At Optimal Health and Wellness in Pasadena, CA, we offer regenerative joint therapy to help our patients improve their joint health and healing. If this sounds like something that could benefit you, we welcome you to reach out for a consultation so we can go over your questions in more detail. For now, let’s take a look at some common regenerative therapy questions.
Are You a Candidate for Regenerative Joint Therapy?
Regenerative joint therapy can be a helpful tool for a wide range of needs. For instance, if your joints no longer have the range of movement that they used to, are chronically painful, or have weak points, you may want to look into regenerative therapy. Some patients also find that some days their joints are fine, but other days they have painful flare-ups.
Clicking or popping joints, muscle aches, or spasms can be more signs that you could benefit from treatment. The pain could even migrate from place to place, rather than staying consistent. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, or if your joint pain is affecting your daily comfort or getting in the way of your life, we would be happy to meet with you.
When cartilage, ligaments, or tendons are injured they tend to heal slowly. Unless professional help is sought out, these kinds of injuries may never recover to the same level of health or strength that they were before. Many people have a “bad shoulder,” a “bad knee,” or an ankle that they seem to keep rolling over and over. This can be an example of how previous injuries can have lasting consequences.
We offer regenerative injections such as PRP, OCM, stem cells, and more. These therapies stimulate healing on a deep level, and can be used to help a recent injury heal faster or a chronic injury continue to improve. Cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscles, skin, bones, and organs can all benefit from regenerative injections.
What Conditions Can Be Treated?
We will list some of the most common treatment areas below, but it’s important to mention that this list isn’t exhaustive. If you’re battling a condition that isn’t listed here, please feel free to contact us and ask us if your condition can be treated with regenerative joint therapy.
Ultimately, the best tool we have to help you is a consultation. We can go over your health history, your condition, your needs, and your questions. This will help us set you up for success with the right treatment.
There are many forms arthritis can take. Two of the most common forms are osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis comes into play when the protective cartilage that cushions your bones wears too thin. This is currently considered the most common type of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis involves the immune system turning on the joints, leading to joint erosion and painful swelling.
Thankfully, both of these conditions can be improved with regenerative therapy. Early treatment is best when possible, so reach out to us as soon as you can.
There are so many conditions that can lead to back pain. Spinal stenosis can put pressure on your nerves and joints due to the spine not being properly spaced out. The sciatic nerve can cause pain in the lower back, as well as the hips and down the leg. If one or more facet joints along the spine have suffered an injury, you may be facing lingering pain from that as well.
If you suffer from any of these conditions, or from disc issues in general, regenerative treatment may be a good call for you.
Chronic pain is always difficult, but hip pain has some unique challenges. It can negatively affect your balance, make it difficult to use stairs, bend, kneel, lift items, or even get out of bed comfortably.
Something like piriformis syndrome can cause both pain and numbness depending on how it presents. Hip degeneration is a type of arthritis, and commonly affects patients who have cartilage that is wearing thin. ITBS, or iliotibial band syndrome, can often cause both hip and knee pain. These conditions could be improved with regenerative treatment.
Headaches can have many causes, but living with regular tension headaches or migraines can be very disruptive and distressing. Treatment could help you improve these conditions.
Neck pain can be caused by injury, disease, hereditary issues, or the natural effect of aging. Once we know the root of your issue, it will help us make the best choice possible for your treatment. Whether you have whiplash from a car or workplace accident, cervical instability in your upper spine, or disc issues affecting the motion or comfort of your neck, our team is here to help.
While golfer elbow and tennis elbow may be especially common in those who enjoy sports, these conditions can really affect anyone. They can contribute to a range of painful symptoms, but they can also affect your range of motion, cause numbness, and make your joints feel weaker than they were before.
Knee pain can make everything more difficult. If you enjoy an active lifestyle, a painful knee can keep you from pursuing the hobbies you love. If you have an active job, knee pain can make lifting, crouching, and even walking more difficult.
Some of the knee conditions that can be improved with regenerative joint therapy include the following:
- Jumper’s knee
- Torn meniscus
- Cartilage defects
When the temporomandibular joint has an issue, it can drastically affect a patient’s day-to-day life. This joint is like a hinge, and it serves to connect your skull to your jawbone. You use this joint when you eat, talk, and yawn. When it isn’t working correctly, stiffness and pain can result.
In mild cases of TMJ, you may notice some popping or clicking noises coming from the jaw, but not have any pain associated with it. However, severe TMJ can lead to jaw pain. It can cause aching throughout the face, up to the ears, and all the way down the neck and shoulders.
One common misconception is that patients don’t really have to worry about shoulder pain if they don’t play sports. Shoulder pain can affect anyone, whether it’s through an injury or a different issue. Regenerative joint therapy can be especially helpful for shoulder pain caused by injuries.
A SLAP lesion is a good example. Patients who suffer a fall may be prone to SLAP lesions, especially if they fall on their outstretched arm. When the superior labrum is acutely or chronically painful, it can keep patients from enjoying a full range of motion, or daily comfort. Rotator cuff injuries may also benefit from regenerative treatment. A rotator cuff issue is often caused by wear and tear, and treatment can help improve chronic pain.
Your ankle pain could be acute and caused by a recent injury, or a chronic, daily struggle. Both acute and chronic ankle issues could be improved through regenerative therapy. Ankle pain can be caused by an inflamed Achilles tendon, a sprained ankle, heel spurs, and more.
If you work with your hands, wrist pain can stop you right in your tracks. Whether you write, bake, or work at a grocery store, wrist pain can be difficult to manage even with braces, rest, and medication.
Tearing of the wrist cartilage can lead to TFCC, which can cause discomfort and instability. Carpal tunnel, often caused by strain and swelling, can also easily become a chronic issue. Depending on the cause, we can help you better understand how to treat your wrist pain when we meet with you in person.
Patients with chronic plantar fasciitis may especially notice pain in their heel when they first start walking after a period of rest. It may make standing for long periods almost unbearable. It can be caused by standing or walking on an unforgiving surface, not having the right shoes or foot structure.
Sometimes it can be treated with rest, but if you find yourself struggling to get rid of your symptoms, we would be happy to help.
Do you experience pain behind the large bone in front of your leg? Does the area feel tender, and does the pain increase after being physically active, going through a hard workout, or doing repetitive motions with your legs? You could be suffering from shin splints. The pain tends to be located between the knee and ankle.
If there is a specific activity that increases the pain, taking a break and pacing yourself may resolve this issue. If you strengthen the affected muscles and stretch carefully, that could be enough to help. Good shoes can be helpful too. If you don’t find these steps successful, regenerative therapy could be the next move.
Ready To Learn More About Your Options?
If you’re ready to take the next step, we are here to help. Contact us at Optimal Health and Wellness in Pasadena, CA, today and get your consultation set up!