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Degeneration of joints, notably knees and hips, is the most common sources of chronic pain. Osteoarthritis (OA), the gradual deterioration of cartilage, is the most common cause of joint deterioration. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disease that results in degradation of cartilage, is also a common cause of chronic joint pain. Conditions like OA and RA cause chronic pain in joints including: knees, shoulder, lower back, and hips.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often used to treat painful joint degeneration. These drugs do not reverse or stop the degeneration, but rather relieve the symptoms. Often times, NSAIDs are used in conjunction with other pain-relieving drugs or medications. This treatment is effective in temporarily relieving pain, but as the patient begins to resume daily life they are continuing to cause damage to those joints.
In the end, most patients suffering from joint degeneration that have exhausted the benefits from NSAIDs will undergo joint replacement surgery. Such surgery involves prolonged period of recovery (several months in some instances), and extreme pain even after recovery. According to a recent study by Johns Hopkins, more than 250,000 people in the United States die every year because of medical mistakes, making it the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer.
Joint degeneration is the destruction of cartilage faster than the body can repair it. The body's healing mechanisms are intricate and involve stem cells, growth factors, and many other chemical agents that work in concert. Stem cells are cells with the ability to turn into many different cells. They are present in the body always, but usually not in sufficient concentrations in particular joints that need healing. Regenerative medicine is a relatively new field of medicine that involves using your own body's ability to create new cell growth and heal itself.
Tennessee Men's Health (THM) focuses on the source of the problem with joint degeneration by using regenerative medicine to create new cartilage. THM uses a material called amniotic allograft to accomplish this.
Amnoitic allograft is collected from healthy donors during a planned caesarian birth. Neither the mother nor the infant is harmed in any way. Donor mothers are given a thorough medical exam to ensure their health. After the tissue is collected it is analyzed, inspected for quality, and then cryopreserved until needed for treatment.
Amnoitic allograft contains several protiens and cells that enhance and aid in tissue growth. It also contains a matrix of collagen, connective tissue, that serves as a scaffolding for the body to create new tissues around. Amnoitic allograft also contains a high concentration of stem cells that do not contain identifiers that cause rejection when incompatible donor cells are used. It also contains growth factors that play a critical role in tissue growth.
Patients that received amniotic allograft injection(s) had a reduction in inflammation within hours after the injection. Most patients experienced significant improvement in pain and mobility within weeks of the injection. Every patient responds differently, and the healing process is dependent upon the body.
If chronic joint pain has prevented you from enjoying life to its fullest, schedule a free consultation now. TMH's doctors will answer all your questions and give you an honest appraisal of risk and outcomes. Call a TMH New Patient Advocate at (865) 229-8065.
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