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  • Written by Anonymous on Sep 23, 2015

    Over a half million people suffer from ankylosing spondylitis, a condition that causes chronic back pain and is a type of inflammatory arthritis. 

  • Written by Anonymous on Sep 17, 2015

    Degenerative disc disease is a progressive condition that causes intervertebral discs within the spine to deteriorate. This condition may be the result of an injury, natural wear and tear from aging, or underlying disease such as arthritis. Because degenerative disc disease is irreversible, pain management specialists at The Pain Center of Arizona may recommend a number of nonsurgical treatment options for pain relief.

  • Written by Anonymous on Sep 11, 2015

    A back spasm is a painful contraction of a muscle. It can be felt anywhere along the spinal cord, but is commonly experienced in the lower back. Back spasms are often a symptom of more serious conditions. They can be either acute or chronic and may persist if treatment is not sought at The Pain Center of Arizona. The spasm often occurs when the patient is twisting or exerting their back muscles in any way. However, the pain can sometimes be spontaneous and cause lower back pain to become worse.

  • Written by Anonymous on Sep 01, 2015

    I'm sure you've dealt with a situation like this one before: pain flaring up in the middle of the night with no access to a Pain Center of Arizona facility. Or, maybe you've experienced a situation like this: forgetting to refill your prescription(s) and being faced with no medication until your next appointment. Our physicians understand how frustrating these scenarios can be, which is why they are educating patients about ways to prevent or avoid them. See below!

  • Written by Anonymous on Aug 27, 2015

    Being a pain management physician requires understanding different types of pain people may experience. For example, a sharp, sudden pain could indicate a completely different diagnosis than a dull, tingling pain. If a patient is experiencing tingling pain, they may have a number of conditions. Regardless, when our pain patients describe the type of pain they feel to our physicians, we are able to determine a proper treatment plan. Although it is up to the patient to schedule an appointment at The Pain Center of Arizona for their diagnosis, being aware of the type of pain you have may help physicians better understand treatment options. 

     

  • Written by Anonymous on Aug 20, 2015

    Many patients suffering from chronic back pain or chronic knee pain may be able to narrow the cause of increasingly worse pain symptoms to their shoes. Even though a shoe probably isn’t the source of their chronic pain, it may be a contributing factor of back pain and knee pain. The feet are the base of the skeletal system. If the position of the feet is changed, the alignment of the entire body could be changed.

  • Written by Anonymous on Aug 13, 2015

    Fibromyalgia is a disease that often baffles both patients and physicians alike. This condition is not something that shows up on a simple blood test, which makes it particularly difficult to diagnose. Many of the condition’s symptoms are similar to other diseases (i.e. rheumatoid arthritis), so patients may get frustrated and feel like no one understands their pain. The Pain Center of Arizona strives to give fibromyalgia patients a voice by helping them understand their disease and by providing interventional pain management care.

  • Written by Anonymous on Aug 06, 2015

    When patients come to The Pain Center of Arizona for treatment of their sciatica pain, one of the treatment options that is generally recommended is a lumbar epidural steroid injection. In this short procedure, two injections are made. The first is a numbing anesthetic and the other is a mix containing the steroid medication that will bathe the pinched sciatic nerve in a soothing medication. But even with numbing injection to lessen the pain, many of our patients hear “needles” and they think, “No way!” 

  • Written by Anonymous on Jul 31, 2015

    Approximately 37 million people in the United States suffer from migraines, and of these individuals, roughly 5 million experience at least one migraine a month. Physical pain on one or both sides of the head is usually considered a headache, but in some cases, pain that does or does not produce other symptoms could be classified as a migraine.

  • Written by Anonymous on Jul 31, 2015

    Adhesive capsulitis, also called frozen shoulder, is a condition that causes pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. Although the condition may heal on its own (after approximately three years), patients often experience range-of-motion issues and pain. As a result, they seek frozen shoulder pain relief options at The Pain Center of Arizona.