Pain Management

L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group

Jonathan Levin, MD

Pain Medicine located in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA

Chronic pain affects about 20% of adults in the United States each year. If long-lasting pain prevents you from enjoying life to its fullest, the experienced pain management physician at L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group in the Beverly Grove area in Los Angeles can help, using the latest in pain management services, including stem cell therapy and OrthoPulse® shock wave treatment, to restore the quality of your life. Call L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group to learn more about chronic pain management or schedule an appointment online today.

Pain Management Q & A

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is a feeling of discomfort or an unpleasant feeling that doesn’t go away over time. You might experience chronic pain in your back, neck, head, shoulders, knees, and other joints. Symptoms of chronic pain include:

  • Tingling
  • Stinging
  • Burning
  • Aching
  • Prickling
  • Sharp or dull pain

The pain might last weeks, months, or even years and usually doesn’t go away on its own without medical intervention. If chronic pain makes everyday tasks unbearable, you don’t have to live with it. Noninvasive treatments are available at L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group.

What causes chronic pain?

Many health conditions and injuries can lead to chronic pain. Examples include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune disorders
  • Wear-and-tear associated with aging
  • Injuries due to improper lifting techniques
  • Infections
  • Cancer or other chronic diseases
  • Poor posture
  • Spinal irregularities
  • Whiplash
  • Injuries suffered in a car accident
  • Sports injuries and falls

In some cases, there’s no clear cause of chronic pain. The experienced physicians at L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group review your symptoms and medical history, complete a physical exam and might order blood and/or imaging tests to diagnose the cause of chronic pain and establish the best treatment for you.

How is chronic pain treated?

Your personalized pain treatment plan is based on the type and severity of your condition. The pain management physicians at L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group might recommend:

OrthoPulse shock wave therapy

During revolutionary OrthoPulse shock wave therapy, your provider applies a probe to your skin at the site of pain. It emits sound waves to the area and triggers increases in blood flow, new tissue growth, healing, and pain relief. 

The procedure is painless and noninvasive with no downtime. You might feel a slight soreness after treatment, but it should go away quickly.

Stem cell treatment

Revolutionary stem cell therapy uses stem cells taken from other areas of your body or from a lab to promote new tissue growth. Your provider injects stem cells into your joints or other injured areas to improve healing and ease the pain.

Other alternative therapies

Your pain management specialist might recommend additional alternative treatments to manage chronic pain. Examples include acupuncture, physical therapy, local electrical stimulation, brain stimulation, biofeedback, behavioral modification, and relaxation techniques.

Medications

If you haven’t responded to other pain treatments, your doctor could prescribe oral or injectable medications that reduce inflammation, ease pain, and treat an underlying medical condition associated with your chronic pain.

Don’t live with long-lasting pain when you don’t have to. Schedule an appointment with L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group by phone or online today.