since 2001. Dr. Glaser earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College (Sidney Kimmel Medical College) of Thomas Jefferson University. He went on to complete his residency and specialty training at UCLA.

“Oftentimes patients can achieve a significant reduction in pain with minimally invasive procedures requiring little to no downtime.”

How does your practice differ from others?

“My practice considers it a privilege to take care of patients. Each patient is treated as I would like my own family treated. Medical records and history are reviewed in detail prior to our patients’ first visit so that we are prepared to best treat them. We are focused first on diagnosis and then provide minimally invasive treatment options as part of a comprehensive plan to improve our patients’ lives. We discuss goals and desires of the patient so we can work collaboratively to achieve those.”

What are your practice’s goals?

“To improve the quality of patients’ lives by reducing pain and improving functionality caused by crippling back pain, neck pain and sciatica. Oftentimes patients can achieve a significant reduction in pain with minimally invasive procedures requiring little to no downtime.”

Tell us about recent developments in the medical field.

“Treatment of spine-mediated neck pain, back pain and sciatica such as failed back surgery, spinal stenosis, lumbar degenerative disc disease and herniated discs has advanced tremendously in recent years. It is rare that patients require surgery to treat their pain. Many patients can be treated with minimally invasive options. The opioid epidemic has plagued the United States in recent years. Opioids typically play no role in the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain. Medical advancements have allowed many patients to enjoy the benefits of minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatment options.”

What state-of-the-art procedures do you offer?

“Minimally invasive treatment options include epidural steroid injections, selective nerve root block, nerve ablations/rhizotomies, spinal cord stimulation (pacemaker for pain), peripheral nerve blocks, sympathetic nerve blocks, SI joint injections, major joint injections (i.e. knees/shoulders/hips), viscosupplemental (lubricant) therapy for joints, platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections, stem cell therapy and Botox for migraines.”

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Glaser Pain Relief Center As Seen In Ventura BLVD Health

“It is important to me to provide patients with a soothing and professional environment that calms their nerves and relaxes them.”

Q & A

1. Tells us about your practice.

My practice was started in 2001 in Encino to provide patients with alternative treatments to surgery to treat conditions of the spine causing neck pain, back pain and sciatica. It is important to me to provide patients with a soothing and professional environment that calms their nerves and relaxes them.

2. Tell us about your staff.

I’m so proud of my staff. They have all been handpicked for their compassion and abilities. Each team member cares about every patient, and it shows. My office environment feels more like a family than a workplace due to the enthusiasm, friendliness and warmth of my team.

3. Why did you choose to work in the valley?

I grew up in the Valley. I went to Chatsworth High School before going to college and medical school. My whole family is here. After completing my residency and specialty training at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), I moved to Las Vegas for a year to practice. I very quickly realized how much I missed my friends and family— and decided to move back to the community where I grew up. Not a day goes by that I don’t see a patient whom I somehow am connected to. It’s a real thrill to take care of people in the community where I was born and raised.

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Glaser Pain Relief Center As Seen In Ventura BLVD Health

Jeffrey B. Glaser, MD

Shared Tip

Back pain/sciatica is one of the top reasons people end up in the ER or their doctor’s office. Back pain can be debilitating, life-changing, mood-altering and affect everything from work and family life to sex life. Most people don’t realize that the most immediate and effective relief can often be obtained by visiting an interventional pain specialist. Surgery is rarely “needed,” and often patients are helped with minimally invasive, non-surgical techniques. You don’t have to suffer.


One of the most exciting advances in interventional pain management has been the evolution of a device called a spinal cord stimulator (SCS). SCS is a technology akin to a pacemaker for pain in patients who suffer from back pain and sciatica when other treatment options—including surgery—have failed. Dr. Glaser has implanted hundreds of SCS devices, allowing patients to live lives either free of pain or with greatly reduced levels of pain.

Practice Specialty

Interventional pain management is the state-of-the-art medical specialty dedicated to treating patients with minimally invasive and non-surgical solutions to conditions such as herniated/bulging discs, spinal stenosis, pinched nerves, arthritis of the back and other conditions of the spine that cause symptoms such as back pain and sciatica. Dr. Glaser has helped thousands of patients with back pain and sciatica without surgery.

“Dr. Glaser has helped thousands of patients with back pain and sciatica without surgery.”


1. Please give a brief description of your practice.

“My practice is committed to the diagnosis and ultimately non-surgical treatment of disorders causing pain. There are so many minimally invasive treatments available for these diagnoses today that patients rarely need surgery to alleviate their pain.”

2. Tell us about your background.

“I am a dual board-certified pain management physician, and I’ve been in private practice for 16 years. I have received many professional awards and accolades, and I am asked to speak at events for some of health care’s most advanced and innovative companies.”

3. How do you work with other health care professionals to care for your patients?

“One of the most important elements of providing outstanding care to a patient is to not work as a ‘lone ranger’ but rather engage other physicians and health care professionals involved in a patients’ treatment. I often will call a patient’s referring or primary physician to collaborate care. This approach leads to the safest and most comprehensive treatment with the best patient outcomes.”

4. What is unique about your style and technique?

“I think interventional pain management is one of the most exciting and revolutionary fields in all of medicine. What’s most exciting to me is educating patients about their condition and providing non-medication, non-surgical, minimally invasive solutions to get them out of pain. My style and technique of practicing includes learning as much as I can about a patient before they see me in my office so I’m prepared to establish the comprehensive and individualized solution to treat their pain.”

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Media Views of US Opioid Access for Pain Management!

Improving global pain relief by achieving balanced access to opioids worldwide

THURSDAY, July 5, 2012 ( — Weddings, vacations, reports, grants, meetings including the excitement of a well attended Palliative Care side event at the World Health Assembly have passed and it is time to get back to this blog more regularly. I thought I would review some links from over the first half of the year that tweeked my interest as it relates to PPSG’s work.

On March 22nd Dr Scott Gottlieb, Former Deputy Commissioner of the FDA (2005-7) wrote this piece, The DEA’s War of Pharmacicies and Pain Patients, in the Wall Street Journal. His premise: doctors and patients would suffer less if medical regulators were put in charge of monitoring opiate consumption and abuse.

  • While the DEA’s tactics are imprudent, their underlying concerns aren’t misplaced. According to government data, 12 million people took narcotics non-medically in 2010, thus using the drugs illicitly.
  • The problem is, the DEA may be the wrong enforcer here. It’s very difficult to separate appropriate use from illicit use with law-enforcement tools alone because much of the illegal diversion starts in the same places where legitimate prescriptions are also satisfied—with a doctor who prescribes too casually, refilling obediently when patients “lose” their prescription; or the pharmacy that knowingly fills suspicious refills from the same patients. When authorities respond with law enforcement methods, important medical distinctions get lost.

Inconvenient Truths is a blog page posted by Dr Jeffrey Junig, MD, PhD. a Pain Physician in Northern Wisconsin. While the author incorrectly makes reference to UW physicians and pharma, his enlightening blog focuses on these four statements.

  • Some people do have chronic pain that responds to opioids.
  • Just because some people divert opioids does not mean that other people shouldn’t have necessary pain relief.
  • At the same time, there is no such thing as ‘complete pain control.’
  • Being prescribed pain medications comes with certain responsibilities;….

Pain Topics is written by Stuart Leavitt, MA, PhD, a health care educator who has written about pain management and addiction issues over the last 25 years.

  • Solving problems of substance misuse, overdoses, and deaths certainly deserve a high priority. However, the public has a right to expect better from tax-supported agencies than clever manipulations of data and flawed arguments to advance hidden agendas. In the long run — as greater controls and restrictions are placed on the prescribing of opioid analgesics — this may prove detrimental to a very large segment of the population: the 116 million persons with chronic pain.

Dr Leavitt’s work is supported by scholars at George Mason University (Rebecca Goldin, Ph.D and Cindy Merrick) who write under the STATs banner. This piece “Propublica fumbles painkiller story, Seattle TImes scores touchdown,” addresses many of the issues of the CDC reports and also commends the work of the Seattle Times, “Methadone and the politics of Pain“ (winner of the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Journalism).

Radley Balka of the Huffington Post has also done an insightful series of three articles on the pain issue…

Dr. Jeffrey Glaser, Relieving Chronic Pain for Over 15 Years

At some point in their lives, eight out of 10 people suffer from back pain. Liv- ing with chronic pain affects every area of one’s life, making even common chores difficult. Dual board-certified, interventional pain-management phy- sician Dr. Jeffrey Glaser opened his Glaser Pain Relief Center in Encino more than 18 years ago to assist patients suffering from this debilitating condition.

Many patients turn to surgery to relieve pain, which can cause additional dis- tress in itself and often fails to achieve the desired results. Dr. Glaser employs alternative solutions for spine-mediated pain (i.e. back pain and sciatica) due to such issues as herniated discs, arthritis of the spine, spondylolisthesis, and failed back surgery syndrome. He also treats migraines, peripheral neu- ropathy, and other chronic conditions.

Dr. Glaser graduated from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thom- as Jefferson University in Philadelphia and completed his internship and residency at the prestigious UCLA Medical Center. After practicing medi- cine in Las Vegas, he returned to Southern California. In 2001, the doctor opened his Encino office to provide a comprehensive one-stop solution for diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering with pain. Although his main emphasis is on spine-mediated pain, he also treats migraines and arthritis joint pain of the knees/shoulders/hips using the latest state-of-the- art techniques and modalities.

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