Thanks to recent developments in the field of pain management, chances are you’ve heard about regenerative therapy. This innovative procedure is helping people across the country get relief from their chronic pain. But, with any new treatment comes questions. Here are some answers to common questions many have about regenerative therapy.
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Answering Your Questions About Regenerative Therapy
What Are Regenerative Medicine Cells?
The cells used in regenerative medicine are special undifferentiated cells that have the potential to become different kinds of body cells. This includes nerve cells, muscle cells, cartilage cells, and more. This unique ability makes them ideal for treating injuries. They can be deployed to a damaged area to restore the tissue.
How Does Regenerative Therapy Work?
The cells used in regenerative medicine do a great job of fixing damaged tissue in your body, but they have a difficult time reaching some areas, like joints, on their own. Regenerative therapy lets us inject cells into hard-to-reach areas that are experiencing pain. Once there, they start to restore and repair the damaged cartilage tissue, relieving the pain.
Is Regenerative Therapy The Same Thing As PRP?
PRP (or platelet-rich plasma) works by taking some of your blood and using a centrifuge to concentrate the level of platelets, a type of blood cell that aids in healing. These platelets are injected into the damaged joint to relieve pain.
Both procedures achieve similar effects using different kinds of cells. Based on the unique causes of your chronic pain, one or a combination of treatments may work better for you. However, regenerative therapy is typically the best choice for major cell restoration.
Where Do You Get Cells Used in Regenerative Medicine?
Cells used for regenerative therapy procedures come from your body. This means there is no risk of your body rejecting the treatment, an allergic reaction, or contracting blood-borne illnesses.
When Does Regenerative Therapy Start to Work and How Long Will the Relief Last?
Results will vary from patient to patient, but most patients experience improvement after about a month or two. It typically takes between six and eight months for patients to feel peak relief.
The treatment’s effects usually last anywhere from one to two years, although many patients experience relief for much longer.
Will I Need to Have it Done Again?
This will depend on the type of injury and level of degradation you have. Fewer than 4% of patients have needed follow-up treatment over the past two years.
Does My Insurance Cover Regenerative Therapy?
This varies based on your injury and the kind of insurance you carry. After your diagnosis and initial consultation, we will be able to work out a specific treatment package for you and determine what your insurance will cover.