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Regenerative Medicine Specialist

Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists -  - Pain Management

Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists

Pain Management and Regenerative Medicine located in Northern Virginia

Modern medicine is taking increasing advantage of the healing mechanisms your body already possesses. At Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists in Arlington, Virginia, John Huffman, MD, uses regenerative medicine to treat musculoskeletal injuries and degenerative conditions like arthritis. To find out if you’re a candidate for regenerative medicine, call Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists, or book an appointment online today.

Regenerative Medicine Q & A

What is regenerative medicine?

Regenerative medicine is a relatively new type of treatment resulting in the growth and regeneration of damaged or defective cells, tissues, or organs. Unlike other approaches, regenerative treatments stimulate natural processes within your body, allowing natural healing and improved functioning. In short, regenerative medicine takes advantage of your body’s healing mechanisms that already come into play after injuries and degenerative diseases.

At Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists, Dr. Huffman provides several regenerative treatments to ease your pain, improve mobility, and more. He tells you what to expect from your procedure and how it benefits your health and wellness. In many cases, regenerative medicine can help you avoid costly and time-consuming surgeries that require significant discomfort and healing time.

How does regenerative medicine work?

Regenerative medicine typically uses cells or substances that already exist in your body in some form. Dr. Huffman might recommend:

Stem cells

Stem cells are underdeveloped cells in your body that have yet to specialize in a specific cell type. With their unique potential to develop into many different cell types, they work well to help rebuild damaged tissue and heal old and new injuries. Stem cells for regenerative treatments often come from healthy umbilical cords, fat, or bone marrow. 

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)

Platelet-rich plasma comes from your own blood but isn’t exactly the same. Instead, it only includes the liquid component of your blood, called plasma, and the rigid cells that help it clot, called platelets. PRP injections can help speed the repair process of joint injuries and relieve inflammation. 

What can regenerative medicine treat?

Dr. Huffman uses regenerative medicine to treat many different injuries and health conditions. Treatments like stem cells and PRP injections are versatile and can help repair damage from:

  • Arthritis and joint injuries
  • Tendon injuries and tendinitis
  • Muscle injuries
  • Ligament injuries

If Dr. Huffman feels that regenerative medicine might benefit you, he monitors you with regular visits as you undergo treatment to make sure it’s effective. He might encourage you to try other approaches to treat your condition as well, including weight loss, massage therapy, physical therapy, and more. 

Even if it seems that your injury or degenerative condition will never find relief, regenerative medicine can help improve your healing and ease your ongoing pain. To find out more about regenerative medicine, call Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists, or book an appointment online today.