Non-Opioid Pain Management & Stem Cells
Non-Opioid Pain Management & Stem Cells
Everyone feels some kind of pain from time to time. Pain is the most common symptom of potentially thousands of injuries, diseases, disorders and conditions you can experience in your lifetime. It can also result from treatments for conditions and diseases. Pain can last a short time and go away when you heal (acute pain). Or it can also last for months or years (chronic pain).
Pain management specialists help you control pain with medications, procedures, exercises and therapy. To reduce or relieve pain, your provider may recommend one approach or a combination of several. Our provider will work with you to adjust your pain management plan so you can feel better.
The types of pain include:
- Arthritis and muscle and joint injuries: Several types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis and gout, cause severe pain in the joints. Orthopedic injuries (such as frozen shoulder) limit mobility and lead to pain and stiffness.
- Autoimmune disorders: Lupus, Crohn’s disease and other autoimmune disorders cause your immune system to attack the body.
- Back injuries: Herniated disks, sciatica and other back problems are common causes of pain and limited mobility.
- Chronic pain disorders: There are several disorders that can lead to widespread pain all over your body. These include fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and central pain syndrome.
- Endometriosis: This painful condition causes the lining of the uterus to grow outside of the uterine walls. Endometriosis causes abdominal pain and irregular periods.
- Facial pain: Several conditions can cause pain in your face, including trigeminal neuralgia (TN), an abscessed tooth and other dental problems.
- Headaches: Migraine headaches and cluster headaches cause pain in the head and neck.
- Kidney stones and urinary tract problems: Kidney stones can cause severe pain when they pass through your body with urine (pee). Interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome) causes pelvic pain and pressure.
- Nerve damage (neuropathy): Damaged nerves can lead to pain, stinging and tingling. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common type of neuropathy.
Non-Opioid Pain Management with Physical Therapy
Physical therapy can address issues that arise from musculoskeletal injuries and diseases affecting your functional mobility. Your provider evaluates your injury or health condition to select various techniques and movements that could improve your health care outcome in some way.
Benefits of Physical Therapy:
Depending on the reason for treatment, the benefits of physical therapy may include:
- pain management with reduced need for opioids
- avoiding surgery
- improved mobility and movement
- recovery from injury or trauma
- recovery from stroke or paralysis
- fall prevention
- improved balance
- management of age-related medical problems
Stem Cells: Non-Opioid Pain Management
Are you suffering from chronic pain conditions related to degenerative spinal discs, joints, muscles, tendons, or ligaments? If so, regenerative medicine therapy can help! Regenerative medicine gives patients options to potentially avoid surgery. The goal of regenerative medicine is to heal injured tissue and not just mask the pain. Stem cells are cells that serve as a repair system for the body. They are the primary basic cell template that can change to become cells of different tissues and thereby offers the potential to rebuild damaged tissue, muscles, tendons, or ligaments.
When injected into the area, stem cells can be guided to become highly specific cells that can be used to regenerate and repair diseased or damaged tissues in people. They create and grow only what’s needed in a specific area such as cartilage, ligament, tendon, muscle, or disc. Stem cell therapy is a great alternative to surgery and does not require a hospital or anesthesia. Its non-invasive nature means almost zero recovery time.
Stem cells and stem cell therapy work by paracrine signaling (local cell-to-cell communication to induce changes in nearby cells) to create the appropriate healing environment to restore tissue. The exosomes are those paracrine signals that can be delivered immediately. As the technology and discovery of new methods of treating patients has evolved, the science shows that the optimal way to provide true “stem cell therapy” is to directly provide the signals as its own therapy and avoid potential issues with delivering and keeping transplanted cells alive.
Stem cells by nature work to heal, repair, and restore the body. Exosomes, found in healthy tissue, have shown 1000+ Growth Factor Proteins to help modulate the inflammatory healing process. This is accomplished by activating and recruiting the patients’ own cells to the area, revascularizing the area and reducing the inflammatory response to allow natural healing
Stem cell therapy, also known as regenerative medicine, promotes the repair response of diseased, dysfunctional or injured tissue using stem cells or their derivatives. It is the next chapter in organ transplantation and uses cells instead of donor organs, which are limited in supply. Stem Cells are undifferentiated cells that can turn into specific cells, as the body needs them. They have two characteristics:
- They can replicate themselves, or;
- They can differentiate into many other cell types, including bone, cartilage, muscle, nerves and connective tissue.
Stem cells are progenitor cells which are capable of regeneration and differentiation into a wide range of specialized cell types. Once injected, stem cells follow inflammatory signals from damaged tissues and have multiple ways of repairing these damaged areas.
The mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), from the Umbilical Cord, are considered to be multipotent and can transform into different cell types.
They act via anti-inflammatory activity, immune modulating capacity, and the ability to stimulate regeneration. We go through a very high throughput screening process to find cells that we know have the best anti-inflammatory activity, the best immune modulating capacity, and the best ability to stimulate regeneration.
Advantages to using Umbilical Cord Wharton’s Jelly
- Less invasive when compared to bone marrow / adipose aspiration
- Less pain for the patient and much shorter procedure time
- Umbilical Cord Wharton’s Jelly lack MHC-II and therefore are hypo-immunogenic
- Fibroblast colony forming units are significantly higher in Umbilical Cord Wharton’s Jelly
- Faster population rate
- Have, reducing the expression of inflammatory cytokines
- High concentration of peptides, hyaluronic acid and growth factors
- Increases the likelihood for better patient outcomes