Chances are you or someone you know suffers from chronic pain. According to the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies, 100 million Americans are diagnosed with chronic pain. (1) Pain can easily cause a spiral into other unfortunate endeavors.

 

Opioid Addiction

The opioid addiction epidemic is in full force. Prescription painkiller overdoses killed nearly 15,000 people in the US in 2008. This is almost four times the number of people killed by these drugs in 1999. (2) Although there are measures implemented to combat the epidemic, it is still a major issue. It has been found that the use of opioids over a long period of time may in fact increase a patient’s sensitivity to pain (hyperalgesia), hence the ability to tolerate pain decreases.

 

 

 

Surgery

Surgery has been accepted as the necessary evil, the “this is your only option” notion to orthopedic pain. Although many truly have no other options, there should be a consideration that there’s no going back from surgery and that it sometimes causes more harm than good.  “A 2012 study of people who had the procedure for low back pain through workers’ compensation schemes found only three percent had returned to pre-injury work duties two years after the surgery. About 70 percent were still taking strong opioids such as OxyContin in an attempt to manage their pain. A 2011 study of new hip and knee replacements over a five year period found none of them were superior to the old ones, and 30 percent were worse.”(3)

 

 

 

 

Money

According to a recent report from the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies, chronic pain costs $560-$635 billion annually, that equivalates to $2,000.00 for each person living in the U.S. This includes the cost of health care due to pain from ranging between $261 to $300 billion and $297-$336 billion due to lost productivity.(2)

 

 

 

 

Personal

It all comes back to the individual suffering from a daily disadvantage. Back pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans under 45 years old. More than 26 million Americans between the ages of 20-64 experience frequent back pain.(4) From relationships, sleep, work, and everyday life activities, pain is present and can have a major impact on these common entities.

 

 

 

 

 

Regenerative Medicine

We at Regen Colorado understand that surgery and opioids are truly necessary at times. After all, our board-certified physicians are interventional pain medicine specialists. However, we have incorporated regenerative medicine into our practice due to the promising results we have seen from it. FDA compliant, bone marrow regenerative medicine is allowing patients to experience less pain and therefore have the potential in avoiding surgery and opioids altogether.

We are so confident in the advancement of regenerative medicine that we could see it as a requirement though insurance companies prior to more expensive and invasive orthopedic procedures. This would truly be a win for all those that experience orthopedic pain. Regenerative medicine could be the key to avoiding surgery, avoiding unnecessary costs, and combating the opioid crisis.

If you or someone you know is suffering from orthopedic pain, we are here to provide many avenues of treatment in addition to or in place of regenerative procedures. While regenerative therapies have shown an improvement in many orthopedic conditions, they are not appropriate for all ailments. Our doctors will present you with an honest, expert opinion on your options, including procedures or treatments that may be covered by your insurance, or no treatment at all if that is what is in your best interest.

  1. Institute of Medicine Report from the Committee on Advancing Pain Research, Care, and Education: Relieving Pain in America, A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education and Research. The National Academies Press, 2011. http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13172&page=1.

 

  1. Vital Signs: Overdoses of Prescription Opioid Pain Relievers — United States, 1999–2008, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Analysis: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), November 4,2011/ 60(43);1487-1492. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6043a4.htm?s_cid=mm6043a4_w

 

  1. Institute of Medicine of the National Academies Report. Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research, 2011. The National Academies Press, Washington DC. ((page 5) http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13172&page=5

 

  1. National Centers for Health Statistics, Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans 2006, Special Feature: Pain. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus06.pdf.