Joint pain is a problem that confronts many Americans. Joint pain can range from mild to severe and impairs those afflicted in an enormous range of activities. Most common joint pain treatments help alleviate the pain but do not combat the problem itself, leading to a reliance on medication that the body will begin to build immunity towards.
- 1 Help Your Body Heal Itself
- 2 What Is Joint Pain?
- 3 Causes of Joint Pain
- 4 Joint Pain Treatment
- 5 Candidates
- 6 Your Personal Consultation with Dr. Steenblock
- 7 How Does Regenerative Medicine Help?
- 8 Meaningful Results
- 9 How Much Do Joint Pain Treatments Cost in California?
- 10 FAQ
- 11 References
Help Your Body Heal Itself
Our joints constitute essential parts of our body. Joints are the junctions where our bones meet. To function properly, joints rely on healthy cartilage, tendons, muscles, ligaments, and synovial fluid. With so many moving parts, our joints have many opportunities to sustain trauma or deteriorate with age. With regenerative medicine, you can help your body heal itself by optimizing your innate healing processes. Stem cell treatments use the building blocks of our cells to revitalize and regenerate tissue in the joints.
Dr. David Steenblock has been practicing personalized regenerative medicine for decades.
As one of the leading practitioners in the field, he has developed thousands of treatment plans for grateful patients who could not find relief through the conventional means of drugs and surgery. If you’re experiencing joint pain and want to discover if regenerative medicine can help relieve your pain, contact Dr. Steenblock at Personalized Regenerative Medicine by calling our San Clemente, CA office: (949) 367-8870.View More Videos
What Is Joint Pain?
Joint pain can be inflammation, discomfort, and pain from any part of a joint. That includes bone, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and even muscles. Associated symptoms include redness, swelling, stiffness, and weakness of a joint. Usually, when people say they have joint pain, there exists inflammation from the joint capsule itself such as the knee joint.
Causes of Joint Pain
Some of the most common causes of joint pain are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and trauma. As we age, the cumulative effects of gravity can gradually wear down our joints. If we participate in intense activities, that can exacerbate the natural wearing down of our joints.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease and is the most common type of joint disease in the USA. Most people over the age of 50 experience some form of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage protecting the bone wears down over time or with extensive use. It is very common in the hip, knee, and thumb joints. The symptoms include stiffness, soreness, pain, and the loss of flexibility in that joint. This is the ‘wear and tear’ type of arthritis.
Typically, conventional treatments include over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen, Aleve, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). If that doesn’t reduce the pain, conventional medical injections such as steroid and gel synovial fluid-like injections are attempted.
Some research is suggesting that by taking these NSAIDs, people can actually be preventing their joints from recovering. In the European journal, Orthopedics Today, researchers discovered that NSAIDs and COX-2 inhibitors can impair the repair of tendon, bone, and cartilage.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune condition where the body’s immune system attacks the joints. The immune system engages in an ongoing campaign against your joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is a whole-body condition. RA is not localized, so usually the joints on both sides of the body suffer from the same symptoms. Over time, if left untreated, rheumatoid arthritis can lead to the erosion of the bones and further breakdown of the joints.
Trauma-Induced Joint Pain
Joint trauma includes any injury that affects the joint and gradual trauma that results from overuse of a joint (such as “jumper’s knee” or “tennis elbow”). Trauma can cause immediate joint pain or it can contribute to the gradual deterioration of joints later in life by weakening specific components such as the cartilage.
Joint Pain Treatment
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Joint pain treatments focus on the long-term alleviation from pain. Sometimes that relief comes in the form of de-intensifying the peaks of sharp pain. Other times, it means reducing the chronic symptoms and managing persistent pain. An accompanying benefit to treating pain is living a healthy lifestyle that reduces the risk of other conditions arising. Maintaining healthy habits benefits our bodies (and thus our mental state) over the long term. To learn more about the benefits of pain treatments, you can follow our blog.
People experiencing joint pain are all potential candidates for regenerative medicine. While different treatments will be suitable for different patients, anyone can benefit from Dr. Steenblock’s decades of experience. He has dedicated his career to offering patients relief from pain. Whether you suffer from arthritis or you have an old sports injury that flares up during cold weather, book an appointment with Dr. Steenblock to learn more about regenerative medicine.
Your Personal Consultation with Dr. Steenblock
Dr. David Steenblock wants to help your body heal itself. That process begins with a consultation where Dr. Steenblock can start to get to know you and understand your condition. He’ll ask about your history of joint pain, any contributing medical factors, and listen to your goals and expectations. Dr. Steenblock’s approach is based on treating the whole body, not just prescribing temporary relief for symptoms.
Dr. Steenblock’s Approach for Joint Pain Treatments
- Discover the root cause of the joint pain
- Identify any contributing factors
- Discuss realistic goals and expectations with patients
- Develop a customized treatment plan based on each patient’s unique circumstances
Dr. Steenblock has been at the forefront of regenerative medicine for decades. He has seen the field evolve with new advancements and research. Dr. Steenblock remains committed to providing his patients with the highest quality care they deserve. Just prescribing addictive pain medication for joint pain can be a very dangerous approach to pain management. Instead, Dr. Steenblock focuses on helping his patients’ bodies’ natural healing process.
Contact us today to discover if regenerative medicine can offer you the relief you deserve.
How Does Regenerative Medicine Help?
Studies have shown that regenerative therapy for osteoarthritis of joints can be very effective in not only improving symptoms such as pain reduction and a greater range of motion but also in repairing cartilage loss. They have done studies and MRI images of knee joints before and after treatments that show improved cartilage healing rates compared to those that didn’t receive biologic injections. Best of all, there were no adverse reactions during treatment.
Another study showed that mesenchymal stem cells were especially helpful in reducing all osteoarthritis knee symptoms for all the patients that received treatment for over a year.
Dr. Steenblock’s results speak for themselves. Watch Dr. Steenblock’s patient testimonial videos if you want to hear the quality of patient care you can expect from a visit to Personalized Regenerative Medicine. Research continues to show the promise of biologic regenerative medicine. One study shows how adding growth factors to regenerative treatments resulted in higher healing rates for joint cartilage. Another case study used MRI data and found improvement in cartilage growth and tissue repair along with a boost in the patient’s quality of life. Research continues to show promising results from regenerative medicine. Dr. Steenblock stays at the vanguard of regenerative medicine to bring you the most effective treatments.
How Much Do Joint Pain Treatments Cost in California?
Joint pain treatments can vary greatly from patient to patient just as joint pain ranges from minor to severe. Some patients might only require mild treatment plans while others might seek relief from intense pain. During your consultation, after conducting a physical examination and learning your experiences and history of joint pain, Dr. Steenblock can then make an informed personal recommendation.
What can I do at home to help alleviate joint pain?
* Exercise – In particular, low-impact exercises that minimize bone grinding such as yoga, swimming, and Tai Chi are most effective.
* Eat a healthy diet – Extra weight increases the burden on joints. A healthy diet also ensures your body has the fuel it needs to function and heal properly. Some research suggests that no-sugar diets can reduce inflammation and improve symptoms of arthritis.
* Supplements – Supplements that can help reduce inflammation and strengthen the joints include turmeric, borage oil, and eucalyptus oil.
* Hydrotherapy – Taking a warm bath with Epsom salts relaxes the joints and reduces inflammation.
* Sleep – Our bodies need sleep to function at our best. Sleep is essential to optimize the body’s natural healing and rejuvenate our biological functions.
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