Chronic Pain

L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group

Jonathan Levin, MD

Pain Medicine located in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA

Just over 1 in 5 adults in the United States suffer from chronic pain. If this statistic includes you, you don’t have to settle for a life of miserable discomfort. At L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group in the Beverly Grove area in Los Angeles, our pain medicine physician uses revolutionary OrthoPulse® shock wave therapy, stem cell treatments, medications, and holistic pain management solutions to ease the discomfort and restore your quality of life. Call L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group in Beverly Grove to learn more about chronic pain management or schedule an appointment online today.

Chronic Pain Q & A

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is discomfort that’s ongoing or lasts more than a few weeks or months. The pain could eventually subside on its own, but sometimes the only way to ease it is with medical intervention. You can experience chronic pain in your:

  • Head
  • Neck
  • Shoulders
  • Elbows
  • Back
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Ankles
  • Fingers
  • Toes
  • Jaw

Chronic pain often appears at or near your joints but long-lasting discomfort can show up anywhere in your body.

What causes chronic pain?

Chronic pain usually results from a disease or injury. Various forms of arthritis are common causes of chronic pain. You could experience long-lasting pain:

  • Falls
  • Fractures
  • Sports injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Auto accident injuries
  • Joint damage
  • Improper heavy lifting techniques
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • Aging
  • Poor nutrition

If the pain doesn’t subside on its own after several days or gradually becomes worse, check-in with the pain management specialist at L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group to determine what’s causing it and get relief.

How is chronic pain treated?

The type of injury or disease you have determines which chronic pain treatment best matches your needs. 

Dr. Levin examines the affected area, reviews your symptoms and medical history, and might use lab or imaging tests to diagnose the cause of pain. Your personalized pain management treatment plan can include:

Alternative therapies

Holistic pain-relieving therapies your doctor might recommend include physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, and heat or ice treatment.

OrthoPulse shock wave therapy

OrthoPulse shock wave therapy is a revolutionary treatment that uses sound waves to generate new tissue growth, improve circulation, enhance healing, and ease the pain.

Stem cell therapy

Your doctor can inject stem cells — cells that differentiate into other types of cells — into injured areas to stimulate new tissue growth and healing.

Medications

Oral medications and injections help reduce inflammation and ease pain associated with an injury or disease if you haven’t responded to other treatments.

Surgery

In some cases, surgery is the best way to fully repair a muscle or joint to restore its full function and finally get rid of the pain. Dr. Levin can help you find the best and most appropriate surgeon for your condition if conservative treatments have failed.

Don’t let chronic pain make everyday tasks unbearable. Schedule an appointment with L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group by phone or online today.