Understanding Regenerative Medicine and What It Can Do for You

As a frequent byproduct of many persistent health conditions, musculoskeletal disorders, and traumatic injuries, chronic pain affects one in five Americans at any given time. 

Even worse, almost half of those who are living with chronic pain have the high-impact type, or the kind that’s so exhausting or limiting that it interferes with at least one major life activity. 

While many physicians are quick to offer prescription pain relievers, anti-inflammatory steroid injections, and other temporary pain management remedies, the only way to truly resolve chronic pain is by addressing its underlying cause.  

Here at Lifestyle Rejuvenation Medical Group, we’ve always taken a holistic approach to pain that aims to get to the root of persistent discomfort and provide lasting relief. That’s why we offer innovative regenerative medicine solutions that promote accelerated healing from the inside out. Here’s what you should know.  

Regenerative medicine basics

Using powerful restorative cells and growth factors from your own body, regenerative medicine is a pioneering therapy that supports and accelerates your body’s inherent ability to repair and restore damaged or worn tissues. At Lifestyle Rejuvenation Medical Group, we offer two kinds of regenerative medicine for advanced healing and pain relief: 

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy 

As one of the most important components in your blood, your platelets contain hundreds of proteins, including growth factors that encourage healing and clotting when you’re injured.  

To harness the restorative power of platelets and their numerous growth factors, we draw a small amount of your blood and spin it in a special centrifuge to create a potent, highly concentrated injectable serum called PRP

When carefully injected into the source of your pain, PRP and its powerful growth factors help ease inflammation, promote healthy tissue cell renewal and regeneration, and jumpstart the healing process. 

Stem cell injections

This advanced regenerative medicine approach uses stem cells to promote rapid cell renewal, healthy tissue regeneration, and accelerated healing in injured joints and damaged tissues.     

As undifferentiated cells, stem cells are nothing short of transformative. When injected into an injured or inflamed area, they’re capable of changing into the kind of body cells that would support faster, more efficient healing. 

When injected into an injured tendon, for example, stem cells transform themselves into the cells that make up healthy tendon tissue. When injected into a painful, worn-out knee joint, they promote the regeneration of healthy cartilage tissue.     

At Lifestyle Rejuvenation Medical Group, we use mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) derived from prescreened, donated umbilical cord tissue — not embryonic stem cells — to perform stem cell injections.

Repair, regenerate, and heal

With its ability to repair, renew, and restore your body, regenerative medicine has a wide variety of potential applications. It’s an ideal solution for osteoarthritis as well as persistent injuries like tendonitis or whiplash. It can also help speed the healing process following conventional joint repair or replacement surgery. 

When combined with a targeted physical therapy and sports medicine program, regenerative medicine can help speed up the healing process following virtually any kind of sports injury that limits your range of motion and mobility, ranging from a sprained ligament to a torn rotator cuff.  

Unlike conventional pain relievers and anti-inflammatory injections, regenerative medicine restores healthier tissues for the kind of lasting relief and improved mobility that supports your long-term health and well-being.

Personalized pain solutions

When it comes to resolving any chronic pain issue, our team at Lifestyle Rejuvenation Medical Group takes a holistic, multidisciplinary approach designed to ensure your treatment plan is as efficient and effective as possible. 

Many people derive maximum benefit from a combination of strategies. Chiropractic care and cold laser therapy can provide immediate pain relief, physical therapy and massage can improve range of motion and function, and regenerative medicine can accelerate internal healing and renewal.

To find out how regenerative medicine can help you, call our office in Hyde Park, Chicago, today, or click online to schedule a visit with Dr. Higginbottom any time. 

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