More than 30 million tendon and ligament injuries occur every year around the world. In the past, when you’ve had a joint damaged by injury or osteoarthritis, managing your pain and recommending surgery were almost always your only treatment options. Soft tissue injuries to the ligaments, muscles, and tendons can be especially complicated and long to heal.
Even if you have a soft tissue injury that you think you can “work through,” you’re at great risk of compensatory injury as you alter your movements to accommodate the injured areas. Gone untreated, these injuries can lead to the early onset of osteoarthritis, pain, disability, and eventually the need for joint replacement.
Even if you did have surgery, your joint was vulnerable to repeated ruptures, serious stiffness, or reduced range of motion.
Medicine has advanced greatly and state-of-the-art therapies that use natural tissue to promote your body’s own healing are a valid treatment option. Regenerative medicine shows great promise in remedying soft tissue damage. The therapy encourages the body to replace damaged ligaments and tendons with rejuvenated, functional tissue.
At Active Health Clinics, people in and around Fort Dodge, Iowa, who have joint pain don’t have to resort immediately to surgery to restore function. The practice offers revolutionary cell-based medical products developed from your own body to help you heal.
Ultrasound-guided regenerative medicine, which includes mesenchymal stem cells and other holistic injections, helps promote the body’s healing process to areas with compromised joints. Patients who have received regenerative medicine have had signs of improvements of the previous dysfunction within 4-6 weeks, with no surgery or damaging cortisone required.
Benefits of regenerative medicine
Regenerative medicine involves injecting natural, cell-based tissue into damaged joints to induce your body’s own healing process. The holistic injections, which contain many natural healing properties including mesenchymal stem cells, ease inflammation in injured areas, and help your body generate new cells to resolve joint pain.
Your body produces healing prostaglandins and leukotrienes in response to inflammation. Sometimes your body just needs a little help in encouraging these compounds to develop, and regenerative medicine injections provide that boost.
Regenerative medicine also promotes greater strength and health of cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. In response to regenerative therapy injections, your body kicks up its collagen production. Collagen is a tissue-strengthening compound that your body produces naturally; it forms the foundation of ligaments, tendons and other soft tissue.
Injuries that respond well to regenerative medicine treatments
Tendons, ligaments, and some muscles often have a poor blood supply, so healing takes a long time. Regenerative medicine encourages circulation to boost the supply of oxygen and nutrients to these injured tissues, so more healing is possible. Issues that respond positively to regenerative medicine include:
- Rotator cuff tears
- Tendon injuries (Achilles tendon, for example)
- Osteoarthritis (especially at the knee)
- Ligament damage
- Joint adhesions
- Paraspinal pain
The team at Active Health Chiropractic reviews your specific case to determine if you’re a good candidate for regenerative medicine. If more conservative treatments have failed to help you find relief, chances are that regenerative medicine is worth a shot.
Regenerative medicine has less recovery time than surgery, but it isn’t an instant fix. It can take weeks or months for new tissue to develop in response to the injections. But you don’t experience a decrease in movement and an increase in pain as you would with surgery.
Regenerative medicine means your body can focus on healing your injured area, not on recovering from incisions, implants, and anesthesia.
If you’re ready to learn more about regenerative medicine healing for your pain, reach out to Active Health Clinics. Call, send them a message here on their website, or use the online booking feature to arrange your one-on-one consultation.