Pain is an important indicator that something is wrong. For some, pain is evident when they do sports, which causes them to push through their pain. While others just avoid activities altogether until their pain resolves.

Pushing through the pain can worsen the issue, however avoiding the activity directly impacts your physical and emotional health. While we recommend our clients to be as active as possible, we also understand how pain can interfere with wanting to be active. 

There are many reasons why injuries develop

Most injuries develop because of an accident, poor form, repetition, or weakness in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Many acute injuries will either resolve with rest and time, or they may need stronger interventions. In order for these injuries to heal well and as rapidly as possible, addressing these issues proactively before they become a chronic issue, is key.

The number one tip to avoid chronic pain and injury is to avoid excessive icing and NSAID (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs — prescribed medications for treating conditions such as arthritis, or over-the-counter, nonprescription NSAIDs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen) medications after 72 hours. They can prevent repair by limiting blood flow to the tissues. 

Typically, people will see a physio or physical therapist to receive manual manipulation and adjustments, massages, or physical therapy — which are all extremely helpful in relaxing muscle tissue, improving function, and strengthening the muscles.

However, we identify deeper causes that will limit people from doing physical therapy or limit the resolution of their pain. 

Steps must be taken to proactively avoid chronic pain OR resolve pain

  • Evaluate nerve inflammation.

    We all have shallow nerves that run under the skin and into our joint structures. Though sometimes we may feel a sharp or burning pain. This is due to inflammation from a friction injury, compression, or overuse, which can interfere with our ability to work, sleep, and function.

    Our unique approach in using Perineural Injection Therapy and Intravenous/Intramuscular injections helps reduce inflammation in these nerves. 

  • Carefully assess ligaments, tendons, and other connective tissues.

    Regardless of how much conditioning is done to the muscles, if not addressed, the joints will continue to be unstable, cause pain and lose function.

    Our approach to addressing joint pain is through using dextrose prolotherapy, ozone, PRP, and sometimes biologic products. We also use supportive tools such as intravenous nutrients and peptides to reduce joint pain. 

  • Reduce excess scar tissue

    People who have had prior surgeries may have excessive scar tissue which can limit their mobility and increase their pain.

    However, our use of ozone, dextrose, procaine, or shockwave therapy, can help break up this excessive scar formation.

Learn how to manage your pain so you can get back to the winter sports you love. Call us at (425) 361-7945 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Brenden Cochran