Regenerative medicine eases your pain and repairs your injuries by tapping into your body’s natural healing abilities. Javid Baksh, DO, and Christopher Mallard, MD, at Premier Pain Solutions offer today’s most advanced regenerative treatments: platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell injections. These therapies accelerate healing in all types of musculoskeletal conditions. To learn more about regenerative therapies, call the nearest office or book an appointment online today. The practice has offices in Asheville, Columbus, Southern Pines, and Wilmington, North Carolina; and Easley and Greenwood, South Carolina.
PRP consists of a small amount of plasma (the liquid part of your blood) and a large number of platelets. Platelets are natural components of your blood.
Whenever you suffer an injury, platelets immediately go to the area and release growth factors. Growth factors are proteins that activate and accelerate healing, reduce inflammation, and recruit stem cells to the area.
Premier Pain Solutions creates your PRP by drawing a sample of your blood and processing it in a centrifuge. After the centrifuge separates the plasma and platelets from other blood cells, your provider draws the PRP into a syringe and injects it directly at the site of your damaged tissues.
PRP promotes healing in every type of tissue. However, Premier Pain Solutions often recommends a PRP injection for musculoskeletal injuries, inflammatory conditions, slow-healing wounds, and degenerative diseases like arthritis.
Stem cells are your body’s natural healers. These remarkable cells self-replicate to produce new stem cells. And then the new stem cells go on to develop into every type of tissue your body needs to repair injuries.
Your stem cell therapy may come from several possible sources, including your own fat or bone marrow. All of the sources used contain mesenchymal stem cells, a type of adult stem cell that regenerates muscles, tendons, ligaments, bone, cartilage, and skin.
These are a few examples of the conditions that improve with stem cell therapy:
Premier Pain Solutions may inject stem cells alone or with PRP.
After applying a local anesthetic, your provider uses real-time imaging to precisely guide the needle to the injured tissues, and then they inject the PRP and/or stem cells.
You may have some soreness or pain at the injection site for a few days. You can use acetaminophen to ease the pain, but you should stay away from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen.
Each patient gets self-care instructions before leaving the office. In most cases, you should avoid strenuous activities for several days.
Regenerative medicine doesn’t produce immediate results. It takes time for healing to occur, so it typically takes 6-8 weeks to feel the improvement.
To learn how regenerative medicine can help you, call Premier Pain Solutions or book an appointment online today.