What is pain medicine?
Pain medicine is a branch of modern medicine that treats with chronic long lasting pain. It employs a comprehensive approach for evaluation and treatment. It is a blessing for those living with long standing agony.
Headache, shoulder, knee, and joint pains etc. can be treated using Pain medicine.
There are scientifically advanced treatment methodologies available for successfully treating most of the pains.
This involves the spectrum of treatment protocols starting from simple medications to various advanced interventional procedures. It is supported by counselling and physical rehabilitative measures.
What is regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine is the process of replacing or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore normal function.
This field holds the promise of regenerating damaged tissues. The organs and damaged tissues in the body are replaced. it is done by stimulating the body’s own repair mechanism to heal tissues and organs.
Regenerative medicine proves to be last resort for many patients. Most of the patients have already tried and tested all other options.
How long will it take to be pain free?
Most of the chronic conditions may require multiple sessions. Treatment has to be considered as a course. For best results, patients should do the full course as prescribed the Doctor.
Furthermore, it will depend on the type of disease the patient is suffering from. For instance, the pain due to arthritis of knee can be cured by three treatment sessions.
Types of pain treated
- Back pain
- Joint pains
- Shoulder pain
- Knee pain
- Head ache
- Slipped disc
- Nerve related pain
- Spine fractures
- Cancer pain
- Sciatic pain
- Neck ache
- Arthritis pain
- Ankle or heel pain
- Sports injuries
Know your Doctor
When selecting a physician for any type of regenerative medicine therapy, patients may want to ask:
- What training does the doctor have in performing the treatment? Some experts recommend that a doctor offering any regenerative medicine therapy complete a formal training course. He should have extensive one-on-one training with an experienced doctor.
- Does the doctor have experience treating this problem with the proposed regenerative medicine treatment? What is his or her success rate?
- If stem cells or PRP is in plans, is there a blood analysis (hemoanalysis) before treatment?
- Are we using live cells for stem cells or PRP? How is their viability verified?
- Are any anesthetics or additives used during the procedure? How might these affect the treatment outcome?
- If an injection will be given, does the doctor use ultrasound, fluoroscopy, or computed tomography (CT scan) to guide injections?
- Does the doctor have training or certification to use these imaging technologies?
- Some experienced orthopedic and sports medicine physicians are able to make accurate injections to certain tendons. This avoids the need for imaging. However, proper use of imaging technologies can ensure that the injections are administered precisely.
Potential Risks, Benefits, and Recovery Times
Most regenerative medicine treatments are safe and have few potential side effects, but side effects do occur. Before providing any treatment, a doctor should also explain the:
- Potential risks
- Possible benefits
- Steps of the procedure
- Follow-up protocol, which should include at least one follow-up appointment
- Expectations for recovery and time frame for healing
The patient may be asked to sign an informed consent form that the therapy is an elective procedure with certain risks and side effects.
Considering Cost of Regenerative Medicine
In most cases, insurance does not cover regenerative medicine treatments. Patients must pay out-of-pocket. Prices vary considerably. Price depends on the specific treatment, region, and doctor and/or hospital.
For example, the cost of a single PRP injection typically ranges from $500 to $2,000. Bone marrow stem cell injections range from $2,000 to $5,000 or more. Therapeutic injections and prolotherapy, can cost $100 to $500. It often require more than one treatment, raising the overall cost.