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How Regenerative Medicine Can Help Your Hip Pain

How Regenerative Medicine Can Help Your Hip Pain
How Regenerative Medicine Can Help Your Hip Pain

Are you considering surgery for your nagging hip pain? Have conservative treatments not provided enough relief? Maybe you should consider Regenerative Medicine. This innovative and advanced treatment enhances the body’s natural capacity to heal and is providing remarkable solutions for all types of joint pain.

The body uses growth factors and stem cells to help heal and regenerate tissues. These can be obtained from your own body in the form of platelet rich plasma or bone marrow concentrate. Platelet-rich plasma is blood which is processed to concentrate platelets. The other solid blood components are excluded while the liquid component, plasma, is retained. Platelets contain growth factors necessary for healing. Bone marrow concentrate is derived from the marrow and is rich in growth factors as well as stem cells.

So how do these treatments help if you have hip pain?

The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint, the ball being formed by the head of the femur (thighbone) and the socket by a cavity called the acetabulum formed by the hip bones. The articulating surface of the bones are covered by smooth cartilage that helps the bones glide over each other during movement. Hip pain is mainly caused by osteoarthritis or inflammation of the joint due to wear and tear of the cartilage and rubbing of the bones against each other. Pain may also arise from injury to the soft tissues surrounding the joint such as ligaments, tendon, and bursae.

When ultrasound or fluoroscopy-guided injections of PRP or BMC are administered into the hip joint over a period of time, there is evidence of reduced pain and improved function suggesting that the cartilage and other injured tissue have regenerated.

Regenerative medicine offers an opportunity to target healing of deep tissues and may be used to effectively treat hip pain or delay the need for surgery. Discuss with your doctor if regenerative medicine options are suitable for you.