Regenerative medicine is a rapidly growing field for natural pain and injury treatment alternative to risky, uncertain surgical procedures and potentially addictive and harmful medications. While there are many forms of regenerative medicine, we find that there are two treatment options being most commonly utilized due to their extreme success in healing injuries and relieving pain at its source: regenerative cell therapy and Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP).
Regenerative Cell Therapy
We are all born with a natural ability to quickly heal following an injury; however, as we age, the tissues that aid us in the process also age, making it a longer and more difficult road to recovery. Regenerative tissue therapy uses mesenchymal tissue because this tissue is rich in growth factors, peptides, and cytokines. It can help boost the body’s natural ability for healing and relieve pain long term.
This tissue is found in a substance known as Wharton’s jelly, which is found in the umbilical cords of newborn babies. While there has been some controversy surrounding the procedure, the truth is this is a highly monitored and safe process. When a mother plans a C-section birth and decides to donate, a rigorous screening process begins and only occurs from reputable tissue banks. Neither mother nor baby is harmed in the process.
Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) is another highly effective regenerative therapy. This process uses the patient’s blood to help heal and is a bit less complicated. The procedure typically takes place in the doctor’s office, where a small blood sample is drawn.
The sample is then run through a centrifuge, which separates the plasma from the rest of the blood. Once the plasma is collected, the platelets are extracted and injected back into the patient’s injury site. Platelets have growth factors that tell the cells to increase the rate of reproduction and repair.
Benefits of Regenerative Medicine Treatment
Many benefits are to be had from regenerative medicine, such as a higher rate of reduced inflammation, an increased immune system, and faster results for healing conditions such as:
- Joint pain
- Knee pain
- Back pain
- Disc problems
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shoulder pain
- Aging of the skin and tissue loss
- Memory loss
Whatever the cause of your pain, regenerative therapies prove that patients aren’t just limited to surgery or prescription medications for real and long-lasting pain relief. Of course, these things have their place in the medical field; however, surgery can cause its own slew of issues, often requiring extensive downtime and prolonged physical therapies. One of the most considerable downsides of having surgery is that it may not solve the problem. And prescription drugs can be addictive and cause worse side effects than the original problem.
Regenerative medicine is giving patients hope in a natural alternative while providing proven results for effective and long term results for relieving pain and healing injury. If regenerative medicine sounds like it may be right for you, call us today.