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Submitted by Kaitlyn Wekerle on November 8, 2013

Joint pain occurs in the body’s “hinges.” Not typically requiring hospital care, joint pain is quite common and can be extremely debilitating. Arthritis is one of the biggest causes of joint pain, but other conditions can develop.

At Southwest Spine and Pain Center, we believe in providing the most beneficial advice to our patients. Joint pain can be very painful as the colder weather approaches. Offering the best spine and pain treatments in the state of Utah, Southwest Spine and Pain encourages you to come in for an examination.

Approximately 27 million Americans suffer with a chronic condition, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Within the number, individuals often have pain in their knees, hips, and hands. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage wears down and...

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Submitted by Kaitlyn Wekerle on November 6, 2013

For those of us living with a chronic pain condition, predicting weather changes can be felt where pain is persistent. Sinus pain, arthritis pain, and even fibromyalgia symptoms can be greatly intensified once the weather changes; ie raining, lowering temperatures.

You may have heard about this relationship, but never understood why or how pain and weather are related. Researchers suppose that temperature and barometric pressure changes are the cause of increased pain.

At Southwest Spine and Pain Center, we believe in offering treatment that will be affective in all stages of our lives, including drastic weather changes. Whether you have pain from a recent injury, or a chronic pain condition, our specialists consider all factors when designing a treatment plan.


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Submitted by Kaitlyn Wekerle on November 1, 2013

On June 4, 2013, ScienceDaily released a report that found weather changes including temperature, sunshine, and precipitation to not be a factor in the fluctuation of fibromyalgia symptoms. Dutch researchers found hard medical evidence that supported this conclusion and published their reports to Arthritis Care & Research, an American College of Rheumatology journal.

At Southwest Spine and Pain Center, our medical staff continues to investigate the science behind fibromyalgia. As one of medicine’s greatest mysteries, scientists and investigators worldwide continually study the truths behind this condition.

Based on the new research, 2 percent of the world’s population is affected by fibromyalgia. The condition also affects more women than men. The...

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Submitted by Kaitlyn Wekerle on October 30, 2013

You may have heard from a friend or through research on the Internet that an onion is a great source for improved health. Maybe you thought it was an urban legend or just some spreading rumor, but research actually validates the medical benefits that onions help fight chronic diseases.

The medical experts at Southwest Spine and Pain Center take your questions and turn them into answers. Patients can expect to be a part of every step throughout their treatment process and given vital information for relieving pain symptoms. Southwest Spine and Pain Center is the premier pain clinic in the Western United States and continues to uphold our reputable name.

According to WebMD, the bulb of an onion is actually used to make medicine. A number of digestive conditions can be...

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Submitted by Kaitlyn Wekerle on October 25, 2013

Successful chronic pain treatment is easier when the cause is identified. Sometimes, however, it is not so easily identifiable. Psychogenic pain is caused by mental distress and has no true root for treatment. Individuals who suffer from psychogenic pain often feel stinging, burning, tingling, and intermittent pain. If left untreated, chronic pain can transform into bigger mental problems such a depression, mood swings, insomnia, and anxiety.

At Southwest Spine and Pain Center, our main focus is you. Treatment doesn’t end until there is a solution. Our experienced medical staff is equipped with the proper skills to help design treatment plans and alter care for each individual patient.

A conservative approach to treatment may include over the counter analgesic medication...

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Submitted by Kaitlyn Wekerle on October 23, 2013

The age-old question: what is fibromyalgia and how can I control it? Patients living with this painful condition are often left wondering why and how. Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal condition that is greatly misunderstood. Symptoms of the condition include muscle and joint pain, fatigue, and anxiety. Because the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, patients often turn to treatment for pain management.

At Southwest Spine and Pain Center, our trained medical staff is determined to provide the best assistance for fibromyalgia patients. It is important to keep all patients informed about remedies that can be done at home in an effort to speed up their recovery and reduce their pain.

Fibromyalgia syndrome is worse when a number of symptoms are present. When the symptoms exist...

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Submitted by Kaitlyn Wekerle on October 18, 2013

Sometimes, it feels like every movement we make enhances our chronic pain. Instead of staying active, we fall into a pattern of laziness and sluggishness. However, not being active can actually worsen our chronic pain.

At Southwest Spine and Pain Center, we confront chronic pain on a daily basis. From fibromyalgia, to pain from a sport’s injury, the medical team at Southwest treats each condition with professionalism and determination.

Patients of chronic pain syndrome can find relief outside of our office walls. One of the easiest ways is to alter eating habits. We encourage our patients to choose nutritionally rich foods that are high in anti-inflammatories and anti-oxidants. While most patients find it easy to assimilate these foods into their diets, some find...

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Submitted by Kaitlyn Wekerle on October 16, 2013

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to an injury. Pain is often associated with this response, but it is normally beneficial. Inflammation is a reaction that happens to heal and prevent infection. However, chronic inflammatory changes can be bad for our health.

At Southwest Spine and Pain Center, we encourage our patients to practice wellness in all avenues of their lives. Though we prescribe medications and other therapies for treatment, some of the best treatment can be done by the patients themselves. To reduce inflammation and pain, patients should seek the following foods to help provide relief.

Salmon. The omega-3 fatty acids that are found in salmon have anti-inflammatory properties. This nutrition is good for the heart and for fighting...

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Submitted by Kaitlyn Wekerle on October 11, 2013

People typically decide to go on a diet to lose weight and fix bad eating habits. There are so many great diets filled with colorful and delicious foods out there with a slue of benefits. Dr. Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet is notoriously imitated for its countless health benefits. 

Losing weight, though may indefinitely come with the plan, isn’t the only thing that can be altered and helped while dieting. Spinal pain can actually be reduced by eating food with the proper nutrition. Southwest Spine and Pain Center encourages all patients to choose nutritionally rich foods when they eat as another effort to help with their treatment.

Spinal stenosis is a spinal condition, which occurs when the spinal canal becomes narrowed. The nerves between the canals become constricted...

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Submitted by Kaitlyn Wekerle on October 9, 2013

Some people may not know this but the majority of sports injuries are a sign of nutrition imbalance. While some injuries are the result of accidents or overuse, many are from improper diet management.

At Southwest Spine and Pain Center, our physicians ensure all patients get the proper attention and education regarding their spine or pain condition. Athletes are recommended to stay hydrated and energized during any exercise regimen.

As an athlete, you can control the fate of your future. By embracing a more preventative approach, training smarter, and balancing a fitness regimen, injury prevention can be easier. All of these factors should always be combined with quality nutrition. Supporting our bodies with a strong foundation begins with whole foods and balanced meals...

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