Community Spotlight: Dr. Paul Stallone of Arizona Integrative Medical Center: Taking the Sting Out of Pain Relief
Sep 30, 2013 07:58AM
At the Arizona Integrative Medical Center, in Scottsdale, Paul Stallone, NMD, and his team are helping patients regain their health and resume normal activities by treating joint injuries and strains found in cartilage, ligaments and tendons. These common injuries, if neglected, can lead to arthritis or joint diseases.
What kind of pain or discomfort is the typical patient experiencing when they come to your office?
Injuries, in general, whether they are old or new. The patient may be experiencing a specialized neuropathic pain, a sharp type of pain in the joints, a variety of different pains and symptoms. Some may be sports-related, though many are not.
During an evaluation, I take the time necessary to complete a health assessment and analyze the area of discomfort to determine the real cause of the pain.
What are you doing differently to address the pain?
Conventional methods, such as narcotic pain relievers, cortisone injections or joint replacement therapy, may not permanently correct situations that cause joint pain. One of the biggest problems with these treatments is that they may not provide permanent results or address the underlying cause of the pain.
Many times, joint pain results when an injury doesn’t heal properly. Old injuries can continue to cause pain for many years, possibly a lifetime. Sometimes joint components do not have an adequate blood supply, something that provides nutrients and oxygen needed for the body to repair itself from an injury.
Alternative therapies like Prolotherapy and Prolozone are formulated to address the reason or cause behind joint pain, and are gaining attention as more patients are reporting success from their use.
I’ve been using these therapies for about 12 or 13 years to treat anything from a toe injury all the way to the neck, cervical issues and lower back pain, for example. This treatment helps anyone experiencing chronic or acute pain. The exact formulation I’ve put together is well suited for knee pain, ligatures, muscles, tendon problems, and more. We simply apply an injection to the specific problem area.
How does this therapy work?
Prolotherapy and Prolozone work to create a healing environment within and around the joint. The treatment includes natural substances that are injected into the injured joint capsule that cause blood and oxygen flow to increase in the joint, delivering what the body needs to strengthen and repair old and new injuries.
Is there any down time?
None. In fact, patients are encouraged to move and engage in specific exercises including many sports. No physical therapy is required.
Do the injections hurt?
A high majority of patients find the injections very tolerable. They shouldn’t hurt or create discomfort.
How many treatments are required?
The total number of injections depends on the individual. Everyone heals differently. We apply the injections usually in a series of four to five treatments, though it can be more or less.
Most patients report a noticeable decrease in pain within days. Because each patient will have different needs, they require different sets of treatments and have each regenerative joint injection customized for their specific needs.
Paul Stallone, NMD, founded the Arizona Integrative Medical Center, located at 8144 E. Cactus Rd., Ste. 820, in Scottsdale. He combines natural/alternative/conventional treatments to best fit and benefit each individual patient’s needs. For more information, call 480-214-3922 or visit DrStallone.com.