The spine and pain specialists at Virginia Spine Institute have pioneered regenerative medicine as a breakthrough treatment option to heal spinal conditions and joint pain (including but not limited to shoulder, knee, ankle, and hip), without having to undergo surgery. People who suffer from unresolved pain share our common goal of minimizing pain and improving daily functioning. To date, this has been done through quality physical therapy, spinal injections, medications, and when necessary, surgical intervention. Often times these treatment options are ideal for relieving acute pain, but do not fix the underlying problem which is damaged tissue. Regenerative medicine is a natural treatment option that bridges the gap between conservative treatments and surgery.
Simply put, it’s the process of creating living and functional tissues to repair or replace tissue that is lost due to age, disease, or damage. The key goal in using regenerative medicine is to aid in healing the damaged condition and to fix the root cause of the pain. Many traditional, non-operative treatments concentrate on relieving pain and other symptoms, without fixing the underlying cause. For our patients that are not interested in pursuing surgical intervention, but are looking for a solution to their pain, regenerative medicine could be the answer to rejuvenate the damaged tissue.
Known as the body’s ‘repairmen’, stem cells actually have the ability to turn into other cells such as bone cells, cartilage cells, or fat cells. These cells are taken directly from your body and are injected into the disc to stimulate a healing response. This healing response may help to regenerate lost collagen within the disc, leading to resolution of painful symptoms without the use of surgery! Results for this treatment option typically occur within two to three months, but some individuals even experience benefits before this.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) offers a long lasting solution for sports injuries by utilizing the body’s natural healing process. PRP is essentially a concentration of platelets that can be injected into damaged ligaments, tendons and joints to promote tissue repair and accelerate soft tissue healing. Platelets are rich in growth and healing factors which means on average you can get back to a pain-free life in four to six weeks.
Prolotherapy is performed by injecting a solution, usually a combination of concentrated dextrose (aka sugar) and a local anesthetic, into the painful ligament, tendon, or joint. The goal is to intentionally cause irritation within these structures so that the body is forced into restarting the healing process by increasing blood supply and stimulating tissue growth. The result is strengthened and stabilized joints, ligaments, and tendons as well as reduced pain. The end result is a permanent solution for your chronic pain. Results for this treatment option typically occur within the first two to three months, but some individuals even experience relief before this.