Pain management is a constantly evolving field, and many researchers and physicians today are looking beyond simply treating the symptoms of pain with surgery or medication; they are seeking to address the root causes of it.
Regenerative therapy, commonly referred to as stem cell therapy, is a form of pain management that uses your own body’s stem cells to reduce pain and inflammation and repair damaged tissue. While still relatively new in common practice, regenerative therapy is growing increasingly more popular as an ideal alternative for those wishing to avoid steroids, medication, or surgery for acute or chronic pain.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a sample of your own body’s plasma that has been centrifuged to isolate and concentrate the platelets necessary for accelerating regrowth and healing. This concentrated fluid is re-injected into the site of an injury to help promote faster recovery.
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Amniotic fluid treatment is performed with an allograft tissue transplant from an elective, full-term cesarean section. Amniotic fluid tissue contains a high concentration of growth factors, collagens, structural proteins, and cytokines effective in reducing pain and inflammation. It is also rich specifically in Mesenchymal Stem Cells, or MSCs, which are powerful players in repairing and regenerating musculoskeletal components like bone, tendons, and muscle. For more information on these cells, please see the section below.
The tissue from amniotic fluid is immune-privileged, meaning it can tolerate the introduction of foreign bodies or antigens without triggering a response from the immune system. This allows grafts to survive longer and reduces the risk of transplant rejection.
Though still new technology, amniotic fluid collection is safe and noninvasive for both mother and baby yet provides an abundant source of sterile, MSC-rich tissue.
Exosomes treatment is the latest breakthrough in restorative therapy. Exosomes are messenger small bubbles produced by stem cells that facilitate cell-to-cell interaction. Usually released as a response to injury or illness, the signals they communicate activate other cells and promote growth and repair of damaged areas.
Exosomes treatment involves exposing older cells to younger, healthier ones, re-energizing the older ones and potentially halting further deterioration.
Exosomes treatment may be an ideal option for patients with autoimmune diseases, chronic inflammation, and degenerative muscular, bone, or joint diseases. It may be implemented as part of a larger treatment plan that includes ultrasound or frequency therapy and involves administering a concentrated amount of exosomes into the body intravenously. The specific treatment is unique to each patient.
Mesenchymal stem cells, or MSCs, are a specific type of stem cell that can be found in bone marrow. These cells are able to adapt to various injuries or illnesses and produce the specific types of cells necessary for repairing skeletal components like cartilage, bone, muscle, and tendons. They release growth factors, cytokines, and anti-inflammatory proteins to help the body recover from injury. In addition, they play a significant role in regulating the immune system.
MSCs can be harvested from a patient’s own bone marrow or from an external source such as an umbilical cord. They can be isolated from other cells and applied in tissue repair therapy using methods such as grafting or IV transplantation.
While this therapy is relatively new, an abundance of research and studies have shown it to be effective in treating periodontal defects, burn-related injuries, and a host of bone deficiencies and diseases.
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Regenerative therapy is a safe, non-invasive alternative to surgery or steroid injections. It can provide pain relief with little or no downtime.
At Oklahoma Pain Center, we are committed to practicing evidence-based medicine. Although these regenerative therapies are relatively new, there are thousands of published research studies available, and many are ongoing. Many studies show that these therapies are effective at relieving pain and regaining function. Most importantly, regenerative treatments have shown to be safe and have a low risk of adverse effects.
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