As one of the most common reasons to see a doctor, pain is a significant contributor to health care costs, and chronic pain is a leading cause of disability. Whether it’s the result of an illness or injury, if you’re experiencing chronic pain, call or make an appointment online with Dr. German Zermeno at the American Institute of Natural Medicine in Tustin, California.
Chronic neck pain, low back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain and ankle pain are very common conditions.
Unfortunately, after an injury the acute pain turns into chronic pain and remains present for many years leading to disability, chronic use of anti-inflammatories, steroids and pain medication especially opiates resulting in addiction to medication and its consequences, sometime causing the patient to resort to illegal drugs to alleviate the pain.
Sadly, our medical system fails to recognize this issue. It is very common when an injury to the neck or lower back occur the disc is always the blame, focusing all efforts to treat the pain by treating the disc with steroids, physical therapy, spinal decompression, chiropractic treatment and eventually surgery.
The treatments are usually ineffective and after surgery the patient has to deal with the pain caused by the trauma and the surgery. His is left with the only option of taking pain medication for life.
Fortunately most cases of chronic pain are as a result of soft tissue injury, mostly ligaments and tendons. These tissues are formed of fibrous material and their role is to hold the bones in place and to allow the muscles to attach to the bones. During an injury these tissues are stretched causing small tears. Due to the lack of blood supply on these rope-like structures healing is impaired, causing chronic pain and disability. The same applies to shoulders, elbows, knees and ankles.
Conventional doctors use heat-ice, physical therapy, steroids and anti-inflammatories with poor response because they are not addressing the main cause which is the lack of blood supply and oxygen to repair the damaged tissues.
We use ozone therapy also known as prolozone injected next to the damaged areas. Ozone decreases pain, inflammation and supplies oxygen to the injured areas stimulating circulation. When we combine prolozone with PRP (platelets rich plasma) from the patient’s own blood or stem cells from umbilical cord the results are even better. These cells release healing factors that call special cells to repair those damaged tissues resulting in resolution of the pain and improvement of the function. Surgeries except for emergencies should be the last resource.
When pain is located on multiple areas and it is not related to an injury usually is caused by a generalized disorder like rheumatoid arthritis or autoimmune disorder, toxins or chronic infections like Lyme’s, mold or Epstein Bar virus. A work up should be aimed to find the cause of inflammation and correct it.
To find out which treatment method is right for your chronic pain, call or book an appointment online at the American Institute of Natural Medicine today.