When you’re considering cell therapies like platelet-rich plasma, one question is probably at the top of your mind: are regenerative medicine treatments painful? If you’ve been considering surgery as a fix for your back, knee or joint pain, you will be relieved to hear the difference between the two treatments is tremendous.
Regenerative medicine and cellular treatments are minimally invasive, with little to no pain as a result. Rather than a highly invasive and painful procedure that could take you off your feet for weeks (not to mention the bill that comes with it!), imagine a series of brief in-office procedures that allow you to go back to your life quicker and easier than you thought possible. With considerably less risk and fewer side effects than surgery, regenerative cells are well worth looking into.
It is big news that surgery and painkillers aren’t the only option to get out of pain and get back to your best self. You may have heard one or more incredible stories of recovery through regenerative medicine, but how does the process work, what are regenerative cells, and what does it feel like?
Regenerative Medicine and Cellular Treatments
The goal of regenerative medicine and cellular treatments is to replenish damaged tissue with new, healthy, functioning tissue. A large portion of patient complaints stem from damaged or missing tissue. For example, oftentimes knee pain arises from damage, like a ligament, missing tissue or cartilage. By sending a concentration of healing cells to that area, more healthy tissue can be created, helping improve mobility and reduce pain.
This can be done in several ways. Two regenerative cellular treatment options our doctors recommend and offer in-house are PRP injections and mesenchymal cells.
With mesenchymal cells, you get the advantage of tapping into the vitality that youth brings. Through the use of donated cells that were not needed after a healthy birth, you can get a boost of incredibly potent regenerative cells into the affected area.
With platelet-rich plasma, or PRP injections, we are harnessing the healing qualities of your own blood. A small sample of your blood is drawn in our office, then processed to isolate a concentrate of the most potent healing elements it contains. From there, this serum is injected into where it is needed most. That might be your shoulder, neck, hip, back, knee, or elsewhere.
PRP injections are used to treat all sorts of conditions, including:
- Sexual dysfunction
- Joint pain
As far as what PRP injections feel like, we take care to keep the process as comfortable for our patients as possible. It consists of a blood draw and an injection, and numbing cream can be used to keep any discomfort to a minimum. The injection site will often be sore for a few days following the procedure, but there should be little to no lasting pain or downtime.
Many patients struggling with pain from diseases and life-changing injuries have opted for natural pain relief with regenerative medicine. To find out if it’s an option for you, reach out to our practice today.