Could It Be Normal To Live With Chronic Pain?

Suffering from a condition like back pain, arthritis, or neuropathy can be extremely difficult. If your condition results in prolonged pain over a period of months or even years, you’re one of the many people suffering from chronic pain.

Doctors are increasingly considering chronic pain to be a condition in and of itself, with challenges to overcome that are often separate from the cause of the pain. Chronic pain has an impact on all areas of your life, with social and emotional implications, and secondary effects on your physical and mental wellbeing.

In 2016, more than 20% of US adults were living with chronic pain, which equates to around 50 million people. But just because chronic pain is so common doesn’t mean it should be considered normal to suffer.

Disorders that can cause long-term pain

Conditions that cause chronic pain are various. They can be neurological, autoimmune, or musculoskeletal in nature, from degenerative joint diseases like arthritis to sports injuries or damaged ligaments and tendons. Chronic pain can even result from nerve damage caused by conditions like diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or fibromyalgia.

If you're one of the 50 million chronic pain sufferers, you may believe pain is something you simply have to deal with. Pain relieving medications are often of little use to long-term pain sufferers, but there is a new, revolutionary treatment that can help your body heal itself from the inside out.

About regenerative medicine

The regenerative medicine specialists at Physical Medicine & Wellness of Northern Kentucky are able to offer our patients a safe, natural remedy for their chronic pain conditions, including arthritis and injuries to muscles and ligaments.

Regenerative medicine is about encouraging your body to regenerate healthy cells to replace damaged cells at the site of injury or degenerative illness. We do this by injecting stem cells into the damaged tissues.

Stem cells are a special type of cell that has the potential to morph into virtually any type of cell. Dr. Benton Dammel uses an injectable treatment which contains stem cells, alongside growth factor-containing proteins and hyaluronic acid (HA), a moisture-binding substance your body makes naturally. Together, these substances stimulate the creation of new cells in the damaged area, over time replacing it with healthy tissue.

Regenerative medicine is not a quick fix

Regenerative therapy is not an analgesic, meaning it doesn’t offer short-term relief from pain. You won’t feel any relief immediately following treatment, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t workedthe healing process has just begun.

Instead of masking your pain so you can cope, this treatment targets the cause of your pain, healing the root problem rather than acting as a Band-Aid. Regenerative therapy can relieve your pain longer-term, and perhaps even for good.

When should I see improvements?

Depending on the area being treated and how severely damaged the tissues are, you might expect an improvement in your pain within a couple of weeks. Individual results will vary and it could take months to notice the difference in many cases, but patience will pay off.

After treatment, there may be a little pain and swelling, but it’s important to keep active to ensure the affected area receives as much blood supply as possible. This will encourage healing and the fast formation of new, healthy cells.

Many patients only require one treatment, but for some who need an extra boost, one additional treatment is usually all that is needed to get healing on track.

If you're ready to leave the chronic pain behind and give your body the ingredients it needs to heal itself, schedule your appointment online with Dr. Dammel in Florence, Kentucky today.

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