Regenerative Medicine Specialist

Trace L Alexander, DC, FNP -  - Chiropractic Physician

Legacy Pain and Regenerative Medicine

Trace L Alexander, DC, FNP

Doctor of Chiropractic, Family Nurse Practitioner, Certified in Acupuncture

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 Q&A

What is regenerative medicine?

Regenerative medicine focuses on treatments aimed at repairing and replacing damaged tissues and organs due to the natural process of aging, disease, or trauma, rather than treating the symptoms with medication or procedures. Regenerative therapy involves the use of biological material that can be directly delivered to injured tissues to promote healing. With platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP), the body uses its own natural power and ability to heal in an accelerated manner. Platelets contain proteins called growth factors and cytokines, which promote a series of events that enable healing and tissue growth to occur, such as enhanced blood flow, signaling the body to send healing anti-inflammatory mediators to the area, attraction of stem cells, and differentiation of cells to promote tissue growth. 

What is involved with regenerative medicine?

Designed to regenerate, rebuild, and repair damaged tissues that reduce pain and fix injuries, regenerative injections are used in joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, to heal the root problem while reducing inflammation and pain. The process is done in the office where our phlebotomist will draw your own blood, spin it in our centrifuge machine to isolate the highly concentrated PRP, and then Dr. Alexander will inject it back into your body. 

Who is a good candidate for regenerative medicine?

Patients that have tried and failed conservative measures such as chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, home exercise programs, medication, etc. and who are wanting to avoid surgery. Ask Dr. Alexander if you can benefit from this type of therapy!

Why choose regenerative therapy?

PRP greatly reduces the need for surgery by treating injured tissues before the damage progresses any further. The goal of regenerative therapy is to heal injured tissue and not just mask the pain. Regenerative therapy has helped many professionals and athletes heal rapidly from an injury and return to full activity. Regenerative therapy procedures are ideal for individuals who face ailments such as back pain, knee arthritis, tendonitis, ligament injuries, arthritis of the knee, hip or shoulder rotator cuff tears, tennis elbow, hip bursitis, patellar tendon injury, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendon injuries. Our use and focus of biological material are for orthopedic and musculoskeletal issues, such as osteoarthritis of the knee, hip, and shoulder, as well as cosmetically for hair regrowth and during facial microneedling.

What is the recovery time?

Although recovery times vary, most patients can expect to see improvement in their pain and mobility within 4 to 6 weeks after treatment. Patients will continue to see improvement in pain and mobility for up to 12 months. Regenerative therapy patients experience rapid recovery and are back to their daily activities very quickly.

What are the benefits of regenerative medicine?

Blood plasmas are not manufactured in a laboratory. The biological material is from your own body. This means that there is no rejection, no allergic reactions, and it does not negatively impact the endocrine system. In fact, current research indicates that cellular therapy has the potential to generate a positive effect on the organs involved in the endocrine system. Long-term use of cortisone is known to have many potential negative effects, such as increasing blood sugar glucose, obesity, osteoporosis, skin changes, and loss of the body’s ability to produce natural cortisone from the adrenal glands. These things do not happen with PRP. Regenerative medicine solutions work well with nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide and nitrous oxide oral supplementation. Both help to augment the activation of tissue resident stem cells (these are stem cells that are present throughout the body in various organs).

No surgery, no medication, and no hospital stays are just a few of the reasons why thousands have chosen regenerative therapies over traditional methods. Most procedures are performed in less than an hour with very little post recovery. Many patients can return to work the next day. Because most regenerative procedures use your body’s own platelets and cells for healing, it’s safe and natural!