While traditional medical treatments have focused on repairing damage through surgery, regenerative medicine uses special techniques to help the body repair itself by generating new, healthy tissue to replace tissue that’s been damaged by injury or disease. In pain management, three of the most common types of regenerative therapy include:
Proliferative therapy uses injections of special solutions to promote the body’s natural healing processes in joints and other areas that have been damaged. The solutions contain pain-relieving anesthetics as well as special agents designed to irritate surrounding tissues, promoting the natural healing responses. One of the benefits of prolotherapy is that it may be customized to suit each patient’s needs based on the type and extent of the injury for maximum benefits.
The agents contained in prolotherapy solutions trigger inflammatory processes that are part of the early healing response system. The injections are used to create what’s commonly called a “controlled injury.” Once the inflammatory process begins, the body automatically responds by triggering special repair responses aimed at generating new, healthy tissue and ridding the body of the damaged tissue. Repeated injections over time can continue the rebuilding and strengthening processes necessary for in-depth and comprehensive healing of ligaments, tendons, muscles, joints and other structures, helping to restore strength, flexibility, and range of motion while also decreasing or eliminating pain and other related symptoms.
Regenerative medicine techniques including prolotherapy, stem cell therapy and PRP can be used to treat an array of conditions caused by tissue damage, including joint damage due to arthritis and other degenerative conditions in the knees, hips, spine, neck, and elbows, and for the management of carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
Treatment consists of a series of injections made directly into the area of injury. Placement of the needle can be guided by X-ray or ultrasound to ensure precise delivery in complex sites.