Regenerative injection therapy, or RIT, is a treatment for chronic joint and muscle pain. Even when other treatments like physical therapy, medication, and surgery have failed, many people have found success with RIT.
During the treatment, a natural solution is injected into the injured tendon, joint, or ligament. The solution encourages your body to repair and renew the damaged or injured cells, which puts an end to the pain.
Millions of people suffer from chronic pain that ranges from irritating to completely disabling. Regenerative injection therapy is a promising treatment, but most people are unaware of how it works.
Here are five important facts about RIT:
1. Doctors Have Used RIT For More Than A Century
The first known use of regenerative injection therapy was in the 19th century as a hernia treatment. In the 1950s, Dr. George S. Hackett developed the form of RIT that we use today. He focused on tendon and ligament injuries, but RIT has evolved over time to treat many conditions.
2. RIT Treats A Wide Variety Of Injuries
Most types of muscle, tendon, and joint injuries can respond to RIT. Some of the most common conditions treated by RIT include:
- Muscle, ligament, and tendon tears
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Post-surgical pain
3. There Are Multiple Types Of RIT
The three main types of RIT are prolotherapy, platelet rich plasma, and stem cell treatment. Prolotherapy involves injecting a concentrated glucose solution into the injured area. This causes inflammation, which stimulates the body’s natural healing process.
Platelet rich plasma treatment works by injecting the area with a tissue graft, which is made with your own platelets. Your doctor will draw your blood and place it in a centrifuge machine to create the graft. Because the graft contains a high concentration of your own platelets, it’s very effective for tissue repair.
Stem cell RIT uses stem cells to promote regeneration. One common form of this treatment is AmnioBoost, an injection of an amniotic fluid supplement. Amniotic fluid is a natural byproduct of birth and can be extracted during a C-section with no harm to the mother or baby. When injected during RIT stem cell therapy, it helps new, healthy cells grow.
4. RIT Works Even Years After The Injury Was Sustained
The duration of the pain, damage, or injury has no effect on how well RIT works. Even if you’ve had pain for decades after sustaining an injury, RIT can be successful.
5. RIT Is Very Safe
Like all injections, there is a slight risk of an infection when you have RIT. However, there are very few risks associated with RIT, especially when compared to other common treatments for muscle and joint pain. Some people experience pain for a few days after the injection, but it can usually be managed with over-the-counter painkillers.
Contact AZ-TMJ Today
To learn more about regenerative injection therapy call Dr. Farrell at AZ-TMJ. You don’t have to live with chronic joint or muscle pain. AZ-TMJ provides RIT and other treatments that relieve pain and heal injuries. Call Dr. Farrell for a consultation at 480-945-3629 today.