Every year millions of Americans are affected by chronic pain. If you are one of them then you’re probably familiar with the typical response from doctors: pain medication, steroid injections, and surgery. While these methods can be successful, the negative side effects that accompany them can often reduce a patient’s quality of life just as much as the original symptoms. Fortunately the doctors and staff of Spine Specialists of Atlanta can offer alternative treatments that focus on supercharging the body’s own healing processes rather than simply masking symptoms. These treatments are part of a multidisciplinary approach to healing known as Integrative, Regenerative and Physical Medicine (IRP).
Over the past decade IRP has been gaining widespread attention for its success in not only relieving pain but also for reversing the effects of conditions such as cartilage-loss, arthritis, tendonitis, and even herniated discs. These conditions are often the results of athletic injuries, car accidents, repetitive motion syndromes, and age-related degeneration. IRP typically focuses on injuries and conditions involving joints, nerves, ligaments, tendons, muscles, cartilage, and intervertebral discs. What separates IRP is its focus on treating the cause of the problems instead of the symptoms and the idea that the body already contains the mechanisms required to solve these problems. IRP is simply the process of jump starting and supercharging the body’s own healing processes and Bio-therapeutic injections are the trigger.
By injecting bio-therapeutic medications into damaged tissue our doctors are able to trick the body into restarting the healing process. These medicines create a light inflammation around the problematic area stimulating the growth of blood vessels into the damaged tissue. The increase in blood brings with it an increase in oxygen, nutrients, and other biological materials required in the healing process. For example, in the case of arthritis, bio-therapeutic injections are even able to deliver joint lubrication or induce the body to creating it. This can slow and even reverse the process of joint degeneration. This is just one example, but there are several bio-therapeutic options for treating chronic pain.
Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of joint cartilage and bone which can cause pain, swelling, and limited mobility. Osteoarthritis of the knees can have drastically negative effects in nearly every aspect of a patient’s life. Simple everyday things like walking up stairs or taking a shower can become daunting, painful tasks. Instead of masking these symptoms with pain medications or cortisone shots our joint fluid therapy treatments attack the problem at the source.