Dealing with joint pain can make everyday activities a major challenge, limiting your quality of life. When seeking treatment options for joint pain relief, the most common are prescription painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication, or if it’s serious enough, joint replacement surgery.
Surgery can be incredibly risky and there may be complications. There is a high risk of developing an infection or blood clots, especially for those who have heart disease or diabetes. There is also the risk that the replacement joint may feel weak if not rehabilitated correctly or the joint may become dislocated.
Platelet-rich plasma injections, cell therapy, and chiropractic care are non-surgical, safe alternatives to surgery and traditional pain medications to help provide relief from joint pain right at the source.
The body contains many different types of specialized cells, such as those that make up muscles and bones. These cells function by doing specific actions within the body and if injured or diseased, a loss of these cells can happen. The damaged or lost cells cannot be replaced by healthy cells on their own. The cells that we already carry age as fast as we do, which is why it becomes more difficult to heal as we get older.
With cell therapy, however, new and healthy cells are introduced to the body to help repair the damaged ones. Specifically, mesenchymal cells are one of the most effective types of cells for cellular therapy use.
Mesenchymal cells are taken from a substance called Wharton’s jelly, a gelatinous substance found in umbilical cord tissue. The Wharton’s jelly is taken at the time of birth from cesarean born babies with the mother’s consent and causes no harm to the donor or the child. The mesenchymal cells found in Wharton’s jelly contain growth factors, proteins, and cytokines that are essential for healing and cell regeneration. These cells are so effective because compared to cells from other, older sources, they are stronger, abundant with healing properties, and are too new to have an immune system, allowing for little to no risk of rejection.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections
These injections utilize the innate healing power your body already has by using your own blood. The platelets in blood have important healing components like growth factors and proteins. This treatment is also nonsurgical, minimally invasive, and can be prepared quickly at your doctor’s office.
To prepare the injection, there is a simple blood draw. The blood is then processed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the other blood cells, which increases the number of platelets and creates a high concentration.
This high plasma concentration is then injected into a numbed area of the painful joint. The side effects of platelet-rich plasma injections are minimal since it is your own platelets being reintroduced to the body.
After treatment, you will be able to return to normal activities and feel a significant reduction in your symptoms and pain.
Chiropractic care is another effective solution for treating joint pain. Misalignment, arthritis, loss of synovial fluid, and cartilage damage are all common causes for joint pain that can be restored with a simple adjustment. A chiropractor can assess the body and utilize tools, techniques, and manipulations in order to bring the musculoskeletal structure back into alignment, providing functional support and healing at the source of your joint condition or injury.
If you or a loved one have been searching for a solution for joint pain relief, call our clinic today (727) 866-4420.