How To Reduce Joint Pain Without Surgery Or Addictive Medications
At some point, the joint pain started. You don’t remember exactly when or where, but you recall that one day, you realized that you weren’t able to move around the way you used to.
Chances are you may have done cortisone shots, physical therapy, stretching, massage, chiropractic adjustments, and nothing seems to work for long.
It used to be that every once in a while, you would take a couple of Advil or Tylenol tablets to ease the pain. Lately, however, the pain is becoming worse, and those measures are no longer helping.
You can’t do the things you want to do, like play golf, basketball, take a run or a long hike, workout, or even sleep comfortably through the night.
Your doctor may be recommending more therapy, stronger pain medication, or worse, surgery. Perhaps you’ve been taking narcotics like Norco or Vicodin and are starting to worry about becoming addicted.
You feel like you’re stuck: to the best of your knowledge you have very few choices other than surgery or simply dealing with the pain.
Fortunately, there may be good news for you. Through advances in medical science, there are now natural ways for your body to heal itself without the use of addictive drugs or surgery.
Why Your Body Is The Best Healer
Our bodies are amazing machines; they are, by design, programmed to heal themselves. Think of a cut on your arm the scab that forms to stop the bleeding is your body’s first step in fixing the injury – within a few days, the area appears good as new. Unfortunately, our bodies have limits on their ability to heal severe and/or chronic areas of injury.
Modern science has discovered ways to boost these natural healing properties, to enable you to heal faster and more completely. In essence, it picks up where the body reaches its normal limits of healing and pushes those limits further.
When your body is injured, what is released is a concoction of healing properties. They attack the area of inflammation and begin healing the area via your blood.
In the late 20th century, physicians discovered that our own blood could be manipulated, and its potency increased to accelerate the healing process. This is known as Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP). This is where your blood is drawn and spun quickly for several minutes in a centrifuge to separate out its components. When a portion of the fluid and highly concentrated platelets (the elements in your blood that form a clot with injury and contain growth factors) are injected back into the site of injury rapid healing begins.
Another method is to use things that contain large amounts of growth factors and give your own body’s cells “instructions” on how to heal a damaged area, in order to put the healing process into overdrive.
This is called Stem Cell Therapy or Exosome Therapy. When combined with the PRP, your body can access tools to assist with healing that under normal circumstances would never be possible on its own.
If this sounds a bit scary, hopefully the fact that this therapy treatment has been used by high performance athletes across the globe for years. More than a few elite athletes owe the continuation of their careers to these treatments.
The good news is that these treatments are available to you now here in the United States. Unlike in the past, there is no need to travel overseas and pay exorbitant fees for such care.
All treatments are done in our office as outpatient procedures. In most cases you will be done in an hour or two and may even be back at work in a few days (with some specific instructions on taking it easy while you heal).
Within several weeks, you should feel better; within a few months, you may see dramatic positive results. You may be able to throw a football, play golf, or tennis, go hiking, run or just play with your kids again.
This is natural healing; not a drug designed to block your pain centers and fool your body into feeling better – you feel better because you are better.