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DR. RICARDO BORREGO VIABLE ALTERNATIVES FOR TREATING CHRONIC PAIN 26 /// BY KRISTINE COCHRANE Pain is quite uncomfortable for most people. Even a minor hurt, such as a stubbed toe or a paper cut, is unpleasant but at least fades relatively quickly. Imagine being in pain that never fades or that fades only to come back a few hours later. What would that do to a person? This is what people who are suffering with chronic pain have to deal with every day. Chronic pain is a significant and disabling medical condition that affects the lives of many people, not only the patients, but also their surrounding family, friends and colleagues. It can limit one’s capacity to work, sleep and enjoy life. Patients with long-standing pain can become very weak due to inactivity. The loss of muscle strength, coupled with constancy of moderate to severe pain, may greatly reduce the ability to work or function at normal capacity.  Dr. Ricardo Borrego is a board-certified Innovative Health - Summer 2016 anesthesiologist, and Medical Director of the Dearborn Surgery Center. He is an expert on pain management and is well versed in the toll unchecked pain can take on an individual. He is also on the cutting edge of some of the newer, alternative ways pain is being handled. As Dr. Borrego explains, “We know exactly how the pain cycle works. When part of your body is injured, this releases certain peptides. These produce inflammation; those impulses then travel to the nerves and from there to the brain. If you can intercept that process – then the brain doesn’t get the signal that it’s experiencing pain. What we need are new ways to interrupt and block these pathways of pain.” The treatments Dr Borrego uses are exciting and inventive. Cryotherapy, for instance, is a modality frequently in health


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