Category Archives: Back Pain

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


The Shooting Pain of Sciatica

OK, so you’re out on Long Lake trying to outsmart the trout and suddenly your leg starts burning and is painful. Or your butt has the same. You may even have shooting pain down one or both legs. Not the best thing to happen when you’re out on a flimsy little fishing boat. Sounds like […]


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