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Submitted by Kaitlyn Wekerle on May 2, 2013

Action packed not only describes the movies these days. With sports becoming more aggressive, and accidents at an all time high, neck injuries are treated more frequently. A restless night’s sleep will leave the occasional “crick” in the neck and working out may cause strained muscles. However, certain neck injuries don’t just go away after simple stretches but will actually cause damage to the nerves and spinal cord. These injuries become more difficult to diagnose and treat the more they affect the nervous system. At Southwest Spine and Pain Center, the physicians and medical staff know the complications with neck injuries and holistically diagnose and treat patients for a full recovery and a better quality of life.

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Submitted by Kaitlyn Wekerle on April 26, 2013

A recent study conducted by researchers at Texas A&M examined grapefruit as an option for good bone health. They found that grapefruit consumption increased calcium and magnesium content in bones, which they hope will lead to a decrease in the number of osteoporosis patients nationwide. Many people automatically correlate bone health with calcium, but recent studies suggest that fruits rich in antioxidants are equally important for bone development. At Southwest Spine and Pain Center, our spine specialists are always staying up-to-date with information to pass along to their patients in hopes of appropriately impacting their treatment process.

Nearly half of all women over the age of 50 in the United State will experience some kind of bone fracture. This number seems way too...

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Submitted by Kaitlyn Wekerle on April 24, 2013

Pain research is continuously being developed and further researched. Once scientists and doctors realized that chronic pain was not just a continuation of acute pain, concentrated research has persisted to grow in order to better treat people who suffer from the disease.  The future of pain research has many practices in order to specialize for the best treatment for each individual patient. To better understand and learn what doctors and researches are working on, Southwest Spine and Pain Center has provided a list of some detailed studies currently being explored.

Morphine is commonly used in doctor’s offices and hospitals to lessen pain for patients. This medication has sparked vast interest and research in pain. Morphine prevents pain messages from temporarily reaching the...

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Submitted by Kaitlyn Wekerle on April 17, 2013

Southwest Spine and Pain Center features specialized pain doctors who provide dedicated care through pain treatments and spine surgery. The practice is comprised of Dr. Derek Frieden, Dr. Jon Obray, Dr. Rick Obray, and Dr. Brian Richardson, whose specialties include:

  • Epidural injections
  • Decompression
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Steroid injections
  • Joint injections
  • Radiofrequency

Together, the doctors and medical staff work to properly diagnose and treat both acute and chronic pain through surgical and nonsurgical means. Pain is a part of everyday life whether it is a broken bone, or a paper cut. However, it is important to know the difference between acute and chronic and how to properly diagnose the pain. The team at...

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