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Why Regenerative Medicine May Be the Healing Boost Your Body Needs

Regenerative medicine has long been thought of as science fiction, but with technological advances and the expertise of some of the best scientists, it’s now a reality. Doctors are using regenerative medicine to treat arthritis, muscle injuries, spinal cord injuries, and more.

Ajit Pai, MD, FIPP, is a pain specialist at Pain Management Group, LLC in Mishawaka, Indiana, and he performs state-of-the-art regenerative medicine treatments to help minimize pain and inflammation for a wide variety of conditions.

What is regenerative medicine?

Regenerative medicine heals injured tissue by using the body’s natural resources, such as blood and stem cells.

Stem-cell therapy

Your body has lots of stem cells. These cells, which have the unique ability to turn into other cells, help create new tissue to repair injured and diseased tissue.

So if you have an injury, an infusion of stem cells can speed the healing process as they turn into the cells needed to repair the injured tissue. The stem cells, which are injected, can come from you or a donor. 

Platelet-rich plasma therapy

When your body gets a soft-tissue injury, its first job is to rush platelet cells to the injured area. These platelet cells are full of growth factors that are designed to repair damage and attract critical stem-cell support.

Injecting more platelets into the injured area, therefore, can speed the healing process. With platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, your blood is drawn and then spun in a centrifuge to separate out the platelets. Then Dr. Pai injects the PRP into the injured area to strengthen your body’s healing response. 

Am I a good candidate for regenerative medicine?

Stem cell and PRP therapy can treat injuries and chronic degenerative diseases. 

You may be a good candidate for PRP therapy if you’re dealing with:

You may be a good candidate for stem-cell therapy if you’re dealing with:

There are other ailments that regenerative medicine can help as well, and Dr. Pai can let you know if you’re a good candidate for this kind of therapy.

What can I expect?

Both treatments are outpatient procedures, usually lasting no more than an hour. With a simple injection, you won’t feel any pain or discomfort, and you can return to your normal routine immediately. Most patients feel relief right away.

Every patient responds differently and has different requirements. After you consult with Dr. Pai, he will create a treatment plan customized for you.

To learn more about regenerative medicine and to see if it can help you, book an appointment over the phone with Pain Management Group, LLC today.

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