Many of us have experienced that moment of dread when we’ve turned wrong, lifted improperly, or fell, and everything changes. Injuries, pain (both acute and chronic) and recovery can turn our worlds upside down. Physical movement that used to be second nature becomes more difficult and sometimes even impossible, greatly impacting how we function in our daily lives.
Not only can pain be debilitating, but treating it often comes with tough decisions. Desperate for relief, many people utilize opioid medications, risking negative side effects and addiction. In 2017, the US Department of Health and Human Services declared an opioid public health emergency, stating that approximately 2.1 million Americans suffer from opioid addiction, with at least 130 deaths every day from opioid overdose.
Surgical intervention is also used to treat chronic pain, which can result in a lengthy recovery and opioid use as the patient trades one type of pain for another. Depending on the case, surgical outcomes could also provide pain relief but not fully restore functionality.
Sometimes, depending on the condition being treated, drug therapy and surgery are the best options. However, if you’re combating pain from a sports injury, an accident or overuse that is preventing you from engaging in your normal activities, there are all-natural pain management services available at In2it Medical that can help reduce or eliminate your pain.
Unlike opioids, regenerative injections at In2it Medical don’t just mask the pain, but they work to restore the affected area and to heal the condition causing the pain. With proper care, the injections offer a long-lasting and potentially permanent reparative process, especially if patients commit to a rehabilitative program. The healing process is gradual and progressive, with subtle initial results that usually become significant and dramatic by the completion of treatment. You will see more endurance, less pain and better function over time.
Let’s look at three of the treatment options we offer:
Platelet Rich Plasma. According to the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine, “The body’s first response to soft tissue injury is to deliver platelet cells. Packed with growth and healing factors, platelets initiate repair and attract the critical assistance of stem cells. Platelet Rich Plasma therapy’s natural healing process intensifies the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets.”1
For this treatment, a small amount of the patient’s blood is collected then spun in a centrifuge to separate and concentrate the platelets. Then the platelets are injected back into the injured site. Our skilled technique at delivering the PRP with ultrasound guidance ensures positive outcomes.
Stem Cell Treatment. Every cell in the human body starts out as a stem cell. From there, the cells specialize through a process called “differentiation” to become cells of the brain, arm, lung, skin, etc. When used in regenerative medicine, they can replace unhealthy or damaged cells by becoming new, healthy versions of those same cells in the treated area. In this procedure, the stem cells are harvested from your own body with the use of local anesthesia. The process of injecting stem cells follows the same pattern as PRP.
In some cases stem cell therapy can be used as a non-surgical treatment alternative to having a surgical procedure. If surgery is unavoidable, stem cells can be used as a supplement to help reduce the recovery time of the procedure and increase the chances of the treatment being a success.
To see In2it Medical’s statement on sourcing stem cells, click here.
Prolotherapy. This treatment stimulates the body’s natural healing factors, causing new tissues to grow in injured or weakened areas. Using a slender needle, the doctor injects a natural irritant into an injury, tricking the body into repairing the problem. This allows a gradual buildup of heathy tissue, restoring the body’s original strength.
Prolotherapy uses the same physical process as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to initiate and accelerate the body’s response to healing, however, Prolotherapy utilizes stimulus such as Dextrose, a concentrated sugar solution, in place of platelets to trigger healing.
Interested in hearing more about these procedures from the doctor? Dr. Craig Chappell, founder of In2it Medical, discusses regenerative injections here.
If you are tired of suffering from chronic pain and want to avoid surgery or opioid use or improve post-surgical recovery, come visit us at In2it Medical! We can help you discover if regenerative injections are a good fit for your condition and which types can benefit you the most to get you feeling back to normal in no time.
American Association for Orthopedic Medicine. http://www.aaomed.org/Prolotherapy-FAQs