Approximately 50 million Americans live with chronic pain. If you’re part of that statistic and pain is disrupting your life, contact Raul Lopez, MD, a board-certified pain management specialist at West Texas Pain Institute, in El Paso, Texas. Dr. Lopez uses innovative regenerative medicine techniques, including stem cell therapy, to not only relieve your pain but help your body heal the condition causing your discomfort. Call West Texas Pain Institute or make an appointment online today.
Stem cells are unique in that they can change into any type of cell your body needs. They’re considered the most basic cellular building block for every tissue in your body. Your body is continually producing new cells, so you have a reserve of stem cells that Dr. Lopez can harness for stem cell therapy. Stem cells may also come from a healthy donor.
Stem cell therapy is a regenerative medicine procedure that floods damaged tissue with the cells and nutrients needed for cell repair and regeneration. Dr. Lopez can use stem cells from your body or from a donor to treat your pain. The stem cells accelerate your body’s natural healing response, which helps resolve the issue causing your pain and lessens your symptoms.
If Dr. Lopez uses stem cells from your body, your treatment begins with a minimally invasive procedure to harvest stem cells, either from your hip or fat cells from other parts of your body. The cells are then treated in a laboratory to trigger their change into the specific type of cells your body needs.
When your stem cells are ready, Dr. Lopez injects them into your damaged tissue. He may also offer a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection at the same time. While stem cells provide the building blocks necessary for cellular repair, PRP injections deliver the growth factors and nutrients to boost your healing response further.
Regenerative medicine treatments like stem cell therapy don’t provide immediate pain relief, but as your body heals, your pain subsides. It’s possible that your body’s inflammatory response may initially increase after your injection. This is a normal response and part of the healing process. Any inflammation you experience should subside rapidly.
Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that provides effective pain relief while also facilitating the healing of the condition responsible for your pain. Stem cell therapy reduces your need for pain-relieving medications and can help you avoid surgery and other more invasive treatments. In fact, Dr. Lopez offers stem cell therapy even if you require surgery to expedite the healing process.
If you’re interested in finding out how stem cell therapy can help you, call West Texas Pain Institute in El Paso, Texas, or make an appointment online today.