Care for Pain Management
If you have acute or chronic back pain, one of our physicians will discuss your medical history with you and then perform a physical examination. You may also need X-rays or other tests to determine the cause of your pain. Once the cause has been identified, one of our experienced medical professionals will recommend the best treatment to relieve your symptoms and make it easier to move on with your life.
Neck pain has a number of different causes, from automobile accidents to muscle tension. If you have this type of pain, there is no need to suffer in silence. Visit one of our providers to find out how you can control the pain and prevent it from taking over your life. Some people respond well to rest, application of cold or heat, or physical therapy. Others need pain medications, muscle relaxers, or other prescription drugs to control their symptoms. It is important to work with an experienced medical professional so you can find out the best treatment for your particular type of pain.
The bones of your skeleton connect at the joints, which aid in movement and help support the body. If you have joint damage from arthritis or old injuries, you may experience chronic pain. In some people, the pain is fairly mild and can be controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers. Other people experience debilitating joint pain that makes it difficult to walk and perform other basic activities. When you visit one of SunMed health care providers because of joint pain, the provider will examine you and ask questions about past injuries and illnesses. After determining the cause of the pain, a provider can recommend physical therapy, medications, or other treatments.
Pain Management Techniques
If you continue to experience pain after receiving treatment for your injury or illness, there are ways to manage the pain. Conventional pain management techniques include medications, platelet rich plasma injections and or physical therapy. A provider might also recommend psychological counseling, surgical intervention, or alternative medical treatments.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection for join pain
PRP therapies allow for the separation of a patient’s blood through a variety of harvesting techniques to extract a concentration of platelets. These platelets when activated release adhesive glycoproteins and various growth factors forming a fibrin mesh under the tissue. The growth factors and or cytokines released when the concentrated platelets are activated in soft tissue include:
- Transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ) – cell division and stem cell attraction
- Connective tissue growth factor (wound healing)
- Insulin-like growth factor I & II (ILGF)
- Vascular endothelial growth factor (organ regeneration)
- Epidermal growth factor (EGF)
- Interleuken 8
- Fibroblast growth factor (wound healing/aesthetics)
- Keratinocyte growth factor (wound healing/aesthetics)
Once these proteins and growth factors bind to the cellular receptors of skin tissue at the injection point, they activate a variety of intercellular events which help mediate:
- Migration of stem cells to the injection area
- New Cell proliferation
- Production of extracellular matrix proteins
Regeneration occurs within the tissues and fibrils ensues, growth and tissue repair will continue for up to (5) weeks after the injections. The result is promotion of local tissue growth and repair of damaged tissue that is permanent. PRP is natural and will not be reabsorbed or synthesized by bacteria.
The evidence on the good results for these includes the following indications:
- Pain Management Indications
- Chronic Tendinopathies
- Ligament Sprains & Tears
- Large & Small Bursa Injections
Develop a Plan
If you have frequent pain due to an illness or injury, you do not need to let the pain take control of your life. Schedule an appointment to see one of our friendly, caring medical professionals. You can discuss your pain and work together to develop a pain management plan that meets your individual needs.
Schedule your pain management evaluation today. Same or next-day appointment available