Spinal Pain

Treating Your Back Pain With a Spinal Cord Stimulator

A spinal cord stimulator (SCS) is a small implantable device that uses computer technology and mild electrical impulses to disrupt specific pain signals sent by sensory nerves in your back to your brain. Much like static during a phone call, this interference relieves back pain by allowing your brain to ignore the discomfort in your nerves.

Recognizing the Signs of Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis refers to a narrowing of the spaces in your spine through which nerves travel. It’s a common condition, but the pain and other symptoms associated with spinal stenosis can confuse you since they may seem unrelated to your back or neck. Our highly skilled team of pain management specialists at the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona has significant expertise in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating spinal stenosis. We’re happy to provide information that may help you recognize the signs of this sometimes-confusing condition. Understanding the basics of spinal stenosis The spinal canal runs through the center of your spine and provides a channel through which the spinal cord/nerves travel from your brain to your lower back.  At certain points along the spine, these nerves branch away from the backbone and carry instructions regarding movement and sensation between your spinal cord and the areas they serve.  Certain conditions can narrow the spaces in the spine through which these nerves pass.  If the space becomes too narrow, it crowds or “pinches” the nerves. This can lead to nerve irritation and inflammation, which causes the pain and other symptoms associated

Good Posture Tips for Back Pain

If you are among the millions of Americans who suffers from back pain, you know firsthand exactly how debilitating even a slight injury can be when it means the difference between sitting out versus participating in the physical activities required of you on a daily basis or your favorite hobbies. Luckily, taking the time and effort to ensure that you have proper posture can go a long way in preventing the occurrence and severity of back injuries. Luckily, we have compiled the following information and good posture tips to ensure that you remain walking tall and free from back pain. Keep Back Pain at Bay with Good Posture Tips Understanding Good Posture The foundational element of your back—the spine—is made up of a series of thirty-three vertebrae stacked together and separated by cushiony structures known at your spinal discs. In addition to the health benefits that will be clearly evident as you read the rest of this article, good posture is also good for one’s vanity, with experts alleging that the practice can help make individuals look taller and up to ten pounds thinner. “Bad

Why Are Back Injuries So Common and When To See a Doctor?

Back injuries are so common that the majority of people will suffer from one at some point (or multiple points) in their life. This is due to a number of reasons that we will explore in this article. Luckily, the number of back injury treatment options out there today are almost as numerous. Back Injuries The Back’s structure One of the reasons that back injuries are so prevalent is that the back is comprised of an extraordinarily complex set of structures that all work together to support our body. The spine alone is comprised of 33 individual bones, called the vertebrae, which are attached by various muscles, ligaments, and discs. Further complicating matters, the spine houses the spinal cord, which is the hub for the central nervous system and attached to nerves throughout the body. A back injury can occur when damage is done to any one of the numerous components of the back. Each component of the back represents some of the most functionally important elements of your anatomy and are in use when you undergo a large variety of movements or activities — even

Where Back Pain Begins

Back pain is an extremely common complaint, with statistics suggesting that approximately 80% of adults in the United States will suffer from back pain at some point during thei