PRI Shoulder Pain Slides


At Pain Relief Institute, our Chicago shoulder specialists are here to help you discover and treat the underlying cause of your discomfort with effective and innovative approaches, so you can get back to your active life as soon as possible.

Regenerative Medicine for Treatment of Shoulder Pain

Regenerative Medicine for Treatment of Shoulder Pain

Pain Relief Institute is the premier destination in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs for Shoulder Pain Treatment that are innovative and alternatives to steroid injections and surgery. We cater to athletes, active adults and seniors who are not interested in simply masking their discomfort with medications or temporary relief from cortisone injections but rather in natural proven regenerative options.

We specialize in regenerative, innovative and non-surgical treatment approaches that have helped many of our patients find relief from their shoulder pain. With years of experience researching and performing these cutting edge techniques, few physicians in the country have more to offer than our Chicago shoulder specialists to heal your injuries and deliver profound pain relief so you can enjoy life again without limitations.

Other Non-Surgical Alternatives for Shoulder Pain:

Other Non-Surgical Alternatives for Shoulder Pain:

Pain Relief Institute Chicago offers several Non-Surgical Alternatives to shoulder pain in addition to Regenerative Medicine. PRI offers MLS and HILT Laser therapy — two completely non-invasive alternatives that often produce results within minutes of the treatment. Patients have often compared them to relieve similar to steroid injections without being invasive and negative longterm effects of steroids.  

Common Causes of Shoulder Pain


Shoulder pain can be caused by countless conditions that can make performing daily tasks and leading an active lifestyle feel impossible. Some of the most common ones include:

Bursitis is a painful condition that affects the small, fluid-filled sacs called bursae that cushion the bones, tendons and muscles near your joints. Bursitis occurs when bursae become inflamed.

Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that cushions the ends of bones in your joints gradually deteriorates. Cartilage is a firm, slippery tissue that enables nearly frictionless joint motion. Eventually, if the cartilage wears down completely, bone will rub on bone.

Acute or chronic rotator cuff tendinitis: inflammation or irritation of a tendons  associated with the rotator cuff muscles that attach muscle to bone. The condition causes pain and tenderness just outside a joint.

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, keeping the head of your upper arm bone firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder. Rotator cuff injuries occur most often in people who repeatedly perform overhead motions in their jobs or sports. Sometimes, rotator cuff tears may occur as a result of a single injury. In those circumstances, medical care should be provided as soon as possible.

Thoracic outlet syndrome is a group of disorders that occur when blood vessels or nerves in the space between your collarbone and your first rib (thoracic outlet) are compressed. This can cause pain in your shoulders and neck and numbness in your fingers.

Shoulder Sprain: A sprain is a stretching or tearing of ligaments (of the shoulder joint) the tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect two bones together in your joints. The most common location for a sprain is in your ankle.

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint. Signs and symptoms typically begin gradually, worsen over time and then resolve, usually within one to three years.

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Diagnosing the cause of your shoulder pain.

When you arrive at Pain Relief Institute to be assessed for shoulder pain, the medical teams first priority will be to obtain a definitive diagnosis. Because there are many causes of shoulder pain, this is a critical step that will largely influence the effectiveness of our treatment approach. PRI’s Chicago shoulder pain treatment specialists take the time to really listen to the patients descriptions of symptoms and history to identify the correct diagnosis before your making treatment suggestions, ensuring a more effective, convenient and affordable experience for you.

PRI’s Chicago shoulder pain treatment specialists take the time to really listen to the patients descriptions of symptoms and history From there, they will examine your shoulder and perform comprehensive tests to identify what’s causing your pain and joint mobility challenges. In many cases X-rays will be taken to assess arthritic changes that may have taken place. Once the underlying cause has been identified, making treatment suggestions, ensuring a more effective, convenient and affordable experience for you. Resolving the issue, relieving your pain and restoring your quality of life.

Diagnosing the Cause of your Shoulder Pain

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PRI Auto Accident

PRI Specializes in Pain caused by or related to auto accidents

Regenerative Treatment

Regenerative Medicine for Treatment of Pain

At Pain Relief Institute, you can rest assured that you’re in the best possible hands with our highly experienced physicians. Our goal throughout your treatment is not only to relieve your symptoms – but also to heal your underlying injury and prevent a recurrence. We want to treat your condition as quickly and effectively as possible so you can get you back to your life.

To that end, we will attempt to avoid ongoing steroid injections and surgery whenever possible, and we’ll stay away from temporary Band-Aid fixes or prescription medication. Frequently, we’ll focus on treating your pain naturally with regenerative biologic options, such as amnio-derived fluid, bone marrow concentrate and PRP. These treatments can potentially allow us to naturally heal the underlying damage while relieving your symptoms – so that you can hopefully make as a full recovery as possible.

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Personal Injury or Auto Accident

Pain from an Auto Accident

If you have suffered a Personal Injury we at Pain Relief Institute are here to help! We know that personal injury cases can be difficult, especially when attempting to obtain medical care. If you have been injured at another parties’ expense we have physicians and staff that can help assist you through the arduous process.

To discuss your injury, address your questions, and set an appointment for consultation with one of our specialists please contact our office at (847) 243-6041.

Personal Injury or Auto Accidents

Auto Accident Pain Management
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PRI Work Injury

Work Injury & Regenerative Medicine

If you have suffered a work-related injury, you deserve specific and attentive medical care. At Pain Relief Institute, our medical team is dedicated to efficiently return you to work by providing an extensive evaluation and treatment plan. We are committed to reducing your time off from work while simultaneously restoring you to your pre-injury status in the most efficient and cost-effective manner with the primary goal being to avoid surgery. Pain Relief Institute has effectively utilized Regenerative Medicine to quickly control pain safely and naturally while helping patients avoid extended downtime and surgery. With diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative services located onsite, Pain Relief Institute is your leading choice for management and care of your work-related injury.

What Injuries are Covered?

In most cases the law will include injuries that are caused, in whole or partially, by the employee’s work. For Example:

  • An employee who is injured by the repetitive use of a body part.
  • An employee who suffers a stroke, heart attack, or other physical problem caused by work.
  • An employee who had a pre-existing condition*
  • Injuries accrued by employer sponsored recreational programs (athletic events, parties, picnics, etc.)**

* Patient must be able to show the work aggravated that condition

** Only if the employee is ordered to participate by the employer

  • Injuries, accidental or otherwise, that incur while participating as a patient in a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program are not covered under the law.

What Injuries are Covered?

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Which Employees are Covered by Law?

Which Employees are Covered by Law?

Almost each individual who is employed by a company in the state of Illinois is covered by the law from the moment they are hired for certain injuries or diseases that may be caused from their employment or duties required by their job.

Can an employee be fired for reporting an accident or filing a claim?

It is illegal for an employer to harass, discharge, refuse to rehire, or in any way discriminate against an employee for exercising his or her rights under the law.

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PRI Vertigo

Addressing vertigo in a reality-based environment has given doctors exciting new therapy options for treating the condition.

Vertigo is a sensation of whirling and loss of balance, associated particularly with looking down from a great height, or caused by disease affecting the inner ear or the vestibular nerve.

KoreBalance Treatment

KoreBalance Treatment for Vertigo

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Common Causes

The Korebalance provides exercise to three peripheral systems: vestibular, vision and proprioception to perform a coordinated function. This helps the body to re-train and improve proprioception and to develop new neurosensory pathways, thereby improving motor control, balance and neuromuscular coordination.  The Korebalance can be used by all ages and levels of ability. It can be enjoyed by everyone — from youth and interactive fitness to active aging and fall prevention programs. Korebalance’s patented technology, easy to use software, fun challenging mazes, make it the most effective assessment, training and rehabilitation device in the market.

Features and Benefits

    • Stimulate the brain and nervous system to improve balance, stability, coordination and posture
    • Improves agility, reaction time and motor control
    • Makes workouts challenging, fun and interactive
    • Improves confidence for seniors decreasing the chances of falling
    • Minimizes repetitive stress on joint structures
    • Trains the body to respond to an unstable environment (real-life activities)
    • Improves muscle strength, flexibility, range of motion
    • Rehabilitates and prevents lower-limb injuries. Korebalance “will keep your athletes on the field”
    • Rehabilitates concussions and traumatic brain injury and associated dizziness
    • Increases calorie burn because more musculature is recruited


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Diagnosing Vertigo

Vertigo is often the result of some sort of inner ear problem. Some of the common inner ear issues we see in our patients who suffer from vertigo include:

BPPV. Short for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, BPPV is a condition that occurs when tiny calcium particles, which are known as canaliths, gather into clumps in the deeper canals of the inner ear. The inner ear is key to maintaining balance, and these deposits interfere with this and result in dizziness and loss of balance.

Meniere’s disease. This disorder also affects the deep inner ear and is thought to be caused by increased pressure in the ear. Usually it is the accumulation of fluid in the inner ear that causes this pressure. It can cause episodes of vertigo and other disturbances such as ringing in the ears and hearing loss, which can also affect balance.

Vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis. Another inner ear problem that is common in people who suffer from vertigo, this condition is usually related to infection in the ear. The infection leads to inflammation, swelling, and irritation in the inner ear and affects the nerves that communicate with the brain and help control balance, movement, and stability.

Vertigo can also have its roots in other conditions such as:

  • Head, back, or neck injury that affects the spine and nerves
  • Brain problems like stroke, aneurism, blood clots, or tumors
  • Certain medications that can affect the ears or hinder balance
  • Migraine headaches and other severe headaches as well

Diagnosing the Cause of your Vertigo 

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According to the University of Wisconsin Division of Otolaryngology, as many as 42% of all adults experience episodes of dizziness that are severe enough to report to their doctor. Many of these are older adults, which means the dizziness also causes them to suffer from a fear of falling, which in turn keeps them from enjoying basic daily activities and events that most people take for granted. These symptoms often come on gradually, over an extended period of time, and go unrecognized until they can no longer be overlooked.

Vertigo varies from feelings of dizziness or wooziness to feeling like you are going to fall over or pass out. 70% of patients are given prescription medications to treat the symptoms, but this will not solve the problem or improve balance. This is unfortunate as there is nothing worse than feeling fine but being unable to get out and do things for fear of getting dizzy and falling.

Common Symptoms of Vertigo

Common Symptoms of Vertigo

  • Spinning and dizziness like getting off a spinning tire swing
  • Tilting and feeling like the ground is moving under their feet
  • Swaying and being pushed around by an invisible force
  • Feeling unbalanced like one side of the body feels heavier than the other
  • Feeling pulled to one side or in one direction when trying to walk
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abnormal eye movements
  • Headache from mild to severe
  • Sweating and feeling feverish
  • Ringing in the ears or hearing loss
  • Blurred or distorted vision
  • Paleness and overall body weakness
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Vertigo is often brought on by quickly moving your head or changing positions.

Symptoms can last a few minutes to a few hours or more and may come and go. Any cases of vertigo that last more than a few minutes or that result in falling or blacking out need to be reported to a healthcare professional as soon as possible. This is essential as it is important to check for other symptoms in order to rule out other more serious underlying conditions that might be causing the vertigo.

PRI Migraine Pain

Migraines are more intense headaches and can be accompanied with nausea and vomiting, as well as light sensitivity and blurred vision.

Botox Treatment

In a study of adults who get chronic migraine headaches, shots of Botox cut down the total number of days they had them or even other types of headaches. They also had more “crystal-clear” — pain-free — days each month, and they reported fewer days off work.

In another study, nearly half the people who took two rounds of Botox shots reported that the number of days they had a headache each month was cut in half. After five rounds of treatment, that increased to about 70% of the people.

Doctors think Botox works for migraine headaches because it blocks chemicals called neurotransmitters that carry pain signals from your brain. Botox is like a roadblock in that pathway. It stops the chemicals before they get to the nerve endings around your head and neck.

Botox Treatment: Treatment consists of several shots of Botox around your head and neck once every 12 weeks to dull or prevent migraine headaches.

You may need 30 to 40 shots in all, and you’ll get an equal number on each side of your head. If you have migraine pain in one particular spot, you may need more shots there. You should expect to see results 2 to 3 weeks after your first treatment.

Traditional Treatment Options

Botox Medicine for Treatment of Migraines

Migraine Pain
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Traditional Treatment Options

Many of our patients come to us desperate for relief from their migraines as they have tried all the traditional treatments and get nothing more then partial temporary relief. The worse part of this is that getting this minor relief involves the use of prescription medications that often carry harmful side effects with them. Pain medications can mask the symptoms of migraine pain, but they are not doing a thing to address the underlying cause of the pain in the first place, which is why most of the traditional approaches to migraine care end up failing their patients.

“There has to be a better way” is the phrase we hear often from new patients, and the good news is that yes, today there is a much better way to treat migraines and other severe headaches and actually get full lasting relief.

Diagnosing the cause of your Migraine

  • Many of our patients who complain about severe migraines and reoccurring headaches have had some sort of prior injury to their neck, back, or head.
  • Injuries to the spinal cord area can come from work, sports, childhood injuries, slip and falls, or repetition injuries and can lead to more frequent and severe headaches.
  • Whiplash strains tend to be the most common single injury that leads to migraines and worsening headaches, sometimes even years after the initial injury was sustained.
  • It takes several years for the inflammation and swelling of a severe neck injury, to spread throughout the head and scalp area and trigger severe migraine symptoms.
  • Tightness in the neck pinches nerves and damages tissue that can cause pain to radiate through the neck and head and intensify migraine flare-ups
  • For people suffering from chronic headaches, the cause is often severe chronic inflammation or severe damage to nerves in the head and neck region.

Diagnosing the Cause of your Migraine 

Migraine Treatments
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Migraine Symptoms

Migraine Symptoms

The symptoms of migraine can include any number of the following and they can occur one at time, several at a time, and in any combination:

Moderate to severe pain that is commonly described as throbbing

Nausea, stomach upset, vomiting, constipation, or diarrhea

Headache that makes movement difficult

Loss of appetite and aversion to food

Sensitivity to light, noise, or strong odors

Paleness, sweats, and shivers

Sensations of being overly hot or cold during the worst of the headache

Fever in very rare cases though one may feel like he or she has a fever

Sleepiness, fatigue, and dizziness

Bright lights, dots of light, flashes, blind spots, wavy or jagged lines, and in-vision aura

Blurred vision and an inability to remained focused

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PRI Foot and Ankle Pain


Until you’ve experienced foot and ankle pain, you don’t know how much you are depending on the simple act of walking to accomplish routine tasks and maintain your quality of life. Fortunately, innovations in healthcare in the form of OrthoBiologics and Biologics can bring lasting relief.

Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative Medicine for Treatment of Foot/Ankle Pain

Foot and Ankle Pain Management

A product of cutting-edge medical innovation, OrthoBiologics and Biologics provide a revolutionary new therapy for treating foot and ankle pain. It offers the promise of restoring damaged tissue by promoting new growth. In the case of foot and ankle pain, this means the individual’s foot and ankle stop hurting because the cause of the pain has been repaired.

One of the most promising avenues of innovative medicine, and one we have explored extensively here at the Pain Relief Institute, is Amnio-Derived Biologics (healing cells derived from living cells). Both Biologics and OrthoBiologics have proven useful for addressing a variety of complaints including joint, tendon, ligament, and muscle damage, which means it can often prove therapeutic for foot and ankle pain.

Utilizing “undifferentiated” cells, the cells can renew themselves through cell division and have the potential to develop into many different kinds of cells that the body needs. Thus, when a therapeutic procedure called cell infusion applies them to a damaged area, they can promote healing through the growth of healthy new tissue and thus provide a Non-Surgical Alternative to Surgery.

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Other Non-surgical Alternatives for Foot/Ankle Pain

Other Non-Surgical Alternatives for Foot/Ankle:

Foot and Ankle Pain and Laser Therapy: Pain Relief Institute offers laser therapy for ankle sprains and foot and ankle pain. Laser therapy increases blood flow by vasodilating local blood vessels in an area with low blood flow compared to areas of the body that are surrounded by major muscle groups.  This increased blood flow brings in the nutrients necessary to repair damaged tissues and removes the damaged tissue fibers. Laser therapy also increases lymphatic flow which helps to reduce local swelling, decreases prostagladin formation which reduces pain levels, increases endorphin production, and expedites the body’s natural healing processes, which allows for quicker introduction into rehabilitation.

Foot and Ankle Pain: Amnio-Derived Cellular Therapy is an advanced regenerative medicine treatment. Made up of amniotic fluid components, they provide an abundance of cytokines, nutrients, and growth factors and anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and regenerative properties. Platelet-Rich Plasma treatment may also be done in conjunction with Cellular Therapy to further enhance outcomes.

Common Causes


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A sprain is a common cause of ankle pain. Pain can also be a result of: arthritis (specifically osteoarthritis); gout; nerve damage or injury, such as sciatica; blocked blood vessels; infection in the joint. A sprain is generally caused when the ankle rolls or twists so that the outer ankle moves toward the ground, tearing the ligaments of the ankle that hold the bones together. Rolling the ankle can also cause damage to the cartilage or tendons of your ankle.

Gout occurs when uric acid builds up in the body. This higher than normal concentration of uric acid (a byproduct of the body’s normal breakdown of old cells) can deposit crystals in the joints, causing sharp pain. Pseudogout is a similar condition where calcium deposits build up in the joints. Symptoms of both gout and pseudogout include pain, swelling, and redness.

Arthritis can also cause ankle pain. Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. Multiple types of arthritis can cause pain in the ankles, but osteoarthritis is the most common.

Osteoarthritis is often caused by wear and tear on the joints. The older people are, the more likely they are to develop osteoarthritis.

Diagnosing the cause of your pain

Foot and ankle pain are often due to an ankle sprain but can also be caused by ankle instability, arthritis, gout, tendonitis, fracture, nerve compression (tarsal tunnel syndrome), infection, and poor structural alignment of the leg or foot. Ankle pain can be associated with swelling, stiffness, redness, and warmth in the involved area. The pain is often described as an intense dull ache that occurs in the foot bearing weight and with normal ankle motion.

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Diagnosing the Cause of your Foot and Ankle Pain

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PRI Arm and Elbow Pain


Minor arm and elbow pain results from injuries that are fairly common, and just about everyone will deal with sore, bruised or achy arms at some point in life. Symptoms like arm and elbow pain often result from everyday wear and tear, or as a side effect of overuse or an injury of some kind. Arm and elbow pain from injuries are often caused by sports, exercise, hobbies, and daily routine; work-related tasks and duties performed day after day; and work or projects that are done around the home.

Regenerative Medicine for Treatment of Arm/Elbow Pain

Regenerative Medicine for Treatment of Arm/Elbow Pain

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Utilizing growth factors and other enzymes, the bodies cells can renew themselves through cell division and have the potential to develop into many different kinds of cell that the body needs.

Thus, when a therapeutic procedure called cell infusion applies them to a damaged area, they can promote healing through the growth of healthy new tissue and thus provide a Non-Surgical Alternative to Surgery.

At the Pain Relief Institute, we provide Biologics based treatments via Amnio-Derived joint injections and OrthoBiologics derived from the patients cells. 

Laser therapy is a therapeutic treatment that takes light photons and directs them into damaged tissue to improve healing in that area and to help with the reduction of pain, including arm and elbow pain. The light energy penetrates the deeper layers of tissue and stimulates cellular activity and the growth of healthy new cells. It helps new cells generate to repair damage in muscles, soft tissues, tendons, and even bone. This rejuvenation and healing are what help reduces pain in the area and enhances healing.

Whether Pain Management, OrthoBiologics, Biologics, Physical Therapy or laser therapy turns out to be the therapy of choice for your arm or elbow pain, we invite you to contact the Pain Relief Institute today. We can help you.

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Conditions that Produce Arm and Elbow Pain

Tennis Elbow, or lateral epicondylitis: Affecting the elbow and lower arm, this is a condition commonly seen in tennis players, but it s also common in people who do a lot of repetitive movements day in and day out. The most common symptoms include pain and weakness when shaking hands, turning a doorknob, or holding a cup. It is much like carpel tunnel, but is in the arm, not the wrist area.

Elbow Pain from Elbow Fracture, Tears and Sprains: Any situation that involves broken bones, torn muscles, or damaged tendons in the elbow area will result in some degree of pain, and it’s possible pain, weakness, stillness, or immobility will persist over time.

Bursitis Elbow Pain: Naturally occurring pockets of fluid known as olecranon bursae occur in the major joints of the body and work like airbags or cushions. In the elbow joint, they help provide smooth movement of the joint, but when the elbow is inflamed, you can experience pain. Elbow bursitis, or olecranon bursitis, or Popeye elbow, causes swelling and inflammation in the joint.

Golfer’s Elbow, or medial epicondylitis: Again affecting the elbow and lower arm, this condition also involves the muscle and tendons of the arm. Pain from Golfer’s Elbow comes from repetitive wrist or finger clenching and twisting like what is used in gold swings. Numbness, weakness, arm and elbow pain, and shaking are common signs of this condition and can radiate into the hand in some cases.

Arthritis and Elbow Pain: Arthritis is one of the most common causes of joint pain, especially in the large joints and the ones used day in and day out. Compared with other forms of arthritis, elbow arthritis is rare, but it is still one of the leading causes of chronic elbow pain. Rheumatoid arthritis is much more common in elbow pain cases than typical osteoarthritis.

Funny Bone Pain and Cubital Tunnel Pain: Pretty much everyone knows the pain associated with hitting the funny bone as is shoots down your forearm and into hand. This pain occurs because the ulnar nerve that runs along the outside of your elbow has been hit. The ulnar nerve may be pinched or irritated from repetitive motion. This condition is called Cubital Tunnel and is like chronic funny bone pain.

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Common Symptoms of Arm/Elbow Pain:

Common Symptoms of Arm/Elbow Pain:

  • Pain on the inside or outside of your elbow
  • Discomfort that’s worse at the end of the day
  • Warmth
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Decreased range of motion
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Diagnosing the cause of your pain

Children are at risk for arm injuries and consequent arm and elbow pain due to their running, climbing, and playing. Young children are also prone to falls due to poor body control. Broken bones are the most serious injury for a child because if the growth plate area of the bone is affected, it can impact future growth of the bone and result in stunted or unnatural growth of the bone.

On the opposite side of the age spectrum, senior adults are also prone to arm injuries and the resulting arm and elbow pain, again due to their risk of falling. Because of vision problems, mental decline, and mobility troubles, falls are very common and can also be very devastating as conditions like osteoporosis make bone more susceptible to breaking.

Most minor injuries mend on their own, and home treatment is usually all that is needed to relieve symptoms like arm and elbow pain and promote healing, but if serious injury has occurred, it is imperative for anyone to seek immediate medical care and attention. One innovative new therapy for arm and elbow pain is the utilization of OrthoBiologics (healing cells derived from the patient) and Biologics (healing cells derived from living cells).

Diagnosing the Cause of your Arm/Elbow Pain

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PRI Hip Pain Slides


Although the hip joint is designed to withstand quite a bit of wear and tear, it can become damaged, particularly in athletes and those suffering from osteoarthritis. At Pain Relief Institute, we’re here to resolve your hip pain and repair damage to the joint, so you can move pain free.

Regenerative Medicine for Treatment of Hip Pain

Regenerative Medicine for Treatment of Hip Pain

Hip Joint Pain

Once the medical team has determined the underlying cause of your hip pain, we will begin treating your condition or injury. Our treatment approach is what sets us apart from other doctors, because we try to avoid treatments that just mask the pain or surgical interventions unless they are truly necessary.

For hip pain in particular, we focus on biologic regenerative procedures. Commonly recommending PRP and Amnio-Derived Fluid. Depending on the cause of your hip pain, PRI’s team of leading providers for treatment of Hip Pain in Chicago will compose a completely customized treatment plan that’s designed to relieve your symptoms, repair any injuries and address the underlying disease, so you can get and stay back on your feet.

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Common Causes


Common Symptoms of Hip Pain:

A variety of conditions and injuries can result in chronic hip pain. Some of the most common ones among our patients in Chicago and surrounding suburbs include:




Labral Tear


Hip Dislocation

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Common Symptoms of Hip Pain:

  • Pain that is worse with activity and movement
  • Pain into the groin
  • Pain on the outside of your hip/thigh
  • Clicking or Popping of the Hip
  • Stiffness and dull ache
  • Limping
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Managing Hip Joint Pain

Diagnosing the cause of your pain

When you arrive at Pain Relief Institute to be assessed for Hip Pain, our first step will be to determine exactly what’s causing your hip pain. Although hip pain is often complex and frequently involves the lower back and surrounding tendons and joints we aim to get the precise diagnosis. Through a thorough assessment we can save you time and relieve your pain as quickly as possible.

To begin, we’ll ask you questions about your symptoms, including activities that improve or worsen the discomfort and how long you’ve been experiencing your hip pain. From there, we’ll perform an extensive hands-on physical examination, during which we will test your range of motion and look for areas that are painful or swollen. Often times we will also perform X-rays to see if there are arthritic changes that have taken place and how severe they may be. Depending on our findings, we may also order additional imaging tests, such as MRI or ultrasound to check for joint space and cartilage thickness, or an ultrasound to visualize soft tissues, muscles, tendons and bursitis.

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Diagnosing the Cause of your Hip Pain

Hip Joint Pain Treatment

PRI Knee Pain Slides


Knee pain is becoming an epidemic for patients of all ages. From meniscus tears to osteoarthritis the incidence of knee pain is on the rise. Few clinics see more knee pain patients than Pain Relief Institute, giving you access to some of the best knee pain specialists Chicago has to offer. 

Regenerative Medicine for Treatment of Knee Pain

Regenerative Medicine for Treatment of Knee Pain

At Pain Relief Institute, our Chicago knee specialists are committed to relieving your pain and healing your injury from the inside out, so you can make a full return to your active lifestyle. And to accomplish these goals, we leverage cutting edge regenerative technology and innovative medical techniques with proven results.

Quite often other doctors focus on temporary pain-relief measures or invasive surgery. As some of the best medical providers of relief for knee pain Chicago has to offer, we believe in a more innovative way to naturally restore function and treat knee pain. We know that our patients want long-lasting relief and want to avoid medications, steroid injections and surgery. As such, Pain Relief Institute is primarily focused on non-surgical alternative procedures that can potentially improve your symptoms and repair the damaged structure in your knee without a lengthy healing period, including PRP, bone marrow concentrate, amnio-derived fluid and more. We believe that these approaches offer a minimally invasive and viable method for treating knee pain. Our team has treated thousands of patients using this approach with positive results.

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Common Causes


Common Symptoms of Knee Pain:

Numerous conditions and injuries can result in debilitating knee pain. Some of the most common ones among our patients in Chicago and surrounding suburbs include:



Meniscus Tear

MCL Sprain

ACL Injury

Bakers Cyst

Patellar Tendonitis

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Common Symptoms of Knee Pain:

  • Popping and Clicking
  • Pain going up and down stairs
  • Knee locking
  • Stiffness
  • Pain going from sitting to standing
  • Swelling
  • Instability
  • Leg giving out
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Diagnosing the cause of your pain

To determine what specifically is causing your knee pain, the medical team will perform a complete physical examination to understand your lifestyle and what may have triggered the pain. We’ll assess overall biomechanics along with the entire knee to access for pain, swelling, range of motion, stability/laxity, and functional capacity.

Although the physical examination gives our medical team an idea of what’s causing your pain, we’ll often want to confirm our diagnosis with an imaging test. In many cases, this may be an X-ray of your knee to specifically evaluate for arthritis. If a more extensive injury involving bone, cartilage or meniscus is suspected, we may order and MRI.

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Diagnosing the Cause of your Knee Pain

Knee Pain Treatments