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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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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on March 20, 2015

According to the Association for Physiological Science, individuals who are positive and have more “upbeat” emotions have better physical health. This may stem from a positive persons’ ability to make more social connections, which inadvertently contributes to greater physical health. Nevertheless, it should come as no surprise that mood and emotions play a huge role in a person’s overall wellbeing. Moreover, leading a happier life could help reduce chronic pain symptoms.

At Southwest Spine and Pain Center, the team strives to treat each patient with positivity and the utmost respect in the hopes of increasing positivity and physical health. With that, the pain management physicians are also sharing what it takes to be positive and how that can impact chronic pain.


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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on March 18, 2015

Studies have found sitting for an extended period of time (more than half an average day) can increase your risk of developing serious health conditions like heart disease, diabetes and cancer. If that wasn’t bad enough, individuals living with chronic pain must consider this concern in addition to managing their pain symptoms.

The team at Southwest Spine and Pain Center encourages patients to get up and walk around every few minutes/hours during the work day to decrease some of these health risks. Additionally, the pain management physicians want patients to consider equipment that will help them feel as comfortable as possible.

Below are some of the most ergonomic chairs on the market for individuals suffering from chronic pain (in no particular order). Let us know what...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on March 13, 2015

Degenerative disc disease is a condition that causes pain from damaged vertebral discs in the spine. Degeneration of one or more discs is fairly common in aging adults and can hasten from conditions like spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis of the spine, or spondylolisthesis (facet joint degeneration). Unfortunately, this ailment can confuse and/or create unnecessary panic in people because of it’s name. Degenerative disc disease is not actually a “disease,” and contrary to popular belief, this condition can get better over time.

The team at Southwest Spine and Pain Center is here to debunk common myths associated with degenerative disc disease and share what treatment options are available to those suffering from the condition. Keep reading for more information on degenerative disc...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on March 11, 2015

30-Second Blog "Snapshot:"

  • Chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia, nerve pain and intense fatigue have been considered, for many years, illegitimate health problems because they don’t display apparent or physical side effects.
  • Fortunately, more efforts are being made to educate the general population on some of these “invisible” pain conditions and disabilities that affect more than 100 million Americans.*
  • SWSP shares ways to help others understand your pain condition.

The team at Southwest Spine and Pain Center understands how difficult...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on March 6, 2015

Although smartphones and tablets are no doubt convenient to use, these devices can result in serious back pain and bad posture. Mobile devices aren’t the only culprits though, bad posture can also occur while reading a book, sitting at a desk, watching television, etc., it just depends on how you’re sitting or standing while doing these activities.

The pain management physicians at Southwest Spine and Pain Center treat patients with chronic back and neck pain on a consistent basis and witness how debilitating these conditions can be for daily functioning. Therefore, in an effort to prevent the likelihood of others suffering from neck aches and other symptoms, the team is sharing ways to maintain a good posture while using phone and tablets.

Pain that is caused by some of...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on March 4, 2015

Patient Safety Awareness Week begins next week, March 8-14th, and the team at Southwest Spine and Pain Center wants to take part in this initiative by educating patients on ways to stay safe at home, at the office and with their prescription pain medication. Continue reading for more information on how chronic pain sufferers can stay safe in everyday life!


If you’re chronic pain is especially debilitating, you may need to seek the help of others with cooking, cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping and traveling to and from the doctor’s office. Consider trying to manage a few of these tasks on your own, and if you encounter days that are particularly painful, try developing a schedule divvying up some of the responsibilities with family...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on February 27, 2015

Somatization disorder develops in individuals suffering from emotional distress and can cause physical symptoms like headaches, chest and back pain, nausea, fatigue and dizziness. Psychosomatic disorder is another general term for a physical condition that is caused, or made worse by, mental factors. The team at Southwest Spine and Pain Center understands overcoming chronic pain requires more than just modern medicine—it requires a positive attitude too. Therefore, the pain management physicians are sharing what psychological and physical conditions can eventually lead to chronic pain symptoms.

Psychological Conditions

As we mentioned previously, certain psychological conditions like somatization and psychosomatic disorder can lead to chronic pain. A...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on February 25, 2015

An inversion table is a padded, foldable chair-like device that claims to alleviate low back pain. If you have not seen or used an inversion table before, they work a little something like this: the person using the device straps him or herself onto the table and allows the table to slowly flip him or her over. This is the “inversion” point of the process that is supposed to relieve pressure from your bones, joints and vertebral discs.

Inversion therapy does carry some risks though, primarily because it requires hanging upside down to achieve pain-relieving results. Therefore, individuals who have high blood pressure, heart disease or glaucoma are encouraged to proceed devices like these with caution because they can cause an unsafe rise in pressure.

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