Chronic Pain

Independent Physical Medicine

Regenerative Medicine & Pain Management Specialist located west of Eastown Elm Intersection in Lima, OH

Independent Physical Medicine is using an integrated approach to form a powerful partnership to help you manage your pain by resolving what is causing the pain. Throughout the United States, most patients living in chronic pain has very little options other than surgery and drugs. At Independent Physical Medicine in Lima, Ohio our providers will never recommend Opioids and in fact, consider opioids our largest competitor. Opioids have caused two problems. The first is a societal problem in which misuse of prescription opioids and heroin affects more than 2 million Americans and an estimated 15 million people worldwide each year. The prevalence of opioid misuse and addiction is rapidly increasing (3) The Second is that healthcare has begun using a scale of 1(no pain) to 10 (severe intractable pain) as the most important (or only) measure of success in patients with chronic pain.

Chronic Pain Q & A

The approach taken by the medical staff at Independent Physical Medicine is that we understand the chronic pain you are experiencing by using diagnostic tools to get to the source of the problem and then developing a customized treatment plan to address the problem that is causing the pain. The mainstream approach of counterproductively masking pain and ignoring the source will not be your experience at our facility. Our provider’s main goal is to restore your life and health by correcting the imbalances that are causing you pain in the most painless and pleasant way possible. 

When should I see a doctor for chronic pain?

As soon as possible. A result of stress injury and/or inflammation, pain begins. Following that, your body’s protective mechanisms set in and guard the injured site resulting in a loss of normal function and restricted mobility occurs. This then causes muscle weakness, and anger, frustration, and a sense of helplessness set in as patients gain weight, lose their independence and relationships suffer. Pain is a cycle that goes far beyond physical discomfort.

People with unrelenting pain don't only suffer from the non-stop sensation of throbbing pain. Researchers have identified a clue that may explain how suffering long-term pain could trigger these other pain-related symptoms. Researchers found that in people with chronic pain, a front region of the cortex associated with emotion fails to deactivate when it should. It's stuck on full throttle, wearing out neurons and altering their connections. They also have trouble sleeping, are often depressed, anxious and even have difficulty making simple decisions. (4). There are now numerous studies that demonstrate that patients with chronic pain have alterations in brain regions involved in cognitive and emotional modulation of pain (5). This complex interplay may explain why patients with long-term chronic pain develop anxiety and depression, but also why those with cognitive distortion and psychological distress are at increased risk for chronic pain and central amplification of pain. (6)

If you are experiencing any or all of the following it is imperative you see a qualified healthcare professional as soon as possible:

  • Joint stiffness or immobility
  • muscle weakness
  • weight gain
  • an increasingly depressive or anxious state 
  • pain that keeps you from doing daily activities like stairs, walking, standing, driving.
  • Pain that has gotten worse since it started
  • A decline in independence
  • A decline in social and family relationships
  • Pain that keeps you from sleeping at night

Your experience at Independent Physical Medicine starts by you calling our office for an exam 567-940-9334. The team at Independent Physical Medicine will spend time during a medical examination, functional and orthopedic evaluations with the goal of getting to the root of your condition. With on-site digital X-ray imaging available, your practitioner is able to gather up-to-date images to help with the diagnostic process, so you can get started on treatment quickly. If you have any MRI images please obtain them from the facility you received them at and bring them with you to your appointment. 

(3)https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/opioid-addiction

(4) Northwestern University. "Chronic Pain Harms The Brain." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 6 February 2008. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/02/080205171755.htm>.

(5) Bushnell MC, Ceko M, Low LA. Cognitive and emotional control of pain and its disruption in chronic pain. Nat Rev Neurosci. 2013;14:502–11.

(6) Crofford LJ. Chronic Pain: Where the Body Meets the Brain. Trans Am Clin Climatol Assoc. 2015;126:167–183.

Independent Physical Medicine’s non-narcotic interventions for chronic pain are developed and recommended on a case to case basis but may include:

  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Platelet Rich Plasma
  • Nerve blocks
  • Hyaluronic Acid or other joint injections
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Professional Referrals to address psychological components of pain
  • Specialized Rehabilitation
  • Chiropractic
  • Acupuncture
  • Bracing 

No matter which treatment is right for you, the team at Independent Physical Medicine collaborate together to ensure you’re receiving comprehensive care. 

You have options for chronic pain relief at Independent Physical Medicine. Find out more by booking an evaluation either online or over the phone today.  

What causes or contributes to chronic pain?

Chronic pain has many different causes and the sources are as unique as the individual. Our office will perform a thorough medical evaluation with imaging as well as orthopedic and functional evaluations to identify what is causing your chronic pain. Generally, our patients report their chronic pain to be caused by the following:

  • Lingering injury
  • Meniscus, rotator cuff or other tears
  • Post-surgical pain and complications
  • Degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis
  • Mis aligned joints being used for the same movement over and over 
  • Neuropathy
  • Sports Injury
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scar tissue
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Automobile or other accidents
  • Tendon and or ligament dysfunction 
  • Inflammation 
  • Slips and falls
  • Strains fractures or sprains
  • Slipped, herniated or bulging discs