Living With and Understanding Chronic Pain

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March 10, 2021 0 Comments

Pain hurts. There’s no doubt about it. When you are suffering from acute pain, at least you know the pain will pass in time.

Chronic pain, however, is unpredictable and unrelenting. It might occur every day. Or it might play hide and seek with you and jump out when you least expect it.

It never seems like you are getting better, and your life becomes unstable and unmanageable. Not only is chronic pain physically debilitating, but it can also impact your mental health.

Sometimes, pain signals can remain in your body for months or even years, leading to:

Pain Can Stem From Many Sources

Do you suffer from these issues:

At Living Well Dallas, we have services that can help identify injuries so we can create an appropriate treatment plan.

Identification and Prevention

Identifying your pain points is the first step towards feeling better. So is identifying high-risk patients before an injury occurs. Our team can help you determine your risk and implement wellness plans to reduce the risk.

We use two methods to identify high-risk patients or underlying conditions that may lead or already have lead to chronic pain conditions.

Bone Density

Bone density is a non-invasive technique providers use to:

  • Diagnose osteoporosis
  • Diagnose low bone density
  • Predict the risk of fracture
  • Monitor the effectiveness of osteoporosis therapy

Fluoroscopy

A fluoroscopy is an imaging tool that positions the patient between an x-ray source and a fluorescent screen, allowing your provider to see your organs and tissues in real-time on a video screen. This option helps diagnose and treat conditions of the:

  • Bones
  • Blood vessels
  • Joints
  • Urinary
  • Digestive
  • Reproductive
  • Respiratory systems

Drug-Free Lasting Options for Your Pain

Our mission is to bring you healing so you can get back to living fully. We provide drug-free pain recovery solutions, including treatments that turn on the natural healing processes.

LED Light Therapy

You may not think you have much in common with plants, but it turns out your body reacts to light in some of the same ways that plants do. The human body absorbs light particles (photons) and transforms that light energy into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which:

  • Powers metabolic processes
  • Improves cellular performance
  • Encourages tissue repair and regeneration

NASA engineers originally developed light therapy to manage pain and treat injuries on long-term space missions. Modern LED light therapy use three types of wavelengths:

  • Blue
  • Red
  • Near-Infrared

Your body channels these wavelengths into your tissues to:

  • Activate your mitochondria’s regenerative capacity
  • Stimulate the release of nitric oxide

All of this widens your vessels and allows your body to deliver more blood, oxygen, and other important nutrients to important areas.

Ultrasound Therapy

When you think of ultrasounds, the first thing that pops into your mind is probably an expectant mother going in to have a look at her growing fetus. But, providers also use ultrasounds to treat pain.

The two main types of ultrasound therapy are thermal and mechanical. They differ in the rate at which the sound waves penetrate the tissues. The sound waves heat soft tissues by increasing metabolism at a cellular level. They also cause expansion and contraction in tiny gas bubbles in soft tissues, which decreases inflammation.

Ultrasound therapy is not effective for all conditions. However, researchers have shown it to benefit those who suffer from:

Injections

Pain management injections are a safe, effective option that can provide longer-term solutions than oral medications and are less invasive than surgery. One of the most common injections is an epidural steroid injection.

Providers commonly use it for lower back issues but it can also help with upper back and neck pain. Nerve blocks are another popular option. Providers inject these near particular nerves to anesthetize the nerve signals before they can get to the brain and register as pain.

Then, they deliver joint injections into the joints for quick relief of pain and inflammation. Providers also inject trigger point injections into a knot of muscles that may be causing pain in other parts of the body. For example, a trigger point injection in the neck can relieve a tension headache.

Stem Cells

Stem cells are the building blocks from which all the cells in the human body are made. During embryonic development, stem cells transform themselves into every cell needed to form a human being from the ground up.

If you are an adult, you still have stem cells throughout your body. Stem cells in adults are mainly located in your:

  • Bone marrow
  • Blood
  • Adipose fat

Even though they aren’t as powerful as they were when you were forming your mother’s womb, they still contain incredible transformative and regenerative powers.

Rebuild and Repair

Stem cells help rebuild and repair your body after an injury, but you don’t always have enough of them to heal fully. That’s where stem cell therapy comes in.

During stem cell therapy, stem cells are harvested from your bone marrow and then placed where you need them most. This healing boost helps repair your damaged tissue and alleviate pain.

Works With Your Body

Providers perform this procedure in-office. The great thing about this approach is it doesn’t mask the issue. Instead, it works with your body to address and repair the underlying problem, which provides you with long-term results.

Stem cell therapy can benefit those who suffer from:

Contact Us Today

As you can see, the functional medicine approach gives us a whole host of options to treat you and your pain. You’ll also notice that we never once mentioned opioids.

Because opioids are highly addictive, we do not find them an effective solution to long-term management. Are you ready for long-lasting pain relief? Contact us today!

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