The Regenerative Medicine Blogby Renew Medical Centers
As soon as a person starts feeling pain in their hip area, it usually leads to bad news. A lucky few will see their hip pain fade away, but more often than not, it’s a warning sign that serious issues are brewing. The two most common long-term solutions for severe hip pain are total hip replacement surgery and hip resurfacing. What should people expect out of a total hip replacement or hip resurfacing? Here’s a closer look at the two popular procedures, and risks to be considered.
“I could not walk. I could not bend. I could not hardly get up out of the bed in the morning. Since I’ve had this injection, the pain has been minimalized – no pain at all. I’m able to go for simple walks. I’m able to walk on my treadmill. I get up out of the bed in the morning without any resistance, any pain.” When Rachel came to Renew Medical Centers, she said she was experiencing pain in her knee with levels as high as a nine on a scale of one to ten.
In recent years, the practice of regenerative medicine has become a viable option for many people suffering from chronic pain in knees, hips, backs, shoulders, and other areas of pain. Regenerative treatment is a minimally invasive option for joint arthritis and musculoskeletal problems compared to highly invasive surgical procedures and joint replacements that over one million patients undergo on an annual basis in the United States.
“I didn’t realize how much pain I was in because I was taking so many anti-inflammatories beforehand. So, I went off my anti-inflammatories…and I was like I don’t know if I could do this.” When Paul came to Renew Medical Centers, his hip, low back, and knee were in real bad shape, especially his hip.
“The pain in my left knee was unbearable. The orthopedic doctor told me I needed surgery and I came here instead of surgery.” When Brenda came to Renew Medical Centers, she had tried many pain management shots. She had been told she needed surgery, but she decided surgery was her last option.
According to research, up to one-third of patients who have had knee replacement surgery experience long-term chronic pain after surgery and one in five are dissatisfied with the results. In the United States, total knee replacement surgery is one of the most common elective surgical procedures. There are over 600,000 total knee replacements each year.
If you suffer from chronic knee pain and problems due to degeneration and/or injury, there are knee replacement surgery alternatives that may help you find the relief you need while avoiding surgery. While knee replacement surgery might be a solution for you if you suffer from knee problems, there are risks involved in undergoing the procedure.
The most common area of concern that patients come to us with is the knee. This is no surprise. The knee endures more stress than any other joint. Knee pain could be caused by general wear and tear over time, fracture, osteoarthritis, ACL and meniscus tears, and other degenerative conditions. We often see patients after they have either been told that they need surgery or they had a surgery in the past that did not work well for them.
According to the CDC, eight out of ten Americans will experience back problems at some point in their lifetimes. In fact, Americans spend 50 billion dollars on back pain treatments every year, and the indirect costs (including lost wages, legal, and insurance) are upwards of 100 billion dollars annually. While 90 percent of lower back pain cases are resolved within six weeks, 7 percent of those affected will develop chronic back pain requiring advanced treatment. Proper diagnosis is the key to developing a treatment plan.