In our practice, patients hear us use the words “conservative care,” quite often. Conservative care means we’ve tried many other options to solve a patient’s pain before moving forward with a stronger dose of medication, or a surgical procedure. This month’s issue of Arizona Pain Monthly focuses on an entirely nontraditional, yet conservative, area of pain management – art therapy. Have you ever felt a rush of happiness after taking a great photograph? Felt calmed by putting a beautiful, aesthetic meal on the table for your family? Known your shoulders would relax when you sat down to the potter’s wheel, picked up knitting needles or a paintbrush?

We recognize there are many benefits to expressing oneself through art – including pain reduction. our feature article interviews several art therapists who have seen astounding changes in their patients. Our “Ask The Expert” column interviews local therapist Kara Gasparone about the link between depression and pain. And our late summer recipes are geared to provide a tasty, fun and artsy plan to feed those you love.

We hope you are enjoying these last few days of summer heat and are as ready for cool autumn temperatures as we are! We look forward to seeing you in our office and hearing about your recovery from pain.

From our families to yours,
– Paul lynch, MD and Tory McJunkin, MD

P.S. if you have an interesting pain related story or idea you’d like to share with our editor, please email Kelli Donley: KelliD@BoostMedical.com

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