Pain Management Services FAQs

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What is the Pain Relief Institute?

The Pain Relief Institute is a leading provider of Regenerative Medicine and Conservative Pain Management solutions. With locations throughout Chicagoland, PRI is very accessible, even seeing many patients from Wisconsin, Indiana, and across the country. We proudly offer the latest in pain management services to all!

Does the Pain Relief Institute accept insurance?

Yes, PRI is a provider for Medicare and most major insurance. For those without insurance PRI does offer affordable self pay rates and payment plans for its pain management services.

What is Regenerative Medicine?

Regenerative Medicine is a natural method of providing repair, relief, and regeneration to joints in the body by unlocking the body’s natural healing processes. This is accomplished by igniting youthful healing properties by introducing Stem Cells, PRP, or Growth Factor into the joint. It is one of the newest means of offering pain management services to those who could never get relief with more traditional methods of treatment.

Is Regenerative Medicine covered by Insurance?

Just a few months ago, it seemed like it would be years before major insurances and Medicare would cover cellular regenerative medicine, but to our recent surprise, Stem Cell Recruitment (SCR) has now been approved and is now covered. And Stem Cell Magnet (SCM) is now also covered by BCBSIL. SCR and SCM are major breakthroughs in pain management and patient care. The processes takes less than 10 minutes, have no downtime, are completely natural, and in most cases, the pain management benefits are felt immediately. PRI only offers Regenerative Medicine biologics that are regulated by the FDA and covered and approved by Medicare and insurance. There are several clinics across the country offering similar regenerative treatments, but most are not biologics regulated by the FDA and are not covered by Medicare and insurance, thus costing the patient $4000-$6000 per joint.

How are SCR and SCM administered?

PRI utilizes Digital Motion X-Ray for precise placement of Regenerative Medicine. The treatment is an out-patient procedure lasting approximately 10 minutes, and the patient can walk out and drive home following the pain management procedure.

What is the success rate for Regenerative Medicine?

As it is such a new procedure, the long-term pain management success rate is still being determined via clinical studies. A recent study by the American Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation reported 92.5% patient satisfaction. Additionally, MiMedx has now delivered over one million  biologics with no known adverse reactions.

Is High Intensity Laser treatment connected with any risks?

Treatment with High Intensity Laser is safe. However, there are safety precautions that need to be followed in order to ensure safety. High Intensity Laser light can be dangerous to the eyes (even closed eyes); therefore both the patient and the therapist must wear safety goggles provided by the device supplier. As High Intensity Laser operates in at high power, the therapist is to continuously ask the patient about their sensations during the pain management treatment and possibly adjust the power according to the patient’s feelings.

Does the therapy hurt?

One of the great benefits of the High Intensity Laser is that it’s absolutely painless. The clinician delivers the therapy moving the applicator along the skin surface in a spiral motion in contact with the skin surface, or they can hold the applicator right above the treated area depending on the type of treatment being rendered.

Can the High Intensity Laser burn me?

It is very unlikely a High Intensity Laser can burn the patient as the therapy is always dynamic and the applicator is continuously moved along the skin surface. When used in pulsed mode (analgesia), there is little or no heat sensation. In continuous mode (biostimulation), the treatment programs are pre-set to be safe. To ensure safety, High Intensity Laser power starts at low values and can be increased if desirable. Therapists and doctors operating the High Intensity Laser are well trained professionals.

How many sessions will I need?

Most patients will feel relief after the first treatment. Thereafter, the number of treatments varies based on the condition, its severity and how the patient’s body reacts to the treatment. The number of treatments can, therefore, be anywhere between 3 and 15, more in very severe cases. Contact your therapist/doctor to see how many treatments you might need. Our pain management services are easily tailored to your unique wants and needs.

Are there any side-effects to the treatment?

There are no side-effects to the treatment. There is a possibility of slight redness of the treated area right after the treatment that disappears within several hours after the treatment.

Is High Intensity Laser treatment addictive?

No, the treatment is, in contrast to pain medication, non-addictive.

Is there a limit to the number of treatments I can get?

No, there is no limit to the number of treatments as the therapy is non-addictive. It is up to the clinical staff to determine whether the patient needs more treatments.

Can HILT therapy be used in conjunction with Physical Therapy and/or Medications?

Hilterapia® can be used in combination with other treatments; in particular, it is recommended to be used in combination with physical therapy. The only caveat is that in the event that such therapies have a hyper thermal effect, it is advisable to wait at least one hour from the previous application or to apply the two different therapies on alternate days. Combination with NSAIDs is possible and has no contraindications unless the drug causes a patient to experience photosensitization phenomena.