Interventional Pain Management
Holistic & Regenerative Medicine
Holistic medicine is an attitudinal approach to health care rather than a particular set of techniques. It addresses the psychological, familial, societal, ethical and spiritual as well as biological dimensions of health and illness. The holistic approach emphasizes the uniqueness of each patient, the mutuality of the doctor-patient relationship and each person’s responsibility for his or her own health care.
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Acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. This involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through the skin at strategic points on your body to boost your body’s natural painkillers and increase blood flow.
The human body has the natural ability to heal itself in many ways. A cut to the skin repairs itself, broken bones mend and a living-donor’s liver regenerates in a few weeks. Imagine if scientists could capture this naturally occurring ability to heal and apply it to a wide range of conditions.
Heart disease, stroke, diabetes and osteoarthritis are examples of chronic conditions that are long lasting and do not resolve on their own. In many cases, symptoms can be managed with medication or medical devices.
Regenerative medicine goes beyond disease management to search for and discover therapies that support the body in repairing, regenerating and restoring itself to a state of well-being.
Regenerative medicine therapies prompt the body to enact a self-healing response. These advancements in patient care across a wide range of medical specialties point to new solutions to expand and maintain optimal health and quality of life.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment is a medical procedure that uses a patient’s own blood to help their body heal and repair itself. PRP treatment takes advantage of the body’s natural healing abilities by concentrating platelets and their associated growth factors from the patient’s own blood. This concentrated solution is then injected into the affected area to stimulate and accelerate the healing process. It’s important to note that the effectiveness of PRP can vary based on individual factors, and it may not work for everyone.
Blood collection: A small amount of blood is drawn, similar to a routine blood test.
Separation of components: The collected blood is placed in a centrifuge, a machine that spins at high speed. This process separates the blood into different layers based on their densities. The main components are red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma.
Extraction of PRP: The platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is the layer containing a high concentration of platelets and some white blood cells, suspended in plasma. This layer is carefully extracted, leaving behind the other blood components.
Injection: The PRP is then injected into the area of the body that needs treatment, such as an injured tendon, joint, or skin. The high concentration of platelets in PRP releases growth factors and other proteins, which help stimulate the body’s natural healing process.
Healing: The growth factors in PRP recruit stem cells and other repair cells to the site of injury, promoting tissue regeneration and reducing inflammation. This can lead to faster healing, reduced pain, and improved function.
Stem cells are unique cells with the ability to develop into many different types of cells, such as muscle cells, blood cells, or nerve cells. This makes them valuable in treating a wide range of medical conditions. The therapy involves obtaining stem cells from various sources, expanding and differentiating them in a laboratory, and then transplanting them into the patient’s body to promote healing.
Stem Cell Process
Stem cells can be obtained from various sources, including embryos, adult tissue (e.g., bone marrow, adipose tissue), and umbilical cord blood.
Stem cell isolation and expansion: Once the stem cells are collected, they are isolated from other cell types and may be expanded in a laboratory to create a larger number of cells for treatment.
Stem cell differentiation: Depending on the treatment, stem cells may be directed to develop into specific cell types that are needed to repair or replace damaged tissue.
Preparation for treatment: The stem cells are prepared for transplantation, which may involve combining them with other materials or growth factors to promote their integration into the body.
Stem cell transplantation: The stem cells are then transplanted or injected into the patient’s body at the site of the damaged tissue or organ.
Integration and healing: Once inside the body, the stem cells can help repair damaged tissue by replacing the damaged cells, stimulating the body’s own repair mechanisms, or reducing inflammation. The transplanted stem cells can integrate with the surrounding tissue, promoting healing and improving function.