Dr. Drew Timmermans

Dr. Drew Timmermans Naturopathic Doctor striving to address the root causes of chronic pain
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05/04/2024

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This may mean that you branch outside of your insurance coverage. But what's more important, staying in network or tryin...
05/03/2024

This may mean that you branch outside of your insurance coverage. But what's more important, staying in network or trying to find someone who may actually be able to help?

Getting morning sunlight on your face helps improve your circadian rhythm, which means you can get better sleep. Better ...
04/27/2024

Getting morning sunlight on your face helps improve your circadian rhythm, which means you can get better sleep. Better sleep means more potential for your body to heal itself over time. This is why improving sleep via morning sunlight can help with chronic pain over a long period of time.

While I specialize in using needles to help patients suffering in chronic pain, I would be doing all of them a disservic...
04/23/2024

While I specialize in using needles to help patients suffering in chronic pain, I would be doing all of them a disservice if it was just for temporary relief. While injections can get you out of the hole (and sometimes for a very long time), the conditions that led to that breakdown need to be addressed in the long run if we want to see true long lasting improvements. Finding the weak links in the chain is just as important as fixing the broken links.

Even small increases in activity levels over time can reap huge benefits. This is the basic level stuff that everyone sh...
04/22/2024

Even small increases in activity levels over time can reap huge benefits. This is the basic level stuff that everyone should be striving towards if you're in chronic pain.

It can be frustrating when imaging comes back normal, yet your pain persists. What’s even worse is when you start to fea...
04/20/2024

It can be frustrating when imaging comes back normal, yet your pain persists. What’s even worse is when you start to fear that doctors won’t believe your pain because your scans are normal. You are not alone in this experience.

Your pain is a real and valid experience, and seeking support and resources can help you manage it in the best way possible, even when your scans are negative. This often means seeking out a new physician who is able to provide a more in depth physical examination that can evaluate your physical body despite negative scaIns.

This sentiment forms the backbone of everything I believe in in medicine. Yes, there is a time and a place for suppressi...
04/19/2024

This sentiment forms the backbone of everything I believe in in medicine. Yes, there is a time and a place for suppression, but we're over here talking about chronic pain and not acute emergencies.

It gives me goosebumps to even think about this philosophy. What feelings does it give you?

Have you ever stepped back to think about the people, things, or situations in her life that suck your energy? What abou...
04/17/2024

Have you ever stepped back to think about the people, things, or situations in her life that suck your energy? What about the times where you feel depleted and angry because of someone or something, and that repeatedly happens with that person/situation? Maybe it is time to step back and do that self-evaluation, so you can get insight into what scenarios and people in your life might be negatively contributing to your health, such that you can take action.

It might be considered taboo to distance yourself from toxic people in your life, especially for their family, but that does not mean that you should not do it.

The ability of you to train your nervous system and extreme cold does a lot for your nervous system, which has an impact...
04/17/2024

The ability of you to train your nervous system and extreme cold does a lot for your nervous system, which has an impact on your body's ability to heal and your perception of pain.

Not sure how to trigger the nervous system with extreme cold? Get in an ice bath or turn your shower all the way to cold, breathing deep in and out through your nose, and keep her muscles relaxed. 10 breaths 3-7 times a week, and you will start to notice changes.

Their fear of 'different' is what leads them to call me a quack. Their inability to step back and see that 'alternative'...
04/10/2024

Their fear of 'different' is what leads them to call me a quack. Their inability to step back and see that 'alternative' medicine providers exist because their system is not sufficient is profoundly sad. ⠀

I exist because the insurance model sucks. If the insurance model was amazing, I wouldn't have people calling me for help.

This sentiment forms the backbone of everything I believe in medicine. Yes, there is a time and a place for suppression,...
04/09/2024

This sentiment forms the backbone of everything I believe in medicine. Yes, there is a time and a place for suppression, but we're over here talking about chronic pain and not acute emergencies.

It gives me goosebumps to even think about this philosophy. What feelings does it give you?

04/08/2024

When you inject peptides like BPC 157 over the area of pain, it does not directly go to the area of tissue damage initially. The medication is absorbed by the blood vessels in the subcutaneous tissue and distributed throughout the body. Therefore, there is no difference between injecting in the abdomen versus over the area of pain when we talk about how the peptide gets to the damaged tissue.

04/06/2024

When you are dealing with chronic pain, it's important to understand that imaging does not always show the cause of your pain. You can have structural changes without pain, or pain without any visible changes. It's important to have a thorough history and physical exam, and possibly diagnostic injections or treatment, in order to determine the cause of your pain. Simply relying on imaging can lead you astray in finding relief. Look for a provider who will correlate your imaging with other factors to fully understand the source of your pain.

03/25/2024

If you have received PRP or stem cell therapy for pain and it has not worked, it may be due to misdiagnosis. It is possible that the pain generator was not properly identified and treated. This can happen if a thorough physical examination is not done and the provider relies solely on MRI results. It is important for providers to acknowledge that misdiagnosis can occur and focus on improving their diagnostic skills to ensure accurate treatment. Consider the possibility of misdiagnosis if previous treatments have not been effective in relieving pain.

Did you know that cluneal nerve entrapment is often a silent source of chronic low back pain, yet it remains widely unde...
03/11/2024

Did you know that cluneal nerve entrapment is often a silent source of chronic low back pain, yet it remains widely underdiagnosed? This revelation calls for a transformative shift in the way medical professionals are educated and how patients are treated.

🔍 Understanding Cluneal Nerve Entrapment:

Cluneal nerve entrapment affects nerves in the lower back, leading to pain that's frequently mistaken for other conditions. Its elusive nature makes it a challenge for standard diagnostic methods, leaving many in a relentless cycle of discomfort without proper treatment.

💡 Why It Matters to You:

If you've been navigating the maze of chronic low back pain without clear answers, cluneal nerve entrapment could be a critical piece of the puzzle. Recognizing this condition is the first step towards targeted, effective relief.

🚀 The Need for Change:

There's a pressing need to revolutionize medical training and practice. By focusing on the intricacies of conditions like cluneal nerve entrapment, healthcare providers can offer more accurate diagnoses and tailored treatments, ensuring that patients receive the care they truly need.

This insight into cluneal nerve entrapment not only highlights the complexities of diagnosing and treating chronic low back pain but also underscores the importance of advocating for comprehensive medical education and patient-centered care.

🔍 Rethinking Piriformis Syndrome: A Closer Look at Cluneal Neuralgia & Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction 🔍Are you familiar wi...
03/08/2024

🔍 Rethinking Piriformis Syndrome: A Closer Look at Cluneal Neuralgia & Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction 🔍

Are you familiar with piriformis syndrome? It's often cited as a common cause of sciatica-like pain, but the truth is more complicated than that. Since being in practice over the last 7 years, it’s become clear to me that what many believe to be piriformis syndrome is usually not sciatica, and is often nuanced pain from cluneal neuralgia, lumbar facet syndrome, or sacroiliac joint dysfunction.

💡 Why This Matters:

* Misdiagnosis Leads to Mismanagement: Sticking to an outdated diagnosis can lead to treatments that fail to address the root cause of pain, leaving patients without relief.
* Understanding Cluneal Neuralgia: This condition involves irritation or entrapment of the cluneal nerves, leading to pain that mimics or overlaps with symptoms traditionally attributed to piriformis syndrome.
* Recognizing Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction: Pain originating from the sacroiliac joint can also be mistaken for piriformis syndrome, yet the treatment and management strategies differ significantly.

🚀 Towards a More Effective Treatment Approach:

By accurately diagnosing the source of discomfort, we can tailor treatment plans that offer real relief and recovery.

✨ What You Can Do:

* Be Informed: Knowledge is power. Understanding the potential for misdiagnosis can empower you to seek a second opinion or ask for more comprehensive diagnostic tests.
* Advocate for Yourself: If your treatment isn't working, it might be time to discuss alternative diagnoses and treatment options with your healthcare provider.

The journey to effective pain management begins with accurate diagnosis. By considering cluneal neuralgia and sacroiliac joint dysfunction as potential culprits, we can pave the way for more personalized and effective treatments.

And there have also been times when I have had the same herniated disc and annular tissue and been in extreme pain.The d...
03/07/2024

And there have also been times when I have had the same herniated disc and annular tissue and been in extreme pain.

The difference is not that I have these changes in the discs. The difference is in the inflammatory status of the discs and associated nerves, the hypersensitivity of my tissues that my brain is perceiving, and my perception of what those signals mean.

How have I gotten to a point of currently being pain free 97% of the time? Orthobiologic injections such as PRP and stem cell therapy, supplements and peptides, and proper physical therapy and strength training. I didn’t get here by just waiting around, I took action.

Are you or someone close to you struggling with chronic low back pain? It's possible that the real culprit behind this d...
03/06/2024

Are you or someone close to you struggling with chronic low back pain? It's possible that the real culprit behind this discomfort is cluneal nerve inflammation and entrapment—a condition often overlooked in traditional pain management approaches.

🔍 Here's Why You Should Care:

Traditional methods might have left you running in circles, seeking relief that never lasts. Identifying cluneal nerve issues could be the key to unlocking effective, long-term solutions for your pain.

💡 Embrace Innovation:

Moving beyond standard treatments opens up a world of innovative, precision-guided therapies. Techniques such as nerve hydrodissection with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) are not just treatments but a potential revolution in how we approach chronic low back pain.

🌈 Hope Is on the Horizon:

This isn’t about temporary fixes. Targeting the source of your pain with these advanced methods offers a new hope for lasting relief. Imagine a life where your low back pain is truly managed, allowing you to reclaim your daily activities and joy.

03/05/2024

PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) and stem cell therapy treatments offer a promising approach for chronic pain and injury recovery, not by simply "wearing off" but by potentially providing long-lasting effects. These therapies work on a cellular level to promote healing and reduce inflammation, with outcomes varying among individuals based on various factors, including the nature of their injuries and their body's response to treatment.

The misconception that these therapies might wear off stems from the recurrence of pain in some patients after treatment. However, this is often due to new injuries or continued degeneration of the treated area, not the failure of the therapy itself. The body's healing process is complex, and while PRP and stem cell treatments can significantly reduce pain and aid recovery, they do not make the treated tissues invulnerable to future damage or wear and tear.

For instance, my personal journey with back pain and various treatments, including PRP and stem cell injections, highlights this perspective. Despite achieving significant pain relief and improved functionality, subsequent injuries and accidents led to recurring pain, necessitating further treatments. Each treatment provided substantial relief, demonstrating the therapies' effectiveness in managing pain and aiding recovery, rather than wearing off in the traditional sense.

It's important to understand that healing from such therapies is not always perfect. Scar tissue and changes in tissue structure can occur, potentially leading to different stress patterns in the area. This doesn't mean the treatments wear off; rather, the body's ongoing response to physical stresses and subsequent injuries can lead to new or recurring pain.

Emerging research and patient registries show that PRP and stem cell therapies can offer lasting pain relief for many years, contrasting with temporary solutions like steroid injections, whose effects diminish over time. This distinction is crucial for patients considering these treatments, emphasizing the need for informed decision-making based on a thorough understanding of the therapies' potential long-term benefits and limitations.

03/04/2024

If you are experiencing chronic pain, it's important to understand that it has a biological, psychological, and social component. However, the ratio of these components varies from person to person, and a good provider will help determine the appropriate treatment for each. Regenerative injection therapies may not work well for those with a large psychosocial component to their pain. On the other hand, a purely psychosocial approach may not work for everyone either. It's crucial to take a personalized approach to treating chronic pain and explore both the biological and psychosocial aspects. The conventional medical system's approach often overlooks the psychosocial component, and a personalized approach is often necessary.

It’s hard to know when to employ a professional as part of your care team. Especially today in the information age where...
03/02/2024

It’s hard to know when to employ a professional as part of your care team. Especially today in the information age where you can google just about anything and everything.

Here’s a simple principle to follow: If you’re not getting better with your current strategy, your strategy needs to change. And if your strategy has components of it where you could hire a professional but you’re just trying to do it on your own, it’s most likely worth looking for a good professional.

This applies to movement and exercise when one is suffering from chronic joint pain.

Every person responds differently to various different treatments. What works for one person may not work for another, a...
03/01/2024

Every person responds differently to various different treatments. What works for one person may not work for another, and vice versa. This is why personal experience with a particular approach is often the only way to know if it will be effective for you.

What are some things you are currently sitting on the fence about doing?

I won’t lie, I haven’t done a good job the last few years about truly auditing my life to ensure that it is focused arou...
02/28/2024

I won’t lie, I haven’t done a good job the last few years about truly auditing my life to ensure that it is focused around what is most important to me. It’s time that I do this again.

When was the last time you did this? How did it go for you? What did you learn?

There are many different ways in which we can support tissue healing. Sometimes this requires removing obstacles to heal...
02/26/2024

There are many different ways in which we can support tissue healing. Sometimes this requires removing obstacles to heal (such as alcohol or poor quality sleep), but other times this requires shifting focus on supporting the body to heal via anabolic means.

Anabolic hormones play a crucial role in tissue growth and repair. Growth hormone stimulates the production of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), which promotes the growth of muscle and other tissues. Testosterone, on the other hand, is essential for muscle growth, strength, and overall anabolic (building up) processes in the body. Optimizing levels of these hormones, whether through lifestyle changes, diet, or medical intervention, can support tissue growth and overall health.

Despite the potential benefits of these strategies, they may not be utilized enough due to a variety of reasons such as lack of awareness, skepticism about their effectiveness, concerns about safety, and cost. Additionally, the scientific evidence supporting some of these strategies (like PRP and stem cell injections) is still evolving, and more research is needed to establish their effectiveness and best practices for use.

02/24/2024

Sometimes, in order to heal from chronic pain, you need to intentionally get uncomfortable. You have to do things that you mentally don't want to do now. It might look like progressively overloading in physical therapy or getting into ice baths. It might also look like saying goodbye to toxic people in your life or addressing childhood traumas. These are uncomfortable things that you might have to go through in order to see healing from chronic pain. Yes, it's hard, but sometimes it's necessary.

02/23/2024

If you're struggling with nerve pain, especially nerve pain coming from your back that shoots pain down your leg, taking pressure off the nerve may be one of the most important things you can do. This might mean actual decompression or finding positions that stop poking the bear of the inflamed nerve. For example, if you have a pinched nerve in your neck, flexing forward and leaning away can open up the foramen on that side and reduce symptoms. Experiment with different strategies to find what works for you and consistently do it for 4 to 6 weeks. Remember, there are no magic bullets, so be patient and give it time. Let us know in the comments what has worked for you and happy healing.

The belief that one has tried every possible remedy for chronic pain and that no solutions remain is a common psychologi...
02/22/2024

The belief that one has tried every possible remedy for chronic pain and that no solutions remain is a common psychological barrier that can significantly impede recovery and healing. This mindset, often referred to as a "fixed mindset," can lead to feelings of hopelessness and resignation, making it difficult for individuals to remain open to new or alternative treatment options.

While it's understandable to feel overwhelmed and hopeless after trying multiple treatments for chronic pain without success, it's important to recognize that the field of medicine is always advancing. Keeping an open mind to emerging treatments, actively seeking out new information, and engaging with a supportive healthcare team can make a significant difference in one's healing journey.

Avoiding exercise for fear of aggravating chronic pain can actually hinder progress in some people. Healthcare professio...
02/21/2024

Avoiding exercise for fear of aggravating chronic pain can actually hinder progress in some people. Healthcare professionals trained in movement and exercise science (think physical therapists, strength coaches, etc.) can be crucial in creating personalized and safe exercise plans tailored to your individual needs and pain levels. They can provide guidance, support, and education on how exercise can reduce inflammation, improve physical function, and stimulate the release of endorphins, the body's natural pain relievers. Gradually increasing exercise intensity under supervision can help build confidence, manage flare-ups, and ultimately improve or even resolve chronic pain. Engaging in a carefully planned exercise regimen is a crucial step toward recovery and enhanced quality of life for those suffering from chronic pain.

8 things that you can do, free or very low cost.1️⃣ drink 2-3L of water per day, preferably with a small pinch of sea sa...
02/20/2024

8 things that you can do, free or very low cost.

1️⃣ drink 2-3L of water per day, preferably with a small pinch of sea salt.
2️⃣ Exercise and move daily - aim for 10,000 steps (or equivalent).
3️⃣ Ground every day by standing/walking barefoot on grass or dirt for 20-30 minutes.
4️⃣ Prioritize sleep like it’s your job. Watch the sunrise and sunset if you can, and turn off overhead lights in your home after sunset.
5️⃣ Increase vitamin C supplementation - 1g 2-3 x/day.⠀
6️⃣ Reduce/eliminate corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, and canola oil from your diet.
7️⃣ Supplement with 2-3g Omega 3 fatty acids (EPA + DHA) per day. Make sure your supplement is in the triglyceride form
8️⃣ Eliminate alcohol from your life.

Not sure what can be done to improve your baseline level of health?Here are 12 things to consider:1️⃣ Pick heavy things ...
02/19/2024

Not sure what can be done to improve your baseline level of health?

Here are 12 things to consider:

1️⃣ Pick heavy things up then put them back down again
2️⃣ Drink water
3️⃣ Eat more foods found in nature
4️⃣ Laugh with friends
6️⃣ Get more sunlight
7️⃣ Breathe mainly through your nose
8️⃣ Spend more time in nature
9️⃣ Deepen your spiritual relationship with God
🔟 Sleep as much as you can
🕚 Foster your closest and most intimate relationships
🕛 Love yourself

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Regenerative Performance is an integrative medical practice that helps high achieving people perform at their peak by utilizing unique and innovative approaches designed to improve cognitive and athletic performance, attain desired body composition and aesthetics and help the body to regenerate to heal from injuries and eliminate pain.

Regenerative Performance has 5 main facets: 1) Regenerative Medicine, including prolotherapy, PRP and Stem Cell Therapy 2) Cognitive Enhancement, for those looking to improve their mental capacity and fortitude 3) Sports Performance, for everyone from Weekend Warriors to Professional Athletes 4) Axis Performance, specifically designed for people who have hormone imbalances 5) Aesthetics, including PRP facials and customized regiments to prevent and reverse the signs of aging

Dr. Timmermans and his team have a deep passion for helping people regain what they have lost, whether that’s the ability to play sports, run around with their grandkids, or build their business as an entrepreneur.

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