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  • Written by The Pain Center on Apr 17, 2019

    When you drop something on your foot or slam your finger in a drawer, you know that pain will usually follow. Did you ever wonder why you feel that pain? Learn the difference between acute pain and chronic pain, and what factors can influence your perception of pain.

  • Written by The Pain Center on Mar 22, 2019

    Lower back pain is a common reason for visits to the doctor, affecting people of all ages and activity levels. An estimated 8 in 10 people experience this musculoskeletal disorder at some point in their lives. It accounts for more sick leave and disability than any other medical condition. It is easy to write off low back pain, however when the pain becomes a chronic condition, it can significantly impact quality of life.

  • Written by The Pain Center on Feb 04, 2019

    A cancer diagnosis is daunting in itself — not to mention the subsequent and ongoing treatment. For patients who undergo radiation or chemotherapy, one downside that is often coupled with the heroic feat is pain. At The Pain Center of Arizona, our board certified pain specialists offer an array of comprehensive and multidisciplinary pain management programs for cancer patients.

  • Written by The Pain Center on Jan 15, 2019

    Opioid pain medications – when taken safely and correctly – can help increase the functioning of a chronic pain patient. However, for every person that takes prescription opioid pain medications responsibly, there are those that do not. If misused, opioids can be deadly. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), an estimated 40% of opioid overdose deaths in 2016 involved a prescription opioid. This issue has reached epidemic proportions, as opioid overdose deaths now number higher than heroin and cocaine overdose deaths combined.

  • Written by The Pain Center on Dec 10, 2018

    Each year in the United States, millions of prescriptions are written for opioids to relieve chronic pain. When used appropriately, they can be a viable treatment option for some patients. But, there are health risks associated with the use of opioids. Concerns about opioid addiction have led to increased regulation and changes in opioid prescribing guidelines. With the current opioid epidemic in the United States, healthcare providers and their patients are increasingly seeking non-opioid pain relief options.

  • Written by Alpana Saini DO on Nov 20, 2018

    November is considered International Nerve Pain Awareness Month, or in simpler terms, NERVEmber. It is a time to bring awareness to complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and the more than 150 other conditions with nerve pain as a symptom. Several landmarks across the county were lit up on November 5th to Color the World Orange, and members of the pain community will be wearing orange all month long to show support for those suffering from this debilitating condition.

  • Written by Steven Siwek MD on Oct 30, 2018

    With fall comes cooler temperatures, and if you suffer from arthritis, you know arthritis pain often increases in cold weather. Whether you have osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis (RA), this pain can limit your ability to enjoy any normal activities requiring movement. However, fall weather doesn’t have to keep you from doing the things you love. Here are five ways you can help manage arthritis pain in cold weather

  • Written by The Pain Center on Sep 27, 2018

    Each September, pain specialists and advocates across the country raise awareness about issues related to chronic pain during National Pain Awareness Month. Chronic pain affects more than 100 million Americans. Get more facts about chronic pain and help spread awareness by sharing this National Pain Awareness Month infographic.

  • Written by The Pain Center on Sep 14, 2018

    September marks National Pain Awareness Month, a time when pain specialists and advocates promote pain education and raise awareness about issues related to chronic pain. Many people who suffer from chronic pain do so silently; they hide their pain because of the stigma surrounding chronic pain. The goal of Pain Awareness Month is to break down the barriers to effective pain management, reduce stigma, and create a greater understanding of chronic pain among healthcare providers, patients, and the community.

  • Written by The Pain Center on Aug 30, 2018

    Back pain affects 80 percent of us at some point in our lives. The good news is that for many people suffering from low back pain, exercises to stretch the hip flexor muscles can help.