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Dr. Chris Faubel

Pain Management
Sycamore, IL
15 years experience male

Locations

MOI Spine Center

Sycamore, IL

Address

2111 Midlands Court, Sycamore, IL, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Practice website

Fax

8157483014

Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Aetna

Cigna

Humana Insurance Company

Medicare

About

Bio

I am double board-certified in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) as well as Interventional Pain Management. My practice focuses primarily in Spine pain management. What's great about my PM&R background is that I am amply trained and qualified to evaluated a patient's muscles, joint, ligament, tendon and nerve conditions throughout the body. Patients don't typically have pain in one part of the body alone, and so this extra PM&R knowledge allows me to treat 90% of the other musculoskeletal pain that arises without having to send patients out to multiple other specialists.

Specialties
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Pain Management

Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

Doctor Q&A

131 Answers
40 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Tricky: An epidural steroid injection may provide immediate relief just after the procedure if a numbing medication is mixed with the steroid; this will wear ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Injection: A subacromial bursa injection with corticosteroids (anti-inflammation) and a local anesthetic (numbing medicine) can help tremendously well and tremen... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Musculocutaneous n.: The musculocutaneous nerve provides the nerve supply to the biceps muscle. If this was stretched and temporarily "stunned' during the shoulder replac... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Ignore: Does this pain shooting down my leg need surgery or can it go away with medication and injections?
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Kidney?: A kidney stone or kidney infection (or psoas abscess) can all cause an elevated temperature as well as low back pain. A primary care specialist (fami... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Yes?: Not sure what the question is, but a cervical herniated nucleus pulposus can certainly pinch or irritate a cervical nerve root and cause cervical radi... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Sacroiliac joint: Pain between your "bumps"? Not sure what you mean by that. I can say that the most common reason for low back and buttock pain during pregnancy is ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
PM;R physician: A pm;r physician (even without the fellowship spine training like i have) should be able to properly diagnose and possibly treat pain in the neck, bac... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Usually: Hydrocodone usually helps with all pains. The problem is, it's not helping to solve the cause of the back pain. The other problem is most everyo... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Not typically: I've never heard of a case of sacroiliac joint pain referring to the lower abdomen. The best way to find out is to get the joint injected under x-ray... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Ignore: Lumbar surgery is not typically effective for patients with only low back pain.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Many: Many disc herniations are "dissolved" naturally by the body without any treatment.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Ignore: Exercising with a recumbent bike is much more tolerated than walking or elliptical activities.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Absolutely: The big unknown though is for how long it will help. Also, multiple blocks may be needed.
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
No problem from this: Aside from annoying other people or disgusting some, cracking knuckles has not been shown to lead to arthritis.
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Below: Could be as simple as muscle pain and just need some physical therapy. With that history though, you'd want to be fully evaluated by a spine speciali... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
L1 radiculopathy: Possible L1 or L2 radiculopathy. Google that and see if it sounds like you.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Can be: Sciatica is usually caused by the sciatic nerve being compressed in the buttock area by the piriformis muscle, so yes, this can also cause butt pain. ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Possibly: General weight training and core strengthening can certainly help with pain in the sacroiliac joint area. On the other hand, it may worsen the pain... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Depends: Depends what you mean by "hip". Posterior hip pain can be from the musculature in the buttock or may be the hip joint itself. Sacroiliac joint p... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Tricky: An epidural steroid injection may provide immediate relief just after the procedure if a numbing medication is mixed with the steroid; this will wear ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
YES: Low back pain can definitely be from a tumor. Metastasis from the prostate, breast, lungs, GI tract and kidneys are the most common. In fact, the sp... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
PT/injection/Brace: Patellar tendonitis vs pes anserine bursitis vs osgood-schlatters disease. Google them. Cortisone injection for the bursitis if oral anti-inflamma... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Nothing: The two things should not be related at all. To be certainly though, seek out a spine specialist for a full evaluation of the lower back pain. M... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Sag on mattress: Usually, a sag. Ultimately, the problem is with the body being in an awkward position for several hours a night. A firm pillow between the knees w... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Piriformis sciatica: I'm not sure what you mean by "dangerous". Most cases of piriformis syndrome with intermittent sciatica are painful, but not at all what i'd cons... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
See spine specialist: Must have an MRI to determine disk health. Other causes of pain down the leg: 1) piriformis syndrome with sciatica 2) lumbar facet joints (referr... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Slowly: Under the direction of a physician, opioids can be tapered off slowly. Even though withdrawal can feel deathly, it's usually not a danger as it is wi... Read More
A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Iliotibial band?: I originally thought of trochanteric bursitis, but if this is the case, you wouldn't be able to sleep on that left side at night. The confusion c... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
See below: Very mild stenosis and spondylosis (arthritis) can be considered "mild degenerative changes". The grade 1 slippage (spondylolisthesis) may be ver... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
See below: Relative rest, ankle stabilization with a brace, elevation to help with the swelling, ice to help with the pain and swelling, and oral anti-inflammato... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Spine specialist: Difficult to say with that description. Check out the dermatome charts to see if any follows your pattern. The L3 and L4 can go to the inside of the... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Waist training?: If you mean training to slim down you waist and build a good strong core, then i'd have a suggest not using a waist shaper. Elastic waist shapers can... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Disc pain: Pain in the low back made worse with bending forward is typically a problem with the lumbar disc (because more pressure is put through the disc in thi... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Highly unlikely: May want to get an emg/ncs of the bilateral upper extremities by a physiatrist or neurologist.
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Yes: Arachnoiditis is more associated with nerve pain down the legs and not so much any bowel or urine control issues. A spinal cord stimulator can be ver... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
I doubt it: Diabetic peripheral neuropathy can often cause symptoms like this (other causes of peripheral neuropathy too). Need to get the lumbar spine check... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
No difference: No difference in strength; just more expensive.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Stop bridging: But seriously, if it hurts to bridge that could to an issue with the lumbar facet joints. Can be as simple as laying off it for a while, or needing a... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
SI joint popping: When patients come in stating this i tell them not to worry about it. Popping isn't a bad thing; chiropractors make a living popping joints. :) ... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Not typically: As a spine specialist, i can say that this is not a typical radiating pattern for cervical nerves. Other possibilities would be myofascial trigger ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
"Arthritic spurs": The radiologist that read the MRI is simply referring to arthritic spurs that are growing forward into the small space on each side of the spine where... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Not usually: We really only worry about sacroiliac ligaments being too lax in pregnant women, which you are not. A spine specialist can help. At your young age... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Spine specialist: Seek out a physiatrist with fellowship interventional spine training (or other spine specialist) that can evaluate you. You have to see if the pa... Read More
A 77-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Depends...: Other docs have addressed this question, but i'd like to suggest (assuming you already have emg/ncs proof of both conditions) the least invasive thing... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Spine specialist: Aside from excruciating neck pain that would require an emergency visit to the er, get a thorough evaluation by a spine specialist. A physiatrist... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Other pain generator: You first have to make sure the pain isn't coming from some other structure. Make sure a good spine specialist evaluates you. Other thing that can... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Meralgia: If the numbness is on the front outside (anterolateral) thigh, this could be meralgia paresthetica. If the numbness is along the front of the thigh... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
See below: A little soreness is okay. What it looks like at the needle puncture site is important. If no fever or severe pain or redness/swelling at the inject... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 15 years experience
Definitely now: Go see a spine specialist in your area. Likely cervical radiculopathy. Must find out if that's what it is and if it can be managed with a cervical e... Read More

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Jun 10, 2014
Provides excellent answers to difficult questions. A rare specialist who is expert in both pain management and rehabilitation.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Faubel is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Faubel is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Just hoping to help him out a bit! Our old ped was no help, switched!!
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Thanks for your quick reply! I see a neuro in Pittsburgh next week, hope to come up with an answer
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you this is the first time hearing that so I will look it up.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Saba University School of Medicine, Netherlands Antilles
Graduated 2007MD

Residency

Louisiana State University - New Orleans

Awards

Chief Resident, Louisiana State University - PM&R
2012 Patient's Choice Award - Vitals.com
Associate Chief Resident, Louisiana State University - PM&R

Affiliations

International Spine Intervention Society (ISIS)
American Society Of Interventional Pain Physicians
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