28 June 2021 | Rebecca Pennington
Pain Relieving Injections: Types, Benefits & Treatment Areas
Regenerative medicine can be a highly effective form of pain management in orthopaedic medicine.
Otherwise known as injection therapy or cellular therapies, this minimally invasive technique uses the healing capabilities of your own body to reduce inflammation in injured and damaged tissues, while stimulating the healing process.
Pain is important. It inhibits movement while your body heals. Inflammation is caused by your body flooding a particular area with white blood cells to help heal the damage. It’s important to listen and heed these signals, of course. But in some cases, the pain and swelling can prevent you from recovering efficiently.
Many musculoskeletal conditions require movement and strengthening for rehabilitation, but if it hurts or is stiff and difficult to move, we are likely to back off.
Managing pain as part of a rehabilitation plan, supervised by orthopaedic specialists and expert physiotherapists, is important for your recovery.
Pain-relieving injection therapies target the cause of your pain. They make use of your blood plasma and cells to reduce inflammation and encourage healing. In the past, patients suffering from musculoskeletal pain relied on anti-inflammatory medication (including potentially addictive opioids) and steroid injections (which have a short-term benefit).
Today, pain and inflammation can also be managed with minimally invasive treatments, which can either be used to replace the need for surgery or to support post-surgical rehabilitation.
For more information on cellular injections and how they can provide effective pain relief for musculoskeletal injuries and conditions, contact The London Stem Cell Centre here.
What kind of treatments help with pain relief?
Platelet-rich plasma therapy involves injecting a concentrate of the growth factors and other substances in your blood plasma cells that promote healing. This is particularly effective in areas of your body that are low in growth factors – either due to ageing, or areas with a low blood supply, such as the cartilage, tendons and ligaments.
By reducing inflammation in your joints, muscles or other tissues, this injection therapy offers significant pain relief and helps to reduce the stiffness of conditions like arthritis. AMPP (Activated Mesenchymal Pericyte Plasma) is a minimally invasive procedure that combines the anti-inflammatory capability of adipose (fat) cells in your body with the growth and healing qualities of the platelets in your blood plasma.
Benefits of pain relieving injections
- Fast-acting: significant reduction in pain is usually experienced within four weeks after the injection.
- Convenient: the entire procedure takes less than an hour.
- Safe and Effective: you do not need to take any medication, which means no concerns about dependency or negative impact on the gut. There are no known side effects.
How long does pain relief from injections last?
Because blood plasma and BMAC injections reduce inflammation and help to heal the damage, they have the potential to be effective in the long term – if combined with rehabilitation to build up strength and mobility.
Improvements in chronic pain and mobility can usually be seen within four to six weeks and continue for up to 12 months. Some people may require a booster injection after two years.
What areas can injections help with?
Regenerative medicine injections can help to treat the causes of pain in all areas of the body. Some common injuries and conditions we treat
- Knee Injuries and Conditions
- Hip Injuries and Conditions
- Shoulder Injuries and Conditions
- Foot and Ankle Injuries and Conditions
- Elbow Injuries and Conditions
- Hand & Wrist Injuries and Conditions
London Stem Cell Centre is a regenerative medicine clinic offering minimally invasive, cellular treatments for musculoskeletal conditions.
Our team of orthopaedic surgeons and sports medicine specialists offer in-depth diagnosis, stem cell treatments, plasma and steroid injections and shockwave therapy to stimulate your body’s own natural healing process, reduce pain and improve mobility. We also offer physical therapy as part of your rehabilitation programme.
For more information or to book a consultation in London, contact us here.