What is chronic pain?

Pain falls into two categories of either acute or chronic pain, where acute pain generally lasts from a several days to a few weeks and chronic pain typically lasts 3 or more months. Acute pain more often than not heals within a short period of time and does not have long lasting effects, whereas chronic pain usually interferes with daily activities with emotional or mental component such as depression or anger. Chronic pain can be caused by many conditions like:

  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Nerve damage
  • Migraine headache
  • Prior surgery
  • Metabolic disturbances
  • Infections

Depression, often is a result of chronic pain, typically makes pain worse. Often, chronic pain has multiple sources which need to be addressed to make treatment work successfully and keep you free from pain.

How is Chronic Pain Treated?

Traditional western medical treatment of chronic pain usually involves pharmaceutical medications like pain relievers, antidepressants and anticonvulsants. AZ MED CENTER treats chronic and acute pain using:

  • Prolotherapy
  • Physical manipulation
  • Natural anti-inflammatories
  • Acupuncture
  • IV therapies
  • Pharmaceutical grade nutritional supplementation
  • Botox

By using natural therapies you allow your body to heal from the inside, meaning you are providing body systems with everything it needs to rebuild connective tissues, as well as supporting the natural biochemical pathways of healing. Natural therapies are proven to be safe, do not impede pathways involved in healing and do not have major adverse side effects like those of over the counter pain relievers (NSAID’s) or opiates.

 

Which Pain Conditions Does AZ MED CENTER Treat?

AZ MED CENTER focuses on chronic pain like that experienced in fibromyalgia, arthritis, head pain, neck pain and back pain. Additionally, AZ MED CENTER treats all forms of pain whether acute or chronic, using natural, holistic approaches without pharmaceutical medications. AZ MED CENTER first addresses all the underlying dysfunctions involved with pain pathways and creates custom treatments for the individual patient. Often individuals with fibromyalgia have many symptoms other than pain, which must be addressed simultaneously, if those with fibromyalgia can be expected to recover. These can include insomnia, irritable bowel disease, anxiety / depression, brain fog, extreme fatigue and headaches to name a few. When the entire body is treated completely, patients often will find relief within 2 weeks without narcotics, steroid injections or surgery.

 

Are Treatments at AZ MED CENTER Safe?

AZ MED CENTER only uses safe and effective treatments for pain, are generally well tolerated by everyone, and depending upon the pain location and other systems involved, patients generally have noticeable benefit immediately (prolotherapy / acupuncture) to several weeks (nutritional supplementation / etc). Often when several natural therapies are used together patients see faster results. By addressing the underlying problem(s) long term benefit and improved health can be achieved.

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