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May 25, 2021 Uncategorized

If you have chronic pain, you will probably have difficulty completing assignments at your job, enjoying your hobbies, and spending time with your friends. If traditional treatment methods haven’t worked for you, you shouldn’t give up and accept the pain. At Renew Health in Tempe, Phoenix, and Goodyear, Arizona, we can use pain management treatments to improve your symptoms and enhance your wellbeing.

What Is Pain Management?

If you have a back, neck, or spine injury, you might suffer from chronic pain that prevents you from living a happy, productive life. If you have one of these issues, your symptoms might not respond to invasive procedures or habit-forming medications. Fortunately, you don’t have to use these methods to improve your health.

At Renew Health, we will use a technique called interventional pain management, or IPM, to address your medical issues. Pain management is a type of medicine that uses multidisciplinary techniques to treat spinal injuries and many other types of medical problems. If you haven’t had success with traditional pain treatments, you should think about using this method to obtain relief.

What Is Chronic Pain?

It’s normal to feel discomfort when you stub your toe or strain a muscle during exercise. Pain is a signal that lets you know that you have an injury. Under normal circumstances, your pain will gradually decrease as your toe heals or your muscle recovers from exercise. Once you are fully healed, your pain will resolve, and you will feel strong and energic.

Unfortunately, chronic pain develops when you continue to experience discomfort for months or years after you had an accident or developed an injury. In general, your pain will become chronic after you have experienced discomfort for at least 12 weeks. This type of pain can decrease your flexibility, energy levels, and mobility. As this condition continues to affect your life, you might be unable to perform certain types of chores and other daily activities.

Why Am I Experiencing Chronic Pain?

Scientists do not fully understand why chronic pain develops. However, they believe that this medical issue can begin when you pull a muscle, strain your back, or develop another type of injury. If your nerves are damaged, your discomfort may become more severe, and your pain might last for a longer period of time. Sometimes, your pain will continue after your initial injury is healed. It can be very difficult to treat this pain with traditional methods.

Alternatively, you might have chronic pain that you cannot connect to a specific accident or injury. Scientists think that certain health conditions, such as endometriosis, fibromyalgia, or chronic fatigue syndrome, can cause you to experience this type of discomfort. In addition, your risk of developing chronic pain will increase as you become older. Further, you will be more likely to suffer from pain if you are female.

What Techniques Can I Use To Treat My Chronic Pain?

We can use platelet-rich plasma treatments, Ketamine infusions, and other minimally invasive methods to address your chronic pain. Depending on your needs, you might achieve the most significant reduction in your pain if you go to multiple treatment sessions. For example, we may instruct you to improve your comfort levels by receiving regular ketamine infusions.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatments

Platelet-rich plasma treatments can be used to address joint pain, osteoarthritis, and chronic back pain. We can also use PRP treatments to treat torn rotator cuffs, tennis elbow, and other types of sports injuries. In addition, we may advise you to receive platelet-rich plasma if you have certain types of headaches or are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome.

Platelets are fragments of cells that help your blood clot when you are injured. Your platelets also have growth factors that encourage you to create new cells. During your appointment, we will take a sample of your blood. We will use your blood to create a platelet-rich plasma substance that we will inject into the area that is causing you to experience chronic pain. This substance will enhance your healing abilities and reduce your pain.

Epidural Injections

An epidural injection is a minimally invasive treatment that can reduce symptoms that are related to spinal problems. We will address your pain by administering steroids into the outer layer of your spine. These steroids can reduce inflammation that is caused by bone spurs, root compression, and other health problems. This technique may improve your symptoms for many years.

We frequently use epidural injections to address sciatica, spinal stenosis, and herniated discs. We can also improve symptoms that are caused by spondylolisthesis, degenerative discs, and other medical problems. As your pain improves, you will have an easier time performing chores around the house and finishing tasks at work. In addition, you might be more likely to participate in a physical therapy program.

Ablation Treatments

During an ablation treatment, we will use heat energy to temporarily stop nerves from sending pain signals to your brain. This treatment can be an excellent way to improve pain in your neck and lower back. In addition, we can use this technique to address discomfort that is related to arthritic joints. If physical therapy and medication have failed to relieve your pain, you should consider getting an ablation treatment.

During your appointment, we will use heat to carefully burn the nerve that is causing your symptoms. After you receive this treatment, you might be able to reduce your reliance on oral pain medications. Since this treatment has a short recovery period, you will be able to quickly return to your normal schedule. It’s common for ablation to reduce your pain for up to two years.

Ketamine Infusions

Ketamine is a medication that is frequently used to treat social anxiety disorders, general anxiety disorders, and other types of mood issues. In addition to regulating moods, this medication can be used to treat chronic pain. During your treatment, we will give you intravenous infusions of Ketamine. Receiving a Ketamine infusion is a comfortable and convenient way to address your chronic pain.

If you suffer from chronic pain, you might experience a central sensitization process that will cause your pain signals to increase. This process can also change the intensity of your pain signals. Experts believe that Ketamine improves chronic pain by reversing this process and resetting your pain signals. As your pain signals improve, your symptoms are likely to become less intense.

What Medical Issues Can These Treatments Address?

Our treatments can be used to address symptoms that are caused by a wide variety of medical conditions. For example, we can use Ketamine infusions to address discomfort that is associated with TMJ syndrome. If you have this condition, you should consider using our treatments to reduce your jaw pain. In addition, we can use Ketamine infusions to address back pain, shingles, and neuropathic pain.

Before we address your pain, we will talk about your health and review the symptoms that you are experiencing. We will also talk about the pain treatments, medications, and other techniques that you have tried in the past. After we have reviewed this information, we will craft a unique treatment plan for you. For example, if you are suffering from tennis elbow, we may advise you to use a series of PRP treatments to decrease your pain.

What Will My Pain Treatments Be Like?

In the past, you might have used traditional pain treatment methods that were unpleasant and ineffective. For example, you might have taken oral medications that caused you to feel tired. Alternatively, you might have received an invasive procedure that had a very long recovery period.

Fortunately, our revolutionary pain management tempe methods are very gentle and effective. Although the details of your appointment will vary, you will feel comfortable and relaxed during all of our treatments. In addition, all of our pain treatments have very brief recovery periods. As a result, you will be not required to take weeks off from your job or spend nights in the hospital after you use these techniques to improve your symptoms.

Receiving Ketamine Infusions

Receiving a Ketamine infusion is a relaxing process that will usually take about 45 to 60 minutes. The dose that you receive will be customized to match your health, size, and medical needs. We will use a very small butterfly needle to administer your infusion. This technique will allow your bloodstream to gradually absorb your Ketamine dose.

After you receive your infusion, your pain will quickly decrease, and you will feel very relaxed and calm. We will monitor you as you respond to your infusion. Once you are ready, you will be able to return to your home. To protect your safety, you should not drive yourself after your pain treatment is complete. Instead, you should ask a close friend, family member, or another companion to drive you to your house or apartment.

Receiving a PRP Treatment

Our PRP treatments are also quick and effective. Your PRP treatment will usually last for about 30 to 90 minutes. We will start the process of treating your chronic pain by using a very small syringe to draw blood from one of your veins. Next, we will put your blood into a special centrifuge that will allow us to create a PRP solution. After we disinfect and clean your skin, we will gently inject the solution into your target area.

Under some circumstances, we might use ultrasound technology to help us administer your solution. After we have finished injecting your PRP solution, we will clean your target area and apply a bandage to your skin. Following your appointment, you will be able to work, do chores, and perform other daily tasks. However, we will advise you to avoid smoking, taking hot baths, and drinking alcohol for a while.

Are These Techniques Effective?

These treatments are very good at treating a variety of medical issues that are associated with chronic pain. For example, in a scientific study, 84% of people who received PRP treatments for tennis elbow said that their pain was substantially reduced. In other studies, people who received PRP treatments for tendonitis, back pain, and osteoarthritis experienced improvements in their negative symptoms.

Relieve Your Pain

If your chronic pain hasn’t responded to physical therapy or other traditional treatment methods, you shouldn’t give up. Our PRP treatments, Ketamine infusions, and other therapies can decrease your symptoms and enhance your productivity. If you would like to learn more about our pain management in tempe options, you should contact us at Renew Health in Tempe, Phoenix, and Goodyear, Arizona to schedule a meeting today.


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May 25, 2021 Uncategorized

It’s not an overstatement of fact to say that chronic pain is bad for your health. Not only does the evidence of chronic pain show in premature aging, but it can also cause health decline, such as low immunity or loss of mobility. The traditional treatment for treating pain is through medication, but for those who aren’t benefiting from traditional pain management, a new solution may be effective. At Renew Health in Tempe, AZ, we believe that Stryker radiofrequency ablation is a good alternative treatment to traditional pain management.

What Is Stryker: Radiofrequency Ablation?

Stryker is a radiofrequency treatment that can significantly reduce pain severity and frequency for up to 12 months at a time. This is a minimally invasive treatment that destroys the nerve fibers that are responsible for transmitting pain signals to the brain. The ablation portion of this treatment comes from the way radiofrequency energy is used to injure or “burn” the nerve that is causing pain, which acts as an effective block against pain transmission.

How Does This Treatment Work?

The key to this treatment is the advanced Stryker device, which is used on the surface of the skin to deliver energy to the affected area of the body. During the treatment, you will lay on a table while topical numbing cream is applied to the intended treatment area. If you have had a nerve block before, then the procedure for this treatment will be very similar.

A thin hollow needle will be inserted into the treatment region, which will then be used to deliver the heating current to the nerve that is causing pain. The current passes through the needle to create a precise burn on the nerve that is about the size of a Q-tip. This burn will damage the portion of the nerve that is transmitting pain and disrupt the pain signals to the brain.

How Long Does This Treatment Take?

While actually burning the nerve sending pain signals takes about 90 seconds, your overall treatment may take about one hour or more depending on how many areas are being treated and the extent of your pain.

What Is Recovery Like?

After your treatment, you will be able to walk around and go back home, although someone will need to drive you. You will be able to go back to work after 24 to 72 hours after this treatment and you may engage in some other activities, including light exercise like walking.

When Can You Expect Results?

The results for your treatment will appear within 10 to 14 days after your treatment. Some people may experience immediate pain relief, while others may need up to three weeks to experience significant pain loss. You will need to attend follow-up appointments during your recovery period to assess the progress of your results. Most patients can expect a significant reduction in daily pain after this treatment.

The results of this treatment can last between nine and 24 months depending on the degree of the treatment and how quickly the nerve regrows after the treatment. Usually, nerve regrowth starts about six to 12 months after the initial treatment.

Can You Have This Treatment Multiple Times?

Yes, you can repeat this treatment as needed as long as the affected nerve is healed between treatments. Patients who experience successful pain reduction from this treatment may want to seriously consider future treatments when the results wear off.

What Can This Treat?

The Stryker system is commonly used to treat acute, chronic, and neurological pain caused by overwork, injury, or degenerative disease. This treatment can be used to treat back pain, neck pain, joint pain in the knee and pelvis, peripheral nerve pain, and arthritis in the spine that may be contributing to overall pain. This essentially means those who are experiencing chronic neurological pain in most areas of the body can benefit from this treatment.

Why Should You Consider This Treatment?

There are plenty of reasons to consider this treatment. For example, because this treatment is minimally invasive, it is considered relatively safe and has a very low risk of complications, including potential scarring. Other reasons to consider this treatment include:

Effective Alternative for Chronic Pain

This treatment has a 70 to 80% effectiveness rate for people who require nerve blocks to reduce pain. This treatment can adequately manage long-term pain, including acute pain from injuries, for significant periods of time. Stryker is often a preferred treatment for alternative pain management, particularly for those who have not found effective pain management from traditional solutions.

No Dependence on Medication

Patients who are looking for alternative treatments to medication-based pain management can benefit from this treatment. Many people who have chronic pain develop a reliance on pain relief medications that can cause other medical complications, such as chronic constipation. For those who want to stop or decrease the use of pain medications, this treatment can be helpful.

Regain Function

This treatment helps regain function, especially for those who need physical therapy to return to work or who are recovering from acute injuries. By using this treatment to block the signal of nerve pain, it can be easier to undergo occupational therapy and regain better daily function. This can include gaining a better range of motion and improved quality of life.

Long-Lasting Results

This treatment can produce pain-relieving results for several months. In fact, this treatment produces significantly longer results than traditional steroid injections and other nerve blocking treatments.

Who Are Good Candidates?

Candidates for this treatment include those who have had successful pain relief after diagnostic nerve block injections or previous nerve block treatments. This treatment can’t be used for patients who are currently pregnant or who have current infections. Other qualifications for this treatment can be determined during a consultation.

Resolve Your Pain With Radiofrequency Ablation

The Stryker radiofrequency ablation treatment is the best minimally-invasive, non-surgical alternative to traditional pain relief treatments. This treatment is particularly useful for those who have neurological pain and who have not benefited from other pain management techniques, including medications.


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It’s common to have difficulty treating your chronic pain with medications, physical therapy, and other traditional methods. If these techniques haven’t improved your discomfort and other negative symptoms, you shouldn’t give up. At Renew Health in Tempe and Goodyear, AZ, we can use platelet-rich plasma treatments, radiofrequency ablation, and other methods to address your discomfort.

How Can You Treat Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain occurs when you experience unpleasant symptoms for at least 12 weeks after you become injured or develop another physical problem. Experiencing pain over a long period of time can prevent you from exercising, going to work, and completing other important tasks. Fortunately, we can use a wide variety of minimally invasive techniques to treat your pain.

Receiving an Epidural Injection

If you are suffering from spinal stenosis, herniated discs, or sciatica, we may recommend receiving an epidural injection. In addition, this treatment can address the pain that is associated with degenerative discs and spondylolisthesis. During your appointment, we will inject medication into the epidural space around your spinal cord. This medication may decrease your pain and improve your mobility by reducing your inflammation.

As your inflammation decreases, you may be able to exercise more, do household chores, and be more productive at work. In addition, you might decide to achieve further improvements in your mobility by attending physical therapy sessions.

Getting a Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment

Platelet-rich plasma treatments use platelets from your own blood to address your physical discomfort. This treatment is also called PRP. We will start this minimally invasive treatment by performing a quick and comfortable blood draw. Next, we will use this blood sample to create a substance that is rich in platelets. We will address your pain by injecting this substance in the location where you are experiencing discomfort.

If you are suffering from a sports injury, we may advise you to receive a PRP treatment. For example, you might decide to use this technique to treat a tennis elbow or a torn rotator cuff. In addition to improving sports injuries, we can use this technique to address carpal tunnel syndrome, joint pain, chronic back pain, and osteoarthritis.

Receiving a Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment

Ablation treatments can be used to address symptoms that affect your lower back or neck. In addition, we may advise you to think about receiving this treatment if you have arthritis or if you have not been able to improve your pain by attending physical therapy sessions and taking medication. An ablation treatment will use the power of heat to temporarily address your discomfort.

If you decide to receive an ablation treatment, we will gently heat up the nerve that is associated with your negative symptoms. This technique can be a good way to temporarily prevent your affected nerve from transmitting pain signals. After your treatment is complete, your symptoms may improve for 24 months. Since this technique is minimally invasive, you will probably have a very brief recovery period after your ablation session is complete.

Getting Ketamine Infusions

If you have pain over a long period of time, you might go through a central sensitization process. This experience may cause you to develop more intense symptoms. Some experts think that you can address this issue by receiving Ketamine infusions. Ketamine is a type of medication that is often used to address general anxiety disorders and other mood problems.

If you use this gentle method to address your symptoms, we will provide you with intravenous infusions of this medication. After you receive your Ketamine infusions, your pain signals may improve, and your discomfort and other symptoms may become less severe.

Why Have You Developed This Chronic Condition?

Some experts think that chronic pain may start after you injure your back, damages your muscles, or get into an accident. If you experience nerve damage after you become injured, your symptoms may persist for many weeks. Under some circumstances, you may continue to experience physical issues after your back problem or other injury has resolved. This pain may not respond to medications and traditional treatments.

Sometimes, your symptoms will not be associated with a fall, back problem, or accident. Researchers believe that this type of pain may be linked to chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and other health problems. As you continue to age, you will have a higher chance of developing persistent pain. If you are a woman, you will also have an increased risk of developing this chronic condition.

Which Treatment Should You Use To Address Your Pain?

As you might expect, the treatment option that works for you will depend on the type of pain that you are experiencing, your health, your preferences, and many other variables.

Attending an Initial Consultation

Before we select a pain treatment, we will talk about the health problems that you are currently experiencing and review your medical history. During this discussion, you should be prepared to talk about all of the symptoms that you’ve experienced.

For example, you should let us know if your pain is preventing you from playing your favorite sport, doing your job, or performing other important activities. In addition, you should tell us if you have used oral medications, physical therapy, or other methods to address your pain.

Selecting a Treatment

Based on this individualized consultation, we will recommend a specific treatment for you. Sometimes, we may advise you to use a variety of techniques to improve your pain. For example, we may recommend attending a series of physical therapy sessions after you use an epidural injection to decrease your physical symptoms.

What Should You Expect During Your Treatment?

Some pain management treatments and procedures can be very uncomfortable and stressful. For example, taking medication to manage your negative symptoms can cause you to develop fatigue and other health problems. In addition, you might have to modify your exercise routine and other activities for many weeks after you receive an invasive procedure.

In contrast, our pain management treatments will be very quick and comfortable. All of our treatments will use minimally invasive methods to address your discomfort. As a result, you will have a short period of downtime after you use one of these techniques to treat your back pain, arthritis, or other chronic health problem.

Using PRP To Address Your Symptoms

It will usually take us up to 90 minutes to complete your initial PRP treatment. At the beginning of your appointment, we will use a small syringe to perform your blood draw. After we have drawn your blood, we will use a centrifuge to concentrate your platelets. Next, we will disinfect the skin in your target area and inject the PRP solution into your injured area.

After we administer your injections, we will carefully clean your skin and put a small bandage onto your injection site. Once this process is complete, you will not be required to spend a long time away from your normal schedule. Instead, you will be able to run errands, go back to your job, and take care of your children. That said, you will need to temporarily refrain from consuming alcoholic beverages and smoking cigarettes.

Receiving Infusions of Ketamine

If you use Ketamine to address your chronic pain, your appointment will typically take 45 minutes to one hour to complete. During your appointment, we will give you a customized dose of this medication. The amount of Ketamine that you receive will depend on your size and other variables. Once we administer your infusion, you will feel a sense of relaxation.

You will be monitored as you react to this medication. After your appointment is complete, you will be able to leave our office. Since you should not drive a car after you receive your infusion, you will need to ask someone to transport you back to your apartment or house. For example, you could recruit a friend or neighbor to perform this task.

Receiving a Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment

During this pain treatment, we will use a sophisticated Stryker device to send energy into your injured area. It’s normal for your appointment to last for about 60 minutes. This process will be very similar to the experience of receiving a nerve block. We will start your treatment by asking you to get into a relaxed position on a table. Next, we will place a gentle numbing cream onto the surface of your skin.

Once your skin is numb, we will put a very thin needle into your target location. We will use this needle to heat up the nerve that is associated with your discomfort and other symptoms. This process will burn a small, precise area of your nerve. This part of your treatment will usually take about 90 seconds to finish. After we have treated your nerve, you should ask a friend or relative to drive you back to your house.

How Quickly Will My Treatments Produce Results?

Your response will depend on the severity of your symptoms, the type of treatment that you receive, and other factors. For example, if you use radiofrequency ablation to address your pain, you might notice improvements as soon as your treatment is complete. Alternatively, you might experience positive changes in your pain within about three weeks.

After we have selected a pain treatment for you, we will tell you more about the likely results of your initial session. We will also let you know if you will need to schedule multiple follow-up appointments at our office in Tempe or Goodyear. During a follow-up meeting, we will talk about your symptoms, examine your target area, and let you know if we recommend additional treatments.

Will I Need To Receive Multiple Treatments?

Sometimes, receiving a single pain treatment will provide you with significant relief for a long period of time. That said, we may advise you to address your pain by receiving a series of treatments. For example, it’s common to get maintenance PRP sessions. Further, getting a radiofrequency ablation treatment may improve your pain for up to 24 months. After that point, you might be able to manage your physical symptoms by receiving a follow-up session.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are suffering from knee issues, arthritis, or another chronic health issue, you should consider using PRP treatments, epidural injections, and other minimally invasive methods to address your symptoms. We can also use these treatments to improve pain that is connected to sports injuries and spine issues. To learn more about our extensive range of treatments, set up a consultation with us at Renew Health in Tempe and Goodyear, AZ.






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