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Submitted by Cathy Brown on July 3, 2018

In Utah, we are blessed with “the greatest snow on earth” and plenty of ski areas where we can enjoy the white stuff. Unfortunately, sometimes carving a path down the slopes can lead to injuries, and after years of skiing, you may have painful arthritis.

Of course, even if you’re not a skier, you may wind up with injuries and arthritis. Osteoarthritis is extremely common, affecting more than 27 million Americans.

The good news is we have some promising new treatments for people with joint pain. One we’re particularly excited about is stem cell therapy.

Although the treatment is not usually covered by insurance because it is relatively...

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Submitted by Cathy Brown on June 26, 2018

June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. If you suffer from migraine headaches, you may feel like you don’t need anyone to raise your awareness. But knowing and sharing these facts may help you feel less alone and give your family, friends, and coworkers the information they need to help support you.

  1. Migraines are not “just a headache.” They are a serious neurological disorder that can include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and sensitivity to light, sound, and smell, in addition to severe throbbing pain, usually in one side of the head. Some migraine sufferers also experience visual symptoms, called an aura, and tingling or numbness.
  2. Nearly 42 million people in the U.S. suffer from head...
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Submitted by Cathy Brown on June 11, 2018

St. George, Utah – June 8, 2018

Southwest Spine & Pain Center, the leading spine and pain care group in Utah, is excited to be the first and only provider in Northern Utah of Vertiflex’s Superion® Indirect Decompression System (IDS) for patients suffering from moderate lumbar spinal stenosis. Board certified physicians, Dr. Eric Freeman and Dr. Bryan Hoelzer of Southwest Spine and Pain, who are located in Provo, Utah are the only certified MD’s in Northern Utah who are able to offer this innovative and highly effective therapy.

What is lumbar spinal stenosis?

Lumbar spinal stenosis can be the result of aging and “wear and tear” on the spine from everyday activities. It is a narrowing of the spinal canal that can produce a variety of symptoms:

  • a...
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Submitted by Cathy Brown on May 31, 2018

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment is a way to use the body’s natural healing powers to treat arthritis and other painful musculoskeletal conditions. It’s been used for osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, hip, and spine as well as rotator cuff tears, ACL injury, back and neck injuries, and ligament sprains. 

Blood platelets, which secrete growth factors, can strengthen surrounding tissues, muscles, and ligaments. PRP treatment involves using a concentrated solution of platelets from the patient’s own blood. This means there is less risk of an allergic reaction and no risk of contracting a blood-borne infection from a donor.  

So what exactly happens during a PRP treatment? The whole process takes from 45 to 90...

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Submitted by Cathy Brown on April 11, 2018

Ah, spring, the season to tackle those dusty baseboards and dirty windows. If you’re one of those people who takes seriously the tradition of spring cleaning, make sure you’re doing it in a way that doesn’t leave you limping in agony.

Follow these nine tips to get your house clean without throwing out your back or knees or anything else.

  1. Warm up. Cleaning is a workout, and like any workout, it helps to warm up and stretch beforehand. Take a quick five-minute walk and then stretch before diving into your cleaning. Start with neck stretches and make your way all the way down to your legs and ankles.
  2. Lift with the legs. You’ve probably heard this one before, but it’s important enough to repeat. Don’t bend from the waist to pick...
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Submitted by Cathy Brown on March 9, 2018

Using marijuana to treat medical problems is not legal in Utah, which may be frustrating if you’ve heard that it could be the answer to your chronic pain. As it turns out, you may not be missing out on much.

New guidelines in Canadian Family Physician say the benefits of marijuana for pain relief have been overstated, and that its use comes with risks and side effects.

A literature review published in Annals of Internal Medicine last fall came to much the same conclusion, although both sources say more research...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on June 13, 2017

Now that summer is officially upon us, it’s imperative patients at Southwest Spine and Pain Center prepare themselves for this season’s high temperatures. Why? Simple. People exposed to extreme heat are increasingly susceptible to heat-related health problems such as sunburn, dehydration, muscle cramps, heat rash, and heat stroke. These ailments can exacerbate your pain or cause new pain symptoms to arise. If you plan to be outside for long periods of time, consider the following:

  • Drink plenty of water. We’re talkin’ a gallon each day!
  • Apply and then re-apply SPF 30 or higher every 2 hours
  • Wear light-colored, moisture-wicking, breathable clothes
  • Take frequent breaks where you find shade or go inside
  • Watch for signs of heat exhaustion (...
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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on May 25, 2017

Millions of Americans are affected by chronic back and leg pain every year, often resulting in loss of mobility, lost work, and warranted frustrations. Unfortunately, open back surgery is not feasible for many of these individuals, especially since it can lead to complications such as surgical scars, post-surgical pain, and a lengthy recovery time that requires weeks away from work. Fortunately, there is new a treatment option that provides patients with the possibility of a completely pain-free lifestyle.

Introducing The Superion ® Indirect Decompression System (IDS)

The FDA recently approved a new treatment option for moderate lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), and it's called the Superion ® Indirect Decompression System (IDS). This minimally invasive...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on October 30, 2015

30-Second Blog Snapshot:

  • Patients experiencing symptoms such as shooting, burning, or aching pain that lasts more than six weeks may have chronic pain.
  • Although patients may feel relieved to have some kind of diagnosis, the journey is not over; chronic pain can mean a number of different things and manifest in a variety of ways.
  • The pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center take the guesswork out of chronic pain and explain the different types of pain patients may be experiencing.

The general definition of chronic pain is pain that can be described as shooting, aching, or burning; pain that does not go away after an illness, injury, or surgical procedure; pain that lasts longer than six weeks....

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on October 28, 2015

30-Second Blog Snapshot:

  • According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a prescription medicine, which has already been approved for pain management, has been approved in a new medication formulation.
  • The product is called Belbuca and it is a buprenorphine buccal film product (dissolvable medication) that provides around-the-clock pain care.
  • The pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center talk about this medication for chronic pain.

Medscape, a publication that shares the latest in medical news, released information this week that the FDA is expected to make a new medication available for patients with chronic pain in early 2016...

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