Chronic Pain

Chad Stephens, DO -  - Interventional Pain and Sports Medicine Physician

Noble Pain Management & Sports Medicine

Chad Stephens, DO

Interventional Pain and Sports Medicine Physician located in Southlake, TX

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health reports that approximately 20% of adults in the United States suffered from chronic pain in 2016, and 8% had high-impact chronic pain, or pain limiting at least one major life activity. Chad Stephens, DO, at Noble Pain Management & Sports Medicine in Southlake and Fort Worth, Texas, can alleviate or eliminate your pain completely, so you can get back to living your life to the fullest. For compassionate, expert chronic pain relief, call today.

Chronic Pain Q & A

What is chronic pain?

While pain is a normal reaction for your body to an injury or illness, pain that persists longer than three to six months after its original cause is gone is considered chronic pain.

While chronic pain can begin without any specific cause, for most people, it’s caused by a multitude of conditions, including:

  • Nerve damage
  • Arthritis
  • Back problems
  • Past injuries

You may experience chronic pain in any of the following ways:

  • Soreness
  • Stiffness
  • Throbbing
  • Burning

Because chronic pain can decrease your physical and emotional well-being, you may feel depressed, frustrated, or angry. Dr. Stephens examines the root cause of your chronic pain to provide an accurate diagnosis and develop a personalized treatment plan to fit your lifestyle.

How can chronic pain be treated?

While chronic pain can originate in many places, Dr. Stephens treats the following conditions:

  • Chronic tendon pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Overuse injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Chronic regional pain syndrome

At Noble Pain Management & Sports Medicine, Dr. Stephens and his staff are focused on a procedural-based treatment plan, rather than zeroing in on prescriptions and medication management.

Your treatment plan may include a mixture of physical education, therapeutic injections, and nonsurgical procedures. Some treatments Dr. Stephens commonly uses include the TenJet procedure, a minimally invasive chronic tendon pain treatment that Dr. Stephens performs in less than 15 minutes. The procedure can be done on any joint, and most patients experience immediate relief.

Another state-of-the-art minimally invasive option providing immediate relief for chronic migraines and other facial pain is the SphenoCath procedure. Dr. Stephens performs this procedure in less than five minutes. SphenoCath offers few side effects, and the procedure boosts patients’ bodies to naturally combat the root cause of chronic pain

What are the different types of chronic pain?

Nociceptive pain

This is the most common type of pain people experience and is caused when harmful stimuli is detected by nociceptors around your body. Nociceptive pain can stem from, for example, sports injury, arthritis, or a dental procedure.

Neuropathic pain

This pain is caused by damage to the nerves instead of a physical injury causing the pain signals. Because of that, faulty pain signals are sent, leading to chronic pain.

If your chronic pain is negatively affecting your life and keeping you from your favorite activities, call Noble Pain Management & Sports Medicine today.