Get Rid of Pain with Stem Cell Injections and PRP Therapy Advanced Pain Medical Group strives to offer our patients the most sophisticated treatments for pain related to a variety of conditions. Some of the most recent scientific breakthroughs include advancements in the field of adult stem cell research. Much of this stem cell research is dedicated to helping patients alleviate chronic pain. Whether you are seeking treatment from chronic back pain, joint pain, or injury-related pain, our team of doctors is here to guide you through your stem cell options.
Understanding How Stem Cells Work
Stem Cells are found in every person’s body, at every age. These cells are best described as “basic” cells, and they have the ability to change (differentiate) into any cell in the body. Some stem cells have greater differentiation potential than others, and this simply means that they can turn into more body cells than other stem cells. Some key terms are totipotent, pluripotent, and multipotent.
Most stem cell therapies for pain patients are either pluripotent or multipotent. These words describe the type of body cells a stem cell can possibly turn into. A totipotent stem cell can turn into any cell in the human body, including placenta. These stem cells aren’t used in most standard stem cell treatments.
Pluripotent stem cells can turn into any body cell, with the exception of placenta (but this doesn’t apply to pain management anyway). For example, a pluripotent stem cell can differentiate (turn into) a blood cell, brain cell, bone cell, muscle cell, fat cell, etc. A multipotent stem cell can turn into some body cells. Unlike the pluripotent example above, this kind of stem cell might only be able to turn into a bone cell, muscle cell, and brain cell. These stem cells are still very helpful with treating chronic pain if they turn into the right kind of cell.
Stem Cell Therapy For Pain Management
Now that you have a good grasp of how stem cells work, let’s talk about how they can help you! Our doctors keep up with the latest stem cell research and apply those technologies to help you treat pain. Some of our stem cell treatments are injectable, which means that they are non-invasive and you will
experience little to no discomfort.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
A related option for interested patients is Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP therapy. While PRP is not the same thing as stem cell therapy, it also works with your body’s own cells to help manage pain and regenerative disorders. PRP works by taking a small sample of your own blood—no donors required—and “spinning” it in a centrifuge, which is a small machine commonly kept in most medical offices. This isolates the Platelet Rich Plasma, which is then injected back into your problem area. PRP injections can be used on hips, backs, elbows, knees, ankles, and other areas. PRP is a more cost effective option than stem cell therapy, and is more commonly used. Like our stem cell therapies, this type of pain treatment injection is non-invasive, non-surgical, and involves little patient
downtime. Many patients see results within a matter of days.
Have More Questions?
Learning about stem cell therapy and PRP injections can be a little overwhelming. Talking to the pain management experts at Advanced Pain Medical Group can help answer your questions about the options available to you. Reach out to us with your questions about PRP therapy and stem cell therapy. We can break it down for you and provide you with the best treatment options.