Living with chronic pain can be physically and mentally exhausting, making it challenging to do your job, take care of things at home, and just enjoy life. But, if you suffer from a chronic pain condition, you’re not alone.
Roughly one in five U.S. adults experience some form of chronic pain. And about half of those have pain so severe that it limits at least one major life activity.
Managing this type of pain can be challenging at best. But what if you could treat it without narcotics, steroids, or surgery? What if you could be on your way to feeling better after a single in-office procedure? Thanks to rapidly evolving and exciting advances in regenerative medicine, there is hope for reducing chronic pain.
Common sources of chronic pain
Chronic pain is a serious condition that can have lasting impacts on your personal and professional life. Some of the most common sources of chronic pain include:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Neuropathy, or nerve damage
- Connective tissue injuries
- Joint pain
This is not an exhaustive list. If you have an orthopedic or musculoskeletal issue causing serve and ongoing pain, it’s worthwhile to explore your options.
Reducing your chronic pain with regenerative medicine
Regenerative medicine has been studied for over 20 years as a way to induce healing, reduce inflammation, and treat many disabling orthopedic conditions. There are several proposed ways that orthobiologics (regenerative medicine for orthopedics) may be able to reduce your chronic pain.
· Rebuilding tissue
When a part of your body is injured, it needs new cells to heal the problem. But, sometimes, the cells in a particular area don’t have the ability to get the job done effectively. Several types of regenerative medicine use concentrated cells from one part of your body and relocate them to areas where they are needed to develop stimulate the area to build new tissue for ligaments, muscles, tendons, blood vessels, bone, and cartilage.
· Accelerating healing
The platelets in your blood promote and support healing and growth. If there isn’t sufficient blood supply to an area of the body with chronic pain, platelet-rich plasma can make up for this by flooding that area with PRP which can reduce inflammation and stimulate the growth of new blood vessels and soft tissues.
· Regulating inflammation
If inflammation persists too long after an injury, it can lead to pain and damaged tissue. Orthobiologic injections like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or bone marrow concentrate (BMC) can decrease the painful inflammatory response…leading to less pain and restoration of function.
Types of regenerative medicine treatments studied for treating chronic pain
There are several types of regenerative medicine treatments that have been shown to work well for chronic pain in published studies. Two of the main ones are:
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections — PRP has no stem cells. It is produced by drawing your own blood and using it to create a concentrated plasma that is rich in different growth factors. That plasma is injected into the area of the body where it can stimulate healing and decrease inflammation.
- Bone marrow concentrate (BMC) injections — BMC contains growth factors and cytokines that can be used with some surgeries as well as to promote the healing of chronic and acute injuries. BMC also contains two different types of stem cells.
Texas Orthobiologics offers personalized pain solutions
If you are suffering from a chronic pain condition, Dr. Buford with Texas Orthobiologics is the authority in regenerative medicine in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Our practice uses evidence-based treatment to minimize pain and support your body’s own healing potential. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
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