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Chronic Pain Treatment Specialist

Jessen Mukalel, MD

Spine, Sports, and Interventional Pain Specialists & Ketamine Infusion Specialist located in The Woodlands, TX

If you’re one of the approximately 20% of women and men in the United States who suffer from chronic pain, you may also have trouble sleeping, feel anxious or depressed, or struggle with opioid dependency. Interventional pain specialist Jessen Mukalel, MD, in The Woodlands, Texas, specializes in using cutting-edge, out-of-the-box therapies to heal underlying damage so you can minimize or discontinue opioid use. Even if you’ve seen multiple providers without getting the pain relief you need, Dr. Mukalel can help. To schedule a chronic pain consultation, call the office or book online today.

Chronic Pain Treatment Q & A

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain, or pain that’s lasted for at least three months, is a sign that you have underlying tissue damage or an injury that hasn’t fully healed. Chronic pain can originate from damage in your:

  • Bones
  • Joints
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • Muscles
  • Cartilage
  • Bursa
  • Nerves

Chronic pain can severely affect your quality of life, your sleep, and your ability to complete everyday tasks.  

How is chronic pain diagnosed?

While traditional providers treat the pain itself by dulling uncomfortable sensations with powerful opioids, that strategy does nothing to heal the underlying cause of pain. Interventional pain specialists like Dr. Mukalel use precision-guided injections to determine which damaged tissues are at the root of your pain. They also provide interventional techniques to treat it so you can get long-term pain relief without drug dependence.

One strategy that Dr. Mukalel recommends for chronic pain is to reinitiate the acute healing response in your body using prolotherapy. Prolotherapy consists of injections of either platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or stem cells, both of which are taken from your own body during a simple, in-office procedure and prepared for injection. When injected directly into your injured tissues, both trigger healing and tissue remodeling that rebuild damaged areas, so they no longer cause pain. 

Depending on your needs, Dr. Mukalel may also recommend:

  • Intracept® Procedure ablation  
  • Spinal cord and nerve stimulation
  • Minimally invasive carpal tunnel release  
  • Vertiflex® Superion® interspinous spacer 
  • LinQ™ Sacroiliac Joint Fusion system  
  • Kyphoplasty for fractures in the vertebra
  • Sonex SX-Microknife for carpal Tunnel
  • Ketamine and lidocaine in-office infusions
  • Botox® for cervical dystonia
  • Ajovy® for migraine management
  • Trigger point injections
  • Belbuca®, a safe, long-term opioid therapy

If Dr. Mukalel prescribes opioids, he monitors the levels in your bloodstream to be sure you’re safe.

How can I prevent chronic pain?

The best way to prevent chronic pain is to fully address acute pain when it occurs. If you suffer an injury or are in a car wreck or other type of accident, have a comprehensive evaluation with Dr. Mukalel. He can identify, treat, and heal damaged tissues before your injury leads to chronic pain.  

End or prevent chronic pain by healing the underlying cause. Contact Jessen Mukalel, MD, by phone or online today.