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Our Regenerative Medicine Options and How They Can Help You

The use of pain medications has become an epidemic in the United States, especially when it comes to opioids. Fortunately, there are many other natural, effective ways to manage painful acute and chronic health issues so you don’t have to rely on highly addictive drugs to get through your day.

Our mission at Back to Life Integrated Medicine is to treat all of our patients in Lakewood, California, and the nearby communities as naturally and holistically as possible. This is why we offer regenerative medicine treatments that help your body heal itself in the most natural way for long-term relief from pain and other symptoms. Read on to learn about our cutting-edge regenerative medicine options and learn how you can benefit from them. 

Regenerative medicine

Before you read about our services, it’s helpful to understand what we mean by regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine uses innovative treatments to accelerate your body’s natural healing process. These treatments help repair damaged tissue and relieve pain, typically through the use of simple injections rather than surgical procedures. 

Often through a series of regenerative medicine injections, you can get pain relief from an arthritic joint, a damaged tendon, and several other orthopedic conditions and injuries. 

Mesenchymal stem cell injections

One of our regenerative medicine treatments is mesenchymal stem cell injections. Mesenchymal stem cells come from umbilical cord tissue donated from healthy, live births. We use these mesenchymal stem cells to stimulate new cell growth and speed up the healing process. 

When your provider at Back to Life Integrated Medicine injects mesenchymal stem cells into a damaged tendon, a degenerative joint, or another musculoskeletal problem, these cells revitalize bone, blood vessels, muscle, and other tissues your body needs to repair itself. Each injection takes just a few minutes and isn’t painful, other than the feeling of the needle pricking your skin. 

Some conditions that may benefit from mesenchymal stem cell injections include:

Your provider at Back to Life Integrated Medicine conducts diagnostic tests and discusses your health history to determine if you’re a good candidate for mesenchymal stem cell injections. 

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections

Another type of regenerative medicine treatment we offer is platelet-rich plasma injections. PRP comes from the plasma and platelets in your own blood. 

Plasma contains natural growth factors and proteins that help your body heal itself after an injury. For example, when you fall and scrape your knee, blood platelets congregate around your wound and play an instrumental role in clotting your blood. 

When we take a small blood sample from your arm and process the blood in a centrifuge, it separates the plasma from the other components. This leaves us with a highly concentrated solution of plasma that contains 5-10 times more growth factors and proteins that your normal blood. When your medical provider injects the PRP into a damaged or injured area of your body, the growth factors go to work repairing tissue. 

Platelet-rich plasma also helps reduce inflammation and promote the healing of soft tissues. Some conditions that may benefit from PRP injections include:

With mesenchymal stem cells and PRP, you may need a series of injections, depending on your condition. It takes some time for new cells to regenerate and repair damaged ones, so it typically takes a few weeks or more to feel less pain and regain mobility of the area. However, regenerative medicine can help you avoid surgery and help you decrease your dependency on pain medications — if you even need them at all. 

Regenerative medicine treatments can help improve the quality of your life, increase your range of motion and mobility, and help you manage chronic pain long term. And, since it’s a natural approach to helping your body heal itself, for the most part, you won’t have to worry about adverse side effects or withdrawals. 

To take a holistic approach to your pain and musculoskeletal conditions, schedule a consultation at our office by phone or online. Call our Lakewood office at 562-232-9437, or request an appointment online anytime.

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