How Regenerative Medicine Can Help Treat My Chronic Joint Pain

Chronic joint pain, often linked to arthritis, affects a startling number of people – about 15 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Traditional treatments for chronic joint pain include pain medications, application of heat and cold on painful spots, physical therapy, and invasive surgery.

However, there’s an exciting, innovative treatment arena that’s now available to joint pain sufferers — regenerative medicine, a treatment modality that enlists your body’s own amazing healing capabilities to relieve your joint pain, increase your mobility, and enhance your quality of life. 

The progressive Gain Wellness Center teamDr. Mandeep Walia-Bhatia, Dr. Jeremy LaMotte, and Dr. Joseph Coppolino — are always interested in offering their patients new, evidence-based treatments to alleviate joint pain, whether you’re experiencing it in your knees, back, or somewhere else. 

What is regenerative medicine?

Regenerative medicine stimulates your body to replace and rebuild injured tissue. The Gain Wellness Center team bases their care on the principles of functional medicine, which is an approach that focuses on patient-physician partnership, highly customized care, and getting to the core of your health problem and addressing it, as opposed to symptom-focused care.

Regenerative medicine dovetails nicely with our philosophy because it isn’t about disease management, but rather targeting treatment directly to your damaged tissues and restoring them. 

Dynamic duo of regenerative medicine treatments

Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP treatments, involves taking a small blood sample from you, reconstituting it in a device called a centrifuge, and reinjecting concentrated “super platelets” back into your area of pain. The platelet serum delivers growth factor proteins that hasten healing, which leads to measurable joint pain relief.

Another regenerative treatment uses mesenchymal stem cells to promote healing in your joints. These cells’ source is blood from the donated umbilical cords of healthy infants who were born at full-term, and the amazing thing about these cells is their adaptive capabilities. We inject these cells into your targeted treatment area. 

Certain cells called pluripotent cells have the ability to morph into a more specific type of cell (differentiation), and these cells can ease your joint pain by transitioning into new strong, healthy cartilage and muscle cells, which is a game changer when it comes to repairing your connective tissue. 

Can regenerative medicine treatments really help joint pain?

Absolutely! Regenerative medicine has many applications and is being used in areas as diverse as aesthetic treatments and organ repair. However, we’ve embraced regenerative medicine treatments to treat joint pain and see so much success with both PRP and stem cell treatment in our patients who struggle with many types of joint pain, particularly emanating from the back, knee, and shoulder. 

The way that both enriched platelets and mesenchymal stem cells fuel healthy tissue regrowth and slow joint deterioration was previously unimaginable. By rebuilding your damaged knees, failing back, and painful shoulders, you can reenter life again and enjoy your favorite activities once again. 

Don’t be apprehensive about regenerative medicine treatments

If your physician recommends regenerative treatment for you, know that we do everything to make you comfortable during your treatment. Since both of our regenerative treatments involve injections, we clean your injection site well prior to the procedure. You may experience short-term swelling and tenderness post-treatment, but this abates quickly. 

We also frequently use regenerative treatments in conjunction with other proven joint pain treatments, such as chiropractic care, physical therapy, and trigger point injections, depending on the care plan we create for you. 

Don’t endure another day of joint pain. Call our office to schedule a free consultation, or book one through our website

Author
Dr. Mandeep Walia-Bhatia, DC, AFMCP Dr. Mandeep Walia-Bhatia, DC, AFMCP, is the founder of Gain Wellness Center in Poway, California. At the integrated medical practice, one of Dr. Walia's, greatest goals, as a health care provider, is to provide her practice members with alternative, but healthy and safe choices that will enhance their health and well-being. She likes to motivate and educate her practice members to take charge of their health by providing them with evidence-based information so that they can make informed decisions regarding their own personal health and take control of their health. Dr. Walia was born in India and raised in Canada before moving to San Diego. She attended McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada for her Master of Science degree with specialties in Biology and Physiology. She had various publications in research articles during her time at McMaster University funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. She has three kids and enjoys cooking, hiking and going to the beach with her family.

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