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Regenerative Medicine Treatment in FL
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WHAT IS REGENERATIVE MEDICINE?
Regenerative medicine is a field of medicine that aims to develop methods to repair damaged or diseased cells, tissues, and organs. Much of the current research is targeted toward musculoskeletal pathology, which is commonly seen at Advanced Pain Medical Center. Regenerative therapy works by injecting a product that will cause the body to concentrate its innate healing ability in a certain area. The therapy acts as a magnet for the healing cells throughout the body to gather in this one place to work overtime in healing damaged tissue. This works because the injected substance acts as a “signal” or “homing beacon” to the rest of the body.
Our cells communicate with each other constantly. This is how our brain knows that we’ve hurt our foot. It’s how our hands know to brace us in a fall. The communication allows for a coordinated response, but the communication is also specific. When we cut our finger, we form a clot on our finger. Why don’t we form a clot in our lungs (which would be fatal)? It’s because our bodies are very smart about signaling. Regenerative therapy takes advantage of that.
Our regenerative medicine therapies are performed as outpatient procedures in our office. This involves an injection of concentrated growth factors and/or stem cells and/or exosomes to regenerate and heal tissues in joints, muscles, tendons, spinal discs, or ligaments. In other words, these procedures can treat acute or chronic pain conditions related to injury or degenerative disease.
What is PRP Therapy?
Blood contains multiple components; it is not just a liquid. It contains cellular components. Blood is a body fluid that includes plasma, white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets, and growth factors, among others. Platelets are useful in clotting, but they also contain a number of growth factors. These proteins are useful in healing injuries reducing inflammation.
PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP)
To create Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), we draw a sample of your blood into a syringe. That syringe contains an anti-coagulant to keep the blood from clotting. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge so as to separate out the components. Red blood cells will spin down to the bottom. The top layer is the plasma, and a middle layer is called the “buffy coat.” The plasma and buffy coat can then be spun again to further concentrate platelets, thereby creating the PRP used in our regenerative medicine treatment in Gainesville. The collection of red blood cells is discarded.
Stem Cells and Exosomes
Stem cells are cells that have the potential to develop into many different types of cells in the body. Stem cells can be “totipotent”, “pluripotent”, and “multipotent”. Totipotent cells form all the cells in the body. These are the cells that are present just after a sperm fertilizes an egg. After a few cell divisions, those new cells are called pluripotent. These cells are slightly more differentiated; these are the embryonic stem cells. Multipotent cells develop into more than one cell type, but they are more limited, usually developing along a cell “line”. These are adult stem cells and umbilical cord stem cells. Advanced Pain Medical Center uses multipotent stem cells. These are donated by a mother at the delivery of her healthy baby.
Stem Cell and Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy: Your Body’s Secret Weapon
All of our procedures are performed in our office. If you receive sedation, the recovery is only a matter of hours. After the procedure, you may experience some soreness at the injection site for a couple of days. It is not uncommon for patients to feel stiff and sore for longer than this, even for a week. Patients who undergo regenerative therapy treatments will often be sore for a longer period of time than compared to the soreness associated with a steroid injection.
Costs and Benefits
Insurance usually does NOT cover the cost of these procedures. While regenerative therapies have been used for years, they are still considered investigational. Therefore, insurance does not typically cover any of the costs. The cost of a regenerative therapy procedure varies based on your treatment case. Payment will be required in full prior to the injection.
Procedures typically take less than an hour, and they relieve pain without the risks of surgery, general anesthesia, or hospital stays. Most patients are able to return to work the next day. You may be a candidate for this cutting-edge treatment. Let us help you find a solution to your pain! Contact Us using the form on this page to schedule a Free consultation or call 352-888-PAIN.
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