Dr. Andrew Kong & Associates
Chronic Pain • Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. • Pain is a significant public health problem that costs society at least $560-$635 billion annually, this figure includes the medical costs of pain care, economic costs related to disability days, lost wages and productivity. • Adults with low back pain are often in worse physical and mental health than people who do not have low back pain: 28% of adults with low back pain report limited activity due to a chronic condition, as compared to 10% of adults who do not have low back pain. Also, adults reporting low back pain were three times as likely to be in fair or poor health and more than four times as likely to experience serious psychological distress as people without low back pain • More Americans now die from drug overdoses than in car accidents. Chronic Pain is hard to describe to those around you who cannot understand how pain affects your everyday life. We understand that pain affects your sleep patterns, mood, appetite, work and family life. The doctors at IPM have helped many people decrease or eliminate their pain through the use of time tested modalities. Acupuncture can provide instant relief, whether you believe in eastern or western medicine, this treatment is made for you. Eastern medicine or Alternative Medicine believes that acupuncture corrects pain through balancing the energy throughout your body. Western Medicine or modern medicine believes that acupuncture affects the neurotransmitters, hormones, and the immune system. We also use nutrition, meaning specific diets and supplements to support your body. Our doctors have created diets that both feed your body and detox your cells. Our doctors have over 20 years of experience in the use of natural supplements. We have chosen specific companies that have the best quality of vitamins and minerals to fill the voids in your health. Some of these natural supplements include; anti-inflammatories, immune boosters, gut cleansers, muscle relaxers, and supplements to improve cellular health and function. Some types of chronic pain can be caused by misaligned discs, ribs or joints out of place, and bad posture. Chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, ultrasound therapy, electrical stimulation and physical medicine are all therapies we provide that can be used to correct these common issues that create chronic pain. If you have any further questions, please call (815) 397-8500 to talk with our staff and schedule an appointment.