Regenerative medicine includes therapies that help the body to heal itself, or to heal trauma by encouraging its natural healing abilities to work in synergy with other treatments. Regenerative medicine can be an alternative to invasive surgery or to prescription pain medication. It can provide a way for people to heal from injuries, improve mobility, or reduce chronic pain.
BackFit Health + Spine uses two types of regenerative medicine, depending upon your needs. Stem cell therapy uses adult, undifferentiated stem cells which are processed in the doctor’s office. The cells are then injected into an area where healing is desired. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a similar type of regenerative medicine. This technique uses plasma, the liquid part of your blood, along with platelets, which contribute to blood clotting and contain growth factors — proteins that can also promote your body’s ability to heal.
What conditions can regenerative medicine benefit?
Back pain and injuries: According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 80 percent of people suffer back pain or injuries at some time in their lives. Stem cell therapy and PRP could help to reduce back pain or help your back to heal from an injury.
Tendonitis or acute tendon injuries: Research has begun to show that stem cell therapy can benefit acute tendon injuries and tendonitis. Stem cells and PRP could help to reduce inflammation and encourage healthy tissue healing in your tendons.
Arthritis: PRP therapy and stem cell therapy could benefit osteoarthritis and other types of arthritis. They may be able to restore mobility and reduce chronic pain due to arthritic conditions and inflammation in your joints.
Sports injuries: Athletes including Tiger Woods have successfully used PRP to heal injuries and speed recovery. Because regenerative medicine’s goal is encouraging your body’s own healing abilities, stem cell therapy or PRP could be alternatives to invasive surgery.
Chronic pain: Conditions causing chronic pain may benefit from regenerative medicine, including neck pain, muscle pain, and joint pain. Recurring pain including knee pain and hip pain may also benefit.
If you are interested in helping your body to heal without invasive surgery, regenerative medicine could be right for you. If you have chronic pain, regenerative medicine could help to reduce it. Disc injuries, joint injuries, tendon injuries or chronic pain resulting from degenerative conditions could all benefit from stem cell therapy or PRP. Regenerative medicine uses your own stem cells and/or platelets to promote healing.
Backfit Health + Spine specializes in non-invasive alternatives to healing injuries and pain management. We want to set you up for success in improving your current condition as well as reducing the likelihood that you’ll suffer pain or illness in the future. Contact us to schedule an appointment.