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When Injections Are the Way to Go

Surgery to relieve pain should always be the last treatment option. That’s the goal of our pain management strategies. But sometimes physical therapy or ongoing use of oral pain medication isn’t working. In these cases, injections may be effective. Injections can provide longer lasting relief from pain and inflammation than oral medications, and they don’t […]


What is an Intrathecal Pain Pump?

Chronic pain can become a physical and emotional burden that never seems to let up. That’s where Dr. Trujillo can help. As a specialist in pain management, Dr. Trujillo uses a variety of tools to help patients deal with chronic pain. One of those is called an intrathecal pain pump. Implanted to address pain As […]


The Chronic Pain of CRPS

In some conditions that involve chronic pain, the causes aren’t fully understood. One of these is called complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). But when a patient comes to us at Summit Healthcare Pain Clinic, he or she’s not as interested in the cause of their pain as they are about getting rid of it. We […]


Herniated Discs

When we think of our spine, we usually think of the vertebrae. The spine consists of a total of 33 bones, but in adults nine of them are no longer separated. That’s right — seven vertebrae in the cervical/neck portion, 12 in the thoracic/torso portion, and five in the lumbar/lower back. That equals 24 vertebrae, […]


Refilling a Compressed Vertebra with Kyphoplasty

Back pain and aging don’t necessarily have to go hand in hand. In many patients, their back pain isn’t chronic; it’s instead due to a compression fracture in a vertebra. Compression fractures usually result from a series of small hairline fractures that eventually lead to a collapse of the vertebra, a compression fracture. Dr. Trujillo […]


Is Your Office Chair the Enemy?

You don’t have to be Charles Darwin to understand our modern lifestyles weren’t exactly the way evolution planned things for our spines. Instead of being on our feet chasing around after dinner, we’re stuck in an office in a chair that could be torturing our collective backs. At Summit Healthcare Pain Clinic Associates, Dr. Trujillo […]


Why Your Lower Back Hurts

Lower back pain is universal; just about everyone has suffered at least a stint or two where they can barely move, walk hunched over, can’t get up from a chair, and the other fun associated with lower back pain. Because the pain can be so severe and debilitating, people often believe a serious injury must […]


Resolve to Take Care of Your Back

People usually assume they caused their back pain. That can be true, especially if yesterday you helped your brother move a refrigerator. But back injuries can also simply occur from normal behaviors such as bending over to tie your shoe or even brushing your teeth and bending over at the sink. There are things we […]


Putting Radiofrequency Energy to Work on Chronic Pain

If you have chronic low-back or neck pain, you know how it can impact your daily life. It can make even the simplest tasks incredibly painful, and can make patients become overly sedentary. As a pain specialist, Dr. Trujillo has a variety of treatments he can use to address this chronic pain. But if these […]


Spinal Disc Problems

Our spinal discs have a tough job. They need to be pliable enough to act as cushions between our vertebrae. But they also have to be tough enough to withstand some extreme loads. They don’t always pull off the job perfectly. If you’ve had issues with your spinal discs you understand how excruciating the pain […]


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