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  • Written by Anonymous on Feb 05, 2016

    Weight is one of chronic pain’s worst enemies. Obesity and weight gain addextra pounds that the body has to support, and it often takes a toll on pain. For example, if a person gains a lot of weight around the middle, it can pull the center of gravity forward, creating bad posture and making back pain significantly worse. 

  • Written by Anonymous on Jan 28, 2016

    When patients first come to The Pain Center of Arizona seeking answers about their chronic pain, they are often surprised to learn that their pain is coming from their spines. While it’s true that many patients feel back pain, the spine may actually cause a number of painful conditions in other places in the body.

  • Written by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2016

    Did you know that broccoli and other cruciferous veggies could slow the progression of arthritis? 

  • Written by Anonymous on Jan 15, 2016

    Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has been used to treat chronic pain since the ‘60’s. To this day, many of our patients have found success using electricity to ease their pain. SCS may not be right for everyone, but if interested, patients can try out an external stimulation device to see if it could be effective at treating their pain.

  • Written by Anonymous on Jan 07, 2016

    A Quell device looks a little bit like the armbands you wear to the gym that hold your iPod or phone. However, this device is worn on your calf. While it doesn’t hold any iPods, it can actually be controlled from your smartphone! Instead of coming in to appointments to have your electrical impulse levels adjusted by a physician, you can control the level you need.

  • Written by Anonymous on Dec 28, 2015

    If sit-ups are a part of your regular workout routine, you may want to reconsider. The Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps are already doing so after a study found that 56% of fitness-related injuries came from sit-ups. Sit-ups may be the cause of damage in the lumbar spine.

  • Written by Anonymous on Dec 24, 2015

    Sometimes you just feel like Dory from Finding Nemo. Like everyone’s favorite blue tang fish, you experience short-term memory loss, get distracted, and maybe even forget what you were just doing or talking about. Unfortunately, you may be in the midst of a fibro fog spell. “Fibro fog” is a phenomenon fibromyalgia patients experience. On top of chronic pain, fatigue, and stomach problems, the brain also takes a toll from the condition.

  • Written by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2015

    The Pain Center of Arizona staff understands that chronic pain is not just about pain. It also affects the mental state as well. Acupuncture is highly recommended because on top of having pain-relieving effects, it may provide relief for patients suffering from pain, anxiety, depression, and nervousness. How does acupuncture do this?

  • Written by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2015

    Facet joint injections can address chronic back pain that originates in the facet joints of the spine. 

  • Written by Anonymous on Dec 03, 2015

    It’s the holiday season! It’s time to break out the holiday cheer and start dashing through the snow on a one-horse open sleigh, right? The Pain Center of Arizona probably won’t be seeing any snow, but we’ll probably be seeing people dashing!