Learn more about chronic pain management options with Stamford area doctors
Pain is a natural part of life. Some experience it occasionally, while others have continued pain after trauma or infection. When this happens, it is often known as a chronic pain condition. Persistent pain and discomfort, over months or years, can significantly interfere with one’s daily life and overall quality of life. Additionally, it can lead to other issues, such as poor mental health and deep depression.
At the Connecticut Center for Integrative Medicine in Stamford, Connecticut, Drs Robert Kachko, Paul Epstein, and Veena Verma-Dzik can evaluate your condition and help you develop a highly customized and holistic approach to your needs. With a comprehensive biopsychosocial approach, many patients can find relief and stay pain-free longer than with pharmaceuticals or more traditional treatment methods over time.
What is chronic pain?
Chronic pain is best described as pain that lasts longer than three months or 12 weeks. At this point, the pain has altered both the body and the brain, and treatment is needed to resolve it.
What medical conditions can cause chronic pain?
Is there an alternative to pills?
Prescription pain medications are necessary for some conditions and some individuals, including those who have been taking them for years. It is unfortunate, but many individuals who are prescribed strong pain medications often end up addicted to prescription drugs. This fear keeps many individuals from seeking the treatment they deserve. We offer nutraceuticals, non-addictive medicines, and pain management techniques that reduce pain and discomfort and alleviate chronic issues.
Where do I start?
If you are dealing with chronic pain and are looking to take a step in the right direction, is it time to connect with our team at the Connecticut Center for Integrative Medicine in Stamford, CT, today! Call (866) 320-6402 to request a visit at our office, conveniently located on Floor 2 at 1200 High Ridge Road. We serve patients in and around the counties of Westchester, NY, and Fairfield, CT, and are open to new patients ready for holistic and integrative medicine approaches to overall health and wellness.
Dr. Robert Kachko discusses chronic pain and treatment options at CT Center For Integrative Medicine
What is chronic pain?
Hi, this is Dr. Robert Kachko from Connecticut Center for Integrative Medicine.
At our practice, we see many patients dealing with chronic debilitating pain.
Chronic pain can happen in any area of the body, and it can happen because of musculoskeletal challenges, nervous system challenges, inflammatory conditions, or possibly even past trauma.
What are the factors considered when suggesting treatments for chronic pain?
One of the goals with any treatment for chronic pain is that it has to be a truly biopsychosocial approach to care.
That means addressing the person at all levels, including biological, psychological, and social. In doing so, we have to support the body and the mind.
All chronic pain contains aspects of physical challenges, metabolic challenges, and brain-based mechanisms that can impact how a person feels.
When people deal with chronic pain, we have to consider factors like inflammation, nervous system sensitivity, mental-emotional state, diet nutrient deficiencies, other lifestyle challenges, and how they move their bodies.
When it comes to comprehensive care, we do functional lab testing.
This might include bloodwork to look at deficiencies and hormone imbalances. It has other functional tests to look at things like cortisol, inflammatory markers, digestive health, microbiome testing, autonomic nervous system testing, and brain scans.
What are the treatments available for such chronic pain?
When it comes to treatment, we have to take a truly comprehensive approach based on the person’s unique story with chronic pain and the testing we’ve done.
This includes naturopathic and functional medicine interventions for a truly integrative holistic approach.
Some of the treatments for pain at our practice might include pain neuroscience education, mind-body medicine including biofeedback, hypnotherapy, mindfulness practice, and breathwork.
It might include acupuncture, IV therapy, botanical medicine, nutrition, targeted nutraceuticals, and sometimes medication, but only when necessary.
Because when it comes to treating pain, it’s mostly about helping the body recover and not about turning off the pain itself.
At New York Center for integrative medicine, we’re looking forward to helping you have a pain-free and happy life.