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Nonsurgical Treatments for Chronic Pain to Improve Your Quality of Life

Nonsurgical Treatments for Chronic Pain to Improve Your Quality of Life

We’ve all felt the sting of a scrape, the pang of a stubbed toe, and the twinge of a pulled muscle. These types of pain are normal, healthy even. They mean your body is communicating effectively with your brain to tell you something is wrong. Fortunately, the pain is also short-lived.

Some hurts, however, take hold and become a part of your daily life — and that’s where we come in. 

Dr. John Bassell and our team of pain management experts at Nebben Physical Medicine in Clarksville, Tennessee, specialize in pinpointing the source of your pain and treating it with the least invasive methods possible. 

Common causes of chronic pain

Chronic pain typically stems from the following:

Your pain is considered chronic when it lasts longer than 12 weeks despite medication and treatments. 

Why not surgery?

There are certainly cases where surgery is necessary, but we consider it a last resort. That’s because regardless of the advancements of modern medicine, no surgery is without risk. 

From the get-go, anesthesia poses a threat, including adverse reactions to the medication or the effects of a poorly inserted breathing tube. 

Other potential risks of surgery include:

But what are you supposed to do when prescriptions and creams aren’t relieving your pain? Turns out, you have more nonsurgical options than you might realize. Here’s a closer look at seven we offer.

K-Laser® therapy

K-Laser therapy treats pain with laser light energy. The heat from the lasers penetrates painlessly through your skin into the painful areas of your body to stimulate the body’s healing process, reduce your symptoms, encourage circulation, and decrease swelling. 

Chiropractic care

This old-as-time pain therapy method is still a popular choice among surgery avoiders, for good reason. The manual manipulations we perform work with your body to relieve pain by realigning your spine and taking the pressure off your painful spots.

Trigger point injections

Trigger points are tight bands of muscle tissue that cause significant pain. With trigger point injections, we inject powerful pain-fighting, inflammation-reducing medication to quickly neutralize these stubborn knots.

Joint injections

The body has hundreds of joints — almost all of them can fall victim to chronic pain, often due to arthritis. That’s when we turn to joint injections. Depending on your needs, we recommend steroid or hyaluronic acid injections to address your pain and other symptoms. 


Steroid injections deliver potent anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving medication to your painful joints. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that acts as a lubricant and shock absorber. When injected, it protects your joints from further damage and relieves pain.

Physical therapy

Much like chiropractic care, physical therapy works with your body to combat chronic pain. Your physical therapist walks you through a variety of stretches and strength-building exercises to relieve your current symptoms and prevent injuries and pain in the future

Acousana® Therapy

One of the latest pain technology innovations is Acousana Therapy. This treatment uses extracorporeal shockwave technology (SoftWave™) to address many causes of chronic pain.

We can also use Acousana Therapy as a diagnostic tool to pinpoint the source of your pain. 

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections

PRP injections are all the rage among celebrities, elite athletes, and regular folks alike. This minimally invasive approach to pain uses the power of growth factors found in your blood to promote healing and significantly reduce pain.

Ready to treat your pain with no downtime and no scalpel? We’d love to talk with you. Call or click to schedule an appointment with us today.

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