Regenerative Therapy For Joint Pain Relief: How it Works

Living with chronic joint pain can negatively affect all aspects of your life. Whether it’s a result of aging or a chronic condition, sore joints can affect how you work, go about daily errands, and engage in leisure activities.

Luckily, regenerative therapy treatments exist to alleviate joint pain. There are several forms of these treatments shown to help restore your body and improve your quality of life.

What is Regenerative Therapy?

Regenerative medicine is an emerging form of treatment where medical practitioners use tissue engineering treatments that mimic the body’s natural processes in order to encourage the growth of new tissue and healing.

Aging, environmental damage, and disease can cause cell damage and loss of organ function—the goal of RT is to build new tissues which repair and replace those lost or damaged. By stimulating the body to regenerate new cells naturally, the body will heal itself.

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How Can RT Alleviate Joint Pain?

Joint pain can develop through injury, accidents, or simply increase slowly with aging. Arthritis is one of the most common causes of joint pain, often affecting the knees.

Since joints are the connective hinges operating with each movement we make, they bear the brunt of our daily activity and are susceptible to inflammation and discomfort. It is typical to experience joint pain, especially as we age.

Luckily, regenerative medicine has been shown to alleviate joint pain. There are many different treatment options, depending on the nature of your pain. Rather than medication or traditional forms of therapy, this tissue engineering therapy is the most effective method for returning you to a pain-free lifestyle, according to researchers.

Forms of Regenerative Therapy for Joint Pain

Different types of RT exist, which can reduce your dependence on pain medication as well as help you avoid invasive procedures. Some of these treatments are as follows:

Platelet-Rich Plasma Regenerative Therapy Treatment

Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment, or PRP, is a form of cell therapy in which your blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge. The platelets in the blood are isolated and re-injected into problem areas of the body.

Regenerative therapy for knees, shoulders, hips, and muscles are the most common treatments. PRP has properties that stimulate growth in the body—it increases growth factors and cytokines, which promote healing and reduce inflammation. PRP therapy also helps increase blood flow to damaged areas of the body.

The results of PRP treatment are most noticeable after several weeks and can last up to two years. Your doctor may suggest additional treatments of PRP. Due to the minimally invasive nature of the therapy, repeated treatments are safe and typically side effect-free.

Conditions like tennis elbow and jumper’s knee, which often take a long time to heal on their own, can see faster improvement with the aid of PRP therapy. While the best results are found in treating early stages of arthritis, research has shown that regenerative therapy for arthritis can work even in advanced stages.

Since the treatment serum injected is collected from your own blood, the risk of adverse reaction to the procedure is limited. Unlike corticosteroids, PRP treatment patients rarely experience allergic reactions.

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Red Light Therapy for Joint Pain

Red light therapy, also known as photobiomodulation (PBMT), is another minimally invasive form of regenerative medicine. The medical practitioner exposes patients to a powerful dose of therapeutic low-energy red light.

Red light therapy has been shown to be effective in treating various conditions, including acne, wrinkles, musculoskeletal pain, autoimmune disease, and joint pain. While new research is being conducted on the mechanism of action, PBMT is believed to work by stimulating the cell’s mitochondria to boost new cell growth.

For joint pain, we recommend using the Prism Light Pod. This FDA Class-2 medical-grade device is the most advanced red light therapy system available today. It emits targeted light energy, boosting the body’s natural healing abilities and promoting cell restoration.

Treatment with the Prism Light Pod is effective for the following conditions and more:

  • Persistent or chronic pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Wounds and traumatic injury healing
  • Sports injury rehabilitation
  • Peptide Therapy

Peptide Therapy For Joint Pain Relief

Peptide therapy involves the use of peptides, or short chains of amino acids found in the body, in order to help the body heal. Peptides perform various functions in humans, including immune system boosting and hormone regulation.

As there are over 7,000 known peptides, peptide therapy involves selecting the optimal peptide or group of peptides to assist in the recovery of your specific ailment. Unlike hormone injection, peptide therapy acts faster and with fewer side effects—as such it is quickly growing in popularity.

Peptide BPC-157 is often effective for joint pain, as it encourages the natural healing of damaged joints. Derived from human gastric liquid, BPC-157 can improve the condition of muscles, bones, tendons, joints, and ligaments. As it works to protect organs as well, it can even assist in preventing brain damage from a stroke.

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Which Form of Regenerative Medicine is Right for Me?

A rapidly growing area of treatment, regenerative medicine provides many options for patients. A medical specialist will work with you to determine the best course of treatment for your condition.

Several factors will affect which treatment method is best for you, including the location of your pain, the nature of your condition, and other related medical conditions you may have.

Advanced Regenerative Therapy uses an integrative approach backed by clinical trials to provide patients with the best possible care. Our use of cutting-edge medical advancements means we can treat a wide range of conditions, reverse the signs of aging, and improve your overall health. Schedule an appointment with us, or visit our home page to learn more.