Regenerative medicine is fast gaining acceptance as an effective way to repair or replace tissue using the human body’s own natural resources. The doctors at Space City Pain Specialists turn to this cutting-edge technique to help their patients in Webster, Baytown, and Lake Jackson, Texas, overcome many painful, and chronic, musculoskeletal issues. To explore your options with regenerative medicine, call or request an appointment using the online scheduler.
The overriding goal of regenerative medicine is to spur your body to heal itself on a cellular level by tapping and redirecting the human body’s own natural resources.
Through regenerative medicine, your doctor redirects, or adds, natural resources to where you need them most, providing a healing boost.
The doctors at Space City Pain Specialists turn to several types of regenerative medicine, including:
Your blood contains red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. While your platelets are largely recognized for their work in clotting, they also contain hundreds of proteins, or growth factors.
With PRP, your doctor takes a sample of your blood, isolates your platelets, mixes them back in with your plasma, and reintroduces them directly into your damaged tissue. Once there, the platelets release growth factors that aid in rebuilding and repair.
Another great source of powerful growth factors is found in amniotic fluid, which is a nutrient- and antibody-rich fluid obtained from placental material discarded after childbirth. Using amniotic fluid, your doctor delivers large quantities of healing growth factors directly into your injured area.
The doctors at Space City Pain Specialists recommend this therapy for patients who are older and/or suffer from underlying medical conditions that have reduced the growth factor concentration in their own platelets.
The most advanced form of regenerative medicine involves injecting stem cells procured from a patient’s bone marrow, fat, etc., rather than stimulating regional stem cells. Space City Pain Specialists does not offer stem cell injections because the FDA prohibits the culturing of stem cells in the United States.
Prolotherapy or regenerative injection therapy is the oldest and least expensive regenerative medicine approach. Using this technique, your doctor injects an irritant into your problematic area to create a “soft injury” that activates your body’s healing cells. When these cells arrive, they also set to work to heal the older damage in your tissue.
The experts at Space City Pain Specialists turn to regenerative medicine for a number of conditions, such as:
Regenerative therapies work especially well on chronic back and neck pain, as well as joint pain throughout your body.
To find out whether you’re a candidate for regenerative medicine, call Space City Pain Specialists or use the online booking tool.