If you’re looking for a natural method of pain relief and want to avoid invasive procedures and pharmaceutical solutions, regenerative medicine offers a great deal of promise. At SEVA Pain Institute in Tracy, California, Gurpreet Dhaliwal, MD, is excited to offer the latest in regenerative medicine techniques. To learn more about this cutting-edge pain management approach, book a visit with Dr. Dhaliwal today. Online scheduling makes it easy to find a convenient appointment time, or you can always call the office to set up your visit.
Regenerative Medicine Q & A
What is regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine is a relatively new field of practice that’s widely considered a game-changer. The approach harnesses your body’s innate healing abilities to repair damaged tissues and organs, and boost cellular turnover.
Regenerative medicine works by delivering certain types of cells or medical products derived from cells to the area of your body where tissue damage is present.
What role do stem cells play in regenerative medicine?
Stem cells are specialized types of cells that have the ability to differentiate into many other types of cells. That flexibility makes stem cells incredibly versatile.
Some stem cells are harvested from adult tissue, while others come from embryos. Certain stem cells are found in umbilical cord blood, and some are bioengineered. Each has a unique set of qualities and varying degrees of versatility. SEVA Pain Institute uses stem cells harvested from your own tissue and prepared on-site using the highest standards of safety and sterility.
Some conditions that can be improved through stem cell therapy include:
- Knee pain
- Hip arthritis
- Foot pain
- Chronic back and neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Wrist, elbow, and ankle pain
- Pain from non-healing fractures
Many experience immediate pain relief after stem cell therapy, but it may take a few weeks for the full results to develop.
What is platelet-rich plasma and how can it help manage pain?
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a solution crafted from a small portion of your own blood and injected into the region where your pain originates. PRP therapy is a natural means of boosting your body’s healing powers, and can significantly improve pain.
Your blood contains solids (red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets) and liquids (water, proteins, salts). The liquid portion is called plasma. A primary role of your platelets is to promote clotting if you sustain a wound. Platelets also contain growth factors, which work to help cells proliferate, survive, and differentiate.
Platelet-rich plasma is made by drawing a small amount of your blood and placing it in a centrifuge, which spins the blood until the solids separate from the liquids. The platelets are then harvested and reintroduced back into the plasma, creating a highly concentrated solution.
When injected into the site of tissue damage, PRP stimulates your body’s healing function. Cells regenerate quickly, repairing damage and reducing pain.
If you’re curious about how regenerative medicine can help you, book an appointment with Dr. Dhaliwal today.