Regenerative medicine is designed to restore and preserve the body’s physical integrity and physiological functioning at optimum levels. There are hundreds of skilled physicians world wide and innumerable patients that understand the concepts, believe in the treatments, and have enjoyed the results. The is despite that this is an area where no medical claims are made, and it is often considered ‘investigational’ in nature. At the forefront is Platelet-rich plasma or ‘PRP therapy’ , a 100% natural way to harness your body’s own regenerative powers. PRP takes a small sample of the patient’s own blood, and processes this sample in a special centrifuge to concentrate the growth factors that are derived from the platelets. This ‘PRP’ is then injected into the areas of concern, stimulating your natural regenerative process.
Virtually all of regenerative medicine is considered ‘cutting edge’ and is therefore an ’emerging technology’ or ‘investigational’, and not covered by insurances. Many are ‘off-label’ uses versus traditional FDA-regulated treatments that may have been tried with limited success by a patient already. Regenerative treatments open a whole new door to results. The fact that it is considered by some to be ‘new’ is interesting, since PRP has been around since the late 1970s and Dr Thaker has used PRP for wound healing as a young doctor in the late 1990s, when he was involved in wound care and research in the burn unit. Thus evoking the adage, ‘what is once old will be new again’. Book an appointment here.
At the forefront of regenerative therapy for pain management is Platelet-rich plasma or ‘PRP therapy’, a 100% natural way to harness your body’s own regenerative powers. PRP takes a small sample of the patient’s own blood, and processes this sample in a special centrifuge to concentrate the growth factors that are derived from the platelets. This ‘PRP’ is then injected into the areas of concern, such as a painful joint, stimulating your natural regenerative processes.
Dr Thaker has found that the key for determining how best to use PRP, is asking the most specific question possible. Thus, not ‘does PRP work for joint pain?’ The answer is it may work, it depends. Rather, following a thorough evaluation by Dr Thaker, the question becomes ‘would PRP work for medial compartment degenerative joint disease of this specific patient’s knee?’ By making a specific diagnosis and developing a unique treatment plan using regenerative therapies, Dr Thaker can thus best produce lasting results and relieve pain. There are even a few highly specific diagnoses that are covered fully by insurances for PRP, as a testament to its effectiveness in these areas, that Dr Thaker can determine by evaluation.
Apart from PRP, visco-elastic supplementation can be used for joint pain that has failed prior therapies, and to tremendous effect. This is injection of a prepared product into the knee joint, which many patients think of as ‘oiling up the knee’, with natural components found in healthy joint fluid. Hyaluronate is the key substance injected and found in joint fluid, that provides the lubricating and shock-absorbing quality to the fluid, and it is essential for the proper functioning of joints.
At times injection of substance into the spine, joint, or other area of the musculoskeletal system is of great value. These medications include lidocaine, such as for trigger point injections, painful areas of muscle tissue, that can produce pain and can be physically felt by a skilled examiner. Of course steroid injections are well known to calm inflammed joints and tissues and are often effective alone or in combination with lidocaine, and in conjunction with the methods from regenerative medicine.
Remember, just because the exact cause of pain has not been determined by prior doctors the patient has seen, this does not mean that a ‘pain generator’ does not exist. The patient is still in pain despite the lack of an exact diagnosis. It is not the patient’s fault medicine in the 21st century can not always determine its exact cause. This pain can and must be treated for the patient regardless. This is the cornerstone of Dr Thaker’s pain management philosophy.