What is the difference between a permanent change and a Band-Aid approach for joint pain?
Last month we talked about what life could look like without pain, specifically joint pain. This month we are focusing on how this can become your reality. We will discuss what techniques can be utilized for permanent joint pain solutions vs. standard of care temporary Band-aid approaches.
Regenerative medicine approaches, utilizing Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC’s) derived from sources such as amniotic tissue, have the capability to become permanent solutions for joint pain. The science behind how this process works is pretty phenomenal. Once the amniotic tissue product is injected directly into the joint, viable MSC’s can begin their replication cycle (ie reproducing, making new stem cells in a continuous cycle). Industry’s best average for this replication cycle is approximately 2.5 to 3 months. I like to categorize this time frame as the anti-inflammatory phase. The reason? Stem cells are anti-inflammatory in nature. Meaning the amniotic tissue product, once injected into the joint space, has the potential to have immediate anti-inflammatory benefits. Each patient responds differently to this anti-inflammatory effect, some being immediate and some with a delayed onset.
In conjunction to the anti-inflammatory benefits of the stem cells, simultaneously, the regenerative aspects also begin. Once the stem cells receive instructions/assignments from the body on what they are needed to do and become, they can begin the permanent rebuilding and restoration of soft tissue components associated to the joint/s. The regenerative aspects of soft tissue restoration are permanent (ie, the amniotic stem cell containing products can rebuild and repair anything that has been lost or damaged over time, such as ligaments, tendons, etc.).
Amniotic Regenerative Cell Therapy is a means to introduce newly incorporated soft tissues into your body, which become a part of you for the rest of your life. How long do they last? No one can take them from you. They have the potential to last as long as you allow them to. It really depends on how far you push your body and the newly regenerated joints.
Alternative therapies for joint pain exist, such as steroid injections and gel injections. These methods can help with joint pain, but are most likely temporary. For more information, please contact us and we would love to further educate you on the regenerative therapies we offer here in Dripping Springs.
Breca Tracy, PhD
Director of Science & Operations
800 Hwy 290 W, Building F, Suite 200
Dripping Springs, TX 78620