If you are suffering from joint pain, ultimately, the problem is resulting from a typical underlying problem; inflammation. Whether the inflammation is caused by the degradation of or injury to the cartilage, tears in tendons or ligaments, autoimmune problems, or simple wear and tear on the musculoskeletal components of the joint itself, your body responds in the same way. By flooding the area with healing factors and fluid, the body is attempting to jump-start the natural healing process.
An unexpected consequence of the inflammation is the accompanying pain caused by pressure on or damage to the nerves within the joint or the failure of the body to provide the necessary cushioning for the bones within the joint. For a long time, medication and surgery were the two major routes of treatment for joint pain, but recent advancements have begun to harness the body’s ability to repair its own damaged tissues.
How can you treat joint pain without surgery or heavy medication?
Because joint pain is a result of inflammation and tissue damage, one of the best methods of addressing these causes of pain is to try to correct and repair the damage to the tissue so that the pain ceases.
One effective way of addressing the pain is through Platelet-Rich plasma injections at the site of the joint pain. In this procedure, the doctor removes blood from the patient and spins it in a centrifuge to separate the components. Once a concentrated solution of platelets is created, these cells are reintroduced into the patient’s body in a concentrated, targeted way.
After they are introduced into a location that is suffering from inflammation and tissue damage, they go to work, releasing biochemical signals on a cellular level to promote healing. Communication is with cells directly, encouraging them with growth factors to begin the process of renewal that keeps our body healthy and healed throughout our lives.
Because the tissue itself is encouraged to heal, the ultimate cause of the joint pain is addressed, removing the need for medicines that simply cover symptoms or invasive procedures with serious side effects and recovery times.
What causes joint pain?
The leading cause of joint pain is inflammation, which causes pressure to be placed within the joint itself.
This can result in pressure being applied to the nerves within the joint, causing stiffness and excruciating pain. Additionally, the synovial fluid and cartilage that provide the cushioning within the joints wear down as we age or can become torn during injuries.
As these cushions begin to fail as protection within the joints, the bones can begin to rub against one another, causing extreme pain. Other diseases such as gout and bursitis can also cause intense pain within the joints and make normal activity quite difficult.