At Memphis Regenerative Healthcare, we specialize in pain management solutions for a variety of different joint conditions. Using regenerative therapy or PRP therapy, we are able to help patients alleviate both acute and chronic pain. Our pain management clinic in Memphis, TN has assisted dozens of patients find the effective pain relief treatment they deserve.
What Is Pain Management?
Pain management is a field of medicine that focuses on reducing pain. Pain is not inherently a bad thing — in fact, it’s important to be able to experience pain. Pain is a signal your nervous system uses to tell you that something within your body may be wrong. If you didn’t experience pain, you might be seriously injured and have no idea that was the case!
That doesn’t make pain any less of a nuisance, though, especially if the pain is severe enough to affect your ability to do the things you want to do or enjoy doing.
There are two main types of pain:
1. Acute pain
Acute pain tends to be sharp and happens quickly. Acute pain does not last long and it will usually go away when the cause of the pain is properly addressed. Common causes of acute pain include:
- Burns or cuts
- Broken bones
- Minor sports injuries
- Surgery or dental work
Pain management options may be a solution for minor sports injuries or sprains that haven’t gone away and other causes of acute pain.
2. Chronic pain
According to the CDC, chronic pain affects nearly 20% of adults in the United States. It tends to be a long-lasting pain that has a wide range in its intensity. It may feel like a dull ache or a throb and/or feel like an intense burning or shooting pain that makes it difficult to live your life to the fullest. Chronic pain typically lasts 3 months or longer. Common causes of chronic pain include:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Nerve damage
- Trigeminal neuralgia (tic douloureux)
Chronic pain can be more than just feeling pain, too; people with chronic pain may experience a change in or a lack of appetite, have trouble sleeping, experience mood changes, feel unusually fatigued, and/or feel weaker than usual.
In some cases, the cause of chronic pain may not be known, and even when the cause is known, it is possible that the pain will never fully go away.
Pain management can help ease and reduce the severity of chronic and acute pains so you can go back to doing the things you love with less pain.
How We Manage Chronic and Acute Pain
Our regenerative medicine therapies are natural solutions with minimal risks and little to no side effects. Both of these treatments are noninvasive, so you don’t have to worry about hospitalization, risk of rejection, or transmission of disease. They do not require any steroid injections or prescription drugs or potentially addictive painkillers with dangerous side effects. Once treatment is completed, most of our patients are able to return to their daily activities with no downtime or recovery.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP therapy, is an injection that is prepared using a patient’s blood. Blood is made up of several components: red and white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. Plasma is the liquid part of blood that helps cells to travel smoothly through the body. Platelets are responsible for clotting, a key part of the healing process.
After blood is drawn from the patient, the blood is mixed until it has been divided up into different components. The healthcare provider will take the portion that’s made up of plasma and platelets and prepare it for injection at the site where the patient is hurting or injured.
PRP therapy is autologous, which refers to cells or tissues that come from the patient’s body. Because autologous treatments use materials taken directly from the same patient, the body is not going to reject the treatment or have a negative reaction.
PRP therapy usually requires multiple rounds of treatments, but after each round, the vast majority of patients are able to return to work or home with little to no downtime.
Cold Laser Therapy
Cold Laser Therapy is a non-invasive treatment that relieves painful conditions and helps restores function. Patients experience effective results for mild, moderate and acute pain associated with back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, wrist pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, and sports injuries.
Cold Laser Therapy uses light energy to get to the painful area beneath the skin to reduce inflammation. The light triggers chemical changes that help damaged cells and tissues to heal and grow.
Pain Management Treatment Process
During your first consultation with us, our Memphis pain management specialists will discuss your pain — how long it has lasted, possible causes, the location, and so on — and medical history to determine the best treatment option for you.
Once we’ve finished the initial consultation, we will schedule another appointment to begin treatment. Once you’ve finished treatment, you can go home and relax or go back to work. This is the case for most of our patients. They go in for treatment and leave and get back to their normal routines quickly, with no downtime for recovery needed.
If you’re seeing us for PRP therapy, we will schedule multiple treatment sessions and follow-up appointments depending on the severity of pain and other factors.
Schedule an Appointment
Don’t let acute or chronic pain hold you back from doing the things you love. Start managing your pain today by contacting us at our pain management clinic in Memphis for more information or to schedule a consultation.