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How to Reduce Chronic Pain Without Painkillers

An estimated 50 million American adults suffer chronic pain, defined as pain that’s persistent and lasting anywhere from several weeks to years.

Chronic pain easily affects your quality of life. There are plenty of painkillers available in today’s world, but these drugs come with side effects, and health risks increase the longer you rely on them. 

At Apple Medical Centers, our team is trained in drug-free pain management. Prescription painkillers aren’t your only option, even if you’re living with chronic pain. We’re proud to offer the latest in regenerative medicine and pain management solutions.

The dark side of painkillers

Pharmaceutical drugs like painkillers are developed to prevent and treat health issues. Painkillers like acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen are available over the counter (OTC), while stronger medications like oxycodone, codeine, and hydrocodone require prescriptions. 

When you experience pain — whether it’s an occasional headache or ongoing pain from a chronic condition  — it can be tempting to take painkillers to feel better. But the side effects from both OTC and prescription drugs may cause problems of their own. 

Relying on painkillers to manage your chronic pain often isn’t a safe long-term solution. Taking painkillers regularly may put you at higher risk for health complications that range from organ damage to addiction, particularly if you take opioid painkillers. 

Drug-free treatments for chronic pain

Our team believes that turning to pain medication isn’t the only nonsurgical option. At Apple Medical Centers, we take your pain seriously, and we’re here to provide effective solutions without prescribing painkillers.

Regenerative medicine

Regenerative medicine is a growing service offering that harnesses the body’s natural healing power to manage chronic pain. Using human cellular tissue products found in your own body, we stimulate healing and tissue regeneration to address a range of conditions affecting your musculoskeletal system.

Regenerative medicine helps our patients manage joint conditions like arthritis, injuries, and more. In many cases, the pain relief you achieve with regenerative medicine may be enough that you can stop using painkillers and avoid more invasive treatments.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy

PRP therapy is a type of regenerative medicine that utilizes growth factors and proteins from your blood to promote healing. It stimulates tissue repair to minimize pain, and side effects are rare because we use only products from your own body. 

Our team might recommend PRP if you’re living with a chronic condition like osteoarthritis or lower back pain caused by injury or a degenerative condition. PRP also has benefits in repairing acute injuries affecting ligaments, tendons, and muscles.

Like other types of regenerative medicine, PRP therapy offers benefits over painkillers. Rather than masking pain, PRP therapy addresses pain and its root causes to promote natural healing.

Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation can play a crucial role in pain management, too. Alongside regenerative medicine, it can improve mobility and reduce chronic pain without the need for taking pain medication in the long term.

Our team might recommend rehabilitation as part of recovery if you’ve recently undergone orthopedic surgery. In other cases, rehabilitation may help relieve pain, restore range of motion, and reduce risk of injury if you have a degenerative condition like arthritis.

A chronic pain condition doesn’t mean you have to live with ongoing discomfort. Our team is here for you, and we’re ready to help you find the right plan to reduce your pain. Call us today at 423-301-9662 or schedule your free consultation now.

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