Debilitating pain is no fun. If left untreated, pain can make life downright unmanageable. For issues like back injuries or torn tendons, people often take maintenance medications like painkillers, and sometimes even undergo surgeries like discectomies or fusions. But surgeries for any cause of chronic pain offer no assurances. The good news is there are many alternatives to procedures like back fusion or shoulder surgery. At Blatman Health and Wellness Center, we offer a number of regenerative medicines and therapies that can help heal pain and other ailments. Need relief from knee pain or treatment for a torn tendon? Don’t skip straight to surgery; come to our health and wellness center first.
Two regenerative treatments that have proved highly effective for our Cincinnati and New York patients are PRP Therapy and stem cell treatments. The processes use the patient’s own blood to rebuild and heal damaged tissues, tendons or cartilage. Patients who receive stem cell therapy for knees often report fast healing, increased function and relief from pain following treatment, all without knee replacement surgery, which is very invasive and has a long recovery time. Likewise, patients who PRP therapy for torn tendon treatment often thank us for helping them heal without the intervention of opioids or invasive procedures.
These are two of three injectable pain-relieving, regenerative medicine treatments that our health and wellness center focuses on when treating chronic pain with a definitive source. They are prolotherapy treatment, PRP therapy and stem cell injections. Let’s get into the details of each:
Prolotherapy involves injecting concentrated dextrose and Novocain into the stressed or injured tissue. This new and very small injury helps alleviate blood supply issues that may be causing the pain and wakes up your body’s healing program. It provides the tissue nourishment and stimulates greater blood flow to provide relief and healing. It also unkinks the fascia strings that make up the injured ligament or tendon, providing some immediate relief from pain that outlasts the Novocain..
PRP therapy, also known as platelet-rich-plasma treatment, also involves a simple injection, just like prolotherapy. But unlike prolotherapy, which uses dextrose or sugar water as the injection element, PRP therapy injects your own plasma — the part of the blood containing growth factors thought to promote healing. It works faster than prolotherapy. In PRP therapy, Dr. Blatman takes some of your own blood and places it in a centrifuge, which uses centrifugal force to separate the platelets from the blood. This new altered plasma, which is created solely from your blood, has a high concentration of platelets. When injected into the affected are, platelet-rich-plasma treatment should supplement and/or restart your body’s own healing processes.
Prolotherapy is typically less effective than PRP therapy and requires more sessions of injections. PRP works faster, requiring 1 to 3 treatment sessions in many cases.
Stem Cell Therapy
In stem cell therapy, sometimes, the patient’s own stem cells are used to provide natural building blocks for healing. More often it is a better idea to use cells and tissue harvested from birth products of healthy C-section babies. These techniques can provide effective pain and healing relief without surgery. Stem cell treatments, specifically via bone marrow transplants, have been around for decades and have proven to be a safe and effective treatment. Dr. Blatman has been doing stem cell and PRP procedures for 25 years.
Stem cells have also been effective at treating joints, muscles, tendons, and bone fractures. As a regenerative medicine doctor, Dr. Blatman has seen it help heal back and knee pain, sport injuries, and even help relieve urinary stress incontinence.
Cincinnati’s Premiere Health and Wellness Center
Dr. Blatman is a regenerative medicine doctor practicing holistic medicine in the Cincinnati area. He offers stem cell injection, PRP therapy, peptides, and other natural means for healing. Relief is possible without the need for surgery or pharmaceuticals. Give us a call to schedule an appointment to see which approach is best for you.