What is Regenerative Medicine for Orthopedic Pain?October 14, 2018
What is Regenerative Medicine for Orthopaedic Pain?
The musculoskeletal system is made up of the spine, joints, and muscles. These are the structures of the body that concern orthopedic care. So whether you have back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, hip pain, knee pain or ankle pain, you will likely turn to an expert in the field of orthopedics to help you out. However, orthopedic care covers a variety of different pain management techniques, therapies and procedures. So to determine which avenue for recovery is best, a proper a thorough diagnosis is necessary. Every patient’s “pain case” is unique – depending on how or why the injury or damage occurred and what the patients past medical history is – and the physician in charge of care needs to know all the facts before recommending a suitable treatment.
TRADITIONAL APPROACHES TO CHRONIC ORTHOPEDIC PAIN
Although treatment depends on the severity of the damage or injury, there are a number of traditional treatment approaches that have helped with orthopedic pain. These include:
- Physical Therapy
- Corticosteroid Injections
- Spinal Injections
- Orthopedic Massages
- Hot and Cold Therapy
An approach like hot and cold therapy is likely to withstand the test of time, and will always be a good option to turn to for relieving pain, but this is not a long-term solution. A patient in need of a permanent solution might turn to one of the other options listed above, however, even those options might not be as permanent as we once thought.
For instance, many would think that undergoing surgery would be the end of chronic pain – if any of the other options don’t work, then surely surgery could fix the problem, right? Unfortunately, this is not entirely true.
For some individuals, a knee replacement or spinal fusion surgery might not be the end of chronic pain. The surgery itself may fail in terms of the actual procedure or the surgery can cause a list of other complications, like increased risk of heart attack, infections, or allergic reactions. But once again, it all depends on the patient and the condition at hand. One treatment that we personally witnessed to be successful for a number of patients is Regenerative Medicine.
WHAT IS REGENERATIVE MEDICINE?
Regenerative medicine refers to the process of bio-engineering human tissue. With regenerative medicine treatments (like stem cell therapy) we can heal, repair, and regenerate damaged or injured cells, cartilage, tissue, ligaments and tendons using the patient’s own biological material. The goal is to utilize human biologics to restore proper function and relieve pain. There are a few reasons that so many people turn to regenerative medicine instead of medication and surgery. The benefits of regenerative medicine include:
- Minimally-invasive procedures
- Avoid surgery and its many complications and risks
- Minimal post-procedural recovery time
- No use of general anesthesia
- No risk of rejection (we use biologics extracted from the patient)
- No communicable disease transmission
If you’re currently experiencing chronic orthopedic pain, it’s worth looking into regenerative medicine. Even if other options have failed you before, speaking to one of our providers will give you a better understanding of why you’re suffering and what we can do to help. There are many benefits to gain from regenerative cellular therapy, and you owe it to yourself to find pain relief.
Contact Dr. Robert Silbert, of PM&R Associates for a consultation at (317)794-2759