Nearly 100 million Americans suffer with chronic pain and discomfort on a daily basis. Many of these individuals are typically prescribed heavy pain medications including opioids such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, codeine, fentanyl, or oxymorphone.
Sadly, there is a rise of illness and deaths due to the misuse of these prescription drugs. But luckily, there are non-opioid pain relief options that can help decrease the symptoms of pain. These safer, non-addictive treatment alternatives involve regenerative medicine, which includes cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma treatments. Regenerative medicine is an alternative method of treatment that helps to repair and rejuvenate damaged tissue in order to relieve pain.
Regenerative Medicine Treatment Options
Regenerative Medicine can help with many different types of pain, including:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Knee pain
- Joint pain
- Hip pain
- Carpal tunnel
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy or PRP is one of the more popular pain treatments where a small amount of blood is taken from the patient, and then the platelets are separated from the other components. This golden solution (PRP) is then injected into the injured or damaged tissue, thus enhancing the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Platelet-Rich Plasma injections introduce a tremendous amount of advancement factors to the injured area. This treatment will immediately aid in the repairing process for an extensive amount of injuries and illnesses.
Regenerative Cell Therapy works with healing cells that are collected from healthy umbilical cord tissue. The healing cells are then injected into the desired or injured area, resulting in tissue regeneration and following with pain relief. This therapy will work quickly and powerfully to help to regenerate injured or damaged tissue.
Both of these treatments are injected directly into the root of the damage or injury, bringing healing and repair straight to the source.
Interesting Facts about Opioids
- Two out of three (about 70%) drug overdose deaths are caused by an opioid.
- About 29% of patients that are prescribed an opioid misuse the drug.
- In 2017, half of all the men involved in the labor force were taking an opioid drug and the life expectancy in the United States drastically declined.
- In 2019, ninety one people in the United States died daily from opioid drug overdose.
Make sure you know all your options for treatment before resorting to opioid prescriptions.
If you or a loved one is experiencing pain and would like to learn more about alternative nonopioid pain relief options, please call Advanced Health Center at (408) 676-2818.