Regenerative Medicine Specialist

Integrity Pain Consultants

Interventional Pain Management Specialists & Regenerative Medicine located in Nashville, Hendersonville, Hermitage, & Cookeville, TN

Regenerative medicine uses your body’s natural healing cells to alleviate your pain and accelerate healing of injuries and musculoskeletal conditions like arthritis. Experienced pain specialist Kenneth Homolya, MD, at Integrity Pain Consultants provide platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell injections at their five offices in Hermitage, Nashville, Hendersonville, and Cookeville, Tennessee. If you have a painful, severe, or slow-healing injury, regenerative medicine can help. To schedule an appointment, call the nearest office or use the online booking feature today.

Regenerative Medicine Q & A

What is regenerative medicine?

Throughout your lifetime, your body uses platelets and stem cells to heal injuries and regenerate the new cells needed to replace old and damaged tissues. Sometimes this natural process slows down, a problem that occurs as you get older, when there’s a poor blood supply, or your body is overwhelmed by a severe injury.

When your body needs support to improve healing, your provider at Integrity Pain Consultants can use regenerative medicine. They can take platelets and stem cells from your body and inject them at the site of an injury or disease. 

What healing benefits do I gain from platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?

Platelets are a component of your blood filled with proteins called growth factors. When you’re injured, platelets travel to the damaged tissues and release growth factors. Then the growth factors activate healing.

There are many types of growth factors and each one triggers different healing activities. As a group, platelets:

  • Accelerate healing
  • Regulate inflammation
  • Stimulate new blood vessel growth
  • Recruit stem cells to the area
  • Prevent degeneration of healthy tissues
  • Trigger healing activities in nearby cells

Your provider at Integrity Pain Consultants produces your PRP in the office. They draw a sample of your blood and process it in a centrifuge that separates the platelets and plasma from other blood cells. The result is a high concentration of platelets that they inject at the site of injured tissues.

What is the role of stem cells in regenerative medicine?

Stem cells live in certain parts of your body, where they continuously self-replicate throughout your lifetime. To replicate, they divide to create a new cell, then that cell develops into the tissues needed for healing. For example, one type of stem cell naturally found in your body fat can produce new muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, collagen, fat, and bone.

Integrity Pain Consultants offers stem cell treatment using Lipogems®. This minimally invasive technology extracts body fat from your abdomen or love handles and processes the fat to remove the stem cells. Then your provider injects the concentrated cells at your injury.

The injected stem cells immediately start to regenerate new tissues. They also secrete substances that communicate with the nearby cells, activating them to participate in healing.

Regenerative medicine effectively boosts healing and relieves pain caused by musculoskeletal injuries and degenerative diseases like arthritis. To learn more, call the Integrity Pain Consultants office nearest you or book an appointment online today.