If you are someone who is looking into regenerative medicine, you might be curious about the process and if it can be painful. Many people with injuries or chronic pain may have turned to pain medications or surgery in order to find relief and healing. Getting surgery can be extremely painful and comes with serious risks and side effects. Regenerative medicine and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a natural alternative to these treatments with no side effects and little to no pain. One of the many reasons why people are turning to regenerative medicine treatments is because it is non-invasive alternative to painful surgeries with significantly less downtime.
These treatments are used for:
- Ligament tears
- Cartilage damage
- Rotator cuff injury
- Knee, neck, and back pain
- Joint pain
- Wear and tear of aging
Regenerative medicine has many types of treatments. Regenerative cell therapy utilizes mesenchymal stem cells that are derived from Wharton’s Jelly found in donated umbilical cords. Our body’s own stem cells age as we age, making it more difficult to heal on its own as time goes on. Once the new, youthful mesenchymal stem cells are injected into a numbed area of the body, it promotes more proficient healing. These stem cells have the unique ability to conform to the type of cell that is needed to heal the area. The injection site may be tender after administered but should cause little pain or discomfort.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is another treatment option of regenerative medicine. Platelets are an integral part of the healing process. They contain growth factors and proteins that reduce inflammation and repair impaired cells. The procedure starts with a blood draw that is then put into a centrifuge that separates the red blood cells from the growth factor rich plasma. This concentration is then injected into a numbed area of the body that needs the most healing. There is no risk of experiencing side effects or risks with this treatment since your own platelets are being used. The pain is minimal, with many patients describing it as feeling like a “pinch” to the area. After the treatment, the first 2 days there may be some swelling or discomfort. Unlike surgeries where many pain medications are prescribed, a blend of essential oils are all that is needed and given to our patients to apply to the area to sooth any tenderness that you may feel.
Our regenerative medicine treatments are administered by board certified Nurse Practitioner Tracey-Ann Harriott. With her years of experience and training, she has implemented an injection technique with a gentle touch. The comfort and safety of our patients are her number one priority in order to make sure our patients have the most pain free experience possible.