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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on April 24, 2015

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  • Individuals with chronic pain may be met with apprehension from certain physicians because the condition is difficult to diagnose and is often self-reported.
  • According to researchers from the University of Colorado, brain imaging may help physicians and pain management specialists validate treatment for chronic pain.
  • The team at Southwest Spine and Pain Center shares this new method for mapping out pain in the brain.

Diagnosing Chronic Pain

We’ve said it time and time again, but we’ll reiterate: chronic pain is a complex condition that can be difficult to...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on April 22, 2015

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  • Failed back or neck surgery syndrome (FBSS / FNSS) describes pain that is felt after a corrective procedure.
  • It’s important patients keep in mind any surgical procedure can fail or provide inadequate relief for known or unknown reasons.
  • The pain management physicians at Southwest Spine and Pain Center may recommend a combination of interventional and conservative treatments for FBSS and FNSS.

Surgery to the neck or back may be performed to stabilize, remove or repair a damaged joint that’s causing pain. Although these procedures are designed to correct the area causing pain, and most do, it’s important patients keep in mind there are instances where a patient’s pain may not be...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on April 17, 2015

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  • According to Consumer Reports, opioid is an epidemic in the U.S. with roughly 45 people a day (more than 16,600 people a year) dying from drug overdoses.
  • Opioid pain medicine can be habit-forming, even with regular doses, so it’s important patients take what’s prescribed by their physician.
  • Prescription pain medication can be safe when used properly. The physicians talk about the consequences of taking more pain medication than recommended.

Taking more pain medication than prescribed or recommended can be dangerous for a number of reasons. To start, opioid dependency is a very real, life-threatening occurrence that can lead to addiction, overdose or even death.

Other...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on April 15, 2015

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  • Exercising with fibromyalgia pain can be difficult to do, but on the flipside, can be rewarding when done right.
  • There is a difference between pushing through minor discomfort and full-blown pain.
  • The pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center share how to get through your spin class with chronic pain.

Exercising regularly is important for optimal health. Although this statement probably fits into the “easier said than done” category, implementing a regular work out plan into your daily routine could help alleviate some of your fibromyalgia pain. Studies have found regular aerobic exercise (i.e. running, biking, swimming, etc.) increases blood flow and circulation,...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on April 10, 2015

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  • A spinal cord stimulator (SCS) is an implantable device that delivers electric pulses to specific nerve fibers that control pain.
  • SCS is not a cure for chronic pain, but can help manage pain symptoms.
  • Because SCS uses an implantable generator that produces low-level electric pulses, patients need to be cautious of certain lifestyle choices.

The leaders of Utah pain management at Southwest Spine and Pain Center offer spinal cord stimulation as a treatment option for those living in chronic pain. To learn more about this device and the procedure itself, please visit our treatments page. If you already have a...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on April 8, 2015

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  • Living with chronic pain is tough, but it shouldn’t stop you from living a fulfilled life.
  • Chronic pain sufferers may have pain so severe it stops them from working altogether, affecting both their mental and emotional wellbeing.
  • Utah’s leading pain management group at Southwest Spine and Pain Center is sharing career ideas for chronic pain sufferers.

The phrase, “find a career you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” couldn’t be more true for the team at Southwest Spine and Pain Center. Each SWSP pain management physician takes great pride in working for the Utah pain community and thoroughly enjoys helping those in need.

Although we all have different tastes and enjoy...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on April 3, 2015

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  • Pain can make patients feel isolated or misunderstood, making it harder to express thoughts and feelings.
  • The Southwest Spine and Pain Center physicians recognize pain management requires supplemental therapies to address the mental and emotion aspects of pain.
  • Below are creative outlet ideas for managing chronic pain symptoms.

Creative activities like dancing, painting, writing, and more can help keep a patient’s mind off their physical pain, while providing a vehicle to express emotional pain. Unfortunately, depression is a common side effect of chronic pain and can consume a person’s livelihood if not addressed immediately. Patients should consider complementary forms of “medicine” (i.e.,...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on April 1, 2015

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  • There are different kinds of OTC pain relievers that address different pain problems.
  • OTC pain medication falls into two categories: acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
  • Below are examples of what medications to take for what pains.

The pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center provide extraordinary pain care and the absolute best in in-office interventional medicine. However, there are times where over-the-counter (OTC) pain medicines are needed to provide relief in-between appointments. If you’re experiencing pain and need treatment before your next appointment, check out some of the OTC pain relievers featured below.

Acetaminophen...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on March 27, 2015

Pain physicians are a special breed of doctor. That probably sounds silly, but becoming a pain management specialist requires more than just a strong educational background—it also requires behavioral traits like empathy and compassion. Of course, we don’t mean these traits are literally required, but they undoubtedly help when you consider the nature of this profession. Working with individuals in pain can be an emotionally trying experience, and some people may be more cut out for this career than others.

Nevertheless, there are certain education and training requirements when becoming a credentialed pain management physician. The team at Southwest Spine and Pain Center is sharing what it takes to become a pain doctor and how they became pain specialists themselves...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on March 25, 2015

If you’ve ever been involved in a car accident, or played a high-contact sport, you’re probably well aware of what whiplash is, how it occurs and how it feels. Nevertheless, the team at Southwest Spine and Pain Center wants patients to understand whiplash can be caused by many other traumas too. Although this particular neck injury isn’t usually life threatening, it can cause long-lasting damage and pain. Therefore, it’s vital patients remediate their injury with treatment and the help of a medical professional.

Whiplash is a neck injury that is caused by the sudden jerking of the head, either backwards, forwards or to the sides. Some of the top causes of whiplash include:

  • Car and motorcycle accidents
  • Contact sports (i.e. football, boxing, rugby,...
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