How Regenerative Medicine Is Changing the Pain Management Field

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Researchers estimate that 50 million adults in the United States are dealing with chronic pain. Chronic pain is associated with reduced quality of life, increased medical expenditures, and significant economic costs. It is the No. 1 reason why patients see a doctor. 

In many cases, patients with chronic pain can benefit from initial pain relief techniques that don’t rely on drug therapy, such as:

Epidural Steroid Injections

Steroid injections administered in the spine improves range of motion and reduces inflammation to help relieve chronic neck, back, or sciatic nerve pain. 

Facet Joint Injections

If a physical injury or a degenerative condition is the underlying cause of persistent back or neck pain, a facet joint injection can provide immediate pain relief. 

Radiofrequency Ablation

This minimally invasive treatment uses X-ray imaging to guide a radiofrequency (RF) needle toward a difficult nerve. A small, electrical current passes through the needle to the nerve, where it disturbs the nerve’s ability to transmit pain signals.

Regenerative Pain Medicine

While these traditional pain management techniques are invaluable when it comes to getting a handle on chronic pain, the effects of anti-inflammatory injections wear off after a few months. 

While you definitely can use lifestyle strategies and physical therapy to improve your pain levels, it’s not uncommon for some amount of pain to eventually reemerge. 

That’s where regenerative medicine comes in. Using powerful regenerative cells and growth factors from your own body, this groundbreaking therapy stimulates and accelerates your body’s natural ability to repair, rebuild, and regenerate its soft tissues. Here at Interventional Pain Doctors, we offer two kinds of regenerative therapy for pain relief: 

PRP Therapy

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses a small amount of your own highly concentrated blood platelets to lessen pain and restore function. When PRP is injected directly into the source of your pain, its powerful growth factors promote rapid healing and tissue regeneration. 

Regenerative medicine is the perfect solution for chronic pain caused by an age-related wear-and-tear (osteoarthritis) or injury. It restores healthier tissues for the kind of lasting relief that supports your long-term health and well-being.

Stem Cell Therapy

Using mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) harvested from your own body, stem cell therapy aims to promote healing from the inside out. When stem cells are injected into a damaged, injured, or inflamed area, they transform themselves into whatever type of cell is needed to regenerate healthy tissue and accelerate the healing process. 

By taking a personal approach to pain management that considers all aspects of your unique situation, the team at Interventional Pain Doctors is dedicated to ensuring your treatment plan is as accurate and effective as possible.