Regenerative medicine deals with the process of replacing, engineering or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function. This is a game-changing area of medicine with the potential to fully heal damaged tissues and organs, offering solutions and hope for people who have conditions that today are beyond repair.
Regenerative medicine therapy’s primary goal is to replace damaged, diseased, degenerating, or aging tissue with new tissue. We use your very own cells to naturally repair and regenerate the affected tissues to reverse the damage. Powerful cells in your bone marrow called Mesenchymal Stem Cells can change and grow into new muscle, tendon, ligament, bone and even cartilage when called upon by the body. Growth factors provided by the platelets in your blood further stimulate and enhance this process.
Regenerative Medicine for Pain Management
Regenerative medicine program is a fast-growing, highly-developed technology that is increasingly being used to manage conditions such as chronic and acute pain. It is a viable alternative for those who are suffering from chronic and acute tendon, ligament and muscle injuries. These treatments help the body heal or rebuild itself.
Kinds of regenerative treatments and medicine used for chronic and acute pain:
Stem Cells For Therapy- First kind of regenerative treatment and medicine. Stem cells naturally renew themselves through cell division and transform into a very broad spectrum of various kinds of body tissue. Stem cells reside in many sites throughout the human body, including the skin, bone marrow, blood (placental and peripheral), and tissue (placental and adipose).
We use stem cell treatment to treat many recurrent pain ailments. Usually, regenerative treatments and medicine involves taking out someone’s stem cells and additional, complimentary cells from stem-cell-rich sites on the body, then purifying, concentrating, and injecting the ingredients to create a precisely-mixed extract into the injured or weakened tissue. Stem cell therapy as regenerative treatments and medicine for pain has been effective for people with low back or neck pain caused by degenerative vertebral discs or joint pain in the shoulders, hips, or knees caused by osteoarthritis.
Stem cell therapy has potential to help people recover in a short period of time, avoid surgery,and help avoid the side effects that come with surgery.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)- A therapy that targets a host of assorted recurrent pain conditions that are chronic and acute, such as muscle strain, arthritis, arthrofibrosis, tendonosis, muscle fibrosis, meniscal injury, defects in the articular cartilage, chronic synovitis and joint inflammation, as well as for orthopedic and plastic surgery, sports medicine, and wound care. Furthermore, this fluid has a very high growth factor (up to three to five times greater). More specifically, synthesizing platelets and releasing proteins can aid in the underpinning procedures in creating new tissue. Its highly potent growth factor makes plasma that is platelet-rich promising for having a regenerative effect on damaged tissue. Many famous athletes, including Kobe Bryant, Brian Urlacher, David Ortiz, and Tiger Woods, have benefited from the use of PRP therapy.
Research suggests that therapy using plasma that is platelet-rich can improve cell proliferation, collagen production, gene expression, and matrix synthesis.
These are the benefits for considering regenerative therapies:
Same-day procedure:Most procedures are performed in less than an hour. Many patients are able to return to their regular routines the next day.
Reduce the necessity for major surgery.The goal of regenerative therapy is to heal injured tissue and not just alleviate pain temporarily. Regenerative therapies may reduce or eliminate the need for surgery by treating injured tissues before the damage progresses further.
Pain relief and healing for common back, joint and connective tissue injuries.Regenerative medicine therapy has been proven to accelerate healing for osteoarthritis, ligament injuries, rotator cuff tears, tennis and golfer’s elbow, tendonitis and tendon-related injuries and plantar fasciitis. These therapies are also proven beneficial to treat osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, hip and spine. Although recovery times vary, improvement in pain and mobility occur within 4 to 6 weeks after treatment. Patients may continue to see improvement in pain and mobility for up to 12 months.
Regenerative treatments and medicine might be appropriate for you, depending on your specific case.
Ronak D. Patel, MD is one of the specialty-trained regenerative medicine doctors and strives to be at the forefront in providing cutting edge pain management and regenerative medicine options. To arrange for a private consultation with Dr. Patel on the uses of regenerative medicine, call and schedule an appointment at (609) 269-4451.