According to the CDC, chronic diseases are some of the most costly to treat, but they’re also the most preventable. At All Functional Health in the Bay Area- San Ramon and Turlock, California, as well as New Eastside- Chicago, Illinois, Jeffrey Mark, MD, uses innovative, functional medicine to treat the underlying causes of chronic pain without the use of addictive opioids. For more information, call All Functional Health or schedule a visit online today.
Chronic pain is any type of pain that lasts for three to six months — or more in many cases. Normally, your body feels pain in response to an injury — muscle strains, fractured bones, arthritis, cuts, etc. After the injury heals, however, your pain should stop completely.
If you have chronic pain, however, that pain doesn’t go away when your injury heals. It can feel constant or intermittent, meaning it comes and goes. Over time, chronic pain can impact your ability to function properly without pain.
Many different factors can cause chronic pain, including old injuries and degenerative diseases. Some of the most common causes of chronic pain are:
Without early intervention and proper treatment, chronic pain can lead to disability, making it difficult to perform in school, work, and at home.
Dr. Mark uses functional medicine approaches to treat the underlying causes of chronic pain, rather than relying on opioids to mask the symptoms. Some of the most effective chronic pain treatments available at All Functional Health are:
PRP injections use platelet-rich plasma created from your blood to repair injuries and promote healing. After drawing your blood, Dr. Mark runs it through a centrifuge to isolate the platelet-rich plasma.
Next, he injects the PRP directly into your damaged muscles, tissues, ligaments, or tendons. Over the coming weeks and months, the PRP triggers your body’s natural healing abilities to repair the damage.
Like PRP, exosome RNA uses your body’s natural healing abilities to repair damage. The exosomes in your spinal fluid contain markers known as microRNAs that researchers believe can help improve neuropathic pain.
Energy medicine focuses on your body’s natural bioenergy field, which acts as a control system to manage the self-healing power of your body. Stress, environmental changes, and lifestyle habits all have an effect on your body’s bioenergy field.
When it’s disrupted, you can feel sluggish or tired. Dr. Mark uses holistic techniques, such as acupuncture, kinesiology, yoga, massage therapy, and more, to realign your natural bioenergy field to reduce chronic pain and fatigue.
Nutraceuticals use food sources and supplements to help relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Over time, this can help you regain the function of damaged muscles and tissues, increase energy levels, and boost mental clarity.
All Functional Health also offers a medical weight loss program. Additional weight puts excess stress on your joints and affects your overall health, while potentially exacerbating chronic health concerns. Losing weight can help relieve chronic pain on its own or in combination with other treatments.
If you want to alleviate chronic pain without addictive opioids and pain medications, call All Functional Health or book an appointment online.
We also offer HIPPA compliant Telemedicine services.
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