What are you asking for this holiday season? New shoes, tickets to sports games, another kitchen appliance? Perhaps there’s something a bit (a lot) more impactful you can receive this year: improved health.
If you suffer from chronic pain — which millions of Americans do — consider investing in pain management as a gift to yourself this year. Even better, let your family and friends know that the best gift they could possibly give is support, financially or emotionally, for your pain management.
What exactly is pain management?
Pain management refers to the sector of medicine that deals with, well, pain. Pain management specialists like Dr. Pallavi Cherukupally at Regenerative Sport, Spine, and Spa have dedicated their careers to discovering and using advanced methods to help patients find lasting relief from pain.
A pain management doctor treats your condition with a multi-faceted approach, always attacking the pain at the root cause. Dr. Cherukupally treats many types of pain, including pain of all the major joints (ankle, knee, elbow, shoulders, hips), neck and back pain, arthritis pain, pain from car accident injuries, neuropathic pain, and more.
What are the different types of pain management treatments?
At Regenerative Sport, Spine, and Spa, Dr. Cherukupally offers a handful of impressively effective pain management treatments, including: stem cell therapy, PRP therapy, and bone marrow aspirate (BMA) therapy.
Stem cell therapy
A relatively new branch of pain management, stem cell therapy involves the use of undifferentiated cells — cells that, unlike most of the cells in your body, aren’t limited to just one part or purpose (e.g., skin or stomach), and can indefinitely multiply. These multi-functional cells can be injected into any pain or injury site and develop into connective tissue (such as tendons and ligaments), blood vessels, or lymphatic tissue.
When injected, stem cells help your body heal on a cellular level, from the inside out. Dr. Cherukupally has successfully used stem cell therapy in patients who had back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, and osteoarthritis.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy
This pain management technique is one of the most popular in the sector of medicine, as well as one of the most researched. Surgeons and doctors have used platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to promote post-surgical healing, speed up the recovery process after sports injuries, and manage chronic pain.
To perform PRP therapy, Dr. Cherukupally takes blood from your arm and spins it in a centrifuge until its individual components (red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma) separate. She injects a platelet-rich plasma solution back into your body at the pain site, where it releases growth factors and other healing compounds to repair tissues.
Bone marrow aspirate therapy
BMA treatments stand as one of the most advanced cellular pain management therapies available to patients today. Your bones contain a spongy type of tissue called bone marrow, where high concentrations of stem cells reside.
Similar to the PRP therapy process, Dr. Cherukupally uses a needle to draw bone marrow from your body. She then spins it in a centrifuge until the healing stem cells separate, and injects the bone marrow stem cells back into your body at the injury site. BMA treatments have been shown to reduce inflammation (a key driver of pain and disease), quicken healing time, and relieve pain.
We hope you’ve decided that 2019 is the year you’ll finally invest in yourself and your health for the holidays. To learn more about pain management and how Dr. Cherukupally can help, schedule an appointment at Regenerative Sport, Spine, and Spa today. Call 407-205-1307 or request an appointment online.