The hip is the largest ball-and-socket joint in our bodies. Although the cartilage surrounding our hip is meant to prevent friction and degradation, it can wear down and become damaged even with normal age and use. In severe cases, the hip joint becomes so worn or injured that a person’s mobility is greatly hindered, and they are in pain even while resting.
Chronic and severe hip pain can stem from a number of issues, most commonly:
- Arthritis (including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
- Hip fractures or trauma
- Bursitis (which occurs when the sacs of liquid between tissue become inflamed)
In these cases, many doctors would recommend an invasive hip replacement surgery requiring a lengthy and painful recovery period.
However, at Vitality Ageless Center, we offer minimally invasive alternatives that require little to no downtime and zero need for pain medications. These treatments exist within a groundbreaking field of medicine called regenerative medicine, which focuses on treating the root of your condition and working with your body’s ability to heal itself.
What Treatments Do We Offer?
Regenerative Tissue Therapy:
One treatment we offer for chronic hip pain involves the use of regenerative tissue. Our facility specifically uses Wharton’s Jelly-derived tissue obtained from carefully screened donors during planned cesarean births. This young and potent tissue is rich in components such as growth factors and cytokines, which are crucial in increasing your body’s restorative ability. Once injected into the area in need of repair (in this case, the hip), it stimulates the body’s natural healing response. The result is reduced inflammation, lessened pain, and a safe recovery over time.
Platelet-rich Plasma Injections:
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, injections is another targeted treatment that promotes your body’s natural healing. In this procedure, the doctor will begin by drawing a small sample of your blood. Using a centrifuge, they will then isolate the platelet-rich plasma. The process results in a nearly colorless substance, which obtains a higher concentration of platelets, growth factors, and proteins. When these components are injected into the hip in high quantities, they can facilitate your body’s response to injury and encourage healing. Additionally, the fact that the treatment is derived from your own body means zero chance for rejection.
What to Expect After the Procedures
Either process should take only a few hours from start to finish, and patients can leave our clinic shortly thereafter with relatively no recovery or downtime. The majority of patients will begin to experience relief within a few weeks following their injection, with pain and inflammation decreasing continuously over the next few months. For many patients, regenerative therapy can last for years and can even facilitate permanent repair. Even better, these techniques remove the risks, complications, and painful recovery times that accompany hip replacement surgeries.
If you are suffering from chronic hip pain and would like to explore a natural and effective alternative, regenerative medicine may be the answer. Contact our office today at (770) 614-6266 for a complimentary consultation.