Chronic pain is the leading cause of extended disability across America. According to the CDC, chronic pain affects 50 million Americans. Twenty Percent of adults across the US suffer from pain each day and among those, 70% are women. Suffering from chronic pain can be both physically and mentally taxing on your body – causing more stress in managing chronic pain in addition to the physical pain and discomfort.
Treatment Options for Chronic Pain
Knowing all your options is critical when it comes to managing and treating chronic pain. Finding the proper remedy for your chronic pain is not linear. From over-the-counter to prescription medication to Regenerative Therapy, treatment options vary.
Taking medication is among the most common way to treat chronic pain. Many doctors will prescribe medications for pain relief, including nonopioid and opioid prescriptions. Non Opioid medications like NSAIDs, including aspirin, while Opioid medication includes oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine. While these medications have great success at masking the pain, they are a temporary solution that can create a long-term problem. Many people find that they cannot treat their pain with medication alone.
Trigger Point Injection Therapy
Trigger point injection therapy has shown significant progress in treating chronic pain caused by fibromyalgia, chronic pelvic pain, and myofascial pain syndrome. Trigger point injections help relieve muscle pain, also known as myofascial pain. Often, we get “knots” in our muscles that become extremely sensitive. These knots can come from trauma which leads to stress on our muscle fibers, causing them to become stuck in a state where they remain contracted. Sometimes it’s possible to feel these knots when rubbing our muscles.
Trigger point injections are beneficial to ease muscle pain in the shoulders, arms, legs, neck, and lower back. A licensed professional can administer trigger point therapy with an injection of a local anesthetic substance such as corticosteroid or botulinum toxin, or they can be given without any injection substance, known as dry needling.
Topical Pain Relievers
Applying a topical pain reliever such as a cream or ointment is a common way to relieve chronic pain temporarily. Topical pain relievers can be used with other treatments, including hot and cold compress treatments.
Hot and Cold Compress
Hot and cold compress treatment is an excellent remedy for relieving localized chronic pain. When you apply a cold compress to an area with inflammation, it is best to do so promptly after a flare-up or injury occurs.
A hot compress is a great way to relax your muscles while increasing the pain threshold when dealing with constant pain and agony.
When in doubt, use a cold compress until you have consulted with your healthcare provider.
Physical Exercise & Muscle Strengthening
Performing physical exercise is an excellent way to manage many types of chronic pain caused by muscle tightness. Exercises that focus on stretching and toning these muscles are a great way to relieve pain caused by fibromyalgia, arthritis, and pain in the lower back. By incorporating these exercises into your daily schedule, you can help to strengthen your tight muscles, improve sleep quality, and increase your joint mobility while releasing endorphins in your body.
Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy
Sometimes the pain is so severe that it requires outside help such as physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT). Your therapist can provide PT and OT with an individualized plan that helps to improve and restore your ability to function and move.
The main difference between PT and OT is that PT focuses on increasing the patient’s capability to move specific parts of their body, and OT focuses on improving the patient’s ability to work on daily activities such as eating, bathing, or getting dressed. One form of OT includes chiropractic treatment. The medical professionals of Greenwood also specialize in offering chiropractic care. The main goal at Greenwood Chiropractic Wellness Center is to reduce pain, and prevent future injury and dysfunction while increasing strength, flexibility and mobility. They can also assist you in reaching health goals that you have set with your healthcare provider.
Stress Relief Techniques
When we hold onto stress, our muscles naturally tend to tense up in our bodies and begin to provoke chronic pain. We must learn different ways to relax our bodies and ease the tension we are holding to offer ourselves relief from the pain. Standard stress relief techniques include:
- Meditation & Mindfulness
- Massage Therapy
- Progressive muscle relaxation
- Breathing exercises
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem Cell Therapy treatment is among one of the most innovative forms of regenerative medicine. Stem Cells are injected into the problematic area and activate the body’s natural healing process by regenerating the damaged cells in the body’s joints and tissue. Stem Cell Therapy is a safe and effective non-surgical therapy option that has little to no recovery time.
Regenerative therapy treatment, such as stem cell therapy, pinpoints the leading cause of the pain rather than just covering up the symptoms of the chronic pain. Stem cell injections using umbilical stem cells deliver stem cells that encourage the body to start the healing process and regenerate growth naturally. Stem cell treatment is among the ways of healing the primary source of chronic pain and inflammation caused by many conditions, including, but not limited to, arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Pain Relief at Greenwood Regenerative Medicine
At Greenwood Regenerative Medicine, we aim to help you find pain relief through our stem cell therapy. Rather than focusing on treating the pain or symptoms of your chronic illness, stem cell therapy targets the root cause of the pain and works to regenerate the damaged joints and tissue causing the pain. By encouraging regrowth of the damaged cells, your body is encouraged to heal itself.
We encourage you to stop by our office, complete the below form or call us to see how regenerative medicine can help you today.