Why Everyone From Serious Athletes to Seniors is Sold on Regenerative Medicine Therapies

One of the most exciting fields of development in the healthcare industry is regenerative medicine. While bone marrow transplants have used the body’s abilities for self-repair for decades, it’s only been recently that new treatments are finding their way into the mainstream, brought to prominence by athletes and media figures. An aging population is finding new hope for degenerative conditions that were previously difficult to manage.

Two promising therapies of which you may already be aware are platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy. Though the names are prominent, there’s still plenty of misinformation surrounding these two low-risk, high-payoff techniques.

Stem cell therapy

Decades ago, when stem cell research was ramping up, there were ethical considerations about harvest sources for these powerful healing resources. These ethics questions are over, with several reliable harvest methods available, including your own body.

Stem cells are considered undifferentiated cells. That is, in their natural state, they don’t have an actual function in the daily operation of your body. Instead, they are standby resources with two important traits: they can create copies of themselves, and they can change into a variety of other cells.

For instance, if your arthritic knee has deteriorating cartilage, your body can signal stem cells to convert to cartilage cells to replace damaged tissue. We know, of course, that arthritis is an often-progressive disease, and it’s thought that the body reaches a point where it can’t replace tissue fast enough, so the degeneration gets the upper hand.

Supplementing the body’s natural supply of stem cells is the basis of regenerative stem cell therapy. Simply, if your body has more stem cells available, it can work at a faster rate to repair damage. In practice, this can reduce the amount of pain you experience from your condition. Stem cell therapy has few side effects and enormous potential benefits.

PRP therapy

PRP treatments are often used along with stem cell therapy in a very complimentary way. You may know platelets as the blood component that causes injuries to clot and form scabs. Platelets also deliver growth factor hormones. Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers, and growth factors deliver signals that, among others, tell stem cells to convert into tissue.

Injecting PRP into a problem area provides extra healing resources at the repair site. Combined with stem cell therapy, your body has a better chance to stay ahead of deteriorating joints. PRP therapy is also used alone and often provides pain relief without combined stem cell treatments.

PRP is derived from a small sample of your own blood, making it a drug-free, allergy-free treatment, with little risk of side effects. PRP is often used alongside other pain management techniques, since there’s no drug interaction or downside to this therapy.

Managing pain from degenerative conditions is often a balance between the pain you already have and the potential complications you may develop from the treatment method. While there’s still much to learn about stem cell and PRP therapy, neither carries a risk of complication beyond that you’d experience with a simple blood test.

Contact the team at MD Pain to learn if these exciting new treatments can help your chronic pain condition. You can call one number to arrange a consultation at any of their three locations. Regenerative medicine may be just the breakthrough you need to control your pain.

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