Pain Management

Our approach to treating pain is holistic, proactive and highly effective. We incorporate results-based techniques in the areas of corrective exercise and flexibility, customized nutrition, prolotherapy, acupuncture, therapeutic massage and stress management. Merge Medical Center can help you identify food sensitivities that may be contributing to your pain and put together a healthy nutrition program to help with pain relief. Comprehensive pain management programs focus on treating the root cause of pain rather than medications that mask pain.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a multifaceted approach to the treatment of pain that includes not only decreasing pain levels, but also stimulating the healing response of the body. This is accomplished by:

  • Increasing endorphin levels and reducing the nervous system’s pain response
  • Decreasing inflammation
  • Relaxing muscles and stopping spasms
  • Increasing local circulation

Herbal medicine

The practice of herbal medicine borrows knowledge from many ancient cultures that utilized botanicals to heal the body. For instance, Chinese Medicine herbal medicine addresses pain through removing stagnation of energy (inflammation) and strengthening areas of weakness.

Detoxification

Frequently, people experience pain because the organs and systems that remove waste and toxins are unable to clear them out properly. Detoxification is a process of ridding the body of poisons and bolstering the body’s natural detox mechanisms. By including vital steps such as minimizing toxin exposure, optimizing bowel health, improving liver health and strengthening antioxidant reserves the body may be able to cure the pain itself.

Functional Medicine

Metabolic and biochemical pathways in the body have many cofactors or inhibitors that allow normal nerve pathway function. If the body lacks proper storage of vitamins/anti-oxidants or has trapped toxins (i.e. heavy metals such as Mercury) or poor digestion of nutrients, the body cannot heal itself. Functional Medicine utilizes specialized testing and analysis to restore the body’s chemistry and reduce pain.

Stress Management

Tension, whether physical or emotional is directly linked to pain. The stresses of life may worsen the pain or perpetuate the pain process. Thus, sometimes there is need for lifestyle modification, life coaching, and mental health support to learn how to cope with stress.

Osteopathic Medicine or Osteopathy

Encompasses a combination of spinal alignment, customized stretching, targeted exercises, rehabilitation and structural symmetry and balancing.

Prolotherapy or Regenerative Injection Technique (RIT)

Prolotherapy is an injection technique that proliferates your body’s own natural tissue. It works on the ligaments and tendons that hold bones together. When they become weak from overuse or injury, pain can result. Prolotherapy uses a solution composed natural nutrients for the tendons and ligament along with a gentle anesthetic. This solution is injected into the ligament or tendon at the point of attachment to the bone. This causes a localized inflammation in these weak areas, which stimulates tissue repair and stabilizes the area. The following are questions frequently asked about RIT.

1. What is the Healing Process? After Prolotherapy, the patient may be a little sore for a day or so, but this usually goes away. The injection process is repeated every 2-6 weeks. Patients should not expect results in pain reduction for about 2-6 weeks. The good thing about prolotherapy is that the results are more of a permanent nature.

2. How many Treatments does it require? The average number of treatments needed to reduce pain by at least 50% varies per case. Many patients get to their goal of 50% better within one treatment. However, prolotherapy may take 3-5 treatments for success in some.

3. What is Prolotherapy Used to Treat? This form of therapy is a great choice for those who experience little improvement with physical therapy and who want to avoid surgery. RIT is minimally invasive and very effective at eliminating pain. The treatment is excellent for many different types of musculoskeletal pain including:

 

Tennis or Golf Elbow Carpal Tunnel syndrome Arthritis Sports Injuries
Degenerative Joint Disease Torn tendons/ligaments Migraines Whiplash injury
Knee/Ankle/Foot Injuries Tendonitis/Bursitis Sciatica Chronic Pain
Muscular Dystrophy & Ehler Danlos Degenerated/bulging/herniated discs TMJ Shoulder Pain
Barre-Lieou Syndrome Cluster Headaches Wrist Pain Rotator Cuff Tear
Torn Cartilage Injury Back and Neck Pain Heel Spurs Plantar Fasciitis

 

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