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Regenerative Medicine Specialist

Lynx Healthcare

Pain Management Practice located in Spokane Valley, Kennewick, & Richland, WA

Regenerative medicine uses your body’s cells to heal injured tissues, help you avoid surgery, or shorten your downtime after surgery. The regenerative medicine specialists at Lynx Healthcare offer treatments with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cells, which provide long-lasting pain relief by healing the source of your pain. To learn if regenerative medicine can help relieve your pain, book an appointment online or call the office in Spokane Valley, Kennewick, or Richland, Washington, today.

Regenerative Medicine Q & A

What role does PRP have in regenerative medicine?

As natural components of your blood, platelets have two jobs to perform: they promote blood clotting to stop bleeding and accelerate healing.

When tissues in your body are injured, platelets naturally travel to the area and release growth factors. Then the growth factors:

  • Activate the healing process
  • Regulate inflammation
  • Recruit stem cells to the area
  • Support new cell growth
  • Stimulate new blood vessel growth
  • Prevent degeneration in healthy tissues

Your Lynx Healthcare provider makes your platelet-rich plasma or PRP treatment in the office by drawing a sample of your blood and processing it to separate the platelets from the other blood cells. 

Then your provider draws the platelets and a small amount of plasma (the liquid part of your blood) into a syringe and injects the concentrated platelets, using real-time imaging to inject them into the injured tissues.

What role does stem cell therapy have in regenerative medicine?

Adult stem cells keep you healthy throughout your lifetime by creating new cells that can develop into all the different tissues needed to repair your body. When tissues are injured, or they get old and damaged, stem cells immediately go to work, regenerating new, healthy cells.

Though your body has stem cells, you may need an injection containing concentrated stem cells, with or without PRP, when:

  • A severe injury is more than your natural stem cells can repair
  • Your age slows down your body’s healing response
  • The injured tissues have a poor blood supply
  • Your injury is slow to heal

Like PRP, your stem cell treatment comes from your body. Your provider can obtain adult stem cells from excess fat tissue or your bone marrow. The tissue sample is processed on-site to separate the stem cells, and then they’re immediately injected back into your body at the site of your injury.

What health conditions does regenerative medicine treat?

PRP can accelerate healing for nearly any type of injury or degenerative disease. The stem cells obtained from your fat or bone marrow naturally regenerate tissues such as muscle, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, skin, and bone, making them perfect for treating musculoskeletal conditions.

The team at Lynx Healthcare may recommend regenerative medicine for conditions such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Neuropathy
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis and tears
  • Knee ligament injuries
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Facet joint syndrome
  • Sprains and strains

Regenerative medicine can treat most conditions that cause back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, and knee pain, often providing relief within a few weeks after your treatment. It can also be an effective treatment for sciatica.

To learn how regenerative medicine can relieve your pain, call Lynx Healthcare, or book an appointment online today.