AZ Pain Center can help you live a pain-free life

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on August 23, 2010 at 12:17 PM

If you've dealt with chronic back pain, you know how much it can affect your quality of life.

Olga Fragoso has experienced it firsthand. Her back pain started after the birth of her youngest son -- 21 years ago.

"About three years ago, I was put into a drug-induced coma and I laid on my back for about a month," Fragoso. "When I woke up, everything just hurt. My neck. My shoulders. My lower back."

Fragoso tried medications, massage and physical therapy, but nothing worked. That's when she found AZ Pain Centers.

"I thought I'd it and that's how I met Dr. Graham and his staff," she said.

Dr. Cecil Graham, the medical director of AZ Pain Centers, said Fragoso's story is more common than you might think.

"We see it all the time, people who have chronic issues, who go through everything known to man," he said.

Fragoso said her pain got to the point where simply standing up and walking were excruciating. She could barely walk up the stairs of her two-story home.

Graham said his team started with Fragoso's neck. She had disc issues both in her neck and her lower back.

"We address whatever is most prominent first," he said.

The pain Graham's patients experience isn't always the results of an injury.

"Osteoporosis and osteoarthritis -- 85 percent of the population over 60 years old has it on X-ray," he said. "It's extremely prominent."

Fragoso said that since she's undergone treatment at AZ Pain Centers, she's been virtually pain-free.

"It's amazing," she said. "I can sit down and stand up and not feel pain. I can stand up for extended periods of time and not feel pain. I can walk and not feel pain. I can climb up our stairs and not feel pain. ... My quality of life has really improved."

Graham said each patient respond to treatment differently. Some might undergo a series of three treatments and be fine for a year. Others might need treatments every few months.

"We look at what we call the ADLs -- the activity of daily living," Graham explained. "It's very important just to get people to be able to function and interact with their families."

Your pain doesn't have to be a long-term situation for AZ Pain Centers to be able to help you.

"We like to get people early," Graham said. "But for single-joint pain, new pain that's only been there for three or four months, that we might be able to cure forever."

>>> Learn more about how AZ Pain Centers can help you life pain-free

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