Chronic Pain Treatments in Millersville and Crofton, MD
Common Causes of Chronic Pain and How Our Approach Differs
According to the American Pain Foundation, as many as 50 million Americans deal with chronic pain. Chronic pain is defined as being in pain that lasts three months or longer. Despite dedicated research efforts, chronic pain remains a condition that is often misunderstood and difficult to manage for many people. Common causes of chronic pain include fibromyalgia, nerve damage, arthritis, migraines, and injuries caused by auto accidents or slip-and-falls. Chronic pain can affect your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It’s not uncommon for people with chronic pain to become sad or anxious about the future. If you have chronic back, neck, shoulder, or knee pain, Effective Integrative Healthcare is focused on treating the causes for your chronic pain and not just helping you manage the symptoms. While other professionals in the medical field may be quick to prescribe pain medications to alleviate the symptoms, we utilize natural, drug-free alternatives that offer long-term pain management and even healing in some cases. Are you interested in learning more about our chronic pain treatment options? Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our integrative health centers!
Creating a Customized Chronic Pain Treatment Plan for You
Taking a holistic approach to your healthcare means examining your biology, medical and family history, lifestyle, and more to provide comprehensive treatment. At Effective Integrative Healthcare, we’re dedicated to creating a detailed picture of your health to help us find the best ways to alleviate your chronic pain and discomfort. When you come in for a chronic pain treatment consultation at our office in Millersville or Crofton, we typically recommend a combination of chronic pain treatments, including:
Before considering chiropractic care for your chronic pain, we’ll complete a thorough evaluation that includes both an orthopedic and brief neurological evaluation. These assessments are essential to help us analyze your range of motion, muscle strength and tone, and signs of neurological damage in the affected area. Further testing may be needed to assess your reflexes, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure before attempting a chiropractic adjustment. We may use X-rays to get a clearer picture of what’s going on inside your body that’s causing your pain. You should be prepared to answer the following questions during your chiropractic examination:
- Where is your pain located?
- When and how did it start?
- Describe your pain (throbbing, dull, sharp, etc.)
- How long do your pain symptoms usually last?
- Did the pain start after an injury?
- Do you have any pre-existing conditions?
- Do any activities make the pain worse?
- Do any activities make the pain better?
- Describe your occupational, dietary, and exercise habits
While it may sound counterintuitive at first, sometimes the best cure for chronic pain is to get out there and start moving through physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises. Physical therapy strengthens your muscles, increases flexibility in both your muscles and joints, and improves your range of motion. Our physical therapists will work with you to develop the best course of treatment, incorporating other techniques such as Active Release Techniques (ART) or Pulsed Cold Laser Therapy when necessary.
Trigger Point Injections
If knots in your neck, shoulders, or back make up the bulk of your chronic pain, trigger point injections may help target your body’s trigger points to provide adequate pain relief. This safe, fast-acting method of treatment involves injecting an anti-inflammatory drug called Sarapin directly into your trigger points. Many patients prefer these injections to corticosteroids, which may damage cartilage, tendons, or bones over time. Used for over 70 years, Sarapin is plant-based and doesn’t have any known side effects.
Acupuncture allows us to utilize your body’s natural healing properties to alleviate chronic pain. Rooted in the ancient Chinese medical philosophy that your body has an energy flow, acupuncture involves inserting tiny, sterile needles into your problem areas to restore balanced energy flow. Acupuncture may not be for everybody, but many of our patients have found it to be effective and relaxing.
Many Americans have discovered the benefits of massage therapy for their chronic pain. In addition to alleviating the physical symptoms of chronic pain, massage therapy also reduces anxiety and depression and can help minimize insomnia. Although spas typically offer massages for relaxation, we’re focused on providing medical massage therapy that applies the latest tools and techniques in functional medicine.
Back Pain Medical Products
There’s an entire industry based around back pain medical products. Effective Integrative Healthcare offers durable medical equipment (DME) designed to minimize the stress and tension caused by chronic pain. Be sure to ask us about the benefits of therapeutic braces, reusable hot and cold packs, and more to help you complete your chronic pain treatment at home.
IV Vitamin Therapy
When your body is lacking nutrients, it makes it more challenging to maintain wellness. Nutritional IV therapy gives your body a needed boost in vitamins, B-12, calcium, magnesium, and more. Increased energy levels and improved immune system health from this treatment can help manage chronic pain.
Helpful Tips for Preventing and Managing Your Chronic Pain
Eating a well-balanced diet and exercising are two things you can do to manage chronic pain. We also recommend quitting smoking and reducing your alcohol consumption, as well as learning how to incorporate relaxation techniques like yoga into your daily routine. View our blog “8 Tips for Managing Chronic Pain” for even more tips!
We Treat Your Whole Body, Not Just Chronic Aches and Pains
At Effective Integrative Healthcare, we treat your whole body and not just your chronic aches and pains. To learn more about our chronic pain treatments in Millersville and Crofton, MD, we invite you to contact us and schedule an appointment for a consultation. If it’s your first visit to one of our integrative health centers, you can download new patient forms on our website, as well as read tips to make your first visit with us as comfortable as possible.