Up until the last few years, all pain treatments that provided relief did not act to repair or regenerate the condition being treated. They were (and are) excellent at providing relief, but only served as a proverbial “band-aid”. That is all changing with regenerative medicine, which is rapidly becoming the new paradigm for treating bone, joint and soft tissue painful conditions. Drs. Daniel Roth and Hary Ailinani, and their comprehensive team at Summit Regenerative Medicine, an affiliate of Summit Pain Management, are at the forefront of these new revolutionary options.
Chronic pain affects over 100 million people throughout the United States. Osteoarthritis, tendonitis, and sports injuries are significant causes of chronic pain and joint disability. With modern, regenerative medicine, stem cells can help repair, improve, and treat many of these painful musculoskeletal conditions.
The scientific evidence indicates that osteoarthritis is associated with a depleted local population of stromal mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), and this leads to a reduced capacity for proliferative and differentiation of cartilage. The basic problem in arthritis is that cartilage is still being formed as it always has been, just at a slower rate compared to degeneration. The ratio becomes unequal, and regenerative therapies help with cartilage regeneration, subsequent pain relief, and most importantly, increased functional activities.
How does stem cell therapy work?
Stem cell therapy promotes the reparative response of dysfunctional, diseased, or injured tissue. Stem cells are effectively a “blank slate”, and have the capacity when placed in the human body to differentiate into specific types of cells, such as nerve, tendon, cartilage and ligament cells. Stem cells have the ability to promote healing at a cellular level, which cannot be recreated with steroid injections or surgery.