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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on October 16, 2015

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  • According to a study published in the Journal of Women’s Health, long-term opioid use is often ineffective for chronic pain patients, especially in women.
  • The study analyzed the effects of opioid therapy on men and women, its level of effectiveness, and whether or not it provided a favorable “global pain status.”
  • The chronic pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center discuss results from the study.

Although opioids are an effective tool for pain management, the pain specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center advise limiting the use of these substances to ensure safe, controlled pain relief. As a result, the team at Southwest Spine and Pain Center provides...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on October 14, 2015

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  • Hanna Somatic Education (HSE), also called Hanna Somatics, is a type of mind-body training that encourages physical and mental control over muscles to reduce chronic musculoskeletal pain.
  • In layman’s terms, this technique teaches the brain to re-learn certain muscle movements to relieve muscle tension.
  • The pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center explain what Hanna Somatic Education is, and how it may benefit patients with chronic pain.

What Is Hanna Somatic Education (Hanna Somatics)?

Hanna Somatics is a relatively new treatment technique that teaches chronic pain patients to regain complete awareness of...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on October 9, 2015

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  • According to a study published in The Journal of Pain and Psychiatry Advisor, a behavioral health condition may indicate the possibility of onset chronic pain in adolescents.
  • The study analyzed face-to-face surveys from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A) between February 2001 and January 2004. Participants were between the ages of 13 and 18.
  • In this blog, the pain management and behavioral health experts at Southwest Spine and Pain Center discuss results from the study.

Although previous studies...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on October 7, 2015

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  • Patients with chronic nerve pain or a pain condition that resulted from a spinal cord injury may benefit from a minimally invasive, interventional pain treatment called radiofrequency lesioning.
  • Radiofrequency lesioning uses energy to heat and subsequently destroy sensory nerve endings that are transmitting pain signals to the brain.
  • The radiofrequency lesioning experts at Southwest Spine and Pain Center discuss the benefits of this procedure for those with chronic pain.

What is Radiofrequency Lesioning?

In a nutshell, radiofrequency lesioning is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that uses radiofrequency energy to destroy damaged nerves or nervous tissue that are...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on October 2, 2015

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  • The cervical spine (neck) is made up of seven essential vertebrae, which not only protect the spinal cord, but they also allow for movement in all directions.
  • Because the cervical spine is a complex structure, it’s increasingly susceptible to trauma from daily activities and varying levels of force.
  • The chronic pain treatment specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center discuss what patients can do to manage their cervical neck pain.

There are many lifestyle choices and environmental factors that could lead to the development of cervical neck pain. Additionally,...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on September 30, 2015

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  • Chiropractic is a health care profession that administers a technique called “spinal manipulation,” which restores joint mobility through controlled pressure.
  • Although chiropractic care can be beneficial for some people, it's important patients speak to their physicians about this therapy if they have a condition that causes serious or debilitating symptoms.
  • Utah’s leading pain management group, Southwest Spine and Pain Center, discusses whether or not chiropractic care is safe after a spine treatment or surgery.

When performed by licensed chiropractic physicians, chiropractic care can be incredibly beneficial in reducing different types of back, neck, or joint pain. However, like any...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on September 25, 2015

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  • According to Live Science, there may be a connection between a condition that causes ringing ears called tinnitus and chronic pain.
  • The report found both conditions experience similar changes in two areas of the brain, which may help researchers discover possible treatment options for the two ailments.
  • The pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center discuss the theory that ringing ears and chronic pain may be linked.

Tinnitus, a condition that causes a person’s ears to constantly ring, and chronic pain may share an...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on September 23, 2015

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  • Arthritis of the spine, also called spinal osteoarthritis, is a progressive, sometimes painful condition that can lead to the development of herniated discs or bone spurs.
  • Patients suffering from this type of arthritis usually experience symptoms such as pain, weakness, tingling, or stiffness in the back that radiates down the legs and feet.
  • The pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center discuss various non-surgical treatment options for those with arthritis in the back.

Do you experience increased back pain or stiffness in the morning? Have you experienced warmth, localized tenderness, or loss of flexibility in your spine these last few months or years? Have these...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on September 18, 2015

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  • Most individuals, regardless if they have chronic back pain, can benefit from stretching their back muscles.
  • For those with back pain, however, there are certain back stretches that may help alleviate pain and discomfort.
  • The pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center provide patients with general back stretching tips for their chronic back pain. 

Back stretches are a form of conservative therapy that may help patients increase the flexibility and mobilization of soft tissues surrounding their spine. Although good back stretches may not be the end all be all of treatment for patients with chronic back pain, they can certainly help strengthen the back and reduce pain...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on September 16, 2015

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  • Because there is no cure for fibromyalgia, physicians may recommend a number of treatments and behavioral therapies to control symptoms.
  • To supplement interventional pain care, pain management specialists may also suggest prescription pain medication for total relief.
  • Utah’s leading pain management group discusses medications and other treatment options that may be effective for fibromyalgia pain.

According to the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), fibromyalgia, a condition characterized by fatigue and widespread muscle pain, affects roughly 2-4% of the U.S. population. This is significant considering there are many individuals with fibromyalgia who do not have the access nor...

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