If your arthritis hasn’t improved with conventional treatments and you’re worried about progressive joint damage, it’s time to explore your options. At the Center for Pain Management and Rehab in Peoria, Illinois, Yibing Li, MD, specializes in regenerative therapies that accelerate healing and rebuild new tissues that restore the damage inside your joint. To learn how to heal your arthritis, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Arthritis refers to a large group of conditions that cause joint inflammation and other symptoms. Dr. Li has extensively studied the effectiveness of regenerative medicine therapies for two of the three most common types, osteoarthritis and post-traumatic arthritis.
Osteoarthritis occurs when articular cartilage wears down. Articular cartilage covers the ends of bones inside the joints, protecting the bones and allowing smooth movement. Without treatment, the cartilage progressively degenerates.
Post-traumatic arthritis begins when you injure tissues inside the joint, especially when you have sprained ligaments. Ligament laxity results in chronic joint instability. Ongoing instability leads to joint degeneration that makes osteoarthritis develop more rapidly than age-related osteoarthritis.
This type of arthritis is different because it occurs when your immune system attacks the tissues lining your joints. The tissues become inflamed and, without treatment, the inflammation leads to bone erosion and joint deformity.
All three types of arthritis cause pain, joint stiffness, and limited movement. While rheumatoid arthritis begins with inflammation, inflammation gradually develops due to tissue injury in osteoarthritis.
The inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis can spread outside the joint. About 40% of people with rheumatoid arthritis develop symptoms in their skin, eyes, lungs, and other areas.
The Center for Pain Management and Rehab takes a multidisciplinary approach to treat arthritis using:
As an expert in regenerative medicine and an active researcher, Dr. Li has published and presented cutting-edge research proving the effectiveness of regenerative therapies for osteoarthritis and post-traumatic arthritis.
The results of three studies show that stem cell therapy, prolotherapy, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections safely ease joint pain the best way possible — by triggering the healing response and regenerating new tissues, including ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bone.
Regenerative therapies are nonsurgical options that can have exceptional results. In some patients with knee osteoarthritis, stem cell injections resulted in joints that functioned and felt 10 years younger.
Interventional pain medicine targets the nerves sending pain signals to your brain. Techniques such as nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablation, and spinal cord stimulation block nerve signals, significantly reducing your pain.
Physical therapy is an essential part of treating arthritis. Structured exercise and massage boost blood flow, reduce inflammation, and maintain joint mobility.
To learn more about treatments that repair arthritis by rebuilding new tissues, call the Center for Pain Management and Rehab or schedule an appointment online today.