Recent Box-Office Hit “Cake” Uncovers the Truth Behind Chronic Pain

PHOENIX – (Feb. 11, 2015) Jennifer Aniston’s latest film debut, Cake, has a new buzz word floating around town: chronic pain. In the movie, Aniston portrays a character who becomes cynical about life after surviving a car accident that killed her child and leaves her in chronic pain.

Chronic pain takes a toll on many Americans today, and more specifically chronic back pain can affect people of all ages.

In fact, currently more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain with five to eight million patients using narcotics to manage their condition – even though these drugs may not be the most effective treatment, according to a recent study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

“By repeatedly taking narcotics, many people don’t realize the long-term effects they’re having on their health,” said Dr. Minesh Zaveri, a board-certified physician specializing in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain at St. Luke’s Medical Center and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital. “Right now there aren’t any set guidelines that indicate what dosage of drugs such as Vicodin, Oxycontin and Percocet a patient with certain conditions should be consuming, which means that chronic pain sufferers who might be looking to manage their sickness may be taking too much or in some cases, too little, even under a physician’s care.”

Dr, Zaveri has performed more than 20,000 procedures in the field of pain management, and regularly lectures about chronic pain. He recognizes that chronic pain can be difficult to manage because it can vary so much from person to person. Even two people with the same kind of pain may need different treatments that don’t rely on medication, but rather are treated through minimally invasive procedures to reduce or eliminate the pain caused altogether.

To learn more about schedule an interview with Dr. Zaveri about chronic pain symptoms and treatments, contact Angela Menninger at 602-373-8212 (mobile) or

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