Chronic Pain Specialist

German Zermeno, MD

Integrative Medicine & Functional Medicine located in Tustin, CA

As one of the most common reasons to see a doctor, pain is a significant contributor to health care costs, and chronic pain is a leading cause of disability. Whether it’s the result of an illness or injury, if you’re experiencing chronic pain, call or make an appointment online with Dr. German Zermeno at the American Institute of Natural Medicine in Tustin, California.

Chronic Pain Q & A

What is chronic pain?

Pain results from a complex interaction of your nerves, spinal cord, and brain. There are two types of pain:


Acute pain is a signal that your body is injured; it dissipates as your body heals.


Chronic pain lasts months or even years and interferes with your daily activities. Chronic pain often leads to low self-esteem, depression, and anger.

What are the symptoms of chronic pain?

Chronic pain occurs all over your body and has many causes. The most common complaints from those with chronic pain include:

  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Arthritis pain
  • Pain resulting from nerve damage or cancer

How is chronic pain diagnosed?

No test measures can locate your pain with accuracy because pain is personal and subjective. Therefore, Dr. Zermeno relies on your description of your pain, including:

  • Type
  • Timing
  • Location
  • Sharp or dull
  • Constant or on-and-off
  • Burning or aching

These descriptions help Dr. Zermeno identify the causes and develop a treatment plan.

How is chronic pain treated?

Dr. Zermeno offers several pain-relief therapies. He tailors your treatment plan to your specific needs, and it may include:

Nutrition guidance

A poor diet with insufficient nutrients prohibits your body from facilitating cellular level repair. Additionally, the link between proper nutrition and your overall health shouldn’t be ignored. By improving your diet, you give your body the nutrients it needs to stay healthy, active, and strong.

Stem cell therapy

Stem cell therapy is a nonsurgical option where Dr. Zermeno injects stem cells into the injured area of your body to help promote self-healing.

Platelet-rich plasma

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is derived from your blood and contains a high concentration of platelets and growth factors. Dr. Zermeno injects PRP to promote healing and restore function.

Ozone therapy

Ozone disrupts unhealthy processes in your body and helps stop the growth of harmful bacteria. Ozone therapy also deactivates toxins, kills pathogens, and flushes out infected cells so that your body can produce new, healthy ones. Ozone also reduces fatigue.

To find out which treatment method is right for your chronic pain, call or book an appointment online at the American Institute of Natural Medicine today.