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Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative medicine helps your body accelerate the growth of new and more functional tissues at points of degenerative damage or injury. Adam Shestack, MD, Cy Blanco, MD, and the expert pain management team at Florida Pain Management Institute use new and innovative treatments like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections and stem cell therapy to treat chronic pain in your neck, back, and joints. To set up a consultation, call the office or book online today.
Florida Pain Management Institute
Interventional Pain Management Practice located in Delray Beach, FL

Regenerative Medicine Q & A

What is regenerative medicine?

Regenerative medicine is a quickly advancing medical field that doesn’t require the use of pharmaceuticals. Instead, regenerative treatments utilize components of your blood or bone marrow that already help with your body’s natural healing process. The two most common are:

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)

PRP is composed of blood platelets and the yellowish liquid plasma that carries the blood cells through your vessels. Platelets and plasma both play key roles in healing. The substance is rich with growth factors. 

Stem cells

Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that can transform into other specialized cell types. This helps rebuild areas of damage when you inject the cells near areas of damage or inflammation. 

While your body’s natural healing isn’t enough by itself to manage certain painful conditions, delivering these regenerative components to painful areas can help stimulate the healing process to work more effectively. They help restore organ or tissue function in targeted areas and can reduce inflammation and pain in many instances. 

What can regenerative medicine treat?

In a pain management setting, regenerative medicine can treat musculoskeletal or joint damage. The Florida Pain Management Institute team performs a full evaluation and tells you about the treatment options they think will be most effective in your case. 

As part of your personalized treatment plan, which might also include physical therapy, medication management, and conventional injection therapy, the team at Florida Pain Management Institute might recommend regenerative medicine for:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendon tears
  • Tendonitis
  • Muscle tears
  • Natural degeneration

If you have chronic neck pain, back pain, or joint pain that doesn’t seem to respond to other treatment approaches, regenerative medicine may be the next option available to you before you consider surgery. 

Is regenerative medicine safe?

Since it’s relatively new and still emerging as a treatment option in many contexts, you might question whether regenerative medicine is safe. Compared to other similar treatment options like spinal cord stimulation, radiofrequency ablation, and medicated injection therapies like epidural steroid injections, regenerative medicine holds up in safety.

Regenerative medicine is particularly safe because it doesn’t introduce anything new to your body. Since the team at Florida Pain Management Institute harvests the growth factors or stem cells straight out of your own blood or tissues, you’re unlikely to experience any negative reaction to PRP or stem cell therapy. 

Regenerative medicine is a promising treatment option for chronic neck, back, and joint pain. To see if you’re a candidate, call Florida Pain Management Institute or request a consultation online today.