Regenerative Medicine: A Game-Changer for Baby Boomers with Arthritis

Regenerative Medicine: A Game-Changer for Baby Boomers with Arthritis

Your body goes through a lot of structural changes as you age. The cartilage cushioning your joints begins to dry out, reducing your flexibility and your movement. As friction increases, the cartilage also starts to wear away, leading to degenerative arthritis, or osteoarthritis, a condition directly associated with aging.

Fortunately, there’s a game-changing solution for this natural wear and tear. Just in time for National Arthritis Awareness Month, Northwest Suburban Pain Center has the inside scoop for Baby Boomers on regenerative medicine.

Regenerative medicine in action

Regenerative medicine is an innovative approach to treating musculoskeletal conditions, especially those involving degenerating joints.

Unlike traditional treatments that only focus on relieving your symptoms, the goal of regenerative medicine is to restore the health and function of your body where it’s injured. Regenerative medicine taps into your body’s natural healing properties to regenerate new, healthy cells in the areas of your body where you need them most.

Northwest Suburban Pain Center offers two types of regenerative medicine: platelet-rich plasma therapy and stem cell therapy. These treatments are highly effective for a wide range of conditions, including low back pain, arthritis and joint pain, and degenerative disc disease.

The restorative powers of platelet-rich plasma therapy

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy puts the healing growth factors in your plasma and platelets to work in the most efficient way possible.

Your plasma is the liquid component of your blood. While it’s mostly water, it also contains red and white cells, glucose, antibodies, and proteins in addition to platelets. Platelets play a vital role in your cellular health. They’re mostly known for their ability to protect your body when you sustain an injury by clotting, but they also stimulate tissue regeneration, regulate cell division, and promote healing.

In regenerative medicine, these naturally occurring elements are concentrated to increase their growth factors. When introduced to the degenerating tissues or joints, they can:

PRP also triggers the production of both collagen and synovial fluid, the lubricant that keeps your joints moving smoothly.

The limitless possibilities of stem cell therapy

Like PRP therapy, stem cell therapy also offers radical treatment options for arthritis pain.

Stem cells are the building blocks of your body. Not only do they have the ability to divide and duplicate themselves, they can also develop into different types of cells. That means that you can use stem cells to repair many kinds of damage within your body, whether it involves soft tissue, cartilage, or bones.

Stem cells can be harvested from several areas of the body, such as bone marrow and amniotic tissue. After being concentrated and injected into your degenerating joint, they can stimulate the production of cartilage or tendons while also reducing inflammation.

What to expect from regenerative medicine

The doctors at Northwest Suburban Pain Center work closely with you to select the ideal regenerative medicine therapy to successfully treat your arthritis pain. You might experience mild swelling or discomfort following your injection, but this usually fades within a week as your body’s healing responses are activated.

Due to the nature of these of regenerative medicine treatments, it takes several weeks for your arthritis symptoms to ease while your new cells are being regenerated. As this new cell growth takes place, you’ll notice an increase in your range of motion, improved stability in your joints, and a reduction in your pain and inflammation.

To restore your joint health and reduce your arthritis symptoms with regenerative medicine therapies, schedule a consultation with the doctors at Northwest Suburban Pain Center online or by phone today.

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