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Two Types of Regenerative Medicine

Two Types of Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative medicine supports and enhances your body’s natural healing abilities to reduce inflammation and ease pain, making it beneficial for a wide range of chronic pain conditions. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and stem cell therapy are two such therapies that have emerged as powerful tools to manage chronic pain.

Our team at Lynx Healthcare specializes in interventional pain management and offers individualized treatment for patients dealing with chronic pain. From neck and back pain to complex regional pain syndrome, our pain management specialists use the latest advances in pain medicine to alleviate your pain so you can do more of the things you enjoy. 

Here, we discuss two of the leading types of regenerative medicine for managing chronic pain. 

Platelets and plasma 101

Plasma is the liquid component of your blood. It’s rich in a number of beneficial substances, including nutrients and proteins, and also helps platelets and other blood components circulate through the body.  

Platelets are your body’s first response to injury. They travel to the site of damage and help form clots to stop bleeding. Platelets also secrete growth factors that help reduce inflammation and form new healthy tissue. 

Platelet-rich plasma therapy

PRP therapy involves making a concentrated serum of platelets using your own blood. The platelets used in PRP therapy are in a much higher concentration than what naturally circulates in your blood — up to 10 times higher. 

To make PRP, we draw a small sample of blood from your arm and spin it through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets in the plasma. 

The concentrated platelets are injected into the injured area to ease pain, reduce inflammation, and enhance your body’s ability to heal. 

Conditions that benefit from PRP therapy include:

PRP is also an excellent option for active individuals and athletes looking to improve joint health and heal from injuries.

Stem cell therapy

Stem cells are the building blocks of human tissue and play a key role in forming new tissue and healing damage. Like PRP therapy, stem cell therapy boosts the body’s ability to repair and regenerate. 

Stem cells are specialized cells that start off as a blank slate. As part of the body’s natural repair process, certain stem cells possess the ability to develop into different types of cells, such as cartilage, bone, tendon, and other connective tissue. 

When injected into damaged areas, such as joints, stem cells tame inflammation and have the ability to repair and replace damaged joint tissue. Stem cell therapy lays the foundation for healing. 

The benefits of stem cell therapy include:

Both PRP therapy and stem cell therapy are cutting-edge treatments and a breakthrough in pain management. To learn more and find out if you’re a good candidate for either of these treatments, call our office at 505-356-4295 to schedule a visit with one of our providers or request an appointment online today. 

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