Treating Chronic Pain With Regenerative MedicineJanuary 2, 2020
If you have recently started experiencing chronic pain from an injury, you might feel as if your options for managing it are masking the pain with medication, or spending weeks recovering from surgery—which might not even work. While pain medication and surgery have their uses in certain treatment plans, they shouldn’t be used as a one-size-fits-all solution.
Afterall, there are more conservative treatment options that aren’t nearly as invasive as surgery, and get to the root of the problem, unlike medication. In fact, an increasingly-popular option for treating chronic pain is none other than regenerative medical protocols, such as platelet-rich plasma or autologous stem cell therapy.
Before we get to those options, let’s talk about regenerative medicine.
What Is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine is a field of medicine that utilizes the body’s built-in healing mechanisms to promote more natural, less invasive healing procedures. Regenerative medicine has become more popular because a growing number of people with injuries don’t want to undergo surgery to manage their pain. Not just because these procedures are invasive in nature, but surgery wait lists have never been longer, and the recovery time for surgery is much longer.
If you have any one of the following conditions, regenerative medicine could be an effective part of your treatment plan.
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
What Types of Regenerative Medicine Are Available?
Two of the most popular regenerative medicine procedures available are platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and autologous stem cells.
Platelet-rich plasma uses a small amount of the patient’s own blood to help heal their injuries. Their blood is extracted, separated and concentrated for its growth factors and plasma. Then, it is reinserted into the target area of the body for healing.
As mentioned earlier, PRP is sourced from the patients’ blood. In fact, the plasma referred to is actually your whole blood—the stuff that comes out of your skin when you cut yourself. Plasma is a mixture of platelets, white blood cells, and red blood cells. The platelets are what clots and helps to stop the bleeding. Without these platelets, you would continue to bleed, which, of course, is not ideal.
Before a treatment can begin, blood is drawn from the patient’s body. This prevents any potential contamination or other issues. Since it’s your own blood, you are less likely to have a reaction or reject the treatment. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge and spun in order to concentrate the platelets into a form that can be used.
Doing this stimulates them in a way that makes them more likely to heal you. When the platelets are activated, they are more likely to do what they are supposed to, which is to improve your appearance or be used as a part of a stem cell treatment.
Stem cell therapy is completely safe as we are using what your body naturally produces, concentrating the desired critical components and transplanting them into the affected area for effective tissue regeneration and healing. There is no risk of rejection and very minimal overall procedural risk.
As opposed to the blood used in PRP, bone marrow is the source of these autologous, natural healing cells. With the ability to regenerate into any tissue type, these are the most basic components and cellular building blocks.
Often, our bodies can not accumulate enough stem cells into the affected or injured area, thus limiting the healing process from fully repairing the damaged tissue. By utilizing your own new adult stem cells and introducing a concentrated amount into an area of injury, we promote recruitment of even further stem cells and complete healing, growth, and regeneration of the needed tissue directly.
By avoiding high risk, aggressive surgical options and utilizing cellular therapy allows for very minimal or no down time. The repair process generally takes two to three months to complete, but improvement can be noticed in most cases before then.
The Benefits Of Regenerative Medicine For Chronic Pain
One of the biggest reasons for stem cell therapy over other pain relief methods is its non-invasive nature. There’s no anaesthesia, no operating room, and no extended downtime after the procedure.
With stem cell therapy, you are able to have your procedure handled in an outpatient setting and you are free to simply walk out of the clinic immediately afterwards. Regenerative medicine such as stem cells and platelet rich plasma has the ability to work with ligament injuries, back pain, joint pain, and even weakness in the muscles and joints. This is only scratching the surface of what stem cells can offer, and the potential is limitless.
Stem cell therapy can also help you manage pain by getting rid of the pain altogether. Patients suffering from pain can be at risk of depending too heavily on regular medication to relieve the pain. However, this only works with the pain sensations and does not do anything to tackle the causes of the pain. This is what separates it from regenerative medicine, which will use stem cells to regenerate into the damaged tissue or other cells in order to help heal the affected area of the body.
Avoid surgery and its many complications and risks
Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure. The stem cells are harvested from the patient’s bone marrow from the iliac crest (pelvis).
Minimal post-procedural recovery time
One of the most time consuming factors of any injury is not always the treatment itself, but actually the recovery time. With stem cell therapy, recovery time is minimal.
No use of general anesthesia
Do you not like the way general anesthesia makes your feel? Or do you simply get anxious at the thought of being put under? Stem cell therapy may be just what you need as it does not require the use of general anesthesia.
No risk of rejection
Due to using biologics extracted from the patient, there is no risk of rejection.
No Disease Transmission
As the cells originate within your own body, there is no risk of spreading disease from or to another person.
Explore Your Options For Stem Cell Treatment
At Regenesis Stem Cell Center, we are the experts in regenerative medical procedures to give you back your quality of life. Contact us today to book a consultation!