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How Weight Loss Can Help Manage Pain

How Weight Loss Can Help Manage Pain

A recent study published in the Journal of Pain found that losing weight may help reduce global pain. In this article, we are going to explore some of the findings of this study.

The Study

For the study, researchers asked 123 participants about their levels of pain at 19 different areas of the body. These participants were limited to a calorie-restricted diet for 3-4 months so that researchers could study the effects of weight loss on pain levels.

“This was particularly interesting because there were not high levels of pain in this patient population to begin with, but we were still able to find a significant reduction,” said Dr. Andrew Schrepf, a research investigator for the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at the University of Michigan. “I suspect, therefore, that the conventional wisdom as to how weight loss impacts pain is too limited. Central nervous system mechanisms of pain may very well be affected in a positive way by the intervention.”

This is a fascinating study that will no doubt be expanded upon in the future.

Pain Doctor in St. Paul, MN

Dr. Morales is a pain management doctor, with a board-certification in addiction medicine and over twenty years in practice. With that level of experience, you can rest assured that you are in good hands when you visit Central Medical Clinic. Whether you’re experiencing pain from an acute injury or a chronic condition, we can help you. Contact us today to set up your appointment with Dr. Morales and the team at Central Medical Clinic. Our clinic is located in St. Paul, but we provide care to patients throughout the Twin Cities metro area.

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Finding Pain Relief if You’re Denied Surgery

Finding Pain Relief if You’re Denied Surgery

For some patients, surgery is the best method to treat their pain. But in some instances, patients can be denied surgery. Perhaps there is an insurance issue, or perhaps the patient just isn’t a good candidate for the particular surgery. Either way, being denied surgery can be frustrating and painful. In this article, we are going to offer some tips for finding pain relief if you’re waiting for or denied surgery.

Try Non-Surgical Options First

In general, it is a good idea to investigate conservative, non-surgical treatment options for your pain first and foremost. These treatments are less invasive, and often have fewer associated risks compared with surgery. Depending on your specific situation, there are many non-surgical pain management options that might be helpful in reducing your pain, including:

  • Pain Medications
  • Injections
  • Physical Therapy
  • Stem Cell / Regenerative treatments
  • Medical Marijuana

Each patient is different and every person responds differently to pain treatment methods. What works for one patient may not work for another. That’s why it’s very important to consult with a pain management doctor about your unique situation. A pain doctor can diagnose the full extent of your condition or injury and recommend options for treatment specifically suited to your needs.

Twin Cities Pain Management Clinic

At Central Medical Clinic, we work with patients from all walks of life to help relieve their pain. Dr. Morales is a pain management doctor who is board-certified in addiction medicine. He has been helping patients throughout Minnesota manage their pain for decades. Whether you’re dealing with acute pain from an injury, or chronic pain due to a recurring condition, there are options to reduce your pain. Contact us today at our St. Paul pain management clinic to set up your appointment with our team of pain management specialists and get back to living a pain-free life!

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Cervical Radiculopathy – Causes & Treatments

Cervical Radiculopathy – Causes & Treatments

Cervical radiculopathy is a condition in which the spinal nerves in the neck (the cervical nerves) are irritated or damaged. In this article, we are going to discuss the various causes of and treatment options for cervical radiculopathy.

Causes & Symptoms of Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical radiculopathy is a serious condition, as it involves the spinal nerves. When these nerves are damaged or destroyed, it can result in severe pain and even paralysis. Radiculopathy can be caused by a number of factors, including: herniated or bulging discs, spinal fractures, and acute injuries to the neck (such as whiplash). Here are some of the telltale signs of cervical radiculopathy:

  • Pain in the neck
  • Decreased neck mobility or range of motion
  • Numbness or loss of feeling in the neck

If you are experiencing any of these above symptoms, contact a pain management doctor as soon as possible to get to the bottom of your pain and find a treatment solution.

Treating Cervical Radiculopathy Pain

Treating cervical radiculopathy and its associated symptoms first requires a firm diagnosis, which a physician can provide based on a physical exam and various diagnostic tests. Specific treatment methods will vary depending on your situation, but may include pain management drugs, physical therapy, injections, or surgical intervention.

Pain Management Doctors in St. Paul, MN

At Central Medical Clinic, we help patients all over the Twin Cities manage their pain. Whether you’re experiencing acute or chronic pain, our team will work with you to properly diagnose your situation and offer treatment recommendations for your unique situation. Dr. Morales is board-certified addiction and pain management physician with decades of experience helping patients manage their pain. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Morales and get on the road to a pain free life!

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PRP Therapy Explained

PRP Therapy Explained

PRP therapy is one of several regenerative medicine treatments that encourage natural regrowth of damaged or destroyed tissue. It can be used to effectively treat a wide range of injuries and conditions. This article is all about PRP therapy – what it is, how it works, and what it can treat.

What is PRP Therapy?

PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Therapy is a regenerative medicine treatment method that helps stimulate natural tissue regrowth. Here’s a brief breakdown of how the PRP process works:

  • The patient has a small sample of blood drawn.
  • That blood is put through a centrifuge that separates out the plasma from the other elements of the blood.
  • The platelet-rich plasma solution is then re-injected into the patient’s body at the treatment site.
  • These blood platelets go to work immediately to repair damaged tissue and stimulate regrowth in the area.

What can PRP Treat?

PRP can effectively treat a wide range of conditions and injuries. Here are a handful of conditions and injuries that PRP therapy can be an effective treatment option for:

  • Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Repetitive stress injuries like tennis elbow
  • Arthritis
  • And more.

Contact a physician who specializes in regenerative medicine to see if you are a good candidate for PRP therapy.

Minnesota Stem Cell Medicine Clinic

At Central Medical Clinic, we work with patients throughout the Twin Cities to find solutions for the pain they’re experiencing. As a board-certified addiction and pain medicine physician, Dr. Morales has the experience and skillset to diagnose and treat your pain. If your pain is disrupting your day-to-day routine, don’t just suffer through it – take action to manage your pain! Stem cell therapies offer an effective alternative to surgery. Contact us today at Central Medical Clinic in St. Paul to set up your appointment with our team and get back on the road to a pain-free life!

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Dr. Morales Now Board-Certified in Addiction Medicine

Dr. Morales Now Board-Certified in Addiction Medicine

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Dr. Alfonso Morales is now officially board-certified in addiction medicine! In this article, we congratulate Dr. Morales and talk a little bit about what it means to be  board-certified.

What Board Certified Means

You might be wondering – what exactly is “board-certified” and what does it mean?

After a physician graduates from med school and completes the required residency and fellowship in their field, they are eligible for licensure by the state in which they practice. Getting board-certified requires a physician to go above and beyond these minimum requirements, by completing additional education in their particular area of specialty. Board-certified doctors are also required to pass rigorous testing in order to achieve the designation.

If your doctor is board-certified, you can be sure that they are an expert in their field – and that they’ve gone above and beyond to increase their knowledge and improve their level of care.

This is exactly what you get with Dr. Alfonso Morales – board-certified addiction medicine physician.

St. Paul Board-Certified Addiction Doctor

At Central Medical Clinic, we work hand-in-hand with each of our patients to provide individualized and compassionate care. Dr. Alfonso Morales has twenty years of experience treating patients for pain conditions, as well as addiction management. If you are struggling through life in pain or dealing with an addiction, reach out to us today to set up your appointment. Contact us today to set up your appointment at our St. Paul pain and addiction center.

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