Pain Management

Wellspring LifeCare -  - Integrative Medicine Clinic

Wellspring LifeCare

Integrative Medicine Clinic & Advanced Diagnostic Center located in Irvine, CA

There are many different causes for pain, but they all have one thing in common: they can make your life much more difficult than it has to be. Unfortunately, pain is often chronic and does not simply get better on its own. Even worse, pain medicine is frequently not enough to control the pain, and long-term use is associated with many undesirable effects. At Wellspring LifeCare, Dr. Crystal Chen has successfully treated many patients with a holistic approach combining acupuncture, herbal medicine, and other supplements. Whether you suffer from pain due to arthritis, sports injury, or nerve damage, we can help alleviate your pain and restore your mobility. To find relief for your pain, call us or schedule an appointment online today.

Pain Management Q & A

What should I know about acute pain management?

Acute pain is defined as pain that goes away within 3-6 months. Common causes for acute pain include surgery and musculoskeletal injuries, such as muscle strain, joint sprain, or broken bones. Acute pain flares may also occur in people who already have chronic pain. For example, people who have chronic low back pain and/or weak core muscles are more prone to having episodes of acute low back pain.

Most cases of mild-to-moderate acute pain are initially treated with self-care such as rest, ice, and elevating the affected limb. These measures can help reduce inflammation and pain to some extent. However, if you rely only on this approach to wait for the body to heal itself, the pain may last for several months, or even develop into chronic pain if the slow process results in imperfectly healed scar tissue. Acupuncture treatment at the acute stage of injury not only alleviates the pain, but also increases circulation to the injured tissues. This in turn speeds up recovery and reduces the chance of developing chronic pain. Dr. Chen at Wellspring LifeCare can help you find relief and provide treatment that gets you back to your normal activities sooner.

What should I know about chronic pain management?

Chronic pain is often associated with an ongoing disease like arthritis and spinal degeneration, but may also be due to habitual bad posture, chronic stress, and muscle tension. Among the patients at Wellspring LifeCare, common types of chronic pain that we treat include low back pain, knee pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain.

To treat chronic pain, it is important to determine the underlying factors which exacerbate the pain in order to address the root cause of the problem. Our providers at Wellspring LifeCare help you identify the involved muscles, tendons and ligaments, so that you can actively train your body to better support weakened bones and ease tense muscles.

What should I expect from pain management?

The team at Wellspring LifeCare offers a unique approach to pain management that incorporates multimodal therapies. Your care begins with a thorough review of your medical history, a physical examination, and advanced lab testing or image studies as needed to determine biological imbalances, metabolic problems or tissue injuries that may contribute to your pain.

Your treatment is individualized to address the root cause of your pain. We use acupuncture on selective acupoints to facilitate energy flow in associated meridian channels; in turn, this improves circulation, reduces inflammation, and stimulates self-healing. Customized herbal prescriptions and supplements may also be offered to further support your energy, metabolism, and circulation, as well as to stabilize nerve function and reduce muscle tension. We may also recommend physical therapy and exercise to help strengthen muscles and correct posture.

If you struggle with acute or chronic pain, schedule an appointment at Wellspring LifeCare to learn about your treatment options.

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