Chronic musculoskeletal pain is one of the most common and debilitating problems affecting Americans today. It can result from injuries that never properly healed or wear and tear that is causing degeneration. Many people take addictive medications that only mask the problem. Unfortunately, back surgeries often don’t succeed in correcting the problem and lead to increased dependence on medications. At All Star chiropractic, we offer better treatments for pain. We provide regenerative therapy to our clients because it is a cutting-edge treatment that has been proven to help heal the root causes of musculoskeletal pain.
Here’s what you need to know about this innovative treatment:
What is Regenerative Therapy?
Regenerative therapy is an injectable treatment containing amniotic allograft, hyaluronic acid, and cytokines. Amniotic allograft refers to products derived from amniotic fluid.
Amniotic fluid is helpful for healing because it contains special cells that encourage the cells at the injection site to start making healthy tissue. Over time the new healthy tissue replaces the old damaged tissue. These cells are injected along with cytokines. The word “cytokines” refers to a diverse group of small proteins that play a role in cell signaling. The ones used in regenerative therapy are growth factors that help signal other cells to heal and repair a damaged area.
The other star ingredient in regenerative therapy is hyaluronic acid, known as nature’s cushioning fluid. It gives shape and bounce to our skin and acts as a lubricant in our joints. It also forms a protective barrier around nerves and decreases inflammation.
This powerful mixture of natural ingredients works on a cellular level to help the body repair itself. The net result is less inflammation, pain relief, and restored function.
Where Does the Amniotic Allograft Come From?
Amniotic fluid is a naturally occurring substance that surrounds and nourishes a baby in the womb. The fluid used in regenerative therapy is donated by mothers who have had a live, healthy baby delivered by cesarean section. After collection, it is rigorously sterilized before it is sold for medical use. Amniotic allograft has been proven safe, and physicians have used amniotic products for over 20 years to improve healing outcomes.
How Long Does it Take to Work?
Regenerative therapy does not work overnight because it stimulates a natural healing process. Pain medications work instantly, but once they wear off, your pain level will return to what it was before. Regenerative therapy stimulates healing, and healing takes time. Once the body has healed, your pain level will be permanently reduced.
Most patients only need one injection, and they begin feeling the effects anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months afterward. Once results begin, improvement continues for several weeks or months as the healing process takes place. Some patients may need a “booster” shot a couple of months after their first shot, but this is uncommon.
What Conditions Can it Treat?
Many painful conditions can be successfully treated with regenerative therapy. It is often recommended for patients whose pain has not responded to other treatments. People with stubborn chronic pain can experience relief with regenerative therapy after other treatments have failed. Conditions treated include:
- Back and neck injuries
- Joint damage
- Muscle injuries
- Ligament and tendon injuries
Your provider will use an exam and diagnostic tests to determine the nature and extent of your condition and will let you know if regenerative therapy is right for you.
Are There Side-Effects?
Side effects from regenerative therapy that uses amniotic allograft are extremely rare. There is no chance of rejection by the body, and allergies are uncommon. Talk to your provider about your medical history before you receive the treatment. As with most injections, people with certain bleeding or clotting disorders may not be candidates.
Is Regenerative Therapy the Same As Stem Cell Therapy?
Many types of therapies are classified as “regenerative therapy.” Some providers offer stem cell therapy under this heading. Our regenerative therapy uses amniotic allograft, not stem cells. Amniotic fluid contains stem cell-derived factors, so the results are similar to those of stem cell therapy. However, it is safer and less invasive since many stem cell therapies involve harvesting cells from the patient.
Will it Completely Heal My Injury?
Results from regenerative therapy differ depending on the condition being treated. People with acute injuries that have been slow to heal typically see excellent results, often leading to complete healing and permanent pain relief. Those with chronic conditions like arthritis may still feel some discomfort after treatment. This depends on how advanced the arthritis was at the time of treatment. Patients with mild arthritis and a small amount of cartilage damage may experience complete relief. Severe arthritis with extensive cartilage damage can improve with regenerative therapy but may not completely heal. Generally speaking, patients with advanced or complex conditions can expect a reduction in their pain and better movement after treatment.
Can Regenerative Therapy Prevent Chronic Pain?
Some studies suggest regenerative therapy may slow the progression of arthritis when used in patients with mildly arthritic joints. The tissue building, cushioning effects of regenerative therapy change the inside of the joint to be more protected and better able to build new cartilage. Hyaluronic acid used on its own as a yearly booster can help prolong this slowed progression.
Many patients with acute injuries that are having trouble healing deal with the pain for years before seeking treatment. Regenerative therapy can be used on injuries that are causing pain past the 12 week time that the body typically needs to heal. The sooner these injuries are treated, the less time you’ll have to spend in pain. Regenerative therapy is especially helpful for tendon-related injuries.
Regenerative Therapy in Florence, Kentucky
Our All Star Chiropractic location in Florence provides regenerative therapy to clients struggling with chronic pain and slow healing. Schedule a consultation today to find out how regenerative therapy can change your life.