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By Stu Smith

Over the past few months, the American public has been provided a great deal of scientific and medical information relative to COVID-19. We have learned from the nation’s best scientific minds that for the overwhelming majority of the general population, this disease presents a minimal threat to health and well being. The vast majority of healthy individuals, when infected with COVID-19 appear to experience physical symptoms, not unlike mild flu or a common cold. On the other hand, this virus can produce painful and debilitating symptoms when contracted by the elderly or those with underlying conditions. In fact, this virus has proven lethal for many in these vulnerable categories. Clearly, those suffering from... Read more

Pain is the body’s warning signal that something is not right. When painful symptoms first arise, patients and their health care providers work together to see if they can identify and address the underlying cause. For many conditions and injuries, however, there is no precise medical or surgical cure. As time passes, in addition to other diagnoses or even without an identifiable cause, patients may be diagnosed with chronic pain. Treatment goals will then shift from resolving the pain to reducing and managing it.

Typically, pain is considered chronic when it persists for six months or more. But for some patients, chronic pain can last for years or even a lifetime. There are many possible causes for long-term pain,... Read more

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

 

Running Essential Errands

 

What you need to know

Stay home if sick. Use online services when available Wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Use social distancing (stay at least 6 feet away from others). Use hand sanitizer after leaving stores. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home.

Grocery Shopping

Stay home if sick

Avoid shopping if you are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19, which include a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

Order online or use curbside pickup

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Stop the Spread of Rumors

Know the facts about coronavirus disease 2019

1) Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity. Fear and anxiety about COVID-19 can cause people to avoid or reject others even though they are not at risk for spreading the virus.

2) For most people, the immediate risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low.

3) Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people.

4) There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20... Read more

Published on Jan. 10, 2020 Authored by Pfizer Medical Team

Pets have long been our companions. As far back as 12,000 years ago, humans were believed to keep dogs and cats as pets. And today, this love for four-legged and sometimes feathered and scaly friends continues to go strong. Some 67 percent of U.S. households keep a pet, which translates to about 84.9 million homes. Beyond the joy they add to our lives, pets have been shown that they may provide a variety of physical and mental health benefits, such as decreased blood pressure, cholesterol and feeling of isolation. Read on to learn about some of these benefits.

Social benefits

Pets may serve as a social “ice breaker” to help people form ties in their... Read more

The TriState Pain Institute

For us all, the Coronavirus has altered “business as usual.”  Since opening our Lake Havasu City office in 2015, we have shared commitment to the highest standard of local healthcare. This is not limited only to our patients, but extends to all healthcare providers, facilities, and now responders to this crisis.

 

The TriState Pain Institute will continue to provide access for each current patient. This may be in person, with precautions for you and us. If not, we have already initiated a telehealth program, so that the all evaluations and care (including prescriptions), can be performed remotely.

 

We also will accept all new patients, again if not in person... Read more

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