Most patients we see have tried other more traditional treatments and have either not gotten any better, or even worse they have continued to have even more pain. Unfortunately, a lot of people we see depend on multiple medications per day to try and function, but still are not happy with how they feel or how they live their lives. It is unfortunately the nature of deteriorating and degenerative joints, they will get worse with time, and generally the pain increases as well.
By the time we examine most patients their pain has been a part of their lives for years, many are on medications they no longer want to take. They have tried and failed other options, and they have had to give up things they enjoy like the golf game or lifting grandkids. Most have tried physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic care, massage therapy or other alternative treatments with little or no lasting relief, or they would not be coming to see us to find relief. Many people continue to suffer with chronic joint pain month after month, then it turns into years with no relief, so they try more aggressive and invasive procedures. With all the great surgeons we have, not every case eliminates the pain or the problem, and often they seek additional treatment through regenerative medicine.
Regardless of what you have done in the past for your joint pain, you may be a candidate for care, we want to see if we can help you find the solution you have been seeking.
“Stem Cells” are what people most often think of when discussing regenerative medicine, but the term is inaccurate and vague. There are many different compounds, proteins, substances and factors that make up the matrix of the human tissue that make this treatment so successful in so many cases. Essentially these cells and tissues have not yet differentiated into what they will become. So, when they are placed into or near a damaged tissue the body and its amazing healing capacity direct the cells to become what is needed at that site at the time. Depending on the specific injury and the tissue damaged the treatment options may vary a lot. We also use other treatments such as laser therapy to promote healing, nutritional supplementation, chiropractic adjustments or therapy to regain strength and improve range of motion when needed.
Regenerative medicine is very low risk and requires little to no recovery time afterward compared to surgery where there may be weeks of therapy and down time to recover from the treatment. Most patients can continue to work and maintain full activities the day of the treatment. Knee replacements for example have become a very popular procedure and often work well, but when a conservative treatment option is available, it may be a better solution for you.
The risks associated with any surgery are real and should not be overlooked. Additional time off for recovery, expenses from the procedure and follow up rehab often make regenerative medicine appealing to those who want to remain active while getting out of pain and off their medications. If regenerative medicine is not covered by your insurance, it is often more affordable than your deductible and copays you will have with other interventions.