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Pain Management

Overview

Patients with sports injuries or chronic pain may first turn to conventional modalities which might include prescription drugs or surgical procedures. Our practice specializes in a wide range of less invasive alternative modalities that have an extremely high success rate in controlling or resolving one’s pain without the associated side effects of medications and surgery.
—Dr. Alexander Kulick

Everyone experiences pain.  Fortunately, it is usually short lived—a headache, a sore back, a sprained ankle. This type of pain is classified as acute trauma and easily relieved with rest and/or medication. Those who play or practice sports risk potentially serious injuries that trigger acute pain. For others, pain is a constant, chronic situation.

Dr. Kulick’s background as a physician coupled with his expertise in alternative medicine offers prospective patients the most comprehensive treatment plans available.  By integrating proven diagnostic techniques with alternative modalities for the management and control of chronic pain, temporary pain or sports injuries patients can be confident they are taking advantage of a provider familiar with the best of both worlds.

Why it is important…

Sports Injuries or Acute Trauma—Tendons and ligaments that are damaged or torn, sprains, strains and muscle tears are usually treated conventionally through steroids, fluoroscopy or surgery. Each of these treatments not only has drawbacks, but may not treat the root cause.

Chronic Pain–Some find despite the best medicine and surgery have to offer, long term use of drugs is not sustainable and surgery may not completely resolve their pain. Living with pain becomes debilitating both physically and mentally. Whether it is caused by trauma, heredity or degenerative disease, managing chronic pain becomes paramount in being able to function and live a normal life.

Symptoms that can be treated…

Sports Injuries associated with:

  • Weightlifting
  • Contact Sports
  • Gymnastics
  • Running
  • Skating
  • Dancing
  • Cycling

Acute Injuries including:

  • Falling
  • Blunt Force trauma
  • Spraining
  • Straining
  • Lifting
  • Accidents

Chronic Pain

  • Post surgical pain
  • Back problems including discs
  • Degenerative ligaments and tendons
  • Old Injuries getting progressively worse

In our practice we differentiate between acute injuries or sports related conditions and those that are chronic. In the former we seek to fix and permanently heal the source of pain. In the case of chronic pain our goal is to manage and control and potentially cure the underlying issues for a better quality of life.

Methodology

To the patient in pain, alleviating that pain is top priority. Diagnosis and methodology are secondary. To the physician however, determining the underlying cause and choosing the best approach are paramount in providing long term relief. Dr. Kulick specializes in both acute and chronic pain using a wide range of treatments encompassing traditional medicine and alternative practices for the best patient care.

The answer to Sports Injuries or Acute Trauma:

Ultrasound guided injections
Prolotherapy
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

The approaches used to alleviate Chronic Pain:

Chronic may use all the modalities depending on the cause. They include but are not limited to:

Acupuncture*
Mesotherapy*
Trigger Point Therapy
Prolotherapy
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
Anti-inflammatory Medication

*decrease swelling and pain but do not repair..the others may be used in combination to both relieve pain and repair