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Understanding the Symphony of the Body: A Holistic Approach to Orthobiologic Treatment

By Deborah Westergaard, MD

Pain Experts






In the world of orthobiologic medicine, where the body's innate healing mechanisms are harnessed to repair and regenerate damaged tissues, it is paramount to view the body not just as a collection of independent parts, but as a sophisticated, interconnected whole. At Pain Experts, we recognize that the stability of a single joint affects the entire musculoskeletal system, and ultimately, the whole body's harmony.



Consider the shoulder: a marvel of engineering that allows a ballet of movements. However, it's not just the visible joint space that needs attention when injury strikes. Often, the culprits of chronic discomfort reside in the intricacies of the shoulder's architecture, such as the rotator cuff tendons. Small tears here can unravel the delicate balance, leading to persistent shoulder pain. Treating only the joint space is akin to tuning a single string on a grand piano and expecting a concert symphony. To restore the full range of movement and strength, one must address these micro-injuries.






But the plot thickens when we consider the spine. The cervical spine, the neck region of your spinal column, is the conduit for nerves controlling your shoulder muscles. Compromised nerves here can diminish the outcomes of even the most sophisticated shoulder orthobiologic treatments. It's a cascade effect: a pinched nerve in the neck can weaken shoulder muscles, leading to instability and pain, and potentially sabotaging recovery. At our practice, we don't just treat the symptoms; we aim for a return to a healthy lifestyle, prioritizing a thorough orthopedic physical exam to uncover joint instability and assess neuromuscular and neurovascular function. For our discerning patients, who understand the value of investing in their health and well-being, we offer comprehensive evaluations that go beyond the surface.


With advanced imaging technologies like ultrasound and fluoroscopic imaging, we can peer into the joint with precision, ensuring that treatments such as Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy are delivered exactly where they're needed. These innovative imaging techniques are game-changers, allowing for treatments that are as accurate as they are effective. In addressing lax ligaments, an often under-treated condition, we focus not just on pain management but on structural stability. Loose ligaments are more than just a source of discomfort; they can alter the mechanics of joints, leading to a domino effect of joint pain and knee pain. By correcting these foundational issues, we help you reclaim the symphony of your movements, allowing for a return to previous physically fit conditions.

For those who have had the misfortune of experiencing diminished vitality due to joint conditions, we at Pain Experts offer a beacon of hope. With our holistic approach, we strive to resolve or significantly improve injuries, focusing on both immediate pain relief and long-term health.

Our mission is clear: to guide you back to the active, pain-free life you deserve. It's a journey we are committed to, employing the finest orthobiologic strategies, from meticulous exams to precision-guided therapies. Let us be the maestros of your recovery, orchestrating a treatment plan that's as unique as the intricate workings of your body.


Your path to recovery is not just a treatment plan; it's a partnership with a team that cares deeply about your well-being. Welcome to Pain Experts, where your journey back to health begins.

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               Deborah Westergaard, MD

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