Currently, conditions such as osteoarthritis are frequently treated with medications and/or steroid injections.  Steroids are extremely effective in reducing inflammation in the joint, but unfortunately do not regenerate tissue.  Therefore, over time, the symptoms of osteoarthritis may worsen.  Regenerative therapy offers an opportunity to treat and improve the quality of the joint tissue.

Regenerative therapy can be used to treat the following:

Joint Pain

One of the main indications for regenerative therapy is for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the shoulder, knee, or hip. Osteoarthritis can be thought of as the deterioration of cartilage that covers the ends of the bones in your joints.  This cartilage allows your bones to glide along one another to provide smooth and painless joint motion. In advanced osteoarthritis, this cartilage can wear thin and eventually progress to the point where the bones may even erode.  This can be very painful and lead to significant limitations in a patient’s activity levels.

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

The sacroiliac joint generally has minimal movement.  If the joint is aligned incorrectly, however, the patient may experience significant back, hip, and pelvic pain. Regenerative therapy offers patients suffering from this pain another treatment option that may offer long-term benefit.

Plantar Fasciitis

Chronic pain is hard to live with no matter the location, but plantar fasciitis can be debilitating as it makes it difficult for patients to ambulate. This condition can be very challenging to treat, as that portion of the body has poor blood flow.  Regenerative therapy is a promising option that can help provide long-term relief.

Elbow Pain

Tendon injuries of the elbow can be very painful and oftentimes takes a considerable amount of time to heal. These patients can be treated with medications, physical therapy, steroid injections and even surgery.  Regenerative therapy provides an opportunity for an effective, non-surgical treatment.

Back Pain

Certain types of back pain may respond well to regenerative therapy.  Studies have shown that back pain due to degenerative disc disease can be amenable to regenerative therapy which can provide significant pain and functional improvement.  This can be an alternative to steroid injections and/or surgery.  Regenerative therapy is an outpatient procedure that can help heal the degenerated disc and ultimately treat the source of the back pain.

Knee Injuries

For many years, athletes have been treating their knee pain with rest, ice, medications and steroid injections.  More recently, with the advancements in regenerative therapy options, athletes and non-athletes alike have been using platelet rich plasma and advanced cell therapy to treat pain.  This treatment has been especially useful to treat knee injuries or even to maintain a high level of performance.

DISCLAIMER: Although regenerative therapies using bone marrow and adipose tissues are widely performed in the U.S., they are considered experimental and the FDA has not approved their use for pain or injuries.

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