Chronic Pain Doctors Maryland

Chronic pain is a complex condition that affects millions of Americans. We offer proven therapies to help heal your pain and get you back to optimal health and wellness. 

Women with chronic wrist pain

Chronic Pain Treatment At Shakthi

Chronic pain is unlike any kind of temporary pain you may feel from a specific ailment like a headache or injury. If you are among one of the millions of Americans who have suffered from pain for several months or longer you may have a chronic condition.

If you believe you are suffering from chronic pain and would like to discuss the therapies we offer, contact our offices. Dr. Jyothi Rao will evaluate your symptoms and create a treatment plan custom tailored for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What kind of conditions do chronic pain doctors treat?

Chronic pain doctors treat a wide range of conditions, including but not limited to arthritis, back pain, neuropathic pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, and cancer-related pain.

What are the different types of treatments chronic pain doctors use?

Chronic pain doctors use a variety of treatments, including medications, physical therapy, injections, nerve blocks, neuromodulation, and other interventional procedures.

How long does treatment typically take with a chronic pain doctor?

The length of treatment will vary depending on the individual patient and the severity of their condition. Some patients may experience relief after a few weeks or months of treatment, while others may require ongoing care.

How does a chronic pain doctor determine the best treatment for a patient?

Chronic pain doctors will perform a comprehensive evaluation of the patient, which may include a physical examination, medical history, and diagnostic testing. Based on the results, they will develop an individualized treatment plan.

What is an Integrative Medicine Approach?

Integrative medicine combines conventional medicine and alternative therapies to enhance a patient’s vitality, focusing on whole body wellness. An Integrative Medicine physician will address the root cause of your illness and not just treat the symptoms. By determining what the root is, you and your practitioner can devise a health plan to successfully treat the disease. At Shakthi, we take into account other factors in your life that may be preventing the root cause of your illness or disease from fully healing. We work closely with our patients to address their immediate health needs while developing a personalized wellness plan that encourages whole body wellness. You can learn more here.

What are the benefits of integrative medicine?

Integrative medicine’s biggest benefit is the fact it looks at the patient as a whole individual and addresses the root causes of illnesses by doing so. I went along with this though integrative medicine promotes a symbiotic and collaborative relationship between the doctor and the patient. This means that there is better communication. Another great benefit is that it utilizes every therapy possible to ensure that the patient gets the treatment that is perfect for them.


Where are you located?

We have two locations in Mount Airy and Elkridge Maryland.

Why is integrative medicine not covered by insurance?

Over the past decade or so, integrative medicine has been becoming more and more popular. Because of this popularity, there has been an increase in doctors that practice it. But even with all this popularity unfortunately insurance does not cover integrative health care. The lack of coverage from insurance companies is solely because integrative medicine often encompasses treatments that these health insurance companies degenerative treatments. Because these treatments like acupuncture, massage therapy, infrared sauna, and many others are all deemed alternative they are not covered.

What costs are involved? 

We offer two options:
• Yearly Membership
• A La Carte

How do I make an appointment?

You can expect your first visit with Dr. Rao and our team to be more comprehensive than anything you have ever experienced. Our practice is not a revolving door, we won't just visit with you for 5 minutes, hand you a prescription and send you on your way. You can expect the initial visit to last approximately 60 minutes. In that time, Dr. Rao will spend time with you, listen to your history, ask questions, hear your concerns. We put great emphasis on the listening and hearing part of the consult. It is vital in developing a strong doctor, patient relationship and is the only way we can help you get on the right path to healing. After your consult, we will order your testing. Depending on your specific needs a number of tests will be administered. Testing is tailored to each individual. Schedule Appointment Here.

What are five alternative medicines?

There are many different types of alternative medicines but many of them can fall under one of the five main alternative categories. These categories are homeopathy, eastern medicine, naturopathy, and Ayurveda. Within these five types so there are many variations and so choosing one that works for you all relies on what exactly you're looking to gain from choosing alternative medicines.

What does Shakthi Mean?

Shakthi (Shuk-thee) means Strength, Empowerment, and Agent of Change.

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At Shakthi Health and Wellness we offer a la carte and yearly plans that are more comprehensive and often cheaper than traditional insurance plans.

What causes Chronic Pain and what can you do about it?

Chronic pain can be debilitating. Pain that lasts more than three months or beyond the normal amount of time except for your life. There are many different things that could be the root cause of your chronic pain. From illnesses to musculoskeletal problems getting down to the trigger of what is causing it is vital to maintain your mental and physical health.

Some chronic pain can be traced to a specific injury. Many cases of chronic pain are related to these conditions:

  • Low back pain
  • Arthritis/Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia – TOXIC (gut recovery) – IV Therapy/Nutrients
  • Headache
  • Fibromyalgia – TOXIC (gut recovery)  – IV Therapy/Nutrients
  • Yeast overgrowth
  • Nerve Damage
  • Shingles
  • Small fiber nerve changes that contribute to imbalances

Small fiber nerve changes in the body can be triggered by food, poor diet, and poor sleep. We do testing to identify the root causes of the inflammation and develop a treatment plan.

How to Treat Chronic Pain

Getting to the root cause of your pain is what we do best. We evaluate, address and treat the physical causes, not just the symptoms of chronic pain and inflammation. Putting a focus on food sensitivities, diet and other potential triggers for pain, we are able to help patients get well and get to the next level in their wellness journey.

Some of the specific treatments we offer are:

  • LET Therapy

    Lymph enhancement therapy is a modality of increasing lymph fluid. It uses low vibrational energy provided by radio-frequency waves which increases lymph flow and increases the breaking down of protein-rich fluid in the tissue space. It has been shown to benefit in lymphedema as well as conditions that involve chronic and acute inflammation and pain. Sessions usually run for about 45 minutes.
  • Acupuncture
  • Nutrition Consultations
  • IV Therapy
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Photobiomodulation
  • Infrared Sauna

Natural Ways to Treat Chronic Pain

There are many different therapies that we at Shakthi Health and Wellness Center can utilize to help you with your chronic pain. We try to take an integrative approach that utilizes both traditional and holistic methods. Natural remedies are a more gentle approach that works with your body’s natural systems. There are plenty of natural remedies that one can use to help treat chronic pain.

Herbal Remedies

Depending on what the chronic pain stems from there are herbal remedies that can help elevate the pain associated with them. For instance, if you're suffering from rheumatoid arthritis then you might choose to drink tea with white Willow bark which helps reduce pain and inflammation. On the other hand, if you have fibromyalgia, using a tea made of ginger and primrose could help relieve the muscle pain.

The only thing you have to be cautious of when using herbal remedies, especially when dealing with chronic pain is the interaction it potentially could have with prescription medications that you have been taking. We utilize your medical history along with our own in-depth analysis to ensure that there are no negative interactions between the herbal remedies that we suggest, and the prescription drugs you currently are taking.


Sometimes chronic pain is housed in the fact that your muscles are tight. That means that a nice massage cannot only help with the pain but get rid of the stress and anxiety that come along with it. Using their hands to manipulate your muscles and soft tissue massage therapists are able to relax your body and relieve inflammation and pain.

Mind-Body Practices

Whether you choose meditation or another mind-body technique like yoga the mind is the most powerful tool we have. The pillars of these mindfulness practices all center around relieving stress and helping to improve your interaction with the world around you. 

This may not seem like something that could do with chronic pain but improving your mood and getting rid of stress and anxiety will help relieve some of the tension and that could be just the ticket to helping you manage your chronic pain better.


Exercise helps with several of the symptoms that can make chronic pain worse. Things like poor circulation, stiffness in the joints, and tight muscles oh increase the pain when dealing with this chronic illness. Exercise gets everything moving and stretches everything out so that you can manage your pain better.


Nutrition in your diet campaign part and your overall treatment for chronic pain. You'll want to eat a diet that's rich in foods that are designed to reduce inflammation. Things like omega-3 fatty acids, soy products, and leafy greens are all wonderful additions to a diet that could potentially help you combat chronic pain. 

On the other hand, you'll want to stay away from things like chocolate, red meat, tomatoes, and eggs because these all have potential risk factors of increasing inflammation which will worsen your chronic pain.


When your body is dealing with chronic pain you will find yourself being dehydrated much easier and for long periods of time. This means in order to help treat your chronic pain you should ensure that you are drinking enough water every day. Also trying to stay away from caffeinated drinks as much as possible because they only exacerbate dehydration

More Helpful Resources

About Us

We believe in practicing medicine that focuses on whole body health. Our chronic pain specialists focus our on root cause of your condition with comprehensive treatments that actually heal the body rather than just masking the symptoms of your condition. 

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Digital Guide

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Patient Testimonials

Patient Testimonials

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Susan Doyle

I started by seeing Dr. Sudhir Rao for my Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Syndrome. I had an accident in July 2010 that caused nerve damage in my ankle. After treatments and surgery, it spread up the entire left side of my body. The only way to describe how you feel is by saying you’re a human pinball machine ? you just never know where the pain is going to be that minute. I had asked about acupuncture because someone had told me that it worked for them. I was at the point of trying anything to lessen the pain because it was getting worse every day.

Anonymous Patient

I am actually a relatively healthy 50-year-old woman. I try to eat well and exercise, but I (like many) felt the creep of age in the form a subtle pounds and decreasing energy. Dr. Rao helped point me in the direction of the correct detox program for me (Core Restore!) as well as the supplements I needed to boost my metabolism and increase my energy! I still need to eat what works for me and avoid the things that don't, and I still have to exercise every day, but my clothes fit better and I have more energy!!

- Shakthi Patients

Anna Smoot

I came to see Dr. Rao with symptoms of chronic fatigue, abdominal pains, depression, and weight gain. I had seen a couple other doctors and they had found that I had very high inflammation levels and over 15 food allergies/sensitivities. They wanted me to just take prescription drugs, but I wanted more than a quick fix. I wanted my health and my life back! When I scheduled the appointment, I was surprised how by helpful Kelly was on the phone. I didn’t know the details of my insurance coverage and Kelly offered to call my insurance for me. I’ve never had anyone at a doctor’s office do that before.

Debbie Helman

After visiting the Shakthi website and reading other patient testimonials, I was curious about the wide variety of treatments that were available. I have a very slow metabolism, was fatigued, had insomnia, back pain, and just didn’t feel as well as I wanted to in general. I had more allergic reactions and respiratory issues in the preceding months before coming to see Dr. Jyothi Rao. I had completed three courses of prednisone while under the treatment of my traditional doctor and was fed up with that cycle and was looking for another path.

- Debbie Helman

Linda J.

I was given the gift of Dr. Rao's integrative specialty care for Christmas in 2016. I didn?t take advantage of it until March of 2017. My mindset at the time was negative. I had heard about changing eating habits and I felt that I liked the foods I was eating and I was nearly 70, so why change now? After meeting with Dr. Rao and hearing her suggestions, I said I would take it one small step at a time and see what happens.

I was in the worst shape of my life

I was in the worst shape of my life with depression and anxiety. I had given up. Shakthi provided me with a manageable plan that included supplements, diet, and an exercise program that has transformed my body and given me a new outlook on life. Perhaps the most surprising outcome was learning how to be healthy and have a good relationship with my body. I am now more productive, energetic, and focused. The fog that had been clouding my thoughts has lifted.

- Shakthi Patient

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What To Expect

How Treatment Works

Our doctors and staff take time to get invested in your health and well-being. We've taken a step back from mainstream medicine and are challenging the norm. Everyone's healthcare needs are different. You are different. We believe patients shouldn't settle. Our practice is not a revolving door. We listen, and most importantly, we hear you.


Appointments are conducted on an as-needed basis. Patients can expect appointments to be more thorough and focused on their needs. As Integrative speciality care doctors, we see a limited number of patients which means each of our patients receives dedicated care without the concern of being “rushed” our of an appointment.

Diagnostic Testing

We offer patients scientifically backed health assessments to better understand the root causes of their health conditions. We evaluate any disruptions to your health and body to develop effective wellness plans to optimize your vitality. To learn more about the specific tests we offer visit this page here

Costs Involved

Patients receive personalized and tailored care in exchange for a flat fee. Overall cost will be discussed during your initial consultation. Each subsequent appointment will not need to be individually paid for. All patients receive unlimited access to their physicians which leads to better overall health and wellness.

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Our Locations

Our patient care coordinators are available to answer questions Monday - Friday from 8:30 am - 5:00pm.

Mt Airy

2702 Back Acre Circle

Mt. Airy, MD 21771


6816 Deerpath Rd Elkridge, MD 21075

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Main Phone

(301) 703-5067

Main Phone

(301) 703-5067



Fax #

(301) 703-8880

Fax #

(301) 703-8880

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