The number of hip replacement surgeries performed each year is on the rise. A heightened focus on physical activity, as well as improved treatment technologies, mean patients have a need — and doctors, the instruments and skills — for treating hip joint damage. The result: more surgical hip treatments.
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Most people choose hip replacement surgery following an injury or prolonged pain due to arthritis. Indeed, arthritis is the number one reason for undergoing a hip replacement procedure. After years of struggling with debilitating pain that restricts their daily living, many believe a total hip replacement is the only option. The good news, though, is it’s not! If you have hip pain due to degenerative arthritis, there is an alternative that extends beyond physical therapy, pain relievers and surgery: stem cell therapy. Read on for more information on a proven, all-natural alternative to invasive hip replacement surgery:
Nonsurgical Treatment Options
Arthritis causes inflammation and damage to joints and other body systems. When it settles in the hip, it erodes cartilage and bone, making it difficult for the afflicted person to walk and even sleep. Many believe that the removal of the damaged tissue(s) is the only way to remove the associated pain. In fact, however, there are several non-surgical options that can help treat arthritic symptoms:
- Pain Medication – including over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen, aspirin and acetaminophen and prescribed opioids/narcotics; muscle relaxants, topical creams, steroid injections and even antidepressants
- Rest – which can help alleviate inflammation and reduce pain sensation and depression (that often heightens pain sensitivity)
- Physical Therapy – which can strengthen surrounding joints and provide stability to the hip
There is also one that has the capacity to promote tissue repair:
- Regenerative Medicine – including PRP and stem cell therapy
Regenerative Medicine as an Alternative to Hip Replacement Surgery
Regenerative medicine is the science of replacing damaged human cells by either transplanting healthy cells and/or stimulating the body’s own immune system to regenerate healthy ones itself. Noninvasive and with the potential to restore normal function to damaged tissue, regenerative treatments such as PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy and stem cell therapy are excellent options for many patients not wanting to experience possible surgical complications and/or face a lengthy recovery period. PRP therapy is used primarily to treat acute injuries, but stem cell therapy, in particular, is especially well-suited for treating chronic degenerative conditions like arthritis of the hip.
Stem Cell Therapy is the All-Natural Alternative to Hip Replacement Surgery
Stem cells are like nature’s building blocks; they allow for the differentiation of the body’s cells and form the foundation on which all tissues and organs develop. Many stem cells only exist in embryos, but some remain in adult bodies and can be harvested and used for regenerative purposes. As an alternative treatment for hip replacement surgery, adult stem cells are collected from a patient’s own body — usually adipose stem cells from his or her abdomen and bone marrow stem cells from his or her pelvis. These stem cells are combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) made from the patient’s own blood to create an all-natural, autologous aspirate that is then injected into the patient’s hip joint under live x-ray or ultrasound guidance. Research shows that the introduction of stem cells in this way can facilitate the repair of damaged joint tissue, alleviating inflammation and pain and restoring the joint to more normal function (including range of motion). PRP can then be administered several months later as a follow-up to boost continued joint health.
ThriveMD is One of the Nation’s Top Stem Cell Clinics for Hip Pain
Hip replacement surgery is not the only option for hip arthritis sufferers. To find out if you or a loved one could benefit from non-invasive stem cell therapy, please contact a member of our staff here at ThriveMD. Our director, Dr. Scott Brandt is a renowned physician with nearly 20 years experience in pain management and regenerative medicine; he fully assesses all patient histories and can recommend the best procedure for optimal results.