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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on September 11, 2015

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  • Heel pain is a common foot condition that normally heals itself after a few weeks or months of rest and minimal activity.
  • Although most cases of heel pain are generally harmless, there are instances where heel pain can become severe and persistent (chronic).
  • The pain management physicians at Southwest Spine and Pain Center discuss treatment options for those suffering from chronic heel pain.

The heel bone, also called the calcaneus, is the largest bone in the human foot. Because this bone is designed to support a person’s body weight, it is often subjected to significant stress and damage. Most patients with heel pain develop it from arthritis, infection, or injury. On the other hand,...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on September 9, 2015

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  • According to the National Pain Report, melatonin may reduce pain and insomnia in patients suffering from fibromyalgia.
  • Melatonin is a natural hormone that helps the body regulate sleep and wake cycles.
  • Utah’s leading pain management group at Southwest Spine and Pain Center discusses whether or not melatonin helps fibromyalgia pain and insomnia.

Most patients living with fibromyalgia report symptoms other than pain, such as fatigue, irritability, mood changes, and insomnia. For these patients, it may be difficult to concentrate, fall asleep, or receive a restful night’s sleep, which may exacerbate...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on September 4, 2015

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  • Regenerative medicine is a form of treatment that uses the body’s natural cells and mechanics to heal damaged or painful muscles, tissues, ligaments, and in some cases, bones.
  • This unique treatment modality is performed in an outpatient setting, meaning the patient is able to return to some level of functioning that same day.
  • The pain management physicians at Southwest Spine and Pain Center discuss the benefits of regenerative medicine using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. 

Regenerative therapy helps alleviate pain and boost healing...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on September 2, 2015

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  • Also called Bechterew’s disease, ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory condition that causes painful swelling in between vertebrae in the spine.
  • In some cases, ankylosing spondylitis can cause vertebrae in the spine to fuse together, making the spine less flexible and hunched.
  • The pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center discuss the causes, symptoms, and treatments for ankylosing spondylitis.

Cases of ankylosing spondylitis that involve the fusion of vertebrae in the spine may make the spine less flexible and affect a person’s ability to breathe comfortably. Additionally, this condition may cause the natural curves of the spine to flatten, forcing it to hunch...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on August 27, 2015

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  • Chronic neck pain may develop from a traumatic injury, slight sprain, or a degenerative condition such as arthritis or degenerative disc disease.
  • Depending on the cause of your neck pain, physicians at Southwest Spine and Pain Center may recommend a combination of treatment modalities including injections, bracing, minimally invasive spine surgery, etc.
  • In this blog, the leaders of Utah pain management discuss what injection therapies may benefit chronic neck pain.

Patients suffering from chronic neck pain that causes loss of function, decreased range of motion, and referred pain, should see a pain management specialist to help alleviate their symptoms. The physicians at Southwest Spine...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on August 25, 2015

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  • Muscles in the back and shoulders are essential for movement, supporting the skeletal system, and protecting internal organs and bones.
  • If these muscle groups become damaged in any way, they may cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms including pain, weakness, numbness or spasming.
  • The pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center discuss the difference between sore and spasming back muscles in this blog.

Patients who experience sore or spasming muscles may wonder if their symptoms indicate a particular condition, disease, or ailment. For individuals with sore muscles, the first thing to ask is...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on August 20, 2015

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  • Roughly 80% of Americans will experience low back pain at some point in their lives, according to Mayo Clinic.
  • Back pain can range from a dull, mild ache to severe, debilitating pain depending on its cause.
  • The pain management physicians at Southwest Spine and Pain Center share common causes of low back pain.

Chronic low back pain can occur for any number of reasons, and unfortunately, when it occurs it may cause incapacitating discomfort. If your back pain has evolved to the point it requires frequent doctors visits or an absence from work, it may be time to see a pain management specialist. The physicians at Southwest Spine and Pain can suggest a...

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Submitted by Chelsey Ballarte on August 17, 2015

Patients who are diagnosed with fibromyalgia face a lot of criticism. They might often hear harsh phrases from their peers along the lines of, “But you don’t look sick!” But do the critics have a point? Is a patient who looks healthy and feels pain for no reason really just imagining it in his or her head? At Southwest Spine and Pain, we answer with no. Even though it has many misconceptions, fibromyalgia is a real condition that many patients suffer from. 

So where does this misconception that fibromyalgia is made up come from? One of the reasons is that fibromyalgia is a complex disease that stands out compared to other pain-...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on August 14, 2015

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  • Conservative therapies, such as hot or cold packs, exercising, and over-the-counter pain relievers may help mitigate pain in between interventional pain treatments.
  • Patients hoping to relieve low back pain with a heat or ice pack may be confused about which one to use for their pain.
  • At Southwest Spine and Pain Center, Utah’s leading pain management group, physicians explain the difference between ice and heat packs for back pain.

Although ice and heat can be beneficial at relieving certain musculoskeletal pains, there are instances where one should be used over the other. A great rule of thumb to follow may be this: ice is for injuries; heat is for muscle pain. We’ll...

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Submitted by Chelsey Ballarte on August 13, 2015

Lumbago is a general term used to describe pain in the lower back. It affects millions of Americans per year and can be caused by abnormalities in the spine, joints, muscles, or nerves of the lower back. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, lumbago affects 80% of adults (typically job-related) and can be acute or chronic causing either a dull, aching pain or sudden, sharp pain. 

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