What Is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative Medicine is a hot topic right now. You hear about it on the news and on the internet. It is getting a lot of attention because, when done correctly, it works! As we age, our bodies often begin to degenerate. This degeneration manifests itself as conditions like arthritis (degenerative joint disease), conditions of the disc (degenerative disc disease), as well as just minor aches and pains caused by wear and tear. As your body ages, its ability to heal diminishes, and as a result, the rate of degeneration can accelerate. Regenerative medicine is designed to fight this process. The only way to combat degeneration is Regeneration.
Everyone that offers Regenerative medicine claims that their treatment is better than everyone else’s. Sadly, slick marketing doesn’t usually translate into better results for patients. Regenerative medicine is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. What separates great providers from everyone else is their ability to choose from the widest range of treatment options and customize a plan that works for your specific condition.
At ReNew Medical Center, we strive to be the best team in helping you get true relief from pain. To accomplish this mission, we offer a very wide range of options for treating degeneration (see below). We subscribe to the true-but-unpopular philosophy that there is no one magical cure. Every person heals differently. Different conditions have different needs. When you visit us at ReNew Medical Center, we first work with you to gain an in-depth understanding of your condition before making any recommendations. To learn more, watch this video:
Which areas can be treated with regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine treatments are beneficial for healing many types of bone and soft tissue problems, including arthritis. The injections help heal your:
How long does regenerative medicine take to work?
Because you are kickstarting your body into making new tissues, it does take some time for your regenerative medicine treatment to start working. Some patients report a dramatic reduction in their pain levels in as little as two months, while others experience improvement within a few weeks. It just depends on how quickly your body responds to the treatment.
Will I need more than one treatment with regenerative medicine?
Possibly, depending on how quickly you heal and the severity of your injury. If you don’t see any improvement after several months, or if you don’t notice significant improvement, our provider might suggest repeating the treatment, just to further boost healthy tissue growth. They can let you know what to expect during your consultation and assessment appointment.
Do the regenerative medicine injections hurt?
They are injections after all, so you may feel a bit of stinging, but only for a few seconds. Most patients describe a temporary burning sensation, although it doesn’t last long. If you’re sensitive to pain or are getting the injections in a sensitive area, your practitioner can apply a topical numbing cream. This type of cream decreases some of the stinging sensation from the injection and minimizes your discomfort
What is platelet-rich plasma?
Along with the liquid called plasma, your blood contains red cells, white cells, and platelets. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is obtained via a process called centrifugation that separates the red and white blood cells from the plasma, leaving behind a high concentration of platelets in the plasma.
Platelets are vital for clotting blood but also contain proteins called growth factors that are very important in the healing process. PRP contains as many as 10 times the normal concentration of platelets.
What is PRP therapy?
For PRP therapy, a sample of your blood is drawn and the platelet-rich plasma is separated out and placed in a syringe. The PRP is then injected into your injured area.
For joint damage, the treatment is also known as “prolotherapy,” or proliferation therapy, since the solution is injected very near or into the joint itself. The proteins in the PRP promote healing and regeneration of new tissue, which resolves the symptoms associated with the damage.
What conditions are treated with PRP therapy?
PRP therapy is a nonsurgical solution to healing injuries in joints, tendons, and other soft tissues. It’s also used in many cosmetic procedures to rejuvenate the skin. Plastic surgeons use it as well, to help speed the healing process following surgery.
PRP has also shown promise in helping speed up the recovery process after a fracture. It’s an effective therapy for numerous other musculoskeletal issues, including:
• Acute and chronic tendon injuries, such as tennis elbow
• Muscle and ligament injuries
• Degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis)
• Chronic and acute back pain due to injury or degenerative processes
What are the advantages of PRP therapy?
Rather than masking pain, PRP therapy actually enhances your body’s own natural ability to repair and regenerate damaged tissue. By introducing high concentrations of collagen and other natural growth factors into an injured area, PRP therapy resolves the underlying condition rather than just treating the symptoms. Side effects are limited to nonexistent with this treatment. There’s no risk of rejection because your own blood is used.
As a natural remedy with medically-proven effectiveness, PRP therapy coincides perfectly with the integrative medicine approach of treating your medical concerns with your body’s own restorative processes whenever possible.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of PRP therapy, call and book a consultation with our Nurse Practitioner for a consultation.
What Are Trigger Point Injections?
Trigger point injections are a pain relieving treatment based on trigger point therapy. It involves the injection of an anti-inflammatory compound and anesthetic to break up the small bits of scar tissue that build up in the muscles and cause chronic stiffness and pain. The injection of a small amount of fluid helps to relax the muscle and stimulate the body’s natural healing response. Trigger point injections are helpful to people who suffer from chronically stiff and painful necks and backs. They may find relief following a massage or chiropractic adjustment, but the tightness and achy muscles return within a few days. This is because the massage or other treatment merely relieved the symptoms without addressing the underlying cause of the muscle knots. The goal of trigger point injection treatment is to help relieve not only aching muscles and pain but to help the body to heal the underlying condition causing the pain.
Do Trigger Point Injections Hurt?
The injections are made with a very thin needle and include a small amount of lidocaine, which provides relief to the minor pinch associated with injections. Most patients report very little discomfort at all during treatment. However, since the purpose of the injection is to break down scar tissue and tightness within the muscle, some patients experience tenderness in the days following treatment as the achy muscles heal and the knots break up.
Will Additional Treatment Be Necessary?
In most cases, patients who have trigger point injections also benefit from postural correction and rehabilitation. A combination of treatments helps to address the pain, allow the muscles to heal and retrain the body to stay in correct postural alignment. Often muscle knots are caused by poor posture from sitting at a desk all day or looking down at a phone or tablet all day. If you suffer from a chronically stiff and sore neck or back, make an appointment with our providers at ReNew Medical Center.