If you live with pain, would you rather endure the discomfort and long recovery time of surgery or find relief with a few small injections? For a growing number of people, injections containing regenerative cells are the ideal way to put off a risky, painful operation – or avoid it altogether. Regenerative medicine is a revolutionary alternative to pain management that helps the body heal itself naturally.
What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative cells are present in everyone’s body. Injury and age tax them, making them less effective for self-healing. Regenerative medicine injects concentrated doses of these healing agents directly into the site of injured, degraded, or missing tissue. The regenerative cells “communicate” with your body’s damaged cells to switch on their healing abilities and reinforce them.
What are Regenerative Cells?
There are several sources of regenerative cell therapy. You have likely heard of stem cells for pain management. These are typically harvested from a patient’s own fat or bone marrow. The first, adipose stem cells, are like a sponge for toxins the body absorbs over time. The second, bone marrow stem cells, are painful and difficult to harvest. Both use cells that have aged with your body and are not as plentiful as more youthful cells.
That is why we prefer to use regenerative cells derived from Wharton’s jelly. This substance is found in umbilical cords donated from healthy, consenting mothers during C-section births.
These regenerative cells have not yet differentiated into specific cell types, so they can assist any cell in any other body. These young cells are packed with cytokines, lipids, proteins, mesenchymal cells, and other healing components. They help heal injured tissue, bone, and cartilage quickly and naturally.
Platelet-rich plasma is another type of regenerative medicine our doctors use. It harnesses your body’s power to heal in a different way. It extracts the platelets in your own blood and directs them to the site of injured tissue. Because PRP is concentrated, it contains an abundance of growth factors that jump-starts your own platelets’ ability to heal. This cellular treatment has shown great value in treating many pain conditions.
Platelets are what prompt a cut to form a protective scab and heal injured skin. These cells are similarly successful in healing internal injuries, including muscle tears, such as a torn labrum, arthritis, joint injuries such as rotator cuff tears, sciatica, and other types of back pain. It can also be used to rejuvenate wrinkled skin.
PRP therapy involves drawing a small sample of the patient’s blood, putting it into a fast-spinning centrifuge to separate the components, and then injecting the platelets and plasma into the injured tissue. The injection helps your body restore muscles, joints, and other tissue to a pre-injured state.
You may be asking, are cellular treatments painful? For most people, PRP and regenerative cellular treatment cause no more discomfort than a routine injection, and have virtually no downtime. Compare that with the pain and long recovery time of surgery!
Regenerative medicine is considered a long-lasting, all-natural alternative to surgery for many types of conditions. Is it right for you? We invite you to discuss the facts with our doctors in Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas and see for yourself.