Why Everyone From Elite Athletes to Seniors are Turning to Regenerative Medicine to Remedying Joint

At Mountain Spine & Pain Physicians in Denver, Brian J. Fuller, MD, doesn’t just treat the pain. He treats the cause. Dr. Ful

Anyone can develop joint pain, regardless of age, gender, or activity level. This type of discomfort can occur anywhere two bones come together. Joint problems can cause pain and soreness that is mild to debilitating. 

One of the most common causes of joint pain is arthritis, a term that covers several joint disorders, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Additional causes of joint pain also include:

Treatments for joint pain used to focus on just relieving symptoms. That’s no longer the case. At Mountain Spine & Pain Physicians in Denver, Brian J. Fuller, MD, doesn’t just treat the pain. He treats the cause. Dr. Fuller offers the most advanced solutions available for joint problems, such as platelet-rich plasma therapy and stem cell therapy, both of which can repair damaged tissue.

Introducing regenerative medicine

Instead of traditional joint pain treatments that only address symptoms, regenerative medicine focuses on healing the causes of joint pain. There are different kinds of regenerative medicine techniques, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and stem cell therapy. 

Both of these therapies take specific cells from one part of your body and inject them into damaged areas of your body to naturally trigger the healing process. Platelet-rich plasma therapy and stem cell therapy can get rid of your joint pain by spurring healing of the underlying issues.

A closer look at PRP therapy

Platelet-rich plasma therapy uses the powerful healing agents in your blood to repair your body. 

During this therapy, Dr. Fuller draws a sample of your blood and processes it in a centrifuge to concentrate the healing agents in your blood. Once ready, he uses guided imagery technology to inject your sample directly into your joint damage. 

This process is minimally invasive and causes few if any side effects. You may experience minor redness, swelling, or inflammation at the injection site. After your treatment, you can usually resume your normal activities.

Within 2-6 weeks, you should start to notice less pain and improved function in your joint as healthy new cells return to the area. You can expect to continue seeing improvement over the next 12 months.

Besides helping with joint issues, PRP therapy can treat muscle strains, chronic tendonitis, ligament injuries, fractures, and other issues.

How stem cell therapy works

Stem cells — which are located in numerous places in your body — can become any type of cell. That means they can rebuild all kinds of tissue, such as cartilage, bone, muscles, blood vessels, nerve endings, and even skin. By taking some of your stem cells and injecting them into damaged areas, your body can repair itself better.

To perform stem cell therapy, Dr. Fuller first takes a sample of stem cells from your body, typically from the bone marrow in your hip. After preparing it for your injection, he uses digital guidance to deliver the stem cells into the problem area.

Similar to PRP, you can usually return to your regular activities after your procedure, but you might have some discomfort in the area as the stem cells trigger the healing process. You should experience improvement within a few weeks of your first treatment. Dr. Fuller often recommends a series of stem cell injections for maximum results.

Stem cell therapy can treat many areas of your body, including your knees, shoulders, hips, and lower back.

To see if regenerative medicine can treat your joint problems, book an appointment online or over the phone with Mountain Spine & Pain Physicians today.

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