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Regenerative Medicine and How It Works

Regenerative medicine is a branch of medicine that stimulates the body’s natural healing process. Clifton regenerative medicine uses techniques like stem cell injections and platelet-rich plasma injections to regenerate damaged tissues in your body. The treatment plan is highly-effective for pain management and a good alternative to surgery.

What issues can regenerative medicine address?

If you have chronic pain, especially at joints like the hips, shoulders, or knees, your specialist can recommend target area injections to ease your pain. Other people who can benefit from regenerative medicine include athletes who can get sports injuries like muscle strains and sprains.

How does regenerative medicine work?

There are two primary types of regenerative medicine; platelet-rich plasma injections and stem-cell injections.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy

PRP therapy involves using a platelet-concentrated solution to stimulate your body to produce healthy cells to heal damaged tissues. Your specialist will inject the affected area with the solution, and then you will wait for your body to start the new cell production. It might take a few weeks to months for your symptoms to reduce.

During the treatment, your specialist will draw a sample of blood from your arm. Then they will prepare it in a centrifuge, separating platelets from the red blood cells. They will inject the platelets into the affected area using a syringe.

Stem-cell injections  

There are two main sources of stem cells in your body: bone marrow and adipose or fatty tissue. Your doctor might perform a minimally invasive surgical technique to harvest the adipose tissue or bone marrow through an incision in your abdomen. Once the harvesting is complete, they will put the tissues in a centrifuge to separate them and get the stem cells.

During treatment, your specialist might apply a local anesthetic to the treatment area to ease your discomfort. Next, they will inject the stem cells into the affected area. They might use ultrasound during the procedure to guide them.

Benefits of regenerative medicine

Regenerative medicine can eliminate the possibility of having surgery. If you have chronic pain in the knees or shoulders, you might think surgery is your only way out. However, stem-cell injection and PRP therapy can relieve pain without going under the knife.

Unlike surgery and other treatment options, regenerative medicine requires minimal to zero downtime. Regenerative medicine does not need you to take time off from your daily routine, but resting on the treatment day can help you relax as you resume your duties the next day.

How long do the results last?

Your results can last several months or years, depending on your condition and treatment. If and when the pain comes back, you can talk to your doctor about another treatment to maintain your pain-free lifestyle.

If you have joint pain due to repetitive strain or injury or don’t want surgery, visit Garden State Pain & Orthopedics for regenerative medicine. Your pain specialist can offer customized treatment depending on your condition and its symptoms. Call or book an appointment online and improve the quality of your life.