If you’re suffering from chronic pain or acute pain from an injury, then you’ve probably tried every method under the sun only to find that these methods aren’t as effective as they claim to be. At Renew Health in Tempe, AZ, we understand that the key to treating musculoskeletal conditions lies in renewing the damaged tissues in the body. Treatments like autologous platelet rich plasma and progenitor stem cells biologics can be crucial tools in relieving your acute and chronic pain once and for all.
What Is Autologous Platelet Rich Plasma and Progenitor Stem Cell Biologics?
A biologic is a type of treatment that is used to introduce helpful compounds to the body so the body can work on healing itself. At our clinic, two of our most successful biologic treatments are PRP and stem cell treatments, both of which can be used to renew and regrow damaged tissues that are causing pain in the body.
Platelet Rich Plasma
PRP has been a buzzword in regenerative medicine for the last several years and is even popularly used in cosmetic treatments to correct visible signs of aging. For the body, platelet rich plasma treatments are successful in reducing pain and inflammation around joints and other injuries that cause pain. Right now, autologous platelet rich plasma is a golden standard in modern medicine. Autologous means that the source of the PRP is obtained from your own body.
That’s right – we use your own blood plasma to reduce your pain and heal your injuries. Platelet rich plasma contains all of the most important natural regenerative properties in the body. Because blood plasma is commonly found at the site of wounds, isolating and injecting plasma into arthritis joints or other injuries can significantly reduce pain and inflammation, while also stimulating the body’s self-healing abilities.
Progenitor Stem Cells
A progenitor stem cell is a type of cell typically found in the bone marrow of your body. Unlike adult stem cells, a progenitor stem cell has a limited ability to divide and reproduce, but progenitor stem cells are also more effective at cellular repair. Although progenitor stem cells can’t self-renew after a certain point, once injected into the body, these stem cells can work to create healthy tissues that can repair damage from injuries or degenerative musculoskeletal conditions.
How Do These Treatments Work?
Because each of these injectable treatments relies on samples of your own blood plasma or stem cells, the most important portion of this treatment is withdrawing a sample from your body. Generally, these donations are made on the same day as your treatment and your donations are processed in our on-site lab.
Platelet Rich Plasma
For platelet rich plasma, a double centrifuge is used to rapidly spin your blood donation to isolate plasma from red blood cells. Platelet rich plasma can be clear, pinkish, or even gold-toned. After your plasma is prepared, it will be transferred to a syringe and will be injected into your desired treatment areas. The amount of plasma necessary for your treatment will depend on the area being treated and the degree of damage.
Progenitor Stem Cells
Similar to plasma, your progenitor stem cells will also need to be donated. We will use a special minimally invasive technique that will harvest donated bone marrow quickly and as painlessly as possible. Your bone marrow will also need to be processed to remove inflammatory blood cells before these cells are injected into your desired treatment area. Again, the amount of bone marrow you will need to donate will depend on your degree of injury.
What Can These Treatments Help With?
The main goal of these treatments is to reduce your overall pain. Whether your pain is chronic or acute, you can be sure that these treatments will be able to reduce the inflammation in your body and help heal the injured tissues in your body that are causing pain. Some musculoskeletal conditions that these treatments can address include:
- Tennis elbow
- Torn rotator cuffs
- Knee injuries
- Neck and back pain
- Joint pain
- And more
Why Should You Use These Treatments?
One of the biggest advantages of using these biologic treatments is the fact that you will not need to be concerned about any allergic reaction in response to the treatment. Aside from the versatility of this treatment, the hypoallergenic nature of this treatment means this treatment is compatible with all patients. This treatment takes advantage of your body’s own natural resources to improve your pain and help heal your injuries.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
It’s common for patients to require multiple treatments spaced a few weeks apart to enjoy significant pain reduction. The number of treatments you will need will depend on how well your body’s natural healing processes respond to the treatment, as well as the degree of your injury, your age, and other factors like rehabilitation.
Some patients may only require three treatments, while others may require more than 10. We will be able to determine how many treatments you will need to reduce your pain after your treatment begins.
Can You Combine These Treatments?
While each of these treatments can be highly effective by themselves, some people have better results when these treatments are combined. When platelet rich plasma is combined with stem cells, the injectable treatments are able to restore tissues and heal inflammation much more quickly. We will help you determine if you need to combine these treatments based on the level of your injury.
Who Are Good Candidates?
If you have been enduring chronic or acute pain and you are medically healthy, you are likely a good candidate for these treatments. We will be able to verify if you are a good candidate for these treatments during your consultation.
Start Your Journey to Being Pain-Free Today
Your body already has all the resources it needs to resolve your injuries and reduce your pain. However, your body may need guidance to make use of all those resources. This is where analogous biologics are most effective since they can put the regenerative resources you need in the exact areas you need them. Both PRP and progenitor stem cells are effective treatments for chronic and acute pain.