Regenerative Medicine Specialist

Vadim Kushnerik, MD -  - Pain Management

Vadim Kushnerik, MD

Pain Management & Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeon located in Financial District & Midtown East, New York, NY

Tissue repair in new and old injuries alike might sound like medicine from a science fiction book, but it isn’t anything more than your body can do by itself. Regenerative medicine, provided by Vadim Kushnerik, MD, harnesses and focuses these abilities to help heal your tissues and ligaments. To book an appointment for regenerative medicine, call Dr. Kushnerik’s offices in Financial District and Midtown East, New York City, or book your appointment online today.

Regenerative Medicine Q & A

What is regenerative medicine?

Regenerative medicine is an innovative type of medical care that is quickly growing in popularity. Unlike other types of medical treatments, regenerative medicine helps your body regrow its own tissues and heal itself naturally.

Regenerative medicine treatments introduce growth factors to repair damages or stimulate your body’s natural healing processes in some way. Dr. Kushnerik focuses on using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to heal musculoskeletal injuries, restoring full muscular functioning while minimizing your chances of getting side effects from your treatment.

How does regenerative medicine work against pain?

PRP is a substance that Dr. Kushnerik obtains from a sample of your own blood. He draws a small amount of blood from a vein in your arm and places the sample in a centrifuge to spin for several minutes. When your blood sample comes out of the centrifuge, it is no longer a uniform red liquid: Instead, it contains distinct layers of different cell types.

The layer containing platelets, the cells that help your body heal injuries, is the PRP. Platelets play a big role in forming scabs and generating new tissue to repair an injury. When Dr. Kushnerik injects them near an injured tendon or ligament, they work similarly to step in and speed the healing process that’s already happening.

When is regenerative medicine an option for treatment?

Dr. Kushnerik may recommend PRP injections as part of your treatment for a variety of musculoskeletal injuries, even older injuries that still affect your mobility. Regenerative medicine with PRP injections may be an option for you if you have:

  • Tendinitis
  • Ligament injuries
  • Pulled muscles
  • Muscle sprains
  • Osteoarthritis

PRP injections can reduce your need for more aggressive or risky treatments and medications. Since PRP comes from your own body, you’re unlikely to reject it or get unwanted side effects. 

What is the recovery like after regenerative PRP injections?

You won’t notice the effects of your PRP injections until several weeks after you get them. Your joint may feel sore or stiff for several days following the injection, but this shouldn’t interfere with your daily responsibilities. With an over-the-counter pain reliever, you can return to work or school if you choose. 

To learn more about regenerative medicine and its healing possibilities, call Dr. Vadim Kushnerik, MD, or book your appointment online today.