When it comes to alternative pain management, people often think of acupuncture, exercise, massage and ShockWave therapies. However, more treatments are on the rise that may change the future of the industry, helping millions in dealing with chronic pain.
While these treatments have been around for a while now, it’s only been fairly recent that they’ve been used as pain therapies or have gained traction in the pain management sector.
Introduced back in 1967, neurostimulation involves implanting a device, the size of a stopwatch, underneath your skin. The neurostimulator sends mild electrical currents towards your spine, scrambling pain signals so your brain doesn’t register the pain.
Positives of neurostimulation include that the device can be removed any time, and users can adjust the intensity and location for the signal.
Stem Cell Therapy
Doctors collect stem cells from the patient in question to help repair damaged tissue and regenerate new cells. With this type of treatment, health professionals reduce the need for surgery and/or pain medication. Although doctors may gather stem cells from various areas, bone marrow stem cells appear to be the most effective.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
PRP therapy involes injections of a patient’s own platelets to speed up the healing in the musculoskeltal system. It accelerates the healing of injured ligaments, tendons, as well as muscles and joints. While it shows promise in healing knee and elbow pain, PRP as treatment for arthritis, lower back pain and others is still questionable.
Nanotechnology manipulates individual atoms and molecules, which could be more effective than current pain therapies. Working with such small particles means minimally invasive surgery and ability to deliver small doses of pain medications. Pinpointing the exact location for medication delivery minimizes the amount needed and the adverse effects related to dependency.