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Submitted by Southwest Spine and Pain on January 16, 2019

Pain can interfere with both functioning in the workplace and enjoying leisure activities. A Centers for Disease Control(CDC) report in 2018 noted that between 11-40 percent of all US adults live with chronic pain. While the most prevalent causes of pain are arthritis and musculoskeletal disorders, inflammation and circulatory disorders can also contribute to experiences of pain. Indeed, the brain and central nervous system (CNS) transmissions play a crucial role in the transmission of pain to diverse areas of the body.

At Southwest Spine and Pain Center, our clinicians treat many different types of pain. Through utilizing a...

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Submitted by Southwest Spine and Pain on December 12, 2018

Back pain often can be nipped in the bud if quickly treated. Your pain due to poor posture or a sedentary lifestyle may be eliminated solely through lifestyle changes or exercises. However, a “slipped disc” or nerve impingement may involve more physician-involved treatment (such as minimally-invasive surgery). According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), 25 percent of all US adults reported within the last three months to their physicians an episode of low back pain. Opioids are typically prescribed when all other pain-relief medications have failed, but long-term opioid reliance is not advisable for a...

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Submitted by Southwest Spine and Pain on November 15, 2018

Functioning at home or work can be impeded by chronic headaches and migraines. They can also be symptoms of a health disorder, and differ in terms of their underlying causes. According to the American Migraine Foundation, chronic migraine headaches affect 12 percent of the population. Notably, high blood pressure (BP) has been linked as a causal factor for some headaches. Yet, one in every five people with high BP are unaware that they have this debilitating disorder (per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Meanwhile, non-migraine headaches affect even more adults than...

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Submitted by Cathy Brown on September 13, 2018

You may have heard about wearable devices that can nudge you into sitting up straight. But how well do they work, and can they really help alleviate your chronic back pain?

Back pain affects 60-80 percent of the U.S. adults, and undoubtedly poor posture contributes to the problem. Too many of us spend too many hours slouched at our desks and hunched over our phones. Tech companies are developing devices to try to nudge us to sit up straight.

The problem is there don’t seem to be any carefully controlled scientific studies of the effectiveness of these devices. Several journalists have tried them out and...

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Submitted by Admin on August 28, 2018

Do you suffer from pain when walking or standing? Do you find relief when leaning over or sitting? Have you tried six months of conservative care without finding relief from your pain? Do you want to avoid undergoing major surgery? 

If you answered “Yes,” we may have a solution for you!

Southwest Spine & Pain Center will be holding a Superion® device conference on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7-9pm. This free event will be held at Mountain Point Medical Center in their conference room. 


Thursday September 13, 2018


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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...
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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...
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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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