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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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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on August 7, 2015

30-Second Blog “Snapshot:”

  • Fibromyalgia is a complex condition that is difficult for many physicians to diagnose.
  • Although tough, there are certain tender points, or fibromyalgia pain points, along the body that help doctors diagnose the condition.
  • The pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center explain what fibromyalgia pain points are and how they help identify this disabling disease.

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread chronic muscle pain and tenderness. This condition is often accompanied by other debilitating symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, memory problems and mood swings. Although there is no cure, fibromyalgia is medically manageable through a combination of pain...

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Submitted by Chelsey Ballarte on August 5, 2015

Southwest Spine and Pain Center’s passion for advancement in pain management was brought to the public’s attention on Tuesday with an article from St. George News. The piece featured members of the SWSP team and discussed three clinical trials being held at the St. George location.

The three founding physicians Dr. Jon Obray, Dr. Rick Obray and Dr. Derek Frieden were also featured in the article for their accomplishments and prestigious fellowships at Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Harvard University.

“They have such a great background, we even have patients come from out of state after...

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