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Chronic Pain Syndrome: :

Pain is a damaging process that can make normal living restricted or even impossible.

Statistics show that more than 86 million adults in the United States suffer from chronic pain. The incidence of pain doubles after age 60 and is primarily associated with musculoskeletal disorders.

Pain's Categories :

Pain is divided into two general categories: acute and chronic. Acute pain is temporary; it can last from a few seconds to several months and generally subsides as normal healing occurs. When pain persists for more than six months, it is referred to as chronic or intractable pain. With chronic pain, significant emotional and psychological components may develop such as: lowered self-esteem, sadness, anger and depression.

The major clinical indications of chronic pain syndrome are:

persistent pain, functional impairment, and emotional distress. The most discouraging problem that people encounter with chronic pain syndrome is that they still experience pain, despite the fact that they are receiving treatment. Many patients have been told by their doctor, “It is all in your head,” or “you’ll just have to learn to live with it,” or “you must have a low pain tolerance.”

Common methods that doctors prescribe to treat chronic pain are: exercise, relaxation techniques, physical, occupational and psychological therapies and drugs. But despite these advances, some painful conditions are still inadequately being treated. Prescription drugs can cause side effects such as confusion, dizziness, and drowsiness, to name a few. The possibility of addiction must also be addressed. All of these problems underscore the need to consider a nonpharmacological approach to treatment.

At Eastern Medical Group, Dr. Liao has been treating chronic pain patients for more than twenty-five years. His natural and effective approach of treatments may include: acupuncture, herbs, electrical stimulation, massage, and osteomanipulation.


Osteomanipulation is a technique that relaxes muscles and tendons; releases pressure from the nerves; increases circulation; and brings oxygen to damaged tissues. When pain produces anxiety and muscle tension, the tense muscles produce spasms that cause more pain--triggering a “pain-spasm cycle”. This cycle must first be broken for pain to be reduced or eliminated. Dr. Liao has received extensive training in this specialized field. This technique has shown to be more effective than standardized physical therapy.

Upon your visit to Eastern Medical Group, Dr. Liao will conduct a complete pain history and physical examination. He will evaluate your condition and formulate an individual treatment plan to fit your needs. Most patients report an improvement in pain after the first or second treatment.

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