Doctor Category: Pain Management
Most people believe that to treat pain, whether it’s knee, back, shoulder, neck, or other joints, they need prescription drugs or surgeries. Or, they may feel that to their manage pain, they simply have to slow down and lessen their activity levels, which can have adverse effects on physical and mental health. Thomas Nabity Jr., M.D. and John Santa Ana, DO want the community to know that there are other options; ones that don’t just mask pain or require joint replacements or lifestyle changes, but that actually regenerate the damaged tissue.
As partners at Michigan Center for Regenerative Medicine, both doctors are board-certified, fellowship-trained interventional pain physicians specializing in a number of regenerative medicine procedures, most notably stem cell and platelet rich plasma therapies. These techniques are coming more into the mainstream, and they offer promising — and safer — alternatives to treating disorders of connective tissues such as bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, or muscles.
The most successful treatment option is a stem cell procedure, which uses the patient’s own stem cells — not umbilical or donor cells. Bone marrow is extracted, aspirated, and concentrated, then injected with precision into the affected tissue, signaling it to regenerate. Platelet rich plasma therapy is an option that uses the same process, but with a blood draw instead of a bone marrow aspiration. Both extractions are processed in an onsite lab managed by Greyledge Technologies, which also serves the highly accredited Steadman Clinic in Colorado. Typically, in three to six months, the tissue will have regenerated sufficiently, allowing the patient to be free from injection cycles, opioid painkillers, and potential surgery.
Is regenerative medicine right for you? The team at Michigan Center for Regenerative Medicine is focused on positive outcomes and therefore carefully selects patients they believe can be helped by their treatments. Call 248-846-1466 today to speak with a knowledgeable representative who can answer questions and schedule a consultation.