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  • Written by The Pain Center on Sep 12, 2019

    Chronic pain can be difficult to explain to others because the condition does not exhibit any significant physical symptoms. Patients are sometimes faced with unsupportive colleagues or loved ones who believe the pain is "in their head." Consequently, many of the 50 million Americans who suffer from chronic pain do so silently; they hide their pain because of the stigma surrounding it. To help change this, each September we recognize and celebrate National Pain Awareness Month, a time to encourage discussions, promote education and raise awareness about pain-related issues.

  • Written by The Pain Center on Aug 23, 2019

    The knee is the largest joint in the body, where the thighbone (femur), shinbone (tibia), and kneecap (patella) connect. It also includes cartilage, ligaments, menisci, and tendons. When everything is working as it should, the knee joint functions properly – allowing for free movement without pain. However, if any part of the knee joint is not working well, pain, inflammation, and other symptoms can make it difficult to walk and participate in daily activities. 

  • Written by The Pain Center on Jul 30, 2019

    Last month, we wrote on the topic of headaches and dehydration, especially during hot summer months. But with monsoon season in full swing, the changes in weather also bring what some have dubbed as “migraine season.” As the summer storms roll in, our pain specialists see an increase in appointments and complaints from weather-related chronic pain symptoms, including migraines.

  • Written by The Pain Center on Jun 26, 2019

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

  • Written by The Pain Center on May 28, 2019

    As summer approaches, more families are heading to the pool to cool off. It is also a time when many who suffer from a wide range of pain conditions take advantage of the pool to help ease their pain. But does swimming actually help reduce degenerative disc disease pain?

  • 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.