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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.

Causes
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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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on June 10, 2015

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  • Behavioral health is an integral part of pain management that, unfortunately, very few practices utilize to ensure overall wellness.
  • When people receive treatment that is centered around improving their overall wellbeing, more often than not their quality of life improves as well.
  • The pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center are pleased to announce the practice’s newest component: the behavioral health program.

Behavioral health is defined as the study of a person’s emotions, behaviors and biology, and how it relates to their mental wellbeing and ability to function in every day life. Many psychologists, psychiatrists and other specialists would agree that “...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on June 5, 2015

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  • Phantom limb pain is a condtion that produces discomfort for those who’ve had an arm or limb amputated.
  • This phenomenon may also exist in individuals who’ve lost other body parts like the eyes, tongue, breasts, genitalia, etc.
  • The pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center discuss the causes, symptoms and treatment options for those with phantom limb pain.

Causes

Phantom limb pain is a complex condition that causes pain or discomfort in a limb or body part that no longer exists. For many years, scientists and researchers believed phantom limb pain was psychological, but a number of...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on June 3, 2015

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  • The shingles vaccine may not prevent the disease, but studies indicate it is still beneficial for lowering the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN).
  • Post-herpetic neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that is considered a complication of the shingles virus.
  • The leaders of Utah pain management at Southwest Spine and Pain Center discuss a study regarding the reduced risk of chronic pain for those who receive the shingles vaccination.

The pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center provide a number of treatment options to help relieve chronic pain from shingles. As we mentioned in our blog “...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on May 29, 2015

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  • According to a study published in Medical Daily, anxiety may be biologically linked to chronic pain.
  • A team of researchers from three different countries identified the biological mechanism between neurons and an area in the brain where anxiety and pain sufferers experience more activity.
  • The pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center explain why anxiety and chronic pain sufferers share a biological mechanism.

Researchers from various countries worked together to identify the biological mechanism between neurons and the anterior...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on May 27, 2015

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  • An innovative, regenerative treatment option is making its way into the chronic pain management industry, and it has the remarkable potential to boost healing, repair damaged tissues and alleviate moderate to severe musculoskeletal pain. 
  • This reparative medicine is called adult stem cell therapy, and the pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center have witnessed significant success with this treatment for chronic pain and other chronic diseases.
  • The pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center discuss what patients...
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