What is Regenerative Medicine?
Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. It indicates an injury, disease, or other problem that needs attention. While pain certainly serves an important purpose, chronic and severe pain can interfere with your life and lead to debility.
Of course, pain dissipates as tissues heal. The main way healing is accomplished is through cell proliferation or cellular reproduction. Regenerative medicine aids and accelerates this natural healing process by stimulating cell growth and increasing the supply of vital materials, such as blood and oxygen, to damaged areas.
Two prime examples of highly effective regenerative medicine therapies are stem cell and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments. Although research on such regenerative medicine procedures began over 50 years ago, the technology has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years and has finally reached the point where these beneficial therapies can be provided to patients. Premium Interventional Pain Management Center (PIPMC) in Houston, TX is proud to be able to offer these advanced treatments to our patients.
The fact is that pain can greatly decrease your quality of life and is the chief cause of disability in the US. Regenerative medicine offers hope for a rapid resolution of both acute and chronic pain. These treatments represent a minimally invasive solution for a range of problems including arthritis, soft tissue injuries and bone, connective tissue, and spinal issues.
Stem Cell Applications for Pain Relief
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that eventually become the specialized cells throughout your body – everything from bone marrow to nerve cells. A variety purposed cells “stem” from these remarkable cells. You’ve probably heard a lot about stem cells in embryos, but stem cells are also present in adults. Stem cells were first used in the 1960s in leukemia treatments, but thanks to research and modern technology stem cell therapy is now available to treat pain.
Pain-relieving stem cell treatments are mainly utilized for orthopedic issues, such as joint disease, hip problems, knee difficulties, and diseases and injuries of the spine. These cells stimulate cellular growth in connective tissues that are typically slow to heal on their own. It is important to note that such stem cell therapy does not use embryonic stem cells but rather your own adult stem cells.
The procedure is simple and minimally invasive. No surgery is involved. A small amount of blood is taken and then purified. The stem cells present in the blood are then concentrated and injected into the target area. Side effects are extremely minimal – just a slight soreness and maybe bruising. The recovery time is very brief and the procedure does not require general anesthesia.
Uses of Platelet Rich Plasma to Treat Pain
Another recently developed procedure, PRP treatment shares many features in common with stem cell therapy. Once again, the PRP used is from your own body. A small amount of blood, about the same volume needed for a standard laboratory test, is removed and then separated into its components. The concentrated platelets from your blood are mixed with some of your plasma and injected into injured or diseased areas.
PRP contains an enormous amount of growth factors and other compounds that stimulate healing. Although PRP therapy is also used in aesthetic procedures, it is truly ideal for patients suffering from pain. In fact, PRP therapy can help a number of joint and connective tissue issues like muscle strains, osteoarthritis, tendinitis, rotator cuff tears, inflammation of the joints, and problems with the elbows, knees, and Achilles tendons. Just like stem cell treatments, therapy using PRP has only mild side effects like potential bruising and soreness at the injection site.
Benefits of Regenerative Medicine
Modern regenerative therapies provide many benefits to patients suffering from pain and dysfunction. These include:
There are few side effects in general and no severe side effects reported.
Since your own blood is used, there is a low risk of infection.
Non-invasive with no surgery or general anesthesia needed.
Almost completely painless.
Rapid recovery time.
Quicker improvement in function and pain than many other procedures.
What Problems Can Regenerative Medicine Address?
Cutting edge regenerative medicine techniques can be used to treat a host of issues. A small portion of these are listed below.
Unlike rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis results from cartilage loss in a joint. Eventually, the condition can worsen to the point that there is bone-on-bone contact and grinding with no cartilage left to serve as a buffer. Advanced osteoarthritis leads to stiff and painful movement.
Traditional treatments only succeed in dulling pain without getting to the cause of the problem. However, stem cell therapy can stimulate cartilage growth, leading to a resolution of your issues.
Almost every motor and sensory nerve travels through the spine. Spinal issues can therefore cause extreme pain and dysfunction. After conservative methods are exhausted, historically the only remaining option has been surgery. Regenerative medicine offers a new choice and can be used to effectively treat spinal problems such as compression fractures, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, spondylolisthesis, and spinal stenosis. Furthermore, relief from pain referred from the spine in the form of lumbar (sciatica) and cervical radiculopathy can also be achieved from regenerative medicine treatments. This may even allow you to avoid surgery.
Pain after Back Surgery
It’s an unfortunate fact that even surgical procedures are unable to relieve some patients’ pain. This doesn’t necessarily result from a poor surgical technique, but rather lingering pain can be caused by reinjury, incomplete healing, scar tissue formation, or infection. If you still have not managed to find relief after back surgery, regenerative medical treatments may be able to help you find the peace you’re looking for.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the fascia, a type of connective tissue, along the soles of the feet. It can be an extremely painful condition and often makes walking difficult. Regenerative medicine techniques can provide relief by promoting healing of both the plantar fascia and the foot tendon tears that often accompany this condition.
Why You Should Choose PIPMC for Your Regenerative Medicine Therapy
Although regenerative medicine offers incredible benefits, these advanced therapies must be performed by specially trained, experienced doctors. At PIPMC in Houston, TX, we are at the forefront of regenerative medical therapy. Here are some further reasons to select PIPMC as your regenerative medicine provider:
Our entire staff provides only caring, compassionate, and empathetic service. We are dedicated to meeting your needs and expectations.
Oftentimes, our patients have pain resulting from an accident. We understand this and will work with any attorney you choose to handle your legal case.
We want you to be able to obtain the treatment you need. We provide transportation to appointments for our patients who are unable to travel on their own.
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It’s very possible for your painful injury or disease to worsen if left untreated. Let us help you start feeling better now. Contact us right away!