A painful injury can interfere with your quality of life, keeping you from work, school, sports, or other activities. Whether you’re an athlete with tendinitis or you’re living with knee pain, you want a quick recovery so you can get back to your regular activities. With innovative regenerative medicine therapies, you can accelerate your recovery and get back to your normal activities quickly and safely.
Here at Skilled Pain Care Clinic, PA, our anesthesiologist and pain management expert Syed Nasir, MD, uses regenerative medicine, including stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, to help you and other residents from in and around Houston and Katy, Texas, heal from injuries faster and with less pain and disruption to your life.
About regenerative medicine
The purpose of regenerative medicine it in its name — it includes several different therapies that support your body’s natural ability to heal itself, including cellular regeneration.
Stem cell therapy
Your stem cells are the building blocks of your body. They not only multiply as your body needs them but turn into whatever type of cell your body needs. So if you have a torn ligament in your knee, your body converts stem cells into the cells that make up your ligament to repair your injured tissue. Stem cell therapy harnesses this power and floods your injured tissue with the cells it needs to repair itself.
You might already know your platelets are one of the solid components of your blood and they’re critical to blood clotting and closing cuts and tears in your skin and other tissue. Your platelets are full of growth factors, which are the proteins your body needs for tissue repair. When you have PRP therapy, Dr. Nasir takes a sample of your own blood, separates it, and combines your plasma and platelets into a serum that includes 5-10 times more platelets than a regular blood sample. This serum feeds your injured or damaged tissue with the growth factors needed for rapid tissue repair.
Injuries that benefit from regenerative medicine
We use regenerative medicine here at Skilled Pain Care Clinic to treat a wide range of injuries and other painful conditions. For example, we might incorporate regenerative medicine into multidisciplinary pain management plans for:
- ACL tears
- Meniscus tears
- Rotator cuff tears
- Labral tears
- Pulled muscles
Regenerative medicine might also help with degenerative conditions, like arthritis, or speed up your recovery after surgery.
What to expect from regenerative medicine
Regenerative medicine is usually part of a bigger pain management plan. While the therapies accelerate your healing process, your body still needs time to generate new cells and repair itself. Dr. Nasir might also offer treatments that provide immediate pain relief while your body repairs itself for a long-term solution to your pain.
Both PRP injections and stem cell therapy are delivered via injections. Dr. Nasir either harvests stem cells from your body or uses donor cells, which are prepared for your treatment, and then uses a needle to inject them into your injured tissue.
Similarly, when you have PRP therapy, Dr. Nasir draws a sample of your blood, creates your serum, and injects it into your injury. When necessary, he uses fluoroscopy to guide a needle to the correct part of your body and a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable.
Some patients feel better after just one treatment, but most need a series of regenerative medicine injections to optimize their recovery. Dr. Nasir discusses your condition and makes recommendations, allowing you the chance to ask questions and learn more about your options before you make a decision.
If you have a painful injury and want to know if regenerative medicine can fit into your treatment plan, call us here at Skilled Pain Care Clinic, PA, or make an appointment online.