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Regenerative medicine mimics the process your body uses when it heals a cut, scrape, or injury, but does it faster and more completely. The body's own healing process works well for small injuries, such as a paper cut, but it can fail in larger injuries such as a rotator cuff tear. This is because the body's healing process has a time limit and stops short of completely repairing a large injury. Our body's healing process is faster when we are younger and slows as we age. That is why regenerative medicine can help to assist our body's natural healing processes to finish what it started.
If you are interested in regenerative medicine, contact the experts at Southwest Pain Management. We will decide together which regenerative option is the best for you.
Traditional steroid injections have been used to treat pain for over 50 years. The steroid is deposited at the target site, thus reducing inflammation that causes pain. Steroids do not heal damaged tissue such as tendon tears, loss of collagen, and ligament looseness, however. Most types of tissue can be healed including some types of nerve damage. Injuries such as rotator cuff tears, biceps tendon tears, Achilles tendon tears, as well as arthritic changes in knees may be helped by regenerative medicine treatments. What is interesting is that PRP, amnion, and stem cells all decrease inflammation by modulating and controlling the response of the immune system rather than inhibiting the response like NSAID's and steroids do.
Regenerative medicine can restart the healing process even long after your body has forgotten about the injury. There are several regenerative products available:
1) The simplest and oldest is Dextrose solution for prolotherapy. Dextrose is a mild irritant that is injected near the injured area. The irritation recruits stem cell once again in an attempt to repair injured tissue by laying down collagen. Tendons and ligaments become thickened and tightened making them stronger than before, similar to how broken bones become thicker and stronger at the break point after a fracture.
2) A better version of prolotherapy is achieved with platelet rich plasma or PRP. PRP is made from your own blood right in our office.
3) Amnion, a commercially prepared product, is made from the amniotic sac tissue and is cleaned and screened. It contains about 1000 times more growth factors than PRP.
4) Exosomes, a commercially prepared product, are similarly made from amniotic sac tissue. This is more useful for those over 45 years old. This is because exosomes help improve the communication network that tends to fail as we get older. This network mobilizes your stem cells while the proteins in the exosomes are released including growth factors and healing proteins.
5) Alpha-2-macroglobulin is a large protein that is also made from your own blood. This product doesn’t regenerate tissue but is deactivates the proteases in joint fluid that can eat away at your cartilage. These effects can last for up to 3 months. It can create a perfect environment in the joint in which to inject stem cells.
6) For those under 45 years old, mesenchymal stem cells that can be harvested from your bone marrow. Stem cells are taken from the back of your pelvic bone. Instead of waiting for stem cells to come to the area of injury, your own stem cells are directly injected into that area. Wharton's jelly is a commercially prepared young umbilical stem cell product that can be used for patients older than 45 years old.
The team at Southwest Pain Management uses only your own adult stem cells harvested from your own bone marrow or commercially prepared products. We never use any embryonic stem cells or any product created from aborted fetuses.
If you are interested in regenerative medicine, contact the experts at Southwest Pain Management. We will decide together which of these options is the best one for you and your injury.
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is one of the most well-established forms of regenerative medicine, providing effective relief when used to manage soft tissue injuries and causes of chronic pain. The interventional pain management team at Southwest Pain Management in Irving, Texas, specializes in using PRP and other forms of regenerative medicine to treat patients who have chronic pain problems and slow-healing tissue damage. Call today to find out how PRP could help you or book an appointment online.
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, one of a group of relatively new types of treatments called regenerative medicine. PRP uses platelets extracted from your blood.
Regenerative medicine techniques use products derived from your own blood or tissues, or in some cases donors, which are then refined and concentrated before being injected into damaged tissues to promote healing and new tissue growth.
Platelets are probably best known for their ability to form blood clots at the site of an injury, but they also perform an essential function in the healing process as well.
Platelets are a rich source of growth factors, which stimulate healing and tissue growth. Your provider at Southwest Pain Management takes some of your blood and concentrates the platelets using a centrifuge, which separates the platelets from the other parts of your blood.
We then inject the concentrated platelet solution into the damaged area, using ultrasound guidance to deliver the PRP to the central point of the damaged area.
The growth factors in the platelets immediately begin the process of stimulating new tissue growth, replacing the old, injured tissue with healthy new cells.
As well as being an effective treatment for many causes of chronic pain, PRP is also one of the safest treatments that you can have since it’s made from your own blood. In this way, there’s no risk of your body rejecting the PRP or of it causing any adverse reactions.
Researchers haven’t yet discovered all the potential applications for PRP and other forms of regenerative medicine. At Southwest Pain Management, patients report experiencing improvement in symptoms following PRP injections for conditions such as:
You won’t instantly feel better after a PRP injection, as it takes time for the growth factors in the platelets to begin to work. After a few weeks, you might start to notice an improvement, which then continues over the following months.
Typically, patients find optimal results from having a series of PRP injections. The repairs are usually permanent.
To find out more about PRP and other forms of regenerative medicine available at Southwest Pain Management, call today or book an appointment online.