A lot of things are happening at Arizona Pain, with a new Latin American division and recently opened clinics in the northern part of the state to better serve patients needing treatment, regardless of ethnicity or location.

Arizona Pain doctors are also continuing to practice medicine on the cutting edge, and are excited to participate in ongoing research right here in our offices. Qualifying patients may access these state-of-the art treatments that are ushering in a new era of possibility for improving the lives of those suffering from chronic pain.

Arizona Pain opens new Latin American division

One of our biggest new happenings in the last year is the opening celebration of Arizona Pain’s Latin American division, located in downtown Phoenix. The office is staffed with bilingual doctors ready to meet the unique needs of the Hispanic community.

People of Hispanic descent represent more than 30% of Arizona’s population, according to census data. The community is notoriously underserved, whether because of difficulty accessing health insurance or medical providers, or due to cultural differences that may impede quality care. Many Latinos also work long hours and often find it difficult to take time to visit the doctor.

Our Spanish-speaking doctors bridge not only the language divide, but also the cultural one. Arizona Pain staff carefully tailors treatment plans to each person, taking into consideration individual medical needs, but also personal preferences.

Visit the Latin American division website for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Arizona Pain expands into northern Arizona

Northern Arizona is more rural than the Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas, and a statewide doctor shortage is particularly bad in those areas. Many residents living in these areas must drive upwards of 60 miles to visit the doctor, reports Cronkite News Service.

Finding new ways to bring doctors to these medically underserved areas is critical for the future health of the state and its residents. Arizona Pain is pleased to announce our two new clinics, one in Flagstaff and another in Show Low.

The Flagstaff Pain Clinic is located at 705 N. Leroux St., and is staffed by Dr. Robert Brownsberger, who is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation in addition to pain medicine. Dr. Brownsberger attended the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine and spent time working as a flight surgeon for the U.S. Navy.

Dr. Brownsberger is also the staff doctor at the newly opened Show Low Pain Clinic, located at 2451 S. White Mountain Rd.

We’re pleased to offer our signature method of treating chronic pain to residents in the White Mountains and by the San Francisco Peaks. Arizona Pain is different than other pain clinics because we specialize in comprehensive, integrative care, using the most advanced medical technology available but combining it with centuries-old holistic treatments like acupuncture.

We treat the whole person, taking diet, exercise, and mental health into consideration along with physical health. Everything in the body is related, with mental health influencing physical wellness and vice versa, and our treatment methods reflect that.

Arizona Pain doctors continue revolutionary stem cell research

Doctors at Arizona Pain are continuing efforts to test out the promising new treatment of stem cell therapy. In 2014, the clinic was the first in the nation to be approved to participate in Phase II of a study investigating the benefits of stem cells on chronic low back pain.

Stem cells are blank slates with the ability to turn into any type of cell. When they’re injected into the low back, or any area causing chronic pain, the cells work to identify areas of damage, and then morph into new cells to heal the damaged areas. Stem cells for this particular study came from a young adult donor and were transferred to study participants through a single injection.

To measure results, a group receiving stem cells was compared to a group receiving a control treatment. Study participants were not informed which group they were in.

After 12 months, the patients were examined and results were very promising. Some patients’ back pain diminished by half, and many patients also cut back on the number of painkillers they were taking.

Arizona Pain doctors are pleased to offer this revolutionary new treatment through its Stem Cell Institute. Qualifying patients needing treatment for joint degradation in the shoulders, elbows, hips, or knees, or in the lower back may be approved for a study and receive a reduction in the treatment price for participating.

Spinal stenosis study could bring relief for chronic pain sufferers

Spinal stenosis, which is pain caused when the spinal canal narrows and places pressure on nerves or spinal cords, is a source of pain for many people. Risk factors include being over the age of 65, and having scoliosis or hypertension. Symptoms may include pain, numbness, or tingling in the leg.

Arizona Pain is currently recruiting patients for a research study examining the potential benefit of the Totalis System, which is an alternative to spinal surgery that’s less invasive and has a much shorter recuperation time. To be included in the study, patients must be at least 55 years old and meet several other health qualifications.

Participating in a research study is a wonderful way to receive potentially health-improving treatments while also contributing to the advancement of medical science. Arizona Pain doctors are pleased to offer this opportunity to patients while continuing to push the boundaries of what’s possible with medical technology.

Peripheral nerve stimulator study

People suffering from arm or leg pain resulting from peripheral neuralgia may benefit from peripheral nerve stimulation, and Arizona Pain is running a study to quantify the effects of this emerging treatment.

Treatment involves the implantation of a small lead under the skin. The lead connects to a battery and transmitter outside the body, which sends gentle electrical impulses to the nerve causing pain.

For the first 12-week portion of the study, only the experimental group of study subjects will receive the treatment-strength stimulation. For the last nine months, all patients will receive the same level of electrical impulse.

Contact Arizona Pain if you’d like to be considered for the study.

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