Around 20% of Americans suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain can be caused by several things, such as neuropathy, inflammation, and muscular pain. Many people accept chronic pain as a part of their lives and manage it the best they can with conventional medicine.
But, there is light at the end of this tunnel. Recent innovations in healing therapies have meant that there may be a way to not only manage but heal your chronic pain. The answer is regenerative medicine. Let’s take a closer look.
What Is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine stepped into the orthopedic limelight in the late 90s. It offered a means of restoring parts of the body that had been damaged to their original function. You probably know it as stem-cell therapy or regenerative cellular therapy.
Regenerative medicine uses stem cells or platelets from healthy areas of your own body to help repair damaged areas such as:
- Broken bones
- The spine
As you can see, this type of cell therapy has the potential to help those who suffer from many different types of injuries and illnesses. Regenerative cell therapy can help those who suffer from arthritis or other types of inflammation, as well as individuals recovering from sporting injuries.
Different Types of Regenerative Medicine
There are three different types of regenerative medicine being used today:
- Stem cell treatments
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
Each therapy works slightly differently, so it’s important to consult with a physician to establish which of the four treatments is best for you.
Stem Cell Treatments
Stem cells are the raw material of the body. They do not have a specific purpose, but they can develop into a new cell type that performs a specific function.
Stem cells are collected from the patient’s body and then identified and separated using a centrifuge. This allows doctors to identify and capture the cells that will be used in regenerative cell therapy.
These cells are then injected directly into the damaged area of the body. Stem cell treatments are used to treat back pain by helping to regenerate damaged tissues in the spinal discs.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
The platelets that are found in plasma are used by the body to heal wounds and injuries. PRP uses the patient’s blood to form a more platelet-rich concentration which is then injected into the injured part of the body. PRP is mainly used with sporting injuries to speed up the healing process
Prolotherapy is used to treat injured connective tissues. Prolotherapy uses an injection to the site that needs treatment, such as the back, neck, knees, or hands.
This injection contains an irritant like a dextrose or saline solution which triggers the body’s healing response in that area. This tricks the body into growing new connective fibers that repair the previously damaged tissues.
The Rapid Advance of Healing Therapies
Healing therapies income a long way in a very short time. The breakthrough of stem cell therapy has led doctors and scientists to believe that there is no end to the potential of regenerative medicine.
We can already repair damaged parts of the body without the need for invasive and risky surgeries. Who knows what regenerative medicine will be capable of next?
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