Joint Pain Treatments

According to the CDC, more than 1 in 5 adults in the United States suffer from arthritis, or degeneration of joint space. Arthritis is a common medical condition that affects a total of 54 million patients each year and is only ONE of the many potential sources for joint pain. Joint pain is caused by abnormal functioning of the cells that make up the cartilage, muscle, fat, or bone around the affected site. 

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What Are Your Options For Joint Pain?

Typical treatments for this kind of pain, both chronic and acute, include the use of NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), narcotic pain-killers such as opioids, cortisone injections, and for the worst symptoms, total joint replacement surgery. There are side effects that come with each of these potential solutions to joint pain that typically greatly outweigh any that come from regenerative medicine. More info on that below. 

 

What’s Wrong With These Traditional Treatments For Joint Pain?

Although NSAIDs, opioid prescriptions, and cortisone injections provide adequate pain relief for its users, this relief only lasts for a few hours for NSAIDs and opioids and up to a few months for cortisone injections. The even bigger problem is that these treatments are only masking the pain rather than reaching the root cause of the problem.  Over time, the constant use of these short-term solutions can cause the opposite of the intended effect and damage the joint instead of repair it.

Once these short-term relief treatments are deemed no longer effective, most orthopedic surgeons will tell you that total joint replacement surgery is the only way to treat your symptoms in the long-term. However, these procedures come with life-threatening risks and other negative aspects such as scarring, long recovery time, surgeon’s fee, anti-rejection medications, anesthesia complications, post-operative infection, etc…

How Can You Avoid Joint Replacement Surgery?

The field of regenerative medicine focuses on utilizing real human cells as a remedy for patients of all ages with a variety of medical conditions. Our Minneapolis Regenerative Medicine clinic knows that proper cell-based therapies can address the root cause of the problem, do not mask the pain, and utilize your body’s built-in repair system for a more natural way to address your body’s pain. 

 
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Can We Help You?

Joint pain is caused by injury, degeneration, overuse, and even natural aging. Our best efforts to keep the body in shape can delay this deterioration, but as our cells age, their ability to recover from day-to-day usage and acute injury decrease. The areas of the body that cause the most joint pain are the hip, shoulder, knee, wrist, elbow, and ankle because they are somehow strained in almost every day to day activity. Our doctors specialize in the treatment of conditions specific to these joints and will evaluate you to determine a personalized course of treatment and injury specific injection components. Below are some of the common conditions that we can help treat!​ 

  • Hip:

    • Osteoarthritis of hip

    • Piriformis Syndrome

    • Sciatica

  • Knees:

    • Knee ligament tears

    • Knee sprains

    • Patellofemoral Syndrome

    • Shin splints(tibial tendonitis)

    • Meniscus tear

  • Ankle/Foot:

    • Achilles’ Tendinitis

    • Plantar Fasciitis

    • Ankle sprain

  • Shoulder

    • Rotator cuff tear

    • Frozen shoulder

    • Shoulder tendonitis

    • Shoulder bursitis

  • Elbow:

    • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)

    • Medial epicondylitis

    • Olecranon bursitis

    • Ulnar collateral ligament strain

  • Wrist:

    • Carpal tunnel syndrome

    • Cubital tunnel syndrome

    • Carpometacarpal injury

  • Chronic Issues:

    • Osteoarthritis

    • Rheumatoid arthritis

If you have pain in any of these locations or are currently suffering from any of the listed conditions, please contact us! Our doctors are excited to discuss your health concerns and devise a plan to meet your health outcome expectations.