Chronic Pain: Alternatives to Dangerous Pain Medications, Cortisone Injections, and Surgery
Is Pain Relief worth risking your life?
Did you know that people die from overdosing on their pain medications? Maybe you have seen it on the nightly news. Prescription painkillers are considered a major contributor to the total number of medication related deaths in American. In 2007, nearly 28,000 Americans died from unintentional drug poisoning, and of these, nearly 12,000 involved prescription pain meds. Anecdotally, I have both read and heard many stories of people dying from overdosing on Oxycodone, and even Ibuprofen from my patients (Warning: Ibuprofen overdose can cause life threatening gastric bleeding. Oxycodone and other prescription opiates are highly addictive, and can cause serious life-threatening opiate addiction.)
Pain is common
Latest statistics from the American Academy of Pain Medicine research show more than 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain, and in the United States alone 100 million suffer from pain. Chronic pain affects more Americans than cancer, heart disease, and diabetes collectively. Most of us will suffer from pain at one point in our lifetime, if we don’t already. Like gravity, pain seems inevitable.
Aging doesn’t equate pain & suffering
The good news is there are options today beyond conventional measures for stubborn chronic pain conditions. Frequently, I hear my patients shrugging their shoulders and saying, “I guess I’m just getting old, doc.” To which I say, aging doesn’t mean we all will suffer with aches and pains. Dan Buettner’s research with the National Geographic on longevity reveals people living and leading active lives well past 100.
Pain may be common with aging when we neglect our body, yet with recent developments in medicine suffering with our pain is optional now. We can increase our ability to move your joints and spine (range of motion), continue or increase activities you are passionate about, decrease your agonizing pains, and even delay orthopedic surgeries to our later years or permanently in some cases. With the combination of Functional Medicine and Injection therapies, we will reduce your systemic inflammation (part of the cause of pain), as well as decrease neuropathic pain (neuropathic pain is a chronic pain that occurs when nerves become damaged or injured and is debilitating. Prescription medications do not effectively treat neuropathies since they only mask the symptoms, and leave us feeling similar lethargic zombies unable to drive and function at work and home. These medications are a great short-term aid post-operation, however not longterm).
Common neuropathic pain signs and symptoms include burning pain, shooting pain, hot and cold sensations, numbness, and tingling. Do you suffer from neuropathic pain conditions, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Diabetic Neuropathy, Post Herpetic Neuropathy (pain after Shingles), Postsurgical Pain Syndromes (i.e. – Postmastectomy Syndrome, Phantom limb pain), and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or other unresolved pain conditions?
Safe, Effective Pain Treatments
Cortisone joint injections decrease in efficacy after the first injection, and break down the tendons and ligaments in the injection site. This weakens the joint whereas Dextrose (Neural Prolotherapy) and procaine injections (Neural Therapy) decrease neuropathic pain and strengthen the joint tissues. Pharmaceuticals and cortisone injections break down the body and are a temporary Band-aid, meanwhile Neural Therapy and Neural Prolotherapy stimulate healing in the body so the nerves and soft tissues can heal.
Pain Relief and Correction in just Three Appointments
Apollo Health Clinic offers these safe and effective drug-free solutions for acute pain and chronic intractable pain conditions, including neuropathic pain. The treatment results yield 80-95% pain reduction within less than eight treatments, and as little as three appointments (3 – 8 appointments). All treatments have no side effects! Also, pain resolves instantly with patients typically experiencing 40-50% pain reduction after their first appointment!