Acute pain is pain that tends to begin and mount rapidly, such as the pain experienced following an injury. Chronic pain is pain that persists or recurs over a long period, usually as a result of a disease like arthritis or fibromyalgia or cancer. While acute pain typically resolves once the cause is treated, chronic pain can persist for months or years, taking a huge toll on quality of life and contributing to depression and anxiety.
Chronic pain can be caused or exacerbated by many factors, including poor nutrition, specific lifestyle habits, hormonal imbalances, long-term use of prescription medications, previous injuries or even the aging process. One of the keys to determining the most appropriate treatment is to determine the underlying causes of chronic pain so treatment focuses directly on those causes rather than solely focusing on the symptoms.
At Phoenix Anti-Aging Clinic, pain management begins with a comprehensive physical exam including lab tests and a detailed medical history to identify underlying causes of pain. Once those causes have been identified, treatment may include holistic approaches like acupuncture, nutritional counseling, medical marijuana, prolotherapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy as well as lifestyle guidance to help patients tap into their bodies’ own natural ability to heal and relieve pain.
Prolotherapy (also called proliferative therapy) is a treatment that uses injections of special solutions to help relieve pain, most commonly in the joints, stimulating the body’s own healing responses and promoting the development of collagen and other fibers necessary for proper joint function. Injections also contain anesthetics to relieve painful symptoms at the source so healing can be enhanced.
PRP stands for platelet rich plasma, a blood product that contains high concentrations of platelets, which play a critical role in the body’s natural healing process. PRP is derived from the patient’s own blood using a special technique that separates and concentrates platelets, which are then reinjected into the site of pain or injury.
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