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Submitted by Chelsey Ballarte on July 16, 2015

Sciatica typically occurs from a herniated disc or narrowing of the spinal canal. These actions can cause sciatic pain that begins in the lower back and travels down the legs. Although preventing sciatica generally goes hand-in-hand with preventing spine disorders or condition, there are some health factors, like age or a history of poor spine health, that could increase a person’s risk. Nevertheless, patients should start paying attention to their body mechanics. Studies over the years have indicated body movements and certain positions could increase your risk of sciatica. 

Four things patients should keep in-check throughout their day includes: posture, sitting position, lifting technique and sleeping....

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on July 10, 2015

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  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a therapy that delivers low-voltage electrical currents to areas causing chronic pain.
  • This procedure is generally recommended for people with chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions such as back and neck pain, fibromyalgia, tendinitis, bursitis or osteoarthritis.
  • Utah’s leading pain management practice discusses the benefits of TENS units for chronic pain.

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a unique, highly effective treatment option for individuals suffering from a chronic musculoskeletal pain condition. Individuals with muscle, joint...

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Submitted by Chelsey Ballarte on July 8, 2015

Living in chronic pain may force you to modify your life a little. If you love hiking, you may need to pass up hiking Mt. Everest and settle for a flat, even-path overlooking Utah’s gorgeous mountain views. If you used to be a gym buff, you may need to exercise at a slower pace and opt for a yoga class over something as strenuous as CrossFit. Although these modifications can make living with chronic pain a little more tolerable, there really isn’t a way to “modify” how you parent. 

Our team recently reviewed an article in Slate Magazine titled, “Parenting With Chronic Pain.” This article described the struggle we often hear from patients. It was a heartbreaking story about a...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on July 3, 2015

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  • Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill discovered one in four seniors who’ve been in a car crash are at an increased risk of developing chronic pain afterward.
  • The new study also suggests individuals who suffer head, neck, jaw, lower back or leg injuries are more likely to have persistent pain.
  • The leaders in Utah pain management at Southwest Spine and Pain Center discuss the results of the study, and what can be done for seniors suffering from chronic pain after a car accident or injury.

According to Annals of Emergency Medicine, car crashes...

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Submitted by Chelsey Ballarte on July 1, 2015

Back pain is the second most common reason for people to visit their primary care physician (the first being the common cold), according to the American Chiropractic Association. That being said, you may know someone suffering from chronic back pain. If your friend or loved one has been diagnosed with chronic back pain, there are many ways you can help them cope with their discomfort. 

First, do your research....

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Submitted by Chelsey Ballarte on June 26, 2015

Thinking of traveling outside of Utah this summer? Vacations are supposed to be refreshing and relaxing, but unfortunately, chronic pain conditions combined with a change in routine can get in the way of enjoying your vacation.  

To enjoy your time away to the fullest, there may be some questions you should consider.

How is the weather where you are going? Is it humid or dry? While researchers are still trying to figure out why, many patients suffering from joint pain report that their pain gets worse in humid climates, or when it is about to rain. If you plan on walking a lot in a climate like this, consider packing light. You do not need excessive weight on your joints to bring more pain in...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on June 24, 2015

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  • Chronic pain is typically defined as pain that lasts more than 12 weeks. Fibromyalgia on the other hand, is considered a chronic condition that causes widespread muscle pain and tenderness.
  • The two terms are often used interchangeably, even though both cause different kinds of pain, and one may instill a larger burden on quality of life.
  • The pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center discuss whether or not fibromyalgia pain is different from chronic pain.

Fibromyalgia pain differs from general chronic widespread pain in many ways. Fibromyalgia pain is not only characterized by its widespread musculoskeletal pain, but the fatigue, cognitive difficulties and other...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on June 19, 2015
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  • A caudal epidural steroid injection is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that may benefit patients suffering from chronic pain in the low back, rectal or groin.
  • The procedure injects a pain medication through an opening in the sacrum, which is the triangular bone located in the low back.
  • The pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center discuss the benefits of a caudal epidural steroid injection for certain chronic pain conditions.

A caudal epidural steroid injection contains a combination of steroid medications and anesthetics to reduce the swelling, pain and discomfort of irritated...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on June 17, 2015

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  • Arachnoiditis is a neurological pain condition that causes the arachnoid, a membrane that protects nerves in the spinal cord and brain, to become inflamed.
  • Inflammation of the arachnoid creates constant irritation, scar tissue to form around the spinal nerves, and binding of blood vessels and nerve roots, which in turn causes chronic, debilitating pain.
  • The pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center discuss the causes, symptoms and treatments for arachnoiditis.

Arachnoiditis may be caused by a number of things, but some of the most common occurrences or incidents include:

  • A direct injury to the spine
  • A bacterial or...
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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on June 12, 2015

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  • Chronic stress can produce many physical symptoms like exhaustion, loss of appetite and chronic pain.
  • Studies over the years have shown chronic pain may be caused by both physical injury or trauma and emotional issues.
  • The team at Southwest Spine and Pain Center discusses how physical pain and emotional pain are connected to one another.

Anxiety and stress can have physical ramifications if not controlled through counseling or some kind of behavioral health therapy. A number of studies have indicated stress can constrict the muscles and nerves, causing physical pain. The physical discomfort is often a signal to the brain that emotional traumas needs to be resolved to reduce tension and...

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