There are many reasons people want to avoid surgery. For some, the risk of complications following a procedure is intimidating, especially if they have existing health issues. For others, the fact that they have to go under anesthesia, have a significant recovery time and may be in pain while recovering can be daunting.
Fortunately, there are ways to treat pain that don’t involve a surgical procedure. Among our many minimally invasive therapies, our Atlanta pain management specialists offer regenerative medicine, which uses your body’s own tissue to help facilitate healing in a simple outpatient procedure.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for Arthritis & Injuries
Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) is used to treat damaged tendons, ligaments, joints and other body tissues that have experienced damage due to an injury or age-related degeneration. Your own blood is drawn and platelets are extracted from the blood. Using these concentrated platelets in an injection, your body’s own healing agents are administered back into your body at the site of pain to accelerate healing.
PRP can potentially help patients with chronic pain, such as that from arthritis, tendonitis and both acute and chronic injuries. Since platelets include growth factors, they can help generate new tissue at the site of an injury, helping your body to heal itself. People who want to avoid surgery and are otherwise healthy may qualify for PRP therapy.
Stem Cell Therapy to Effectively Heal Damaged Tissue
Stem cells are cells in your body that have the ability to become any cell. For example, they could become cartilage, bone or tendons. Our Atlanta pain management specialists can use your body’s own stem cells—which are extracted from fat or bone marrow—to help you avoid surgery for chronic pain. Much like PRP therapy, your own stem cells are injected back into your body at the source of your pain, which could be joints, tendons or ligaments that have been affected by an injury or arthritis.
Minimally invasive and done as an outpatient procedure at our practice, stem cell therapy causes only minor discomfort and could help alleviate some or all of your pain. Since stem cells work to regenerate tissue, you can experience real healing instead of just masking the pain with medication or causing even further injury with surgery.
Contact Our Atlanta Pain Management Specialists Today
If you’ve been experiencing chronic discomfort and have been told there’s nothing more to do, it may be time to consider regenerative medicine. Find out if you qualify for PRP or stem cell therapy at Summit Spine & Joint Centers—call us at (770) 962-3642 today or reach out online!