Back pain is the single leading cause of disability. Moreover, chronic back pain prevents many people from engaging in several everyday activities and leads to a decreased quality of life. For decades the only cure to chronic pain was surgery. Surgery takes months or even years to fully recover, and even then you are still restricted to some activities. Thanks to new technology and discoveries, doctors are now able to provide a non-surgical cure to chronic pain. Meet your new and non-surgical choice for pain relief: regenerative medicine.
What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine is a new and nonsurgical approach to medicine that promotes healing with speedy recovery time. Regenerative Medicine treatment methods include therapies such as stem cell, A2M, and PRP injections.
Why You Should Get Your Sacroiliac Joint Checked
I’m sure you’ve heard of the knee, hip and shoulder joints, but you’ve probably never heard of a sacroiliac joint. Most people with chronic pain assume the source of their pain is in their back. However, studies show that the sacroiliac joint causes 15-50% of back pain. A sacroiliac is a synovial plane joint with irregular elevations and depression that produce interlocking of two bones. This joint works as a shock absorber between the sacrum and pelvis that support the spine on the pelvic frame. The sacroiliac joint is a fenestrated joint, which means that injections have the potential to leak out of the joint. And finally, strong ligaments hold this joint together.
Sacroiliac Joint | Credit: Mayfield Clinic
Stem Cell Injections vs Steroid Injections
Steroid injections are a popular treatment option for pain. However, steroid injections are temporary. The more you get them, the more your body grows a tolerance to them. This means steroid injections lose effectiveness over time and will not be a long-term solution for chronic pain. Regenerative medicine has many longer-lasting effects and has yet to show any long term side effects. While both treatments relieve pain, there is a huge difference in what each injection offers.
Cortisone injections are created from one key substance: corticosteroids. While Steroid injections do provide instant (yet temporary) pain relief, there are several reasons why you should consider regenerative approaches. Over time steroid injections tend to lose their effectiveness. This leads patients to feel less and less relief as they continue to receive steroid injections. In order to compensate for this loss of effectiveness, some patients will start to receive steroid injections more frequently (three to four times a year). However, this can have adverse effects as the overuse of steroid injections can lead to the weakening of spinal bones, weakening of the muscles surrounding the injection site, and disruption of one’s natural hormonal balance.
PRP, A2M and Stem Cell Injections
Regenerative medicine treatments, such as stem cells, promote natural healing. For example, treatments such as A2M (alpha-2 macroglobulin) and PRP injections promote cellular growth and tissue regeneration whereas steroid injections simply mask the pain and provide temporary short-term relief to a patient. Since these regenerative medicine techniques use a patient’s own cells, it is uncommon that complications will arise during or after the treatment process.
Get Help with Your Pain from Cellience
Cellience offers a variety of therapies to treat sacroiliac pain and various other back injuries. Treatments such as PRP, A2M or BMA (bone marrow aspirate) injections into the sacroiliac joint and surrounding ligaments are likely to have an effective outcome. All of our procedures are done under fluoroscopic guidance. This is because sometimes it can be difficult to visualize the sacroiliac joint with ultrasound in some patients. Once you receive treatment and have a successful injection, it is highly recommended to engage in core strengthening exercises and stretches on a daily basis. Interested in receiving treatment for your sacroiliac pain? Get in touch to schedule your consultation today to start your journey to living a pain-free life.