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How do I manage my recovery from an auto accident? Legal, financial and medical information. Aug 23rd, 2021

You just had an auto accident, how do I get treated for my injuries? Oftentimes, people in auto accidents don't experience pain until days after the crash.  Patients with whiplash, low back, knee, hip, shoulder pain or headache following an auto accident should contact Explore Health in Scottsdale or Flagstaff,...

The truth about total hip replacement surgery. Details your orthopedic surgeon might not tell you. Aug 20th, 2021

You have been told your hip joint is "bone on bone."  Do you need hip replacement surgery? Chances are you have a friend, co-worker, or relative that has had a hip replacement surgery recently.   Their experience and the success or failure of the procedure has very little relevance to your...

The Mind/Body Connection, how pain affects your mental health Feb 2nd, 2021

Dr. Nelson & US Cryotherapy are partnering in a 30-day mental health challenge beginning on February 15th. Most people don't realize how pain can negatively affect a person's mood & how depression can negatively affect how a person recovers from pain.   What is the connection between pain and depression?  Scientists...

How to recover from golf related injuries without surgery. Jan 19th, 2021

What are the most common golf injuries? Low back pain which is caused by muscle spasm, degenerative disc disease, bulging or herniated disc, or pelvic instability. Knee pain caused by degenerative joint disease (bone on bone), torn ligaments (usually ACL, MCL, or LCL), or torn meniscus. Elbow pain usually referred...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 22nd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus. But...

Non-surgical knee specialist recommends the best treatment to avoid knee replacement? Oct 1st, 2020

How common is total knee replacement surgery? Total knee replacement is one of the most common elective surgeries performed in the US.  The number of these surgeries performed has doubled from 1999 to 2008, and 3.5 million procedures a year are expected to be performed by 2030.  How many of...

Relapse is part of recovery. What are key aspects of recovering from opiate and fentanyl addiction Sep 22nd, 2020

What did we do when we discovered our daughter was addicted to opiates? Approximately ten years ago, my wife and I learned our daughter was addicted to heroin.  In our naivety, we were convinced that if we could just get her into the "best" drug detox and rehab center, she...

How to Prevent Teenage Addiction [Part 2 of a 2 part blog series] Jul 18th, 2020

In part 1, we discussed the problems of the traditional parent/child relationship and how it can increase rather than decrease the anxiety of your adolescent child.  Here are some suggestions on how to change the parent/child dynamic to decrease your child’s baseline anxiety which will decrease the perceived benefits of...

How to Prevent Addiction in Teenagers [Part 1 of a 2 part blog series] Jul 10th, 2020

This is the first part of a two-part blog on how to raise healthy, responsible and sober kids in a society where addiction is so common and overdose deaths are increasing at an alarming rate. Our office specializes in naltrexone pellet insertions for the treatment of opioid use disorder and...

Can depression cause low back pain or can low back pain cause depression? Jun 27th, 2020

Is Low Back pain and depression related? Low back pain and depression are two of the most common reasons for doctor’s visits.  Despite this, there has been little emphasis by the medical profession on how these two conditions are related.  In this article, we would like to highlight some basic...

PAINKILLERS ARE TURNING YOUNG ATHLETES INTO HEROIN ADDICTS May 3rd, 2016

Impossible you say? It's true. Athletes, parents, coaches, and especially doctors need to read this.In our addiction treatment clinic, we have seen an incredible increase in opiate and heroin use among the best and brightest. Sorry, it's not just kids from the wrong side of the tracks any longer. We see...

"HOOKED" DOCUMENTARY GETS IT BOTH RIGHT AND WRONG Apr 29th, 2016

Last year, a documentary called Hooked:  Tracking Heroin's Hold on Arizona, aired on every TV station and most radio stations across Arizona.  The 30 minute special investigative report was produced by the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and covered the growing perils of heroin and opioid use. The program highlighted the...