According to WebMD, more than 100,000 Americans are suffering from chronic pain – and this number is only growing.
Chronic pain is classified as a type of pain that lasts for a long period of time, with researchers believing that up to 55% of people throughout various countries having it. Due to the complex nature of chronic pain, it’s a condition that is difficult to treat, leaving many patients feeling hopeless and lost. While it’s not clear what causes chronic pain, it could be linked to another condition including Fibromyalgia, nerve damage, system-wide inflammation, and more.
Conventional treatment for conditions involving chronic pain usually involve the use of opioids, painkillers, and experimental drugs. Unfortunately, many patients still continue to suffer, despite these ongoing “treatments” by their doctor.
Alternative Therapy Brings New Hope
Our understanding of pain has evolved over the years, and with it, new treatment options have become available. Medical marijuana, exercise, and acupuncture have all demonstrated beneficial effects for those suffering from pain. Patients can also find relief through diet and supplementation, as well as other strategies that involve reducing inflammation.
One new therapy that may have the potential to completely cure chronic pain has gained a lot of attention over the last few years. Known as stem cell therapy, the procedure involves the use of using your body’s own stem cell supply, or stem cells from a donor infant’s umbilical blood to spark a healing response. While research is still ongoing, there are numerous reports from patients who’ve avoided surgery and returned to activities they used to enjoy, perhaps thanks to the elimination of their pain from stem cell injections.
Surgery Isn’t the Only Option
If your doctor is recommending surgery for your pain, you may want to consider seeking a second opinion. Unfortunately, too many physicians rely on outdated medical models and treatments they were taught in medical school. Your doctor could be relying on medical information he was taught 30 or 40 years ago – information that could be well-outdated by now. Because medicine is an evolving field, it’s important that we always question our current practices and strive for improvement at every opportunity.