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The Shooting Pain of Sciatica

OK, so you’re headed over to Phoenix to catch a Diamondbacks game and suddenly your leg on the accelerator starts burning and is painful. Or your butt has the same feeling. You may even have shooting pain down one or both legs. Sounds like you may be having a bout of sciatica. Sciatica is pain […]


Compressed Nerves Are Not Happy Nerves

While our spine is a mighty piece of engineering, it is prone to the same deterioration that comes with age as we see across our bodies. Over time the spine can develop degenerative changes that lead to compression of the spinal cord or the nerve roots exiting the spinal canal. This condition is called spinal […]


RF Energy to the Rescue

Chronic pain isn’t any fun and it can keep you from enjoying life. Dr. Trujillo treats chronic pain with radiofrequency energy in a procedure known as radiofrequency ablation at Summit Healthcare Pain Clinic. When would I need RF ablation? When your chronic neck or back pain is due to arthritis in your spine, radiofrequency ablation […]


All Nerves Aren’t the Same

When we’re experiencing pain, it’s common to point at our nerves. But all nerves aren’t the same. Yes, they do trigger the sensations that our brain then translates into pain, but they also have lots of other jobs throughout the body that you have no idea they are doing, things such as breathing, maintaining your […]


How Your Posture Affects Your Back

Slouching and being a high school kid go together like gila monsters and the desert around Show Low. But maybe we should have listened when our Mom told us to stand up straight and push our shoulders back. Our backs wish we had been paying attention. Our spine is a miracle worker of stability, but […]


The Pain of Fibromyalgia

At Summit Healthcare Pain Clinic, our goal is to alleviate the chronic pain in our patients. A common cause we see is fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is involves widespread musculoskeletal pain, along with fatigue, and sleep, memory, and mood issues. Fibromyalgia is not curable and it isn’t fully understood. Dr. Trujillo helps patients manage their pain caused […]


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, […]


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