Your body is normally very good at healing itself. Cuts close and the skin knits itself back together. Bruises and blisters go away in time. Even a broken bone will mend itself as long as it isn’t displaced or disturbed.
But with chronic injuries, the soft tissues are no longer able to adequately repair themselves. Instead, you get stuck with constant pain and inflammation.
This is the state that regenerative injection therapies are meant to address. These treatments give your body a potent mix of cellular nutrients and material needed to accelerate the repair process.
Regenerative Injections Using Umbilical Tissue
If you’ve ever had to go to a doctor for your chronic pain before, there’s a decent chance he or she gave you an injection of a corticosteroid—probably a cortisone shot.
These injections usually do a pretty good job of relieving your pain and swelling in the short term, but there are at least three major downsides. One, it only treats the symptoms and not the cause. Two, the effects are only temporary. And three, too many shots can weaken soft tissues and produce other detrimental side effects.
At our office, we are now offering regenerative injections using umbilical cord tissue. (This tissue is normally discarded after a healthy birth, but mothers may voluntarily donate it instead for use in regenerative medicine therapies.)
This has many advantages over cortisone.
Umbilical tissue is packed with stem cells, growth factors, nutrient-rich proteins, and other biological material that is critical for the healing process. When injected at the site of injury, these components actually address the cause of your pain, rather than just the symptoms.
The injection triggers and accelerates your body’s natural healing processes and helps you build, regenerate, and repair new healthy tissue much faster than before.
What Conditions Can It Treat?
This treatment is highly effective for a wide variety of chronic soft tissue injuries—for example, heel pain, tendinitis, muscle strains, etc.
We have found it to be highly successful at helping our patients overcome very tough pain, even conditions that they’ve been suffering from for months or years. In many cases it has worked when no other conservative treatments have been successful, preventing the need for surgery.
Because it accelerates the healing processes, this treatment may also be recommended as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for athletes, working adults, and others who simply wish to make a full recovery in the shortest possible timeframe.
What Can I Expect from Treatment?
Typically, regenerative injection therapy requires only a single, brief appointment.
We’ll start by numbing the injection site with a small amount of local anesthetic. Once the area is numb, we’ll inject the regenerative umbilical tissue, which begins to trigger the accelerated healing effects. That’s pretty much it—it’s very straightforward!
Pain afterward is minimal. The vast majority of patients tolerate it extremely well.
Unfortunately, this therapy may not be covered by your insurance. However, when compared to the alternatives (either continuing to suffer, or potentially choosing a surgical procedure) treatment is comparatively affordable and very easy. The exact cost will vary depending on how much of the injection is needed, but is typically less than $1,000.
Is chronic pain keeping you from what you love? Are pain medications and cortisone injections providing only temporary relief—if even that? If so, you may benefit from regenerative injection therapies available at our office. To schedule your appointment with us in Lee’s Summit, MO, please call (816) 246-4222 today.