Joint pain may be caused by injury, arthritis, overuse, or poor alignment. With acute joint pain, fracture should be ruled out. Symptoms of joint pain may include:
For acute pain, traditional treatment typically includes rest and anti-inflammatory medication followed by physical therapy. If the pain persists and anatomical abnormality is identified, surgery may be recommended. For chronic pain, traditional treatment would likely still include anti-inflammatories with limited or modified activities for pain control. For some conditions, like arthritis, surgery is not an option for repair. If a patient has chronic joint pain, the treatment options are usually limited, and medical management is focused on pain control rather than resolution.
Fortunately, with the advances in medicine and the emerging field of Regenerative Medicine, stem cell therapy and regenerative therapies include non-surgical options using a patient’s stem cells along with exosomes and growth factors to allow the body to regenerate healthy cells to reduce pain and restore function.