Healing Power of Nature
Regenerative Pain Medicine seeks to provide lasting pain relief by treating the cause of low back pain, neck pain, arthritis pain, sports injury pain, and overuse injury pain. It is an attempt to reverse damage to and degeneration of connective tissue caused by traumatic injury, repetitive motion injury, or the aging process. Damaged and degenerated ligaments, tendons, muscles, joint surfaces, and intervertebral discs cause pain and dysfunction. Damaged and degenerated connective tissues have irregular blood vessels, entrapped nerve ending, chaotic collagen matrix, and accumulation of metabolic waste. These degenerative changes lead to pain.
Organisms are capable of healing themselves after injury. Injury to musculoskeletal structures triggers a critically important inflammatory pathway followed by a healing cascade. The majority of healing occurs in the first eight weeks after an injury, but the remodeling phase continues for up to one year. During this time the body produces growth factors in order to stimulate growth of new tissue. After this time, if healing is not complete there is a localized decrease of blood flow, entrapment of nerve endings, and accumulation of metabolic waste. This is called “sub-optimal healing”. In essence, these tissues turn from normal connective tissue into scar tissue. As a direct result, nerve receptors in these tissues constantly fire pain signals.
The goal of Regenerative Medicine is to restore health to these tissues using the body’s own natural healing response. By injecting stem cells from your own bone marrow and/or fat directly into the problem areas, we attempt to regenerate normal tissue and thereby eliminate dysfunction and pain.