What is regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine is one of today’s most promising fields in pain treatment. By using stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma injections, damaged or diseased tissue can be repaired, replaced, or reprogramed, or renewed.
These treatments usually take less than an hour and do not have the risks of anesthesia or require a hospital stay like a surgery. Patients usually begin to experience improvement within 4 to 6 weeks, and most will continue to see improvement for up to six months.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections (PRP)
The patient’s own blood is used for the PRP injection, offering minimal risk of transmissible infection and little risk of an allergic reaction. The goal of PRP therapy is to relieve pain through natural healing.
PRP therapy is generally used to treat conditions such as osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, hip, spine, rotator cuff tears, ACL injury, back and neck injuries, and ligament sprains. Rapidly emerging as one of the best treatments for arthritis and other degenerative conditions, Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injection therapy supplies the body with natural healing powers to an array of musculoskeletal conditions.
This outpatient procedure is done by drawing a small sample of the patient’s blood, and placing it into a centrifuge. The platelets separate in the centrifuge creating a concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP), which is then injected into the area of the body that is injured. The dispersing of the platelets strengthens surrounding tissues, muscles, and ligaments, and the healing process begins.
Regenerative therapy works best for conditions including:
- Back pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendon injury
- ACL injuries
- Rotator cuff tears
Stem Cell Therapy at Southwest
This innovative treatment uses the body’s stem cells to repair and regenerate damaged tissue to help relieve chronic pain. When these cells are administered to areas of pain, they produce more cells, promoting healing and tissue repair. While this treatment is still in its early stages of research and application, the pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center have seen success in relieving pain and increasing function and mobility for their patients.
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