As many as 50 million people in the United States are sidelined by chronic pain. If you’re not able to enjoy life because of persistent pain, you can find solutions at Valley Medical and Wellness in Minneapolis, Woodbury, and Burnsville, Minnesota. Our skilled pain management specialists, tailor pain management plans to ease your chronic pain and protect your mobility. Find out which treatment is right for your chronic pain by calling the Valley Medical and Wellness office nearest you today.
What is chronic pain?
Chronic pain describes any pain that lasts longer than six weeks or becomes recurrent. While many people experience acute pain from time to time, chronic pain persists and can even worsen over time.
Some of the most common chronic pain conditions include:
Lower back pain
These types of pain can result from underlying medical conditions, like fibromyalgia or cancer, or due to degenerative changes in your body that develop as you get older. Some types of pain result from direct trauma to the body during sports participation, auto accidents, and falls.
How is chronic pain diagnosed?
If you have an underlying medical condition or injury, you may have an idea of what’s triggering your pain. However, if unexplained pain develops and worsens over time, you can receive comprehensive diagnostic care at Valley Medical and Wellness.
The medical team offers comprehensive physical exams that assess the area where pain occurs. In some cases, the physicians can determine the root cause of pain based on the type of pain you have and its location.
In other cases, you may need diagnostic testing like blood work to rule out infections and imaging tests to assess the inner structures of the pain site.
Once they understand your diagnosis, the team at Valley Medical and Wellness customizes a treatment plan that focuses both on the immediate and long-term relief of your pain. They also work with you to slow down the progression of your condition, and, if necessary, offer guidance for preventing additional injury.
What treatments are available for chronic pain?
Your treatment plan for chronic pain focuses on the cause and severity of your pain. In some cases, the Valley Medical and Wellness team uses oral or topical medications to relieve pain immediately and reduce existing inflammation that contributes to pain.
In addition to medication therapies, your provider may recommend physical therapy, acupuncture, or osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) to stretch and strengthen your muscles and improve your blood circulation – all of which can help you manage pain.
The team at Valley Medical and Wellness also offers innovative injection therapies, using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and other substances found naturally in your body. Injections of these substances trigger your body’s natural healing abilities, helping you heal from the inside out.
Your Valley Medical and Wellness provider ensures you have the resources you need to improve your overall health. They can recommend at-home exercises and lifestyle changes to help you stay in control of your pain.
If chronic pain is reducing your quality of life or has left you disabled, schedule a consultation at the Valley Medical and Wellness office nearest you. You can call one of the offices.
Fax Number: 612-444-9000