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Non-Surgical Options for Joint Pain

If you are a long time sufferer of shoulder, knee, wrist, or other joint pain, you may feel like surgery or prescription medications are your only hope for relief. However, there are other natural, non-surgical options available to relieve the persistent pain and actually heal its source.

The first step to fixing the source of the pain is identifying it. Many factors may contribute to your joint pain, such as injury to joint or surrounding muscles, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. Degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis may also be a factor and are fairly common in most cases. Often when damage has been done to the tissue surrounding a joint, we see a loss of cartilage that cushions the joint. Over time, this may worsen, causing extreme pain and discomfort and, in many situations, restricts simple movements, which can severely limit or even halt the activities vital to your lifestyle.

Non-Surgical Treatments for Joint Pain Manhattan, NYWhile traditional medicine can offer ways to relieve the pain you may be experiencing through medications, its primary focus is to make day to day activities bearable. Although surgery is typically suggested to fix the issue, it is not without drawbacks, such as lengthy downtimes, possible side effects, and may not actually solve the problem. The risks that medications and surgery pose hardly seem worth it when you consider that neither is designed to undo the damage done to the tissue that is causing the joint pain in the first place. Regenerative medicine, however, does offer a non-surgical solution for joint pain.

Regenerative Medicine for Joint Pain

Regenerative medicine hones in on the body’s own natural ability to renew itself following an injury by inundating the body with crucial growth factors, exosomes, tissue, and cytokines it needs to repair and renew damaged muscle, bone, and tissue, which cause pain and inflammation. There are many regenerative therapies available; however, we find two that have been the most successful for joint pain are Cell Therapy and Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP). Both of these non-surgical treatments shown tremendous in regards to pain relief with fast and long-lasting results.

Cell Therapy utilizes donated tissue found in a substance called Wharton’s jelly, which is only found in the umbilical cords. Donors are mothers who are having scheduled C-section births and are carefully pre-screened, and the tissue is obtained from only reputable, FDA-approved tissue banks.

Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) injections use properties from your own blood to boost healing and repair injured joints. A small blood sample is drawn and is spun in a centrifuge, which separates the plasma from the rest of the sample, creating a serum that contains high concentrations of growth factors and cytokines. The serum is then injected into the injured areas boosting your body’s innate ability to restore tissue damage.

If you would like to know more about how regenerative therapy can help not only relieve your joint pain but repair the source, call our office today to schedule your appointment and make the first step to living a pain-free life.