Learn How a Combination of PRP & Stem Cell Therapy Can Relieve Chronic Pain
We have discussed Prolotherapy, a form of injection healing, extensively in the past. Prolotherapy stimulates the body to repair damaged ligaments and tendons. This therapy can make invasive surgery irrelevant. But what happens if the body lacks the tools necessary to do the repairs with prolotherapy alone? These cases are where Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) and Stem Cell Therapy come into play. These treatments can be helpful in treating chronic pain and damaged bone and tissue.
Weak ligaments and tendons cause the majority of the pain and damage related to joints. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a safe and effective method used to heal damaged bone and soft tissue. Patients rave about how this treatment alleviates chronic pain. The exciting part of Platelet-Rich Plasma is that it uses your own blood to repair your body. The treatment involves taking a small sample of blood from the patient. Next, a centrifuge spins the sample to concentrate and separate the different parts. The result is platelets and plasma becoming isolated from white and red blood cells.
This concentration of platelets and plasma is injected into the injured area. In the body, this potent serum heals chronic pain by repairing damaged tissue. By rebuilding surrounding tissue, this treatment cures the cause of chronic pain. Platelets are essential because they contain growth factors and proteins. Both of these substances are imperative for repairing and regenerating tissue.
PRP treatments can treat chronic pain more quickly than prolotherapy treatments alone. By using the patient’s blood, the treatment encourages the growth of cells in the injected areas. Paired with prolotherapy, treatments combining PRP or Stem Cell Therapy produce life-changing results.
In some cases, a situation called “cellular depletion” may occur. Most often these cases involve old injuries and degenerative diseases. Cellular depletion is a term for the body losing its ability to repair cells on its own. When available healing sources fail, even a patient’s platelets and plasma fail. In cases like these, Stem Cell Therapy can deliver everything the body needs to heal itself.
The primary function of stem cells is the maintenance and repair of tissue. Stem cells contain all the information for every cell in your body. Doctors and researchers have theorized on the many uses of stem cells for years. Now, this treatment for chronic pain is available right from American Regenerative Clinic. While this treatment is currently awaiting FDA approval, it falls under approved practices. For more information on this, please visit our FAQ page.
Stem cells, once injected into the injured area, activate and get to work healing the body. These healer cells enhance the natural function of cell growth in your body. The treatment begins by removing stem cells from the fatty tissue or bone marrow. The cells are then injected into the injured area and quickly get to work.
Are There Risks? Drawing the patient’s blood or stem cells make these somewhat more invasive procedures. At American Regenerative Clinic, we use the least invasive methods for these procedures. Patients walk out of the office within 3 hours of treatment.
The side effects of these procedures are minimal. Minor pain and irritation at the injection site were the most frequently reported. Using the patient’s stem or blood cells lowers the change of immune system rejection. Extensive research is ongoing worldwide in the use of adult stem cells. In all the studies so far, there have been no reports of serious adverse events in the use of stem cells.
More information on Stem Cell Therapy and PRP are available in the links below. Call the American Regenerative Clinic for customized options to treat your chronic pain. Let us help you overcome your injury and get back to living a healthy, active life. Set up your appointment today and stop your chronic pain in its tracks.