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Pain Interventions Specialist

George J Graf, MD -  - Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Physician

Intelligent Pain & Regenerative Medicine Solutions

George J Graf, MD

Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Physician located in Beverly Hills, CA

Living with chronic pain can be an exhausting burden to bear. If you're finding it hard to manage chronic pain, George Graf, MD, at Intelligent Pain & Regenerative Medicine Solutions in Beverly Hills, California, can help. Dr. Graf uses both established and innovative new pain interventions, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP), stem cell therapy, and neuromodulation. To find the right interventions for your pain, call Dr. Graf's Los Angeles area office today or book an appointment online.

Pain Interventions Q & A

What are pain interventions?

Rehabilitation and Pain Interventions being performed on the knee

Pain interventions are treatments that Dr. Graf uses to resolve, reduce, and manage chronic pain.

Medications such as opioids, anticonvulsants, and antidepressants often form the basis of chronic pain management, but a drug that works well for one particular patient may fail to help another. The effectiveness of medications can also change when you take them over long periods, and in some cases, pain medications could worsen your symptoms.

There's also the risk of side effects from medication, and with opioids, the potential for addiction and abuse. While Dr. Graf does use medication where necessary, he also offers a range of other treatments that effectively relieve chronic pain.

What pain interventions are available?

The pain interventions that Dr. Graf uses when first treating patients with chronic pain include:

Physical therapies

Active physical therapy techniques like stretching and strengthening exercises and passive treatments such as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) are often so beneficial that patients improve without needing other pain interventions.

Complementary therapies

While treatments like acupuncture, chiropractic, and yoga, are classed as complementary therapies, numerous clinical studies have proven their effectiveness. They're well established as being beneficial for musculoskeletal disorders and chronic pain.

Orthobiologic Treatments

Orthobiologic treatments use natural substances such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP), A2M (alpha-2-macroglobulin), and stem cells to help your body repair damaged tissues.

Lifestyle changes

Lifestyle changes such as losing weight and increasing the amount of physical activity you do each day are also important as part of your chronic pain treatment plan.

Although many patients make excellent progress when using treatments like these, some require advanced pain interventions at Intelligent Pain & Regenerative Medicine Solutions for severe and treatment-resistant pain.

What pain interventions can help if other treatments aren't working?

If your condition isn't improving or treatments that used to work for degenerative disorders like osteoarthritis are no longer effective, Dr. Graf offers several injectable pain interventions that could help. These include:

  • Steroid injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Facet joint injections
  • Hyaluronic acid joint injections

If injectables aren't helping either, you might require neuromodulation treatments like spinal cord or peripheral nerve stimulation. These use implantable devices to transmit electrical signals that prevent your brain from receiving pain messages from your nerves.

To find out more about pain interventions that genuinely make a difference in your life, call Intelligent Pain & Regenerative Medicine Solutions today or book an appointment online.