What’s your time worth?

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Time is more valuable than money.  You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.   Jim Rohn

Regenerative medicine treatments are not covered by healthcare insurance.  The decision to have the treatment is not just a clinical question, but also financial.  Insurance plans do not cover regenerative medicine treatments, because they are still considered experimental by the FDA.  There are numerous published articles and studies proving its efficacy in musculoskeletal conditions, but currently, standardization of procedures and practices are still not established. Like any surgical procedure the treatment also require some downtime for healing and restrictions with activities.  This also equates to opportunity lost from work limitations.  With all these negative aspects circling around regenerative medicine, the cost of entry can be high.

Most of my patients find me and my practice through referrals from friends and family of previously treated patients.  They have the all too familiar story of injuries sustained over time.   I’ll use osteoarthritis of the knee, which is a degeneration of the knee joint from overuse or trauma, as an example.  The conventional medicine algorithm goes:  Rest, heat, and ice, and over the counter medications.  When that fails, they are referred to a therapist to help mobilize the joint and reduce inflammation.  After that, they are referred to either an Orthopedic surgeon or a Physiatrist for injections with steroids or hyaluronidase.  This can continue indefinitely, since steroid and hyaluronidase injections are temporary symptom relieving treatments.  Following this treatment path can take months to years, depending on the timing with schedules and visits.  The reward for your patience is either a surgical solution, such as a knee replacement, or just learning to deal with the pain.  All the while, you’ve missed the opportunity to take a walk in the park with your spouse, play ball with your grandchildren, play golf with your friends, or hike that trail.

Regenerative medicine allows you to break free from this algorithm.  The goal of Michigan Regenerative Joint and Spine is to enhance your body’s innate ability to heal.   By addressing the structures that are dysfunctional, the positive effects are not limited to weeks or months, but rather, years.  Furthermore, it gives you another option outside of surgery and just living with it.  In essence, you are buying time.  Time to enjoy with the people you cherish and time to experience living.  I ask you again, what is your time worth?

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