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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 22, 2015

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  • A study from Manchester Metropolitan University in England found a patient’s level of anxiety and defensiveness is directly correlated with how they view their chronic pain.
  • Defensive, highly-anxious individuals are more likely to show persistence in the pain management system, according to the study.
  • The pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center explain how personality influences chronic back pain.

The study, conducted by researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University in England, looked into the personality types of 70 test participants. These individuals were separated into 4 groups:

  • Defensive high-anxious (DHA)
  • High-anxious (HA)
  • ...
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Submitted by Rachel Meyer on May 20, 2015

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  • Southwest Spine and Pain Center provides a number of cutting-edge spine and pain care services including diagnostic and advanced imaging, interventional medicine, surgical care and post-surgery rehabilitation.
  • The leaders of Utah pain management bring years of experience from world-class training facilities like Harvard and Mayo Clinic.
  • At Southwest Spine and Pain Center, the team is dedicated to putting the needs of the patient first and providing the best care possible.

About Southwest Spine and Pain Center

The double-board certified physicians at Southwest Spine and Pain Center opened their first practice in St. George, Utah in 2011. Since then, the three...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on May 15, 2015

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  • A celiac plexus block is a minimally invasive procedure commonly used to diagnose and reduce abdominal pain from cancer or pancreatitis
  • Much like other injections, a celiac plexus block is used to block nerves in and around the abdomen.
  • The leaders in Utah pain management at Southwest Spine and Pain Center explain what to expect before, during and after a celiac plexus block.

Pancreatic cancer can cause serve pain to those it effects, and according to researchers at the San Raffaele Institute in Italy, a celiac plexus block causes fewer adverse effects than most opioids for these patients. The pain management specialists at...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on May 13, 2015

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  • According to researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas, dopamine, often referred to as the “pleasure hormone,” may also promote chronic pain.
  • Dopamine is a chemical in the brain that manages different functions like cognition, movement and reward-motivation behavior.
  • The leaders in Utah pain management at Southwest Spine and Pain Center discuss how the brain chemical dopamine affects chronic pain.

What is Dopamine?

Dopamine, is an essential neurotransmitter that helps control pleasure centers in the brain. When you...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on May 8, 2015

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  • Chronic facial pain is difficult to treat because the face is a such sensitive area.
  • In conjunction with other medications and pain treatments, a sphenopalatine ganglion block may be used to alleviate chronic facial pain.
  • Utah’s leading pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center provide sphenopalatine ganglion blocks for patients with chronic facial pain.

A sphenopalatine ganglion block is a minimally invasive procedure that administers an anesthetic and medication to the sphenopalatine ganglion nerves. These nerves are located in the midface behind the nasal passages and they supply the lacrimal gland, nasal cavity glands, sinuses, palate and upper pharynx.

If...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on May 6, 2015

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  • Peripheral neuropathy is a chronic condition that usually develops from damage to the peripheral nerves.
  • Peripheral nerves have different functions; some control sensation, movement or bodily functions (i.e. blood pressure, digestion, bladder, etc.)
  • The leaders in Utah pain management at Southwest Spine and Pain Center provide insight on common signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy (nerve pain).

Although there is no singular known cause, physicians have speculated the following instances and factors my contribute to the development of peripheral neuropathy, or nerve pain:

  • Traumatic injuries
  • Infections
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Metabolic problems...
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