In recent years, regenerative medicine has been gaining favor in the medical world as a way to tap your body’s own incredible resources to help you heal and regenerate faster from injury and degenerative diseases. At Northwest Suburban Pain Center, the interventional pain management specialists have had great success with regenerative medicine among their patients in Arlington Heights, South Barrington, and Schaumburg, Illinois. If you’d like to explore the world of regenerative medicine, call one of the offices or schedule an appointment online.
When it came to musculoskeletal problems, especially in your joints, traditional treatments have largely been reactive, tackling your symptoms as they arose in an effort to restore your quality of life. Regenerative medicine takes treatment to a whole new level by tapping the healing resources that already exist in your body and concentrating them into the areas where you need them the most.
The goal of regenerative medicine is to not only alleviate your discomfort by speeding up healing, but help your body regenerate new, healthy cells for the long-term health of your musculoskeletal system.
There are two types of regenerative medicine: stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma therapy. The doctors use these therapies for:
While medical researchers have long understood the power of your stem cells, they’ve only just begun to realize how to use this potential in helping you heal and regenerate.
The reason your stem cells are so powerful is that they’re undifferentiated, meaning they aren’t designed for one sole purpose. Instead, they have the incredible ability to become whatever cell is needed and multiply indefinitely as that cell.
Your stem cells are at their most potent during your fetal development, which makes sense given that they’re helping form a human body. After you’re born, you still have stem cells in your body, which lie in wait until they’re called into action.
The doctors at Northwest Suburban Pain Center help reinforce this action by introducing stem cells in areas where you need them most, stimulating your existing stem cells to respond in kind. This increased healing power helps your body tackle inflammation and regenerate healthy new cells.
Approaching healing and regeneration from another angle, the doctors at Northwest Suburban Pain Center use platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. Your blood naturally contains platelets, which are responsible for clotting. Your platelets also contain hundreds of growth-promoting substances which help with healing.
With PRP therapy, your doctor draws your blood and isolates your platelets. They mix this concentrate back into a small amount of plasma and inject it where your body could use a healing boost.
To learn more about regenerative medicine therapies at Northwest Suburban Pain Center, call or book an appointment using the online scheduler.