There’s a simple reason why regenerative medicine can help you feel restored. It’s because regenerative treatments regrow and rebuild your tissues, so you are quite literally revitalized. Of course, how that happens is a more complex story. At Florida Pain Medicine, we specialize in regenerative medicine, so let’s talk about how it works, the conditions it can help heal, and the ways it will help you feel restored.
Regenerative medicine defined
Regenerative medicine is one of today’s most exciting and rapidly evolving fields of medicine. The practice of regenerative medicine is based on your body’s natural ability to heal.
Thanks to technological and scientific advances, we can extract the cells and biochemicals in your body that regenerate tissues, concentrate them, and inject them back into your body. We use these treatments to relieve pain and heal injured and diseased tissues.
Meet the cells that restore your body
Two types of cells are at the heart of regenerative medicine: stem cells and platelets.
Stem cells do a great job of making you feel restored by regenerating new cells to replace old and damaged tissues. The adult stem cells in your body have the astounding ability to continuously self-replicate and create a new cell that can develop into many different types of cells.
Adult stem cells may go dormant if they’re not needed, then immediately get back into action as soon as they get the message that you need tissues regenerated. In short, they’re essential for keeping you healthy and strong.
Although stem cells live in many parts of your body, we currently have the technology to harvest them from your bone marrow and body fat. After extracting bone marrow or using liposuction to remove fat, we remove and process the stem cells so they’re ready to be used in an injection.
We inject the stem cells directly at the site of your damaged tissues, and they go to work, regenerating the cells needed to build new blood vessels, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, fat, collagen, skin, bone, and other tissues.
Platelets are natural components of your blood and rich sources of proteins called growth factors. When you suffer an injury, platelets migrate to the area and release their growth factors.
Growth factors are essential for healing, a job they accomplish by recruiting stem cells to the area, protecting healthy tissues, and accelerating the regeneration of new tissues.
We inject platelets using platelet-rich plasma (PRP). To do that, we draw a sample of your blood and place it in a centrifuge. The centrifuge separates platelets and plasma from the rest of the blood cells, giving us PRP for an injection to restore your body.
Health problems restored by regenerative medicine
Stem cell therapy and PRP injections are highly valued in the field of orthopedics, where they’re used to treat tendons, ligaments, muscles, bones, and joints affected by injuries, inflammation, and degenerative disease like osteoarthritis. Regenerative treatments effectively restore hair loss, diminish wrinkles when used in facials, and treat slow-healing wounds.
Since stem cells and PRP reduce inflammation, accelerate healing, prevent scar tissue, and rebuild tissues, they’re an exceptional option for relieving pain caused by many different conditions, including chronic low back pain and neuropathy.
When you’re tired of injuries that are slow to heal or ongoing pain that resists treatment, it’s time to talk with us about regenerative medicine and its potential to help you feel revitalized. Call Florida Pain Medicine, or request an appointment online.