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  • Written by Anonymous 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 Anonymous 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.

  • Written by Anonymous on Jun 03, 2016

    Everyone who has survived a summer in Arizona knows that temperatures can easily exceed 100 degrees. Natives may brush it off saying “at least it’s a dry heat,” but extreme heat actually has a negative impact on the body if you’re not careful. In fact, some studies have even linked heat to chronic pain conditions!

  • Written by Anonymous on May 27, 2016

    When talking about shoulder pain, people may automatically think about athletes overusing their shoulder during a game. While our physicians have extensive experience with shoulder injuries, patients can experience shoulder pain as a result of shoulder bursitis, arthritis, and many more! Surgery may help relieve the pain, but The Pain Center of Arizona offers solutions that can help without having to go under the knife. We utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging analysis to understand exactly what’s going on in a patient’s shoulder in order to determine the non-surgical treatment that is best for them.

  • Written by Anonymous on May 23, 2016

    Exercise is extremely vital to our health. It keeps our heart healthy, lowers our risk of diseases, and can even release pain relieving endorphins that can help patients suffering from chronic pain. However, instead of feeling pain relief, some people may get headaches after working out, commonly after running or lifting weights, although some people have reported getting a headache during their exercise session as well. 

  • Written by Anonymous on May 13, 2016

    Athletes put a lot of strain on their bodies in order to do the sport that they love. Somewhere along the way, an athlete may develop pain due to injury, overuse, or natural degeneration. However, it’s important for athletes to learn how their pain treatment will affect their workout routine. People respond differently to certain medications, so it’s always important to take it slow at first while starting a new treatment option. 

  • Written by Anonymous on May 05, 2016

    Many chronic pain disorders are a result of inflammation in the body. In addition to taking medication and receiving steroid injections at The Pain Center of Arizona, it is recommended that chronic pain patients try to stick to an anti-inflammatory diet.  

  • Written by Anonymous on Apr 29, 2016

    When a person is in pain, the usual response is to visit his or her primary care doctor or family doctor. While it’s true that a primary care physician may be able to come up with a diagnosis and provide you with treatment, it is more of first step towards pain management

  • Written by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2016

    The American Lung Association has noticed an increase in people who use e-cigarettes, also known as vaping. There’s no doubt that we’ve seen more and more vape shops pop up across the Valley! While some argue that e-cigarettes are healthier than traditional cigarettes, there are still a lot of unknowns surrounding e-cigarettes. Because of this, the FDA has not issued regulations or guidelines about the health effects they may have. However, we are starting to see some trends in their effects on pain. 

  • Written by Anonymous on Apr 13, 2016

    Phantom limb pain is when amputees feel pain stemming from the limb that is no longer there. However, the diagnosis extends to those who have lost other body parts including the eyes or breasts. While it may seem impossible since the body part is no longer there to cause pain, phantom limb pain is actually a very real phenomenon.