Regenerative Medicine is the process of replacing human cells and tissues to restore normal function. This exciting new area of medicine may change the way Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation doctors treat and manage pain.
Types of Regenerative Medicine
The following are two common types of regenerative medicine:
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy or PRP is a blood product created from your own blood that can possibly speed healing, reduce inflammation, lower pain, and in some cases prevent surgery.
Platelets are the component of blood that aids in clotting and wound healing. The Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy process separates the platelets in a centrifuge in a concentrated form which is then introduced back into targeted location of the body.
Because the patient is injected only with concentrate from their own blood, platelet-rich therapy is safe avoiding the possibility of donor rejection.
A partial list of Conditions and Disorders Platelet-Rich Therapy may benefit from include:
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Nerve Pain
- Knee pain
- Shoulder pain
- Hip pain
Stem Cell Therapy uses stem cells derived from bone marrow blood cells or fat tissue to repair and replace chronically painful or injured tissues including cartilage, ligaments, muscles, and tendons.
Stem Cell Therapy works by supplying building blocks to help rebuild tissues in the body. Additionally, stem cell injectate contains cytokines, a type of immune system cell that helps fight off inflammation and pain and swelling caused by this inflammation.
A partial list of Conditions and Disorders Stem Cell Therapy may benefit from include:
- Lumbar radiculopathy
- Lumbar facet syndrome
- Cervical radiculopathy
- Cervical facet syndrome
- Myofascial pain
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL tear)
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Patellar Tendon Tear
- Cartilage Tears
- Ligament Tears
What is the Future of Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative Medicine treatments are considered new and research is ongoing. Because of this, it is likely insurance will not cover these types of injections. In addition, stem cell therapy is only allowed in clinical trials. Regenerative medicine is an area for potential patients to keep their eye on as there have been proven benefits and in some cases have the ability to help where other treatments have failed.
Regenerative Medicine Doctors in Plano, Texas
To learn more about regenerative medicine as well as other treatment options, please call Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care at (972) 596-1059.