Regenerative medicine injections are non-surgical treatments for pain and some injuries. There are two types: stem cells and platelet-rich plasma. Both pain relief treatments use substances taken from the patient’s own body and have minimal or no risks of rejection or allergic reactions as a result. Regenerative medicine injections are outpatient procedures that are performed in the comfort of our office.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Both platelets and plasma are components in the blood that promote healing. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has a greater concentration of platelets and has increased healing powers.
When used for pain relief, we will collect a small sample of the patient’s blood. We will then put it in a special centrifuge to separate the platelets and plasma from the other components. The platelet-rich plasma is then prepared and injected into the treatment site. In some cases, the patient may need multiple treatment sessions; each session will be scheduled a set amount of time apart. Most patients notice a lessening of their symptoms after multiple weeks.
Benefits of PRP treatments include the following:
- PRP can help injuries or pain that have resisted other treatments
- It can be used on both chronic and acute injuries
- It requires far less recovery time than surgery
What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells have the ability to develop into many other types of cells. They can also reproduce by dividing, even after a long period of inactivity. Stem cells are sometimes also described as “undifferentiated cells,” for they have the potential to become any type of cell and can perform a variety of functions. Differentiated cells, by contrast, like blood cells or nerve cells, can only perform the functions specific to their cell type.
Since stem cells divide so readily, they can replace dead or damaged cells and take on their functions. They can be used to heal injuries, relieve pain, and improve mobility.
Some of the benefits of stem cell treatment for pain relief include the following:
- A treatment session can take just minutes
- Stem cell injections don’t involve surgery
- The patient’s symptoms can improve within weeks
- The results can last for years
Learn More About Natural Pain Relief
To learn more about regenerative medicine injections for pain relief, make an appointment at Phoenix Regenerative Medicine in Tempe, AZ. We are proud to offer these treatment options to patients throughout the Phoenix, AZ area. Contact us today to book a consultation for more information.