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The Difference Between Regenerative and Interventional Medicine

Chronic pain — pain lasting more than three months — is the most common cause of workplace disability across the globe. More than 50 million adults in the US have some form of chronic pain, and the number is expected to increase as people live longer. 

Perhaps you have joint pain from a form of arthritis or back pain from a compression fracture, spinal stenosis, or other condition. You may have been diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome, which the medical community still doesn’t completely understand, but often occurs after an illness or injury. 

Whatever the cause of your pain, it’s impacted your quality of life and your daily routine. Perhaps you can no longer easily accomplish activities of daily living like showering or dressing, much less engage in favorite hobbies or sports. You feel like you’re on the sidelines instead of fully living your life. 

Your primary care physician or orthopedist may have referred you to our interventional pain management practice, which employs regenerative medicine approaches as the situation dictates. 

Daniel Loder, MD, is a board-certified interventional pain management physician who diagnoses and treats disorders that cause physical pain. Interventional physicians specialize in minimally invasive procedures rather than surgery. So unlike an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Loder doesn’t perform joint replacements.

Dr. Loder coordinates with his patients’ other healthcare professionals to ensure proper diagnosis of the root of the pain, using a multidisciplinary approach that provides a 360-degree look at the pain disorder to ensure nothing is missed. If surgery won’t cure your ailment or if you’ve had surgery and it didn’t help your pain, Dr. Loder’s interventional techniques can provide relief. The goal of interventional pain management is to reduce the pain and better your quality of life without major surgery. We want to help you return to the activities you love — without opioids or other heavy duty medication. 

Dr. Loder performs a range of minimally invasive procedures that can provide relief. For example, radiofrequency ablation can ease sacroiliac pain; the heat energy stops the pain signals from being carried to your brain. Spinal cord stimulation can help with back pain from a number of causes, including spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and other conditions. A sympathetic ganglion block injection can numb nerves from back pain or complex regional pain syndrome.  

Regenerative medicine involves harnessing the body’s own mechanisms in a new way to help your body repair and restore damaged cells and bring you back to health. Dr. Loder uses orthobiologic treatment such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to help heal musculoskeletal injuries and damage from disease. PRP groups your blood platelets together in high concentrations. They’re injected back into you to help your body heal faster than with traditional approaches alone. 

PRP is an interventional technique, but it’s also regenerative medicine because it’s using your body’s raw materials instead of implanting something mechanical inside your body as with a spinal cord stimulation procedure.

Call or book an appointment online with Daniel Loder, MD, interventional pain management specialist for your intractable pain. We’re your partner in management of your chronic pain. 

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