An impending paradigm shift in Interventional Pain Medicine is the promotion of regeneration of worn-out tissue. Along with injections, joint replacement, medical management, and other established comprehensive care, the field of Regenerative Medicine is evolving to take its place in pain management. Fruitful possibilities for Regenerative Medicine are Platelet-Rich Plasma, Stem Cells and Amniotic Membrane therapy. These fields are currently under study and show promising potential.
I am trained in Platelet-Rich Plasma (PrP) administration. We are currently analyzing research to guide our timing in offering PrP at Premier Pain Center. Also, we are closely following studies regarding stem cell technology. The optimal stem cell sources and preferred target tissues for treatment are under investigation. Lastly, amniotic membranes have unique properties with regeneration potential. Amniotic membranes were used during spine surgery in animals yielding decrease scarring.
Regenerative Medicine is rapidly evolving and conclusive evidence for efficacy is growing. We plan to offer these treatments at our northshore office as soon as justified by scientific evidence.
PainMedicineNews.com, Dec 2012, Vol. 10. No. 12