Headaches are one of the more common health issues, with nearly half of all adults worldwide reporting one in the past year. While many of these cases aren’t debilitating, about 10% of the worldwide population between 18 and 65 unfortunately does experience severe pain in the form of migraines, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The prevalence of headache is likely underestimated, WHO adds, making this a critically important topic to discuss. Many headaches are alleviated with simple lifestyle changes or effective natural treatments that are relatively easy to access.

With so many people suffering from headaches and looking for ways to reduce the pain and reclaim their lives, Arizona Pain devoted the month of June to discussing headache education and prevention. We also spent time digging into neck pain, and those of you looking for help to reduce suffering and improve quality of life will find plenty of resources.

June marks Migraine Awareness Month, so the timing was perfect to devote articles to exploring this important topic. We kicked the month off with 5 Things to Know for Migraine Awareness Month, which gave an awesome overview for those looking to learn about the basics. The article covered the difference between migraines and regular headaches and included simple, quick ways to help with awareness efforts.

While it’s unfortunate that such a large number of people live with migraines, the high prevalence rate does have one benefit: it means the condition is becoming more studied and new therapies are coming out all the time. Learn about some of the latest treatments to come from this research in this month’s 5 Innovative Migraine Treatments article. These up-and-coming therapies could help migraine patients lead fuller, more active lives.

Research has done more than reveal potential new life-enhancing treatments, it’s also uncovered new ways for medical professionals to look at headaches. In Rethinking Headaches: New Ways Of Treating And Looking At The Common Pain, you’ll learn fresh insights into what really causes your head to pound. You’ll also find out why the medical community is divided on how frequently brain scans should be used for patients reporting headaches.

Should headache patients receive brain scans? Read about the debate this month on Arizona Pain.

Awareness is key, and that was the motivation for the article that revealed five health conditions more likely to develop in people with migraines. Some of these conditions may cause migraines while other disorders merely have similar risk profiles. Either way, knowing about the connection gives patients more power over their health with the opportunity to take actionable steps towards health and risk reduction.

Migraine sufferers face a greater risk for a handful of other health conditions. Learn which ones this month on Arizona Pain.

Summer is here and in the desert, that means sauna-like days and sweltering nights. For some people, rising temperatures mean fun days spent in the pool and road trips, but for patients with cluster headaches, summer may trigger debilitating pain. Read this month’s article to see if you’re at risk and learn things you can do to decrease the chances of these painful episodes.

And while cluster headaches aren’t very common, they are commonly misdiagnosed. We dig into why that happens and offer ways to avoid medical error so you get the treatment you need.

Next up is a more common form of headache: tension headaches. Did you know that some doctors believe weakened muscles from our sedentary lifestyles increase the risk for tension headaches? Fortunately, there’s an easy remedy for that. In How Strength Training Reduces Tension Headaches, learn the mechanisms behind this interesting connection and ways you can take put this newfound insight into action and reap results right away.

Tension headaches: you’ll never guess this hidden cause.

Neck tension and pain is also a common source of discomfort for people, affecting as many as 15% of U.S. adults, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Neck pain sometimes results from muscles that are weak or tense. Fortunately, there’s a highly effective, all-natural therapy directly targeting the affected muscles: yoga.

Check out 4 Yoga Poses For Chronic Neck Pain to get the low-down on how yoga helps to alleviate pain and learn specific postures for finding relief. You’ll also learn key ways to practice with proper alignment and reduce the risk for injury.

For those of you looking for more intensive therapies, don’t miss 5 Treatments That Could Reduce Neck Pain. You’ll learn the story behind the latest research-proven procedures, with enough information for you to begin the process of deciding if one of these effective treatments could work for you.

At Arizona Pain, we stay on top of research news, but also the latest changes in treatment philosophies. Medical opinion is always evolving, and one of the most heavily debated topics on which opinion is shifting as we speak is whether to prescribe opioids to chronic pain patients. This month’s article, 4 Ways Doctors Are Looking Anew At Opioids, covers the latest research outlining the potential dangers for chronic pain patients who take opioids and reveals startling facts about the burgeoning opioid epidemic.

Medical opinion continues to evolve about opioid use for chronic pain patients.

We believe this topic is critically important, and the extreme danger of opioids influences the very foundation of how we practice medicine. Research is showing that the dangerously addictive pills may not even be effective for many chronic pain patients, and that’s why we devote ourselves to offering patients comprehensive treatment that involves their entire being.

It’s why we often discuss meditation and not just medication. We offer cutting-edge treatments and pride ourselves on helping patients access the most advanced, sophisticated technologies, but we’re also aware that chronic pain is complex and patients need customized approaches.

Many primary care doctors today don’t have the time or expertise to dive deeply into complicated conditions like chronic pain, but we’re not afraid to take on the patients who hurt the most because they’re the ones who need us.

We’re here for you.

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