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, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, Regenerative Injection 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.
Perineural Injection Therapy (PIT) is a series of mild injections given between the layer of tissue under your skin and the muscle where many nerves run. PIT is used to help treat the damaged nerves caused by various injuries that send messages to your brain which are interpreted at pain. Treatment usually results in relief of neuropathic pain caused by the inflamed or injured nerve.
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.
Stem cell therapy is the latest groundbreaking regenerative injection therapy offered. Stem cells within your own body help you heal following an injury. However, due to aging or chronic injuries, your body often times is unable to provide enough of your stem cells to the area of injury. The stem cell injections help provide the necessary stem cells to help heal and rejuvenate the injured area. A single injection can make a considerable difference in pain relief. Due to the invasive procedures required to harvest one’s own stem cells, we prefer to utilize an alternative method by using cells derived and composed safely from elements in the placenta and/or umbilical cords. This is a great alternative to one’s own stem cells that is very similar in its healing response, however, cannot legally be called stem cells by the FDA. These therapies can be delivered intra-articular (in the joint space), intramuscular (in the muscle), or intravenous (in the vein); depending on the condition that is to be treated.