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One of the top five reasons people go to the doctor is for musculoskeletal pain

One of the top five reasons people go to the doctor is for musculoskeletal pain

One of the top five reasons people go to the doctor is for musculoskeletal pain, including joint disorders, osteoarthritis and/or injury. According to WebMD, the top prescribed medication for pain is Acetaminophen and NSAIDs. However, these medications in large doses can have harmful side effects.

Working in an orthopedic office I see this on a regular basis. I cannot count how many times a patient has come into the clinic complaining of arthritic type pain and stating that their only option was pain medication. If taken in excess those pain medications can cause liver and kidney damage, or ulcers without much pain relief.

There is an alternative treatment option for pain relief, without harmful side effects, called peptides. Peptides are naturally occurring in our bodies and bind only to the specific receptors for which they are intended. Peptides are short chains of amino acids that are linked together by peptide bonds and the building blocks of proteins. The peptides bind to specific cell receptors to send signals to prevent pain relief, improve muscle recovery, and weight loss with many other benefits to the body. For these reasons and more, they are very safe and well tolerated.

One of the most common peptides to assist in pain relief and healing is BPC-157 or body protection compound. Pentadecapeptide BPC-157 is composed of 15 amino acids, which are made from a partial sequence extracted from human gastric juice. It has been shown to help accelerate wound healing, and repair injured or damaged tendons and ligaments. BPC-157 aides in tissue repair by increasing blood flow to damaged areas, improves collagen production and decreases inflammation.

Studies have shown that BPC-157 is a possible alternative to NSAIDs because it does not have harmful side effects, thus making it very safe and nontoxic.

There are multiple ways to take BPC-157, including subcutaneous injections daily or oral capsules. However, when it comes to joint pain relief, it can be injected directly into the joint with prolotherapy or platelet rich plasma (PRP) to help stimulate healing.

For more information regarding BPC-157 and to discuss if peptide treatment is right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Joelle Fox at Desert Orthopedic Specialists.