Dr. Angela Cortal teaches us what causes pain and how to heal from it

127- Finding the Root Causes to Your Chronic Pain with Dr. Angela Cortal

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

September 17, 2020

Your body is designed to heal itself if it has the necessary resources needed for regeneration. Sometimes the injury can be traumatizing to the body and needs some extra help to recover (like a broken bone). But after time you should recover and your pain should decrease. 

The problem is when the pain does not go away. There are millions of people moving around every single day with chronic pain, and have tried the standard method of pain killers and physical therapy to reduce the pain. However, pain is complicated, and there are way more factors involved than just how you are moving.

Dr. Angela Cortal specializes in pain management and finding the root causes to chronic pain, and she helps to put the puzzle pieces together to reduce your pain.

What To Expect From This Episode

  • Different causes of joint pain that are often missed
  • Should surgery be the next step after physical therapy and medication
  • How do hormones impact your pain
  • Other methods for pain reduction, such as injection therapy


  • [2:30] What got Dr. Angela Cortal interested in Naturopathic Medicine
  • [5:15] Is it common for people to have an initial trigger for pain and then have it stick around for years
  • [6:15] For chronic pain, where do you even start to figure out the root cause for it
  • [10:45] If people are coming in for pain, what type of pushback do you get if you recommend lifestyle changes
  • [14:45] What are ways to get more people to recognize that surgery might not be the only option to reduce pain and there are lots of other options to look into first
  • [16:45] One thing to recognize is that surgery is also a business and when business is down, surgery centers will push for more surgeries
  • [17:45] How does hormones and metabolism impact pain
  • [22:45] Products and exposures that can cause imbalances in estrogen can influence pain
  • [25:30] How can you balance out your hormones
  • [29:30] Are people consuming low levels of protein in their diet, will more diet help to build better muscle fibers
  • [33:00] Which lab tests are good to run to see what might be causing the pain
  • [35:30] Do you have a basic starting point that most people can use to improve quite a bit
  • [37:00] What type of injection therapies work well for pain
  • [40:30] How are cortisone shots and prp different
  • [44:00] Can cortisone shots eventually degenerate the area that it was injected in

Resources From This Episode

Some of these resources may contain affiliate links, which provides a small commission to me (at no extra expense to you).

  • Read Dr. Cortal's book called Younger Joints Today- Learn More
  • Use the secret coupon code PODCAST to receive 20% off any order at Mountainside Herbals- Learn More

Transcript For Episode (Transcripts aren't even close to 100% Accurate)

Learn More About Dr. Angela Cortal

Website: DrCortal.com

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Dr. Angela Cortal shares how to find the root causes to pain

Dr. Angela Cortal shares how to find the root causes to pain

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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