Pain Management Specialist

Bonnie S. Friehling, MD

Integrative Medicine & Esthetics located in Columbia, MO

Chronic pain affects as many as 20% of adults in the United States and many of whom also suffer from high-impact pain, which means their pain keeps them from at least one major life activity. Finding effective treatments to help manage your pain can be draining. Bonnie S. Friehling, MD, along with Angela Wooden, RN, offers biologic allografts therapy as a pain management treatment in Columbia, Missouri. To learn more about the holistic pain management options, call the office today.

Pain Management

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain refers to pain that lasts longer than three to six months, or well-after any inciting injury should’ve healed. Chronic pain not only affects your physical health but your mental and emotional health too. Finding effective treatments to help you manage the pain can be a struggle and take a lot of time and patience.

If you’re looking for an alternative treatment to help improve your pain, Bonnie S. Friehling, MD, may be able to help.

What causes chronic pain?

Chronic pain may develop from an underlying injury or a chronic disease. Common causes of chronic pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Headaches
  • Muscles strain and sprains
  • Cancer
  • Lyme disease
  • Fibromyalgia

Identifying the underlying cause of your chronic pain is an important part of functional medicine and helps direct your treatment to not only relieve symptoms but also resolve your health issue altogether.

What is pain management?

Pain management refers to the medical specialty aimed at helping you find a method that reduces your pain and improves your quality of life. Common pain management treatments include:

  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Pain medication
  • Joint injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Surgery

Dr. Friehling takes a more holistic approach to pain management and aims to heal the underlying cause of your pain. Her treatment plan may include a combination of therapies such as:

  • Personalized diet plan
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Ozone therapy
  • Botox injections (for migraines)
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
  • Reflexology
  • MedicalWave
  • Ozonated clot matrix (OCM) therapy

Dr. Friehling is a regenerative medicine specialist and may recommend stem cell therapy as a method for your pain management, specifically for the management of joint pain. She also offers Prolozone, which is a homeopathic/oxygen-ozone injection that has the ability to reconstruct damaged connective tissue to permanently stop the chronic pain. Dr. Friehling combines Prolozone with PRP to get the most effective results.

How can Biologic Allografts therapy improve my pain?

The stem cells in your body have the ability to duplicate themselves and differentiate themselves into more specialized cells, such as bone, muscle, nerves, or blood vessels. Dr. Friehling offers biologic allografts to treat joint pain. When injected into your joint, the treatment stimulates stem cell production to accelerate the healing process and the regeneration of new tissue.

In addition, Dr. Friehling offers exosome therapy. Exosomes are naturally found in your body and support cell-to-cell communication. In regenerative medicine, exosome therapy enhances the communication between cells to improve the effects of treatment.

For a holistic approach to pain management, contact Bonnie S. Friehling, MD, by phone today.