If you like the idea of your body repairing itself from the inside out, you may be interested in regenerative medicine. The pain specialists at Washington Center for Pain Management in Bellevue, Washington, offer stem cell and platelet-rich plasma treatments to help your body heal itself. To look into regenerative treatment for a musculoskeletal injury, contact the practice by phone or request an appointment online today.
Regenerative medicine is a branch of medicine that focuses on repairing or replacing tissues or cells that have been damaged. The premise of regenerative medicine is that by using components from your own body, you can stimulate the body to heal itself with fewer side effects than surgery.
Regenerative medicine encompasses transplant techniques, stem cell therapy, and various graft procedures. The providers at Washington Center for Pain Management focus primarily on stem cell and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to address pain.
Stem cell and PRP therapies are the most popular, accessible forms of regenerative medicine for pain management.
Regenerative stem cells are abundant in bone marrow. Your doctor extracts marrow from your hip with a minimally invasive procedure and separates the regenerative cells from the other components to prepare bone marrow concentrate (BMC).
Then your specialist injects the BMC into the injured area. The regenerative cells from your marrow are undifferentiated, which means they can become the type of cells your body needs for repair. The cells stimulate the rebuilding process to speed healing.
PRP therapy involves drawing some of your blood and spinning it in a centrifuge to extract the platelets and create platelet-rich plasma. Your provider then injects the PRP into the damaged or injured area.
PRP is rich in growth factors that stimulate healing in those damaged areas. These growth factors and other healing proteins signal the immune system to come in and remove damaged cells and rebuild new tissues.
Stem cell and PRP therapies are particularly effective for lower back, radicular, facet joint, and sacroiliac pain. The pain specialists at the center may also incorporate stem cell and PRP therapies to treat the following conditions:
The providers at Washington Center for Pain Management let you know if they think you’d benefit from PRP and stem cell therapies. If you’d like to know if you’re a good candidate for regenerative therapies, contact the center by phone or request an appointment online for more information.