The Opioid crisis has been increasing and expanding for decades, and the over prescribing of opioids to treat chronic pain is contributing to the growing epidemic. Not only does the vast prescriptions of opioids contribute to the worldwide epidemic, but it also masks the problem by just treating the symptoms, leaving the root cause of the problem unsolved.

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Opioids help assist in short-term chronic pain relief and are often prescribed to patients recovering from minor surgeries or injuries. But what happens when short-term pain turns into long-term chronic pain? Patients who use opioids for extended periods of time will often develop a higher tolerance for the drug, and need to increase their dosage.

So, what should we do to spread awareness of the growing epidemic? We can start by educating ourselves, our families, and our peers about alternative medical options to treat conditions like osteoarthritis of the knee.

When treating knee pain caused by conditions like osteoarthritis, there are many alternative methods aside from opioid treatment such as regenerative medicine.

How can regenerative medicine treat knee pain caused by osteoarthritis?

Regenerative Medicine has shown incredible results in reducing debilitating joint pain caused by many life-changing joint diseases, including knee osteoarthritis. Unlike traditional Medicine which encourages patients to mask the pain with invasive surgeries and pharmaceutical drugs, regenerative medicine not only repairs the joints, but simultaneously prevents future degeneration of the joints. 

Proactively restoring joint tissue and fluids is crucial to adequately heal chronic pain caused by osteoarthritis of the knee. Patients who seek regenerative treatment within the early stages of knee pain tend to experience significant results with healing damaged and arthritic joints.

The two most common and effective forms of regenerative medicine treatment are Stem Cell Therapy and Hyaluronic Acid Injection Therapy treatments. Let’s explore these two treatment options:

Stem Cell Therapy Injections

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Stem cell therapy is a proactive and preventative treatment option for treating arthritis. This safe treatment option offers fast and long-lasting relief of pain and inflammation with little to no recovery time. Stem cell therapy treatment is highly effective and nonintrusive and has shown great success in treating symptoms caused by arthritis, such as pain and inflammation. 

At Greenwood Regenerative Medicine, our medical professionals use Human Umbilical Cord Stem Cells since they are the most effective stem cells to treat osteoarthritis. Stem cells are prescreened and donated to a regulated FDA- registered Lab. Then they are cryogenically frozen to preserve them until a licensed professional administers them to our patients using diagnostic ultrasound technology to ensure ultimate precision and guidance.

Hyaluronic Acid Therapy Injections

Hyaluronic Acid Injections (HA) are another form of regenerative Medicine used in addition to stem cell therapy treatment. Hyaluronic Acid is highly concentrated in the synovial fluid in our skin and eyes. There is a heightened concentration of HA in the joints in our knees since the knee joints bear the most weight in the human body. Hyaluronic Acid lubricates and cushions the joints in the knees, which act as a scaffold protein, allowing the stem cells to have a mesh-like substance to cling on to during treatment. 

Our professionals have found that HA treatment in conjunction with stem cell therapy has an incredible impact on the efficacy of stem cell therapy when it is used to treat pain and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis of the knee.

Wondering if Regenerative Medicine Therapy is the right option for you?

The medical professionals at Greenwood Regenerative Medicine are passionate about providing risk-free, proactive, preventative care for patients dealing with pain and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis. That’s why we offer risk-free screening to all prospective patients to see if regenerative therapy treatment is appropriate for them. 

For a free consultation, complete the form below or give us a call today, and we will determine if Regenerative Medicine is right for you.