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  • Written by Rachel Meyer on Aug 05, 2016

    Whether you’re traveling to areas with pleasant summer temperatures or can use these tips for the upcoming months in Arizona, there are ways that those who suffer from chronic pain can enjoy the outdoors. With just a few adaptations and tips, you can be outdoors and enjoying the fresh air with everyone else!

  • Written by Rachel Meyer on Jul 27, 2016

    Whether nature or nurture, a lot of who we become can be traced back to our parents. Genetically, we have traits that are inherited – eye color, skin tone, height. Socially, we also will pick up traits of those who raised us – gestures, like or dislike for certain foods, the way we pronounce words. According to research that was recently published in the journal Pain, there may also be a link between parents who suffer from chronic pain conditions and whether their children will also develop chronic pain. 

  • Written by Chelsey Ballarte on Jul 22, 2016

    When managing chronic pain, patients are bound to run into the word “mindfulness” advertised as an alternative pain treatment. In fact, research has found that not only can this practice help with pain management, but may also improve other symptoms that frequently accompany chronic pain conditions, like anxiety and depression. 

  • Written by Chelsey Ballarte on Jul 15, 2016

    The spine is responsible for holding up the body, but it does not act alone. Many factors can influence the position of the spine: excess weight, knee position, the feet, and many more! These factors can cause the spine to shift into an irregular position and cause low back pain, but the good news is that many factors are correctable, and the feet are a great example of how effective this can be.

  • Written by Chelsey Ballarte on Jul 08, 2016

    According to The Migraine Trust, 50% of women report that their migraines are directly affected by their menstrual cycle. In fact, researchers have found that many women begin to experience migraines or feel worsening migraines during the perimenopause period as a result of decreased estrogen levels.

  • Written by Rachel Cohen on Jun 30, 2016

    Vote for The Pain Center of Arizona for Ranking Arizona's #1 Pain Management Practice!

  • Written by Chelsey Ballarte on Jun 22, 2016

    A "spoonie" is defined as a person with a chronic illness. While it can refer to any condition, it is often relating to a condition that causes extreme fatigue and may interfere with one’s ability to function normally. In short, a spoonie is an individual using the Spoon Theory to describe what they are experiencing.

  • Written by Rachel Meyer on Jun 20, 2016

    Headaches are sometimes thought of occurring as the sign of a larger problem, and in most cases, this is true. Headaches often accompany colds, flus, chronic pain, and even food poisoning. However, sometimes headaches occur seemingly at random, but there may actually be a reason. That reason is dehydration.

  • Written by Chelsey Ballarte on Jun 16, 2016

    Degenerative disc disease is a chronic pain condition that can cause back pain anywhere along the spine. It’s a common condition among older adults because as we age, the fluid in our spinal discs begin to dissipate.

  • Written by Chelsey Ballarte on Jun 10, 2016

    There are a number of risk factors associated with developing rheumatoid arthritis. You are more likely to develop the condition if you are a woman between the ages of 40 and 60, smoke, have a family history of rheumatoid arthritis, or are clinically obese. Of course, none of these factors guarantee a future diagnosis, but they do increase your risk of developing the condition. However, many patients at The Pain Center of Arizona wonder whether their coffee drinking habits are a risk factor as well.