“REGENERATIVE INJECTION THERAPIES (RIT) are a spectrum of cutting edge therapeutic techniques used to naturally treat and heal the cause of a painful condition rather than masking the symptom. RIT stimulates and accelerates your own body’s natural ability to heal itself. Listed below are two of the most effective RIT, Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma Injections.”
Dr. Fiks | Advanced Pain Management Center
STEM CELL THERAPY
Stem cells are “undifferentiated” cells which allow them to develop into another type of cell that is required to repair or replace damaged tissue.
Stem cell therapy can repair tissues that are too damaged to heal on their own. Stem cells can stimulate the formation of cartilage, tendon, ligaments, bone and fibrous connective tissue.
Stem cells are obtained from either the patient’s own tissue or a purified embryonic source. These concentrated stem cells are then injected into the patient’s damaged tendon or joint.
PLATELET-RICH PLASMA THERAPY
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) utilizes platelets taken from the patient’s own blood to rebuild damaged tendon or cartilage. Platelets normally circulate within the blood stream and are responsible for clotting, and initiating a healing response in an acute injury. Many times acute injuries do not heal adequately and can lead to chronic pain and loss of function of the injured area. PRP allows us to harvest the patient’s own platelets and reinject those platelets into the site of injury to initiate further healing and improvement in function. This is typically done under imaging guidance such as ultrasound and/or fluoroscopy.
What can I expect DURING my treatment?
Your doctor will evaluate you to determine your candidacy for treatment. If you are considered an appropriate candidate, an appointment will be scheduled for you during which you will have your blood drawn. The injections site will be examined and sterilely prepped. A numbing agent will be used prior to injecting PRP into the injured area.
After the injection you will be observed for 15-20 minutes. You will be called the next day to schedule a follow up appointment.
What can I expect AFTER my treatment?
Because PRP releases growth factors, it is important to not disturb the area of the injection for at least 48 hours. You will be asked to refrain from activities other than necessary walking or driving in order to receive the maximum benefit of the PRP growth factor stimulation. It is helpful if you can refrain from any vigorous activity for up to 2 weeks following each procedure.
What MEDICATIONS can I take?
Please do not take any anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, Aleve, Motrin or aspirin. However you may take Tylenol or medications prescribed by your doctor. PRP has been successful in not only relieving pain but also in jump starting the healing process and allowing patients to get back to enjoying life more fully and without pain.
Injuries and conditions commonly treated by RIT include:
Back and neck pain
Golfers’ and tennis elbow
Osteoarthritis of the knee, hip and shoulder
RIT procedures are done at our office and take about an hour. Patients return home the same day and often can return to work the following day.
Advanced Pain Management Center
10305 SW Park Way #300, Portland Oregon 97225
Tel: 503-295-0730 | Fax: 503-295-0731
Monday – Friday: 8AM – 5PM
Note: We are closed from Noon to 1PM daily