Joint & Back Pain Specialist

Full Circle Natural Medical Clinic

Holistic Medicine & Acupuncture located in Missoula, MT

Joint and back pain are some of the leading cause of disability among adults in the United States. The physicians and nurses at Full Circle Natural Medical Clinic in Missoula, Montana, view the body as a whole and look for the underlying cause of your pain. To get relief from your joint or back pain, call the office today or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

Joint & Back Pain Q & A

What is joint pain?

Joint pain refers to any discomfort that arises from any of the components that make up your joints, which includes bone, cartilage, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. However, in most cases, joint pain is caused by an inflammation of the joint and tissues.

What is back pain?

It’s estimated that more than 80% of adults in the United States experience back pain at some point in their life. While your back pain may resolve on its own with rest and home care, if your pain is ongoing, you may have an underlying condition triggering your pain.

Common causes of back pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Muscle strain or sprain
  • Herniated disc
  • Sciatica
  • Ligamentous damage
  • Tendonosis
  • Spinal deformity

Full Circle Natural Medical Clinic can determine the cause of your back pain after a thorough examination and review of your symptoms.

What treatments can help me relieve my joint or back pain?

Full Circle Natural Medical Clinic develops individualized treatment plans based on the underlying cause of your joint or back pain to help you get the most relief. Natural and therapeutic treatments can help your body heal itself.

Treatment may include:

  • Prolotherapy
  • Prolozone therapy
  • PRP therapy
  • Joint regenerative therapy-mesenchymal stem cell matrix therapy
  • Acupuncture

What is prolotherapy?

Also referred to as proliferative therapy, prolotherapy is used to strengthen tendons, ligaments, and joints by tapping into your body’s natural healing power. During treatment,  dextrose and procaine are injected into the affected area. The tissues absorb the dextrose with water, swells and sends out the message to bring in the body’s healing components to the injection site. The injection also increases the production of collagen, which is the protein that gives your tendons and ligaments their strength and flexibility.

Conditions that benefit from prolotherapy include:

  • Knee, ankle, elbow, or hip injuries
  • Back, neck, or rib pain
  • Joint pain
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

During treatment, your doctor injects a solution of dextrose and procaine into the affected soft tissue. The injection acts like an irritant that stimulates your body’s natural healing functions to heal the tissue and increase the production of collagen, which is the protein the provides your tendons, ligaments, or joints with their strength and flexibility.

What is prolozone therapy?

Using the power of oxygen to upregulate tissue healing, O3 (ozone) is injected at the damaged site. Prolozone can effectively resolve pain, inflammation, and repair damaged tissue without the need for surgery.

What is PRP therapy?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy also taps into your body’s natural healing powers. PRP is a blood product your doctor will create from a sample of your own blood. PRP is rich in the natural platelets and growth factors that your body uses for healing.

Full Circle Natural Medical Clinic offers PRP to treat:

  • Torn and damaged tendons or ligaments
  • Muscle strain
  • Tendonosis
  • Ligament sprains and strains
  • Sports injuries
  • Joint injuries
  • Chronic synovitis

A concentrated amount of these healing properties, when injected into your injured tissue, helps stimulate and speed up the healing process so you get back to your usual activities faster.

What is joint regenerative therapy-mesenchymal stem cell matrix therapy?

Full Circle Natural Medical Clinic also offers a range of regenerative therapy techniques including

stem cell matrix therapy- to promote health and healing. Stem cells are the cells in your body that have the ability to change into any type of cell that’s needed:

  • Umbilical Cord Matrix - Rich in Mesenchymal Stem Cells
  • Placental Amniotic matrix- Loaded with cytokines: scaffolding, growth factors and homeostatic
  • Wharton’s Jelly- the highest concentration of Hyaluronic Acid.

Dr. Haynes can inject stem cells into your affected joint or the source of your back pain to promote healing and regenerate healthy tissue to prevent a recurrence of your symptoms.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine which relies on the stimulation and sedation of access points to harmonize and balance our bodies. Acupuncture has the ability to successfully treat most disease processes. Using tiny filaments (about the width of 3 hairs), magnets, electricity and heat, acupuncture can shift our bodies into balance, and remove inflammation, infection and balance hypo-and-hyper function. Dr. Haynes has used acupuncture in her practice since 1984.

To get help treating the underlying cause of your joint or back pain and get full relief for your discomfort, call Full Circle Natural Medical Clinic today or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

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