Regenerative Cellular Therapy for Hip Pain
The body is made of trillions of cells, most of which carry out a specific task within the body. For instance, red blood cells transport oxygen throughout the body, muscle cells help grow and repair muscle tissue and epithelial cells create the layer of skin.
When these cells degrade or die, it is the job of “unspecialized” regenerative cells to produce new cells. These regenerative cells are considered “unspecialized” cells because they don’t have a defined job. Instead, these regenerative cells have the ability to mature and differentiate into multiple types of cells, including cells that form bone, tendon, ligament, cartilage, muscle and meniscus. In addition, these regenerative cells can self-renew, producing even more regenerative cells. They can even prevent other cells from dying due to lack of oxygen and they can produce anti-inflammatory proteins.
When regenerative cells are injected into an arthritic or injured hip, they attach to the areas of damaged tissue inside the hip joint. The regenerative cells are able to sense the microenvironment of the hip and determine what kind of cells to grow and what molecules are needed to enhance tissue healing. The stimulated regenerative cells begin to grow new cells and also act as your body’s own natural drug store producing and releasing the right combination of growth factors and proteins to stimulate healing and new growth of hip cartilage. Learn more about how regenerative cellular therapy works to relieve hip pain.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for Hip Pain
Plasma is the clear portion of the blood in which all the other blood components such as platelets, red blood cells and white blood cells travel. Platelets are part of the blood that circulate around the body ready to help stop the bleeding should you have a cut, broken bone or injury that bleeds internally. Besides containing clotting factors, the platelets release growth factors and proteins that help start the healing process of arthritis knees. PRP contains a concentrated amount of platelets that release potent quantities of these growth factors and proteins to stimulate a robust healing response.
Many famous athletes — PGA’s Tiger Woods, NBA’s Kobe Bryant and Steph Curry, MLB’s Alex Rodriguez, tennis star Rafael Nadal, and several others — have received PRP for various problems such as sprained knees and chronic tendon injuries. This treatment technique is relatively new in the field of sports medicine, but has been gaining popularity quickly. Learn more about how Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy can relieve hip pain.
Your physician may prescribe oral medications for the relief of arthritis pain or joint pain. This can include pills with Aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen which can relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
If oral medications fail to provide relief, your orthopedic surgeon may recommend an injection of medication into the joint. An injections can offer quick, effective pain relief. However, joint injections with either cortisone, steroids or other medication have limits because over time excessive use can damage the joint.
Over the past few years a scientific affirmation has verified the idea of ‘mind over matter’. Zen is a method employed by some to shape the mental state and in some ways actually control pain. In our frenetically paced world, all of us need focus and discipline.