What Is Regenerative Medicine?

Regenerative medicine is an innovative approach to treating pain and inflammation from a degenerative disease or trauma to your musculoskeletal system.

James Appell, DC, and the team at Medical Wellness Group specialize in on-site regenerative medicine therapies to effectively treat the underlying cause of your pain, so you can live a life with less discomfort.

When you’re looking for an alternative solution to chronic pain relief but aren’t ready for surgery, it’s time to learn more about how regenerative medicine therapies work and how they can work for you.

A closer look at regenerative medicine

Regenerative medicine is a therapeutic treatment that increases the efficiency and speed of your healing from an injury or degenerative disease affecting your musculoskeletal system.

The primary focus of regenerative medicine is to stimulate your body to heal naturally from the inside out. This regenerative process is possible because of substances already found in your blood that aid in the healing of soft tissues, nerves, and bone.

By injecting high concentrations of these natural substances into the injury site, your body begins producing new, healthy cells to replace those damaged by injury or disease. The substances we’re talking about include platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cells.

PRP

PRP is a substance found naturally in your blood that contains special growth factors. These growth factors are already working in your body, prompting it to regenerate healthy, new soft-tissue cells to repair ligament tears, tendon tears, and muscle damage.

Stem cells

Stem cells work similarly to PRP but have the unique ability to regenerate into any type of cells in your body, including organ cells, bone cells, and nerve cells. Stem cell injections promote the internal healing of soft-tissue injuries and joint problems.

If medications and other treatments are no longer working for you, the Medical Wellness Group providers can determine if you’re a candidate for regenerative medicine therapies. Whether you have neuropathy or suffer from chronic back pain or neck pain, regenerative medicine can be an effective way to achieve long-term pain relief and enjoy a higher quality of life.

What to expect during and after your regenerative medicine therapy

Regenerative medicine therapy is an in-office treatment that involves two parts. To get the necessary PRP needed for your therapy, your Medical Wellness Group provider extracts a sample of your blood and spins it in a centrifuge that separates PRP from other blood components.

To access stem cells, the team needs a sample of your fatty tissue or bone marrow (the spongy material inside your bones).

The resulting PRP or stem cell concentrate is what’s injected into the damaged tissues. Over time, your body continues to produce new, healthy cells to replace the old ones. This allows for more efficient healing of injuries such as torn tendons and strained muscles.

Because regenerative medicine therapy addresses the root cause of your persistent pain and limited mobility, you can expect to see a significant reduction in your pain in the weeks after your injections. You should also enjoy a greater range of mobility as your body continues healing from the inside out.

To find out if regenerative medicine is a treatment option for you, call our office in Columbus, Ohio, today or request a consultation for chronic pain through the online booking feature.

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