Regenerative medicine alleviates pain, reduces the need for surgery, and helps you return to full activity by accelerating healing in damaged tissues. At Legacy Pain and Regenerative Medicine, Trace Alexander, DC, FNP, offers regenerative therapy in the form of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. If you have ongoing pain and you’d like to learn if you’re a good candidate for PRP treatments, call one of the offices located in Plano and Addison, Texas, or schedule an appointment online.
Regenerative medicine uses your body’s own cells to repair and replace tissues that are damaged due to an injury, disease, or age-related degeneration. Your body has two primary types of regenerative cells: adult stem cells and platelets.
Platelets are natural components of your blood. Dr. Alexander can harvest your own platelets and create platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Then he injects the PRP at the site of your injured tissues, where the platelets immediately activate the healing process.
Platelets contain specialized proteins called growth factors. Whenever tissues are damaged, platelets travel to the site and release growth factors.
There are many types of growth factors, and each one activates different aspects of healing. As a group, however, platelets:
When stem cells arrive at the injury, they self-replicate and create new cells that develop into muscles, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, collagen, and skin. Growth factors support this process by creating a matrix that provides a foundation for the new cells as they develop into mature tissues.
Regenerative medicine injections relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and heal many musculoskeletal conditions and degenerative diseases. Dr. Alexander may recommend a PRP injection to treat:
Regenerative medicine is especially beneficial when your body needs help with a slow-healing injury or when your pain doesn’t respond to conservative medical care.
Dr. Alexander produces PRP in the office by drawing a sample of your blood and then processing it in a centrifuge. The centrifuge separates the platelets, so they’re easily removed, combined with some plasma, and used in your injection.
During your PRP injection, Dr. Alexander uses a real-time X-ray so he can see your damaged tissues and view the needle as it’s inserted. This ensures that your PRP is injected precisely at the damaged tissues.
Recovery time is different for each person, but most patients experience an improvement in their pain and mobility within 4-6 weeks of their PRP injection. You should also continue to see progressive improvement for up to 12 months.
To learn whether you’re a good candidate for regenerative medicine, call Legacy Pain and Regenerative Medicine or schedule an appointment online.