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Managing Pain Through Regenerative Medicine

Understanding Regenerative Medicine?

Regenerative medicine can be described as the process of replacing or regenerating your body’s cells and tissues to aid in pain relief as well as accelerating the healing process. By stimulating the body’s natural healing process, many people who are suffering chronic pain from injuries that affect tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints, may be able to benefit from this treatment.

Read on to learn more about this safe, non-surgical treatment for pain relief.

Common Causes of Muscle, Ligament, and Joint Pain

Living with chronic pain can be life-altering. It can affect how you handle daily tasks as well as limit you from doing the activities that you love. Some of the most common causes of joint pain that can have an impact on your tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints are:

  • Osteoarthritis - pain in the knee, shoulder, or hip.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis - pain in the wrists and feet and, in some cases, the shoulders, elbows, knees, ankles.
  • Bursitis - pain in the shoulder, elbow, or hip.
  • Tendonitis - pain in the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, or heels.
  • Rotator cuff injuries - pain in the front or lateral part of the shoulder and upper arm.
  • Meniscus tears - pain in the inner or outer area of the knee, not including the knee cap.
  • Knee ligament injuries - pain in the knee or tenderness around the knee.
  • Sprains and strains - pain in the wrists, ankles, knees, feet, or legs.

Regenerative Medicine for Pain Relief

There are a few different therapies that fall into the category of regenerative medicine that can be used for pain relief, such as:

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy

Plasma is the liquid component that carries red and white blood cells through your bloodstream. Your plasma contains platelets, and platelets play a role in the clotting and healing process after sustaining an injury. The method of PRP therapy involves taking a small amount of your blood and then running it through a machine that concentrates the platelets. The platelets are then injected into the affected areas to alleviate pain. PRP may be used to treat the following conditions:

  • Osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, or hip
  • Joint pain in the wrists and ankles
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Meniscus tears
  • Knee ligament injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Sprains and strains
  • Tendonitis

Hyaluronic Acid Joint Injections

While you may think that injecting acid into your body is unnatural, you’d be surprised to learn that hyaluronic acid already exists within your body. Hyaluronic acid is a gel-like substance that is found in the synovial fluid that is responsible for joint lubrication. Hyaluronic acid is injected directly into the affected area to help restore the lubrication that has been lost in your joints.

Hyaluronic Acid joint injections can be used to treat pain associated with osteoarthritis and an alternative to joint replacement surgery.

Regenerative Cell Therapy

Regenerative cell therapy offers an alternative to surgery and medication in managing chronic pain from damaged tendons, ligaments, or muscles. The fascinating thing about regenerative cell therapy is the stem cells.

Unlike other cells in your body that have a specific role in your body’s function, stem cells can be “universal” — they have no specific bodily function. That means that stem cells take on the properties of other cells. For example, patients who have wear and tear of their cartilage can benefit from stem cell therapy to regenerate this covering that protects the bone.

Since bone marrow is rich in stem cells, they can be extracted from the patient’s body and reinjected into the affected areas. Stem cell therapy can be used to alleviate osteoarthritis pain in the knee, shoulders, wrists, and ankles.

Learn More About Regenerative Medicine

If you are suffering from chronic pain, we can help you live a pain-free life. Our care is focused on long-term recovery through a treatment plan tailored to your specific pain needs. Contact Royal Blue Medical Center today at (770) 766-4609 to learn more about how our compassionate team of care providers can get you the pain relief you’ve been looking for.