If you’re suffering from chronic back pain, regenerative medicine may be the solution you’ve been searching for. Read on to learn more about this innovative field and how it can treat pain.
Fortunately, there’s hope for people with back pain. Regenerative medicine uses your own body tissues or those donated by others to help heal injured tissues and disease.
At Life Balance Medical Center, led by Alecia Arn, DC, we’re committed to offering patients in Roscoe, Illinois, the best in back pain treatment. As part of our line of comprehensive services, we’re proud to offer regenerative medicine to help treat the cause of your pain and alleviate your symptoms.
What is regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine harnesses your body’s natural healing ability by using special cells called mesenchymal stem cells. The unspecialized cells can be found in different areas of your body, including bone marrow.
These cells help regulate immune and inflammatory processes as well as help regenerate new tissue. When you’re injured or have an infection or disease, these cells travel to the damaged areas to help heal your body.
Regenerative medicine treatments at Life Balance Medical Center boost your body’s own healing process by delivering extra cells to the treatment area. By injecting the cells directly into damaged tissues, they promote repair through new tissue growth, help reduce swelling and inflammation, and work to ease your pain.
How does regenerative medicine treat back pain?
Regenerative medicine has many useful applications, from sports injuries to osteoarthritis to erectile dysfunction. When it comes to back pain, regenerative medicine has the power to not only alleviate your symptoms but also to help heal the root cause of your pain, helping you avoid surgery or other more invasive treatments.
Addressing the root cause of your pain
Common back pain treatments tackle only your symptoms. While these methods may provide you temporary relief, they don’t fix the problem that’s causing your pain. Regenerative medicine, on the other hand, generates new cells to repair and replace damaged tissues.
Regulating and reducing inflammation
Inflammation is your body’s normal response to injury or disease as your immune system works to deliver necessary blood and cells to promote healing. Once the area is healed, the inflammation should go away.
Chronic or ongoing back pain is an indicator that the inflammation isn’t resolving and that the problem still needs attention. Chronic inflammation can be problematic in that instead of being helpful, the tissues become damaged and pain develops.
Regenerative medicine helps solve chronic inflammation related to back pain by releasing certain biochemicals responsible for regulating your inflammatory response. As your inflammation disappears, so does your pain.
Promoting healing in difficult-to-heal tissues
To heal damaged or diseased tissues, mesenchymal stem cells need to reach them in sufficient quantities. This requires adequate blood flow to the area. When the trouble is rooted in your spine, however, it may be difficult for these cells to reach the area, as blood flow can be limited.
This is because the discs in your spine naturally don’t require much blood. As such, they don’t heal quickly or easily because they don’t get enough of the healing properties your body naturally produces. Injured discs can also add pressure to blood vessels, further limiting blood supply.
Because regenerative medicine treatments at Life Balance Medical Center are injected directly into the damaged area of your back, your body gets a helping hand when it comes to repairing these difficult-to-heal tissues.
Recent studies demonstrate that regenerative medicine is a safe and effective treatment for many causes of chronic back pain. To learn if regenerative medicine is right for your back pain, contact Life Balance Medical Center today.