Joint Pain

The Regenerative Medicine Clinic

Orthopaedic Surgeons & Molecular Immunobiologists located in Wilmington, NC

Joint pain can develop from an injury, overuse, or degenerative changes. Finding and treating the cause of your joint pain may help you get the relief you need so you can get back to doing what you love. Orthopedic surgeon and regenerative medicine specialist Austin Yeargan III MD, at The Regenerative Medicine Clinic uses advanced diagnostic tools and treatments to alleviate joint pain, restore joint function, and improve your quality of life. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Wilmington, North Carolina, or click the online booking button today. Telemedicine appointments are also available.

Joint Pain

What is joint pain?

Joint pain is a general term that refers to any pain or discomfort you experience in or around any synovial joint in the body. The pain may be dull, burning, or sharp, and you may feel the pain all the time or only when using the affected joint.  Causes are myriad and a focused search for your pain generator is the key to figuring out the best course of action.

The pain may generate from any of the components that make up your joint, which includes bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, nerves or muscles.  Oftentimes, there is more than one source, called a double crush phenomenon that means the pain could be coming from the nerves in the back and the arthritis in the knee.  Figuring out exactly what’s causing your pain is the first order of business.

What are common causes of joint pain?

You may develop joint pain from injury, overuse, or degeneration that affects one or more of the components that make up your joint. Common causes of joint pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Ligament tears (sprains)
  • Tendonitis
  • Fracture
  • Dislocation
  • Muscle tears

Dr. Yeargan is an experienced sports medicine orthopedic surgeon with over 14 years experience using orthopedic molecular immunobiologics and will determine the source of your joint pain during a comprehensive evaluation when determining whether or not your case is appropriate for our techniques.

How is joint pain treated?

Treatment for your joint pain depends on the cause of your discomfort and the affected joint. Conservative measures are generally recommended initially, and may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication (catabolic)
  • Ice 
  • Physical therapy
  • Orthotic and durable medical equipment use
  • Exercise program

Our approach is alwas the most conservative route first.  Oftentimes, patients respond to very simple conservative measures even when they have been told a joint replacement is their only option.  We always search for the simplest and most natural approach to care and will only suggest signaling cell transplant procedures to help ease your joint pain when we know they will help.  

Can regenerative medicine help my joint pain?

Most likely, there’s something in our armamentarium that can help restore your joint to the condition you want and let you successfully return to your recreational and vocational pursuits.  Using a comprehensive examination and your imaging, in addition to other clinical data, Dr. Yeargan determines if regenerative medicine makes sense for your joint pain during your consultation. In many cases, we will suggest other treatments prior to or instead of recommending regenerative medicine.  We just want you to know what your options are, including no treatment. 

For expert care for your joint pain from an orthopedic surgeon who truly uses the most ‘advanced’ regenerative care and innovative treatments designed by us that may prevent or delay your need for surgery, call The Regenerative Medicine Clinic for consultation when you’re ready.

What is regenerative medicine?

Regenerative medicine is a new area of medicine focused on providing treatments that support your body’s natural healing process. Dr. Yeargan pioneered the field in 2006 and has continued to independently contribute white papers from our own lab for more than a decade.  Doctor Yeargan was trained in the most prestigious sports medicine and one of the most renowned regenerative medicine facilities in the world, the Steadman Clinic. While in training he conceived of the first generation signaling cell treatments that he introduced in 2006 and that still endure today.  Although we are now on our seventh generation of the treatment, other clinics continue to lag far behind.

Medicinal Signaling Cell Based Therapy

Medicinal signaling cell-based therapy refers to the fact that the cells in your body have the ability to transform themselves into any type of cell your body may need to heal and regenerate-on demand based on environmental cues. Several of our procedures take advantage of signaling cell technology and are the most efficacious of all the procedures we offer.  Most of our procedures include subchondral MicroCoretm and Nanoplastytm to restore natural material properties to the bone and cartilage in the setting of arthritis. 

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy

PRP is a blood product created from a sample of your own blood that’s rich in platelets and growth factors. When injected into your joint, the healing properties in the PRP are thought to accelerate the regenerative processes to reduce your pain through the action of growth factors that are present in the dense granules of platelets.

Other regenerative treatments are available and have different applications with each lasting a limited period of time, other than the Nanoplastytm which has the potential to restore joint mechanics and joint cartilage for a lifetime when the algorithm is adhered to. 

Can regenerative medicine help my joint pain?

Most likely, there’s something in our armamentarium that can help restore your joint to the condition you want and let you successfully return to your recreational and vocational pursuits.  Using a comprehensive examination and your imaging, in addition to other clinical data, Dr. Yeargan determines if regenerative medicine makes sense for your joint pain during your consultation. In many cases, we will suggest other treatments prior to or instead of recommending regenerative medicine.  We just want you to know what your options are, including no treatment. 

For expert care for your joint pain from an orthopedic surgeon who truly uses the most ‘advanced’ regenerative care and innovative treatments designed by us that may prevent or delay your need for surgery, call The Regenerative Medicine Clinic for consultation when you’re ready.

Autologous Medicinal Signaling Cell (Stem Cell) Therapy

If you’re suffering from a joint injury, arthritis, joint pain, or a degenerative condition that isn’t getting better with traditional approaches, you may consider signaling cell therapy (stem cell therapy). At The Regenerative Medicine Clinic, regenerative orthopedic surgeon, Austin Yeargan III MD, takes the simplest and most natural approach.  We offer signaling cell therapy to heal many musculoskeletal conditions. To learn more about orthopedic immunobiologics and how it may benefit you, call the office in Wilmington, North Carolina, or click the online booking button. Telemedicine appointments are also available for consultations.