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What Is Regenerative Medicine and How Can it Help Me?

People are living longer, but with longevity comes more health issues. For example, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that by 2040, 26% of the population in the United States will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. That’s a lot of degenerative disease and chronic pain sufferers.

The body is continually attempting to renew itself, but as you age, it may need a little help. At Nebben Physical Medicine in Clarksville, Tennessee, our team of board-certified physicians offers quality regenerative medicine solutions to boost your body’s natural ability to heal itself. This can significantly reduce pain levels and offer better quality of life.

The basics of regenerative medicine

Regenerative medicine was originally an offshoot of organ transplant research. Therapies were discovered to help new organs connect to systems in the recipient body. Now this medical knowledge is being applied in a new way — to encourage the body to renew itself at the cellular level. 

Regenerative therapy techniques include platelet-rich plasma injections, stem cell therapies, and more. For chronic disease and chronic pain patients, these can be life-changing. For active people with an injury, they can speed healing and recovery. 

Traditional pain management treatments

Traditional pain treatment usually starts off with oral pain relievers and anti-inflammatories. Sometimes your doctor may recommend steroid injections or joint injections. Of course, there’s always opioids. But the problem with most of these treatments is that they lose their effectiveness over time, and your pain can increase. Plus, they often don’t address the core cause of your pain. Physical therapy is an option, but your pain levels have to be low enough so you can do the exercises.

When you come in for your consultation at Nebben Physical Medicine, though, your doctor may recommend regenerative medicine treatments like stem cell therapy or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to help manage pain and get your body started on the road to complete wellness.

Regenerative medicine with stem cells

Regenerative medicine options available at Nebben Physical Medicine include mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). MSCs are multipotent in nature, which means you can find them in every tissue in the body. They exist in (and can develop into) cells for the brain, blood, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. MSCs are known to be one of the key players in cellular regeneration and healing.

Regenerative treatment with PRP

For PRP treatment, we take a small amount of your blood and centrifuge it to separate and concentrate the platelets that help form clots. Platelets also contain a large number of growth factors. A properly prepared PRP solution can have up to 10 times more than your normal blood. Your doctor will inject the PRP into the site of your pain and inflammation to promote healing. This is a minimally invasive treatment that has been shown to be effective in reducing joint swelling and pain.

To learn more about regenerative medicine and find out if it’s right for you, schedule an appointment with Nebben Physical Medicine by phone at 931-313-3842 or book your consultation online today.

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