Chronic back, neck, and joint pain affects millions of Americans every year. For some, the pain is a minor inconvenience, but for others, it can be debilitating. Back pain is one of the top reasons for missed workdays in the U.S. It can be frustrating to be told that nothing can be done or that addictive medications and surgery are your only options. There are safe, non-invasive treatments that can heal the root cause of chronic pain conditions. These treatments have been used for years, but many American’s are not aware of them. Here are three treatments you should consider if you struggle with chronic pain.

Laser Therapy

When pain persists after an injury should have healed, the reason can sometimes be a stalled healing process. Low levels of inflammation and incomplete healing can cause continued pain and stiffness in soft tissues. Cold laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses red and near-infrared light to jump-start the healing process. Laser therapy acts on a cellular level, stimulating cells to produce growth factors and collagen. It also increases the flow of blood, nutrients, and oxygen to the area. The net result is healing. 

The process is comfortable and safe. The only side effects are some temporary redness or swelling at the treatment site. Most patients notice dramatic relief after a few treatments. In a study of patients with knee pain, most noticed improvement after each session. 

Laser therapy can treat acute injuries that haven’t healed properly and treat degenerative conditions like arthritis. When used at the site of an injury, laser therapy can bring about complete healing and long-term pain relief. Arthritis cannot be completely healed with laser therapy, but the treatment can reduce inflammation and pain, resulting in better movement and quality of life. 

Regenerative Therapy

Regenerative therapy uses amniotic allograft to help patients heal from stubborn pain. Amniotic allograft refers to products derived from amniotic fluid. Amniotic fluid is a naturally occurring substance that surrounds and nourishes a baby in the womb. The fluid used in regenerative therapy is donated by mothers who have had a live, healthy baby delivered by cesarean section. Amniotic fluid contains healing cells and hyaluronic acid. It is tested for pathogens and put through a rigorous sterilization process before it is sold to medical practitioners for use on patients. Amniotic allograft has been proven safe, and physicians have used amniotic products for over 20 years to improve healing outcomes. 

Amniotic fluid contains special cells that encourage the cells at the injection site to start making healthy tissue. Over time the new healthy tissue replaces the old damaged tissue. Hyaluronic acid is nature’s cushioning fluid. It gives shape and bounce to our skin and acts as a lubricant in our joints. Because of the mixture of healing cells and hyaluronic acid, amniotic allograft is useful in treating arthritis and other kinds of joint injuries. It can also help repair soft tissues in the back and neck. 

Regenerative therapy does not work overnight because it is stimulating a natural healing process. Unlike a pain medication that treats pain quickly but wears off, regenerative therapy can result in healing and long-term pain relief. It can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months for a patient to begin feeling the effects. Some patients need a booster injection two months after their first injection. Once results begin, improvement continues over several weeks or months. Studies have shown that patients typically show a significant pain reduction after just one injection. Tendon-related pain responds especially well to this treatment. Regenerative therapy is recommended for patients whose pain has not responded to other treatments. People with stubborn chronic pain often experience relief with regenerative therapy after other treatments have failed. 

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

This treatment is also known as spinal decompression therapy. It is non-invasive and has been proven effective for chronic back pain. Spinal decompression is motorized traction that gently stretches the spine to create negative pressures within the vertebrae. This helps to suck in bulging discs and herniated discs. It also takes the pressure off of nerves and improves the flow of blood and healing cells to the area. 

Our body’s healing process requires blood flow to bring the cells that start the regeneration process. Unfortunately, the area around the spine, including the discs and the facet joints, tend not to receive robust blood flow. Spinal decompression helps your body heal itself by allowing better blood flow to the area. It is especially effective for disc-related problems and arthritis or injury to the facet joints. 

The discs between your vertebrae help to cushion your spine and allow for smooth movement. When a disc is herniated, the disc leaks fluid that irritates nearby tissues and nerves. Your body has special cells that can clean up the mess, but these cells struggle to get to the area without adequate blood flow. When a disc is injured or begins bulging out of place, creating negative pressure between the vertebrae can help reposition it and take pressure off of surrounding nerves and tissues. It is this combination of increased blood flow and pressure relief that makes spinal decompression so effective. 

Studies have shown that 85 % of patients with disc-related back pain experienced “good to excellent” results from spinal decompression therapy. Over 60% of patients who had been dealing with chronic back pain experienced complete, long-term relief. 

Chronic Pain Treatment in Kentucky

At All Star Chiropractic, we provide compassionate treatment for people dealing with chronic pain. Our providers will evaluate your condition and recommend the treatment plan that is right for you. We believe that chronic pain is not something you have to live with. Visit our clinics in Florence and Independence to find out how our non-invasive chronic pain treatments can help you get back to the things you love. 

*Regenerative therapy is available at the Florence location only.