Autoimmune Disorder (Lupus, RA, Gout)
These issues may not only lead to chronic hip pain, but also a significant reduction in the ability to perform recreational activities, play with kids or grandkids, and simply walk without pain. Patients may eventually opt for a potentially risky hip surgery if traditional options do not provide desired relief.
The problems with most traditional treatments for hip pain are that they are typically short acting, have potential risks, and don’t actually modify or repair the issue. For so long, the paradigm with joint pain treatments have been “band-aid” options that don’t actually fix problems. They just mask them but don’t actually offer a repair mechanism.
For instance, steroid injections were invented back in the 1950’s. Also known as cortisone, the injection procedures are considered the “gold standard” by insurance companies. Unfortunately, the average length of pain relief after a steroid injection for the hip is only about three weeks!
Additional side effects of steroid procedures include high blood sugar, weight gain, water retention and osteoporosis with repetitive use.
Opiates were never meant to be used for chronic joint pain. Yet all too often they are prescribed, and patients may end up with significant issues as a result. This may include chronic constipation, drug tolerance requiring higher dosage and possibly even addiction. The risks are significant, making narcotics a terrible option for chronic hip pain.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, known as NSAIDS, are commonly prescribed for hip joint pain. These may include NSAIDS like Naproxen, Ibuprofen, Voltaren, Mobic or other types. While NSAIDS may be very effective for temporary relief, there can be significant issues when taken chronically or above the manufacturer’s recommended dosage.
This may include GI complications such as an ulcer, or problems with kidney function. Over 100,000 hospitalizations occur annually in the US due to NSAID related complications.
Physical therapy may be a fantastic option for pain relief. By strengthening up muscles around the hip joint, it can take pressure off the painful joint. This may be able to relieve pain substantially.
Eventually, the hip pain may stop responding well to the traditional options. At this “end of the road” point, patients may opt for a hip replacement. While a hip replacement may be a great option for pain relief, there can be complications such as infection, bleeding, nerve injury, dislocation, blood clot or anesthesia issues.
Thankfully, a revolutionary new technology is now available from R3 Medical, known as Stem Cell Recruitment Therapy. Amniotic fluid injections have been producing fantastic outcomes for patients with chronic hip pain, as they contain cytokines, growth factors and a significant amount of hyaluronic acid. This provides cushioning, protection and lubrication for the hip joint, along with recruiting the body’s own regenerative cells to amp up repair and regeneration of the damaged tissue.
The outcomes with amniotic fluid allograft procedures have been great for joint pain over 90% of the time for a period of 6 months or more (AAPMR 2017). Patients are often able to avoid potentially risky surgery, and get back to participating in recreational activities such as golf, tennis or others. Spending time with the kids and grandkids becomes fun again, along with walking more and simply completing necessary activities of daily living.
R3 Medical offers amniotic fluid injections at Centers of Excellence nationwide for hip pain relief. The Stem Cell Recruitment Therapy is covered by most major insurance companies including Medicare, Tricare and commercial insurances. The procedures are performed under image guidance typically, and take less than an hour. They are very safe procedures, and no downtime is necessary!