If you suffer from joint pain, you know how excruciating even simple tasks can become. The traditional methods of treating joint pain often include anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medication, which block the symptoms but don’t treat the cause of the pain.
For more serious cases, invasive surgery with extensive recovery times and rehab is usually the treatment course and often involves replacing the joint itself. Untreated, joint pain can ruin an individual’s quality of life and rob them of years of productivity and joy.
Regenerative Treatments for Joint Pain and Inflammation
The two newest methods of treating joint pain take advantage of the body’s natural healing mechanisms to send messages to the damaged tissues to begin the process of healing and renewal. Using either mesenchymal cells from the Wharton’s jelly of donated umbilical tissue or Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections, doctors can now help the body tell itself to heal. Both types of therapy involve material rich in amino acids, cytokines, and healing factors that promote damaged tissue regrowth.
While mesenchymal cells are donated, PRP injections are derived from the patient’s own blood, which is spun in a centrifuge to create a concentrated solution of platelets. When these materials are introduced into damaged areas, they send signals to the tissue to undergo regeneration at the cellular level, renewing the damaged tissues.
While each case is different, these regenerative treatments offer patients a chance at a life free from the pain and immobility of damaged joints.
Types and Causes of Joint Pain
Joint pain can have numerous causes. It could be autoimmune disorders, wear and tear across a lifetime, injury or repetitive stress, or the trauma caused by overuse and overexertion.
Here are some typical joint pain conditions:
- Arthritis : usually either rheumatoid or osteoarthritis; this painful inflammatory disease can be caused by an autoimmune problem or by overuse of the joints and the natural process of wear and tear on the cartilage in the joints. Osteoarthritis occurs slowly and mostly affects the wrists, hands, hips, and knees. Rheumatoid arthritis can deform the joints and cause fluid buildup and inflammation that compresses nerves and causes intense pain.
- Certain diseases : like gout, lupus, and rickets can cause intense joint pain from inflammation or other fluid buildups.
- Bursitis : if the fluid-filled sacs, called bursae, surrounding the joints become inflamed, they can become extremely painful as they impinge on the nerve tissue.
- Tendinitis : stress and trauma to tendons surrounding the joints, particularly in the elbow, shoulder, and knee, can cause intense pain in the joints and limit movement.
- Overuse or injury : occasionally, joints can be damaged extensively in a sports-related injury or just suffer a breakdown of the tissues involved in keeping the joint healthy throughout a lifetime.
These conditions cause pain in basically the same way – damaged tissue becomes inflamed or irritated, and the surrounding nerve tissue becomes compressed, causing intense pain and restricting movement. While drugs may temporarily provide relief, the pain will return unless the cause of the inflammation is addressed.
If you would like more information on our treatments for joint pain, contact our office for a free consultation.