The science behind regenerative medicine harnesses your body’s innate ability to heal itself and to restore function. As a dual board-certified anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician, Dr. Olayinka Adepitan takes a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to treating degenerative conditions like chronic joint, back, and neck pain at her practice, PainMD Associates in Plano, Texas. If you’d like to learn more about the latest regenerative medicine techniques, call the office or schedule a consultation online.
Regenerative medicine is the field of medicine devoted to restoring function to damaged tissue and organs within your body. Regenerative medicine therapies use your body’s own, innate ability to heal itself and renew itself, such as when you have a wound or are recovering from surgery.
One of the goals of regenerative medicine is to find a way to cure untreatable diseases and injuries that have been previously untreatable through conventional medicine.
Regenerative medicine therapies seek to rejuvenate your body’s ability to heal itself, replace organs with new ones, or regenerate new cells within your body to restore unhealthy tissue. You may have heard of regenerative medicine in terms of growing new organs, medically engineering new tissue, such as heart valves, or in the forms of stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.
Dr. Adepitan uses stem cell therapy and PRP therapy to provide relief from painful joint conditions and other forms of chronic pain that impede the quality of your life.
Stem cells are unique in their ability to develop into other kinds of cells. They can sit dormant in your body until you need them for a specific purpose, like healing a wound, and then they develop into the specific cells and tissue needed.
So, for example, if you suffer from a degenerative joint condition like osteoarthritis, and the cartilage and other soft tissue around your knee has worn out, stem cell injections may help your body regenerate new cells that turn into new soft tissue that relieves your chronic arthritis pain over time.
Through a minimally invasive procedure, Dr. Adepitan injects a high concentration of stem cells into your degenerative joint to promote your body’s healing response.
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is the component in your blood that contains the highest concentration of proteins, or growth factors. During a PRP treatment, Dr. Adepitan or a member of her team draws a small amount of blood from your arm. The team processes the blood to separate the growth factors from the other blood components.
Dr. Adepitan then injects the platelet-rich plasma into the injured or degenerative area of your body, such as a hip joint or your Achilles tendon. PRP therapy is often used to promote healing of chronic tendon injuries, to promote healing after a surgical procedure, or to reduce knee arthritis pain.
To learn how you may benefit from chronic pain relief through regenerative medicine therapies, call the office or schedule a consultation online.