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14 Articles in Volume 19, Issue #1
Analgesics of the Future: NKTR-181
Antidote to CDC Guideline; Plantar Fasciitis; Patient Input
Assessing and Treating Migraine in Women and Men
Demystifying Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia
Editorial: Have We Gone Too Far? Can We Get Back?
How to Compel Patients to Complete Home Exercises
Inflammation Targeted Nanomedicine
Intravenous Stem Cell Administration for Ileitis
Invasive Surgery: Effective in Relieving Chronic Pain?
Pain Catastrophizing: What Practitioners Need to Know
Pain Therapy Options for the Home
Regenerative Medicine
The Future of Pain Management: An Experts' Roundtable
Whole Body Vibration: Potential Benefits in the Management of Pain and Physical Function

Regenerative Medicine

A perspective and case demonstration of what cellular products may bring to the future of pain care.
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Example #5: Athlete with Knee Injuries

A male professional athlete in his 40s with no significant past medical history, except for significant damage to his right knee after years of impact and injuries from competing, presented to our clinic. He was still competing with an ACL tear along with severe degeneration of the right knee and joint space. He had tried other conservative options, such as rest, heat, ice, exercise, physical therapy, knee braces, topical medications, anti-inflammatories, steroid medications, and knee joint injections, and battled through the pain while competing. Knee joint replacement surgery and ACL reconstruction was an option, however, he thought it would have spelled the end to his competitive career. He sought our opinion on regenerative medical options. We decided to deploy
non-autologous stem cells and growth factors using fluoroscopic guidance. The patient reported improvement of knee pain at 2 months post-procedure. By month 3, he was able to compete in a national tournament, winning his bracket.

The Takeaway Message

Despite the stigma around regenerative medicine, the field remains promising, with exciting technologies and products emerging daily. Careful, approved regenerative medicine, as demonstrated herein, has already produced positive results that will only improve in the years to come. The ability to offer more natural, minimally invasive solutions to reduce pain and create a healing environment for damaged tissues is real and available today. By the end of the next decade, clinicians may look back at many of our conservative pain treatments and surgeries as barbaric. 

Last updated on: April 12, 2019
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