Regenerative Medicine for Pain

What is Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy causes the proliferation, or growth, of new ligament tissue in areas where it has become stretched, torn, or otherwise weakened.

 

Ligaments and tendons are structures in the body that hold and support your joints. When the ligaments near a joint have not healed back to their original strength, the joint is not supported properly, and the result is usually chronic pain.  Prolotherapy uses a dextrose solution, which is injected into the ligament or tendon. The result is a localized inflammation which then increases the blood supply and stimulates the tissue to repair itself.

What types of problems can Prolotherapy treat?

Prolotherapy has consistently demonstrated its effectiveness in the treatment and cure of pain associated with:

  • Neck and back pain

  • Arthritis

  • Migraine and chronic headache

  • TMJ, neck pain, and whiplash

  • Shoulder, arm, and wrist pain

  • Carpal Tunnel and tennis elbow

  • Back and hip pain

  • Knee, ankle, and foot spurs

  • Heel spurs, arthritis, joint pain

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Loose tendons or ligament injury

 

Will Prolotherapy help me? How can I try it?

Prolotherapy is a specialty of the Pain Management and Anti-Aging Center. Dr. Allina evaluates each patient, and a plan is developed for your personal treatment. To find out if you will benefit from Prolotherapy, please contact us.

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Prolotherapy

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a revolutionary new treatment that relieves pain by promoting long lasting healing of musculoskeletal conditions. This rapidly emerging technique is showing exciting potential with osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, hip and spine, rotator cuff tears, chronic plantar fasciitis, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, pelvic pain and instability, back and neck injuries, tennis elbow, ankle sprains, tendonitis, and ligament sprains. Dr. Allina has been trained in Platelet Rich Plasma injection therapy (PRP) and has taught this procedure to physicians around the country.  He has performed the procedure on hundreds of patients and can determine if this advanced, non-surgical treatment is right for you.

How does PRP therapy help?
The body’s first response to soft tissue injury is to deliver platelet cells in the blood to the injured site. Packed with growth factors and healing factors, platelets initiate repair and attract the critical assistance of stem cells. PRP therapy’s natural healing process intensifies the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets to the site. To create PRP therapy, a small amount of your blood is drawn (similar to a lab test sample) and placed in a special machine called a centrifuge that spins the blood at high speeds, separating the platelets from the other components. The concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into and around the point of injury, jump-starting and significantly strengthening the body’s natural healing signal. Because your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection and a very low risk of allergic reaction.

How long does it take?
The procedure takes approximately one hour, including preparation and recovery time. Performed safely in our office, PRP therapy relieves pain without the risks of surgery, general anesthesia, or hospital stays and without a prolonged recovery. In fact, most people return to their jobs or usual activities soon after the procedure.

How often should this procedure be done?
The majority of patients only required one treatment to reach their goal of 85% to 100% pain relief.   The remainder required one or two more treatments spaced six to eight weeks later. You may, however, gain considerable to complete relief after the first or second injection.

 

What are the expected results?
Because the goal of PRP therapy is to resolve pain through healing, it could prove to have lasting results. Initial improvement may be seen within a few weeks, gradually increasing as the healing progresses. Research studies and clinical practice have shown PRP therapy to be very effective at relieving pain and returning patients to their normal lives. Both ultrasound and MRI images have shown definitive tissue repair after PRP therapy, confirming the healing process. The need for surgery can also be greatly reduced by treating injured tissues before the damage progresses and the condition is irreversible.

Make your appointment to see if you are a candidate for this exciting new procedure!  Take the next step to stop your pain and start living again.

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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

What are Stem Cells?

Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that can self-replicate then develop into many different types of cells and tissue. Adult stem cells continuously divide and grow into new cells to repair and replace tissues that are old, damaged, or diseased.

There are different types of adult stem cells. Some produce one specific tissue, while others can replicate several types of cells. Stem cell therapy utilizes adult stem cells that can repair multiple tissues.

What is Stem Cell Therapy?

When a concentrated amount of stem cells are injected directly into damaged tissues, the stem cells regenerate and repair the damage by producing the new cells.

The stem cells used for your injection come from your own body. One type, mesenchymal cells, are particularly effective for orthopedic conditions and sports injuries because they regenerate cells common in musculoskeletal tissues, including bones, tendons, cartilage, and ligaments. Doctor Allina extracts adult mesenchymal stem cells from your abdominal adipose tissue and after processing and concentrating the stem cells, he injects them into the damaged tissues sometimes using ultrasound-guidance when indicated.

What Conditions are Treated with Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cell therapy has successfully treated many orthopedic conditions, including tendon, ligament, and muscle injuries, joint damage, and nerve pain. These are just a few examples of health problems treated with stem cell therapy:

  • Rotator cuff tears

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Back and neck pain

  • Knee pain

  • Hand and wrist pain

  • Muscle, tendon, or ligament tears

  • Inflammatory problems like tendonitis and bursitis

 

As an expert in regenerative medicine, Doctor Allina is available to talk with you about stem cell therapy and how it may help your condition.

How Does PRP Therapy Complement Stem Cell Therapy?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) uses growth factors naturally found in your blood platelets to promote healing, trigger new tissue growth, and enhance the activity of stem cells. When your injury or disease is extensive, or you have degenerative joint disease, a tendon tear, or osteoarthritis, PRP will be added to your stem cell injection.

 

Like stem cell therapy, PRP is made on-site from your blood.  A sample of your blood is drawn and processed in a centrifuge that separates platelets from other blood components. This concentrated sample of platelets can be combined with your stem cell injection for accelerated healing.

If you’re not getting the results you want from your current treatment, it may be time to consider stem cell therapy. Call The Pain Management and Anti-Aging center for an appointment.

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Stem Cell Therapy