Welcome to the February issue of Arizona Pain Monthly. Hope you and your families are well.

As we continue into 2011, we move onto our next theme, which is FRIENDSHIP. a chronic pain patient, there is nothing of greater value than friendship and companionship from others. However, it can be difficult to maintain relationships with friends and family due to chronic pain. They may not understand the limitations pain places on your life, and you may not want to burden them with everything that comes along with chronic pain. However, we are encouraging you to reach out to your friends and family members and ask them to help and support you. Ask them to sit down with you so you can explain exactly what your condition is and the steps you are taking to alleviate your pain. Answer any questions they have fully and honestly and focus on not getting frustrated or negative while you talk to them.

Our focus word for the month of February is HOPE. Sometimes, it may feel as though you are lost at sea and are searching for something to guide your way. It can be difficult to find hope and to find a reason to keep moving toward something that can help you. We are committed to encouraging you and supporting you in finding hope again. feeling of hopelessness can be prohibitive to healing and we truly believe that hopeful, positive patients have a far better outcome than those who feel as though there is no light at the end of the tunnel for them. We urge you to take comfort in the fact that each physician and staff member at Arizona Pain Specialists has your best interests in mind, and we are here to educate you, answer your questions, and help you find hope again. Our ongoing overall theme for 2011 is Changing Lives Daily, we are dedicated to changing your life for the better.
This month’s issue includes recipes that feature anti-inflammatory foods. Oranges, quinoa, lime and mint all haveanti-inflammatory properties among other health benefits. Chiro Corner focuses on exercise, specifically yoga and tai-chi, and explains the benefits of implementing a consistent exercise routine. Studies have consistently shown that chronic pain patients who regularly exercise will have more good days, and will benefit from the better health and attitude that can come with an exercise program.

We hope that this issue is educational and informative.  We thank you for your continued loyalty if you are a long-standing patient, and we welcome you to the Arizona Pain Specialists if you are a new patient.

Until next time, remember at Arizona Pain Specialists, we believe you can be pain free.
Blessings to you and your family,

Dr. Tory McJunkin & Dr. Paul Lynch

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