When pain dictates your life, you’ll do almost anything to relieve it. For too many people, this includes addictive pain medication, and, as we know, this has contributed to the opioid crisis. Managing pain without opioids is possible. Regenerative medicine is one path that shows great promise. It is an all-natural way to treat back pain, joint pain and other conditions without drugs or surgery.
Our ability to feel pain originates in our spinal cord. The brain interprets pain signals from damaged nerves. The solution is to interfere with the signal or treat the pain at its source. Opioid medication only masks the pain. It does not treat the problem. While it works well, prescription pain medications are highly addictive. Laws and regulations aimed at curbing the opioid crisis have led some desperate patients in pain to seek out other more dangerous options.
Over-the-counter and prescription anti-inflammatories can help with hip pain, shoulder pain and a sore back, but their effects are temporary, and they carry side-effects.
Among non-opioid pain management options that treat problems at the source, surgery is often mentioned, but it is an extreme measure that should be a last resort for most patients. There are several types of surgery, and each has its risks. For example, open-back surgery involves a long incision. It puts the patient at risk for infection and almost always involves a recovery that takes weeks or months.
Regenerative Medicine for Pain
Before you resort to pain medications, surgery or implants, it makes sense to explore regenerative medicine for pain. The cells used in this type of treatment are not “stem cells” in the generic sense of the word. Regenerative treatments involve highly specialized, young cells.
Our doctors prefer Wharton’s jelly-derived regenerative cell therapy. This highly effective procedure uses a special type of cell derived from donated umbilical allografts. The cells are extracted and injected directly into the source of pain. Ethically sourced from healthy donors and screened through tissue banks, Wharton’s jelly brims with agents that switch on the patient’s cells’ ability to heal, thereby treating pain. Because the cells have not yet built up any immunity, the risk of rejection is negligible.
Another effective form of regenerative medicine for pain is platelet-rich plasma, or PRP. Our doctors isolate and concentrate the healing compounds in your own blood and inject them into painful joints and tissues. The concentrated platelets bolster your tissue cells’ ability to heal. The entire treatment is very quick, has little to no side effects or risk of rejection (since it is the patient’s own blood), and patients can leave the same day and go about their normal everyday functions.
Regenerative medicine has the ability to treat a number of conditions that cause pain, including:
- Joint pain
- Shoulder pain
- Knee pain
- Back pain
- Hip pain
- Plantar fasciitis
With effective, natural regenerative options available, it’s wise to explore them before undertaking the risks of surgery, pain implants and potential opioid abuse. Call our office for a complimentary consultation today to see which treatment is right for you.