Chronic Pain Specialist

Green Leaf MD

Medical Marijuana Certifying Doctors located in Springfield, MO

It’s estimated that as many as 50 million adults in the United States suffer from chronic pain, and nearly 20 million of those people experience high-impact pain, which is pain the interferes with daily life. Finding an effective treatment for the pain can be as exhausting as the pain itself. At Green Leaf MD in Springfield, Missouri, Shawn Stranckmeyer, MD, and the pain management and addiction specialists offer a more natural approach to the management of chronic pain and offer medical marijuana certification to those who qualify. To learn more, contact the office by phone or request an appointment online today.

Chronic Pain

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is a type of pain that lasts weeks, months, or even years. Your body uses pain as a signal to alert you that something is wrong and may develop after an injury or from a disease. In most cases, once the injury has healed, or the disease has resolved, the pain goes away.

With chronic pain, the discomfort continues. Though there may be a known underlying cause, such as cancer pain or arthritis, in many cases, the exact cause of the pain isn’t fully understood. 

In addition to physical symptoms, chronic pain can also lead to mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety. The pain may also prevent you from being able to earn a living or spend time with friends and family. 

What are common causes of chronic pain?

Chronic pain develops from many causes. Some of the most common include:

  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Arthritis
  • Neurogenic pain
  • Post-traumatic pain
  • Cancer pain

If the underlying cause of your chronic pain isn’t clear, then your pain may be referred to as psychogenic pain. 

How is chronic pain treated?

Treatment for your chronic pain may depend on the underlying cause. Traditional treatments may include:

  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Activity modification
  • Physical therapy
  • Prescription pain medication
  • Pain pumps
  • Surgery

Opioids are commonly prescribed as a treatment option for the management of chronic pain. Unfortunately, these medications are highly addictive and can lead to more health problems for those suffering from chronic pain.

At Green Leaf MD, the experienced pain management and addiction specialists take a holistic approach to the management of chronic pain and offer alternative and natural therapies, including the use of medical marijuana.

Can medical marijuana alleviate my chronic pain?

Chronic pain is one of the qualifying medical conditions for the medical marijuana registry in the state of Missouri. Marijuana contains chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. The most well-known of these compounds include delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). 

Your body makes its own cannabinoids, referred to as endocannabinoids, which support the function of your endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for keeping your body in biological balance in response to environmental factors and plays a role in regulating pain, sleep, immune health, memory, and stress.

Though the exact mechanism of how the cannabinoids in medical marijuana work isn’t fully understood, it’s believed that they mimic the actions of your own endocannabinoids to maintain homeostasis within your body to get the desired effects, which may include a reduction in your pain sensations.

To schedule a consultation with the specialists at Green Leaf MD to learn more about the alternative treatments for your chronic pain, call the office, or request an appointment online.