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How Regenerative Medicine Is Revolutionizing Pain Management

There’s no shortage of marvels in nature, such as the ability of an octopus to grow a new tentacle or a lizard a new tail. While humans don’t possess the same regenerative capabilities, our bodies are designed to heal themselves all the same. As we age, however, the damage piles up, and our regenerative resources weaken, which is where regenerative medicine comes in.

Our integrative team here at Valiant Life Medical understands the power of regenerative medicine, which is why we offer two types to our patients — platelet-rich plasma and stem cells.

Here’s a look at how we’re revolutionizing the way we approach pain management through regenerative medicine.

The pain problem

To say that Americans are struggling with pain would be an understatement. A whopping 50 million adults report chronic pain (about one in five people) and 8% of adults report high-impact pain that interferes with their ability to function normally.

Until recently, most pain-management techniques were interventional and symptom focused. With the advent of regenerative medicine, we can help heal the root cause of your pain for long-term results, all without resorting to invasive surgeries or problematic medications.

The power of platelets

As part of our regenerative medicine services, we offer platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. The platelets in your blood play no small role in your body’s ability to heal. First they help form clots when you’re bleeding, and then they aid in the healing and repair of the damage by releasing critical growth factors and other proteins.

To harness this power, we isolate your platelets and redirect them to your damaged tissue to accelerate the healing process. To do this, we draw a sample of your blood and then use a centrifuge to separate out your platelets. We then mix this concentrate back in with a small amount of your plasma to make the PRP, and inject it into your damaged tissues.

The ultimate regenerators

While platelets can certainly help in amplifying your body's healing capabilities, stem cells are the tools we use to regenerate damaged tissues.

Stem cells are incredibly powerful cells that have the unique ability to transform into other cells and then multiply indefinitely as that cell type. During embryonic development, stem cells are at their most potent and numerous as they supply the building blocks that ultimately form a human body.

As an adult, you still have stem cells in your body, but they’re far less powerful and numerous than they were in the earliest stages of life.

With stem cell therapy, we use stem cells that are ethically harvested from umbilical cords and placentas and processed in a specialized lab to ensure safety and purity. We then inject these stem cells into your damaged tissue where they go to work to form healthier and stronger tissue.

Regenerative medicine and pain

Whether you’re struggling with widespread joint pain or a sports injury, our regenerative medicine can play a significant role in helping your body to heal and restore itself. When your body receives these valuable resources, they help curb its inflammatory processes, which is the first step in relieving pain.

With the inflammation addressed, the platelets and stem cells go to work to rebuild the damaged tissues, which can help you garner results that go the distance. In other words, we work with your body on a cellular level to address the cause of your pain instead of treating symptoms as they arise.

If you’d like to explore how regenerative medicine can help you regain pain-free movement, contact our office in Fort Worth, Texas, to schedule a consultation.

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