What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine is the use of one’s own cells to help promote healing and decrease pain. The procedure allows the body’s own mechanism to release growth factors to improve range of motion and quality of life. In particular, regenerative medicine helps the natural healing process of regenerating human cells, and repair damaged tissues or organs.
A popular example of regenerative medicine is the use of stem cell therapy. Adult stem cells have regenerative properties that stimulate cellular renewal and also help the body repair itself. While regenerative medicine is typically used in conjunction with sports medicine, it is also of use to anyone in pain.
What Types of Regenerative Medicine is Offered?
At Metropolitan Pain Consultants we offer two different types of regenerative medicine:
PRP injection is a regenerative medicine that consists of the physician aspirating adipose (fatty) tissue by drawing blood. Following this the doctor will place the blood sample in a centrifuge to separate out the various layers of blood. Once the centrifuge is complete, the doctor will administer the PRP injection into the site of the injury. By placing the blood sample into the injured site, blood plasma with concentrated platelets, bioactive proteins, cytokines, and other growth factors accelerate the healing process of bone and soft tissue.
Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) therapy is similar to PRP injections in that they both utilize the patient’s blood to heal an injured area. However, BMC draws blood from the hip bone, which is rich in “pluripotent” stem cells. The doctor safely removes the blood from the hip bone, places the sample in a centrifuge to generate a powerful medicine, and finally injects the blood sample back into the injured area.
What Can I Expect From the Treatment?
PRP injection is an effective healing technique performed in the medical office. Most cases of stem cells and PRP treatments are successful, and avoid the pain, inability, down time, and risk associated with major surgery. There is minimal recovery from the procedure. Patients return to work the following day. There are no sutures required.
BMC therapy generally entails one to three injections depending on the severity of the injury. There may be mild discomfort for 2-3 days after the treatment. It is normal to feel “soreness” after the injection and is considered a positive sign that healing is taking place. A follow up visit usually occurs within 3-4 weeks after the initial treatment.
If you are interested in non-surgical alternatives or you are in need of a consultation, please contact us at 201-729-0001. We offer weekday and weekend appointments. You can find us in West Orange, Aberdeen, Clifton, and Lyndhurst.