What if you could not only stop your pain but repair the damaged tissue that’s causing it? Research suggests that regenerative medicine therapies, now available at the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain in North and South Carolina, could help your body do that. With platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) serums or mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) treatments, your pain could be a part of your past. To get started with regenerative medicine, call one of the six offices — located in Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg, and West Columbia, South Carolina, and Asheville and Gastonia, North Carolina — or use the convenient online form.
Regenerative medicine consists of cutting-edge therapies that concentrate on healing substances found in the human body. Research suggests that regenerative medicine may help your body repair damaged tissues. The two main types of regenerative medicine are PRP serums and MSC therapies.
Your blood is filled with tiny plate-shaped cell fragments called platelets. Platelets are the type of cell your body uses to coagulate your blood to stop a wound from bleeding and to help rebuild tissue as you heal. Platelets are among the solids that make up your blood.
The liquid part of your blood is called plasma. When your licensed medical expert makes a PRP serum, they start by taking a small donation of blood from your arm. They spin that in a sterile centrifuge to separate the platelets from the plasma.
Your medical expert mixes all of the healing platelets into a much smaller amount of your plasma. You then have a concentration of healing platelets that’s about 5-10 times stronger than your blood.
At the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain, MSC therapy is created with donated, pre-approved, and pre-screened stem cells derived from the umbilical cords of healthy, full-term, live births. Umbilical cords are rich in mesenchymal stem cells but are usually discarded.
MSCs are “blank slate” cells that have the ability to transform themselves into other cells. When injected into an area of injury, MSCs have the potential to become tendon cells, bone cells, or skin cells, among others.
If you’re getting PRP, your licensed medical practitioner first uses a syringe to withdraw blood and create the serum. The entire process takes about 15 minutes.
When your PRP or MSC serum is ready, your expert injects it directly into your area of pain or damage. The healing platelets or MSCs are thought to accelerate your own body’s healing process, helping it to rebuild tissues with new proteins and cells. Research has shown that as your body heals the underlying injury, your pain may be reduced, too.
To find out if regenerative medicine is the right therapy for you, contact the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain office nearest you. Phone the friendly staff or use the convenient online scheduler.