As Americans age, so do their joints. As a result, about 55 million people in this country have been diagnosed with arthritis. That number is projected to jump to 78 million over the next two decades. That’s a lot of achy knees, hips, and shoulders.
Moreover, joint pain limits mobility, which means people with arthritis are less likely to exercise, leading to additional health concerns. Fortunately, new regenerative medicine techniques have come to the rescue.
At Active Health Clinics in Fort Dodge, IA, we offer patients the most advanced treatment options. Here’s an overview of how we are using regenerative medicine to revolutionize the treatment of joint pain.
What does regenerative mean?
Scientists have long known that the best way to heal the human body is to work with it, by harnessing its powerful resources from within. This approach enables us to promote sustainable healing and repair.
And that’s the premise behind regenerative medicine.
According to the National Institutes of Health, “Regenerative medicine is the process of creating living, functional tissues to repair or replace tissue or organ function lost due to age, disease, damage, or congenital defects.”
Enter regenerative medicine
Regenerative medicine researchers are only beginning to scratch the surface of the potential applications for this innovation in healing. The experienced team at Active Health Centers is excited to be at the forefront by offering patients a number of regenerative therapies that are delivering great promise in helping people surmount joint pain.
We offer two of the most effective regenerative treatments available:
Mesenchymal stem cell therapy
Your mesenchymal cells are responsible for the soft, connective tissue in your body, as well as bone. But mesenchymal stem cells are different from normal cells in that they have the ability to transform themselves into other cells and then multiply as that cell.
In short, that means when we introduce mesenchymal cells into areas around your damaged tissue, they rapidly transform themselves into the cells necessary for repairing and rebuilding.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
The primary purpose of the platelets in your blood is clotting, but they also contain valuable growth factors or proteins. By isolating and concentrating your platelets, then redirecting them into your damaged joint tissue, we jump-start healing and repair.
Our regenerative medicine treatment also uses cytokines, which reduces both inflammation and pain. Hyaluronic acid is also utilized, to lubricate and hydrate your joints.
The regenerative treatment that’s right for you
The first step is a complete examination and evaluation of your joint pain to assess the best course of action. Since regenerative medicine therapies work with your body, they are generally safe. There is no risk of allergic reactions or rejection. These therapies are effective and readily accepted by your body. And that’s a lot more appealing than invasive approaches like surgery.
If you’d interested in exploring how the amazing breakthroughs in regenerative medicine can helo end your joint pain, call Active Health Clinics in Fort Dodge at (515) 227-7491 or use the online booking tool to request an appointment.