Any acute trauma or degenerative disease that affects your soft tissues — particularly the cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and muscles that make up your joints — can lead to ongoing pain that limits your range of motion and mobility.
Joint injuries and persistent conditions, such as osteoarthritis, may produce mild discomfort only when you use the affected joint, or they may lead to severe pain that prevents normal joint use.
Traditional first-line treatments like rest, ice, compression, elevation, anti-inflammatory pain medication, and physical therapy can do wonders for mild to moderate joint pain. But such measures don’t always fully address the kind of damage caused by more severe tissue trauma or progressive degeneration.
If ongoing joint pain has you contemplating steroids or surgery, we have good news: Ongoing advances in regenerative medicine have made it possible to heal damaged tissues at the cellular level and restore joint function from the inside out. Here’s what you need to know.
Repair, regenerate, and heal
Regenerative therapy is a highly advanced — and yet surprisingly simple — solution for joint pain. The treatment uses an allograft (a donor tissue graft) derived from umbilical cord blood to stimulate and accelerate your body’s natural soft tissue repair cycle and healing process.
To understand how regenerative therapy works, it’s important to know a little bit about your body’s internal healing mechanisms and the natural tissue repair cycle.
When the tissues within or around a joint are irritated or damaged, nearby blood vessels flood the area with new cells in an attempt to sweep away any irritants and carry potent healing factors to the damaged cells.
This initial inflammatory response triggers the release of special breakdown enzymes and growth factors to help repair tissue damage and promote the formation of fresh, undamaged tissue.
When carefully injected into injured or degenerating joint tissues, regenerative fluid delivers powerful growth factors that help speed up your body’s natural tissue repair cycle. It also floods the area with cytokines, which are anti-inflammatory proteins that help guide your body’s healing response for more targeted healing and optimal recovery.
Benefits and applications
Besides prompting your internal healing mechanisms to move faster and more effectively, regenerative therapy also encourages your body to release stem cells, an undifferentiated type of cell that can transform into any type of cell and carry out a vast range of regenerative functions.
When stem cells surround damaged cartilage cells, for example, they transform into new cartilage cells and promote the regeneration of fresh cartilage tissue. Apart from nerve tissue, stem cells can transform into virtually any type of tissue, including tendon and ligament tissue.
With its ability to both repair and renew, regenerative therapy has a wide variety of potential applications. Used in conjunction with a traditional physical therapy program, it can help speed the healing process following joint repair or replacement surgery. It’s also incredibly useful for accelerating recovery from a torn tendon, torn ligament, or any other traumatic joint injury that limits your range of motion and mobility.
Regenerative therapy is also an ideal solution for joint pain caused by osteoarthritis and other degenerative conditions. Unlike conventional anti-inflammatory steroid injections, which only provide short-term relief, regenerative therapy treatments promote healing and tissue renewal for lasting pain relief, improved range of motion, and increased mobility.
Here at Arthritis & Osteoporosis Clinic, we use only use BioBurstⓇ regenerative products. Backed by years of research, BioBurst regenerative products go through a strict screening process to ensure they’re just as safe as they are effective.
To learn more about BioBurst products or find out how regenerative therapy can help you, call our office in Tyler, Texas, or use our easy online scheduling tool to make an appointment with Dr. Brelsford.