Interventional & Regenerative Orthopedics Specialist

Akash Bajaj, MD, MPH -  - Orthopedist & Pain Management Specialist

Akash Bajaj, MD, MPH

Orthopedist & Pain Management Specialist & Orthopedic Specialist located in Marina Del Rey, CA

Interventional medicine takes full advantage of targeted treatments and multidisciplinary techniques to provide pain relief, while therapies used in regenerative medicine treat orthopedic injuries and disease by naturally stimulating new tissue growth. Dr. Akash Bajaj specializes in interventional and regenerative orthopedics, offering patients cutting-edge therapies for alleviating their pain and healing faster than with traditional treatments. To learn whether you’re a good candidate for this innovative therapy, call the office in Marina Del Rey, California, or book an appointment online.

Interventional/Regenerative Orthopedics Q & A

Akash Bajaj, MD, MPH

What are interventional and regenerative orthopedics?

Interventional medicine focuses on alleviating your pain using a variety of techniques that directly target pain at its source. Joint injections and nerve blocks that interrupt pain signals are just two examples of the many options Dr. Bajaj may recommend.

As a multidisciplinary practice, interventional medicine may also incorporate treatments such physical therapy and regenerative medicine.

Regenerative medicine uses cells that are normally found in your body, where they restore and regenerate tissues. When these specialized cells, such as growth factors, stem cells, and alpha-2-macroglobulin, are injected into injured musculoskeletal tissue, they promote healing and grow new, healthy tissues.

How does platelet-rich plasma regenerate tissues?

Platelets are cells in your blood that contain special proteins called growth factors. When you’re injured, growth factors promote healing by triggering the growth of new cells to replace the damaged cells and rebuild tissues.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is blood plasma with a higher concentration of platelets than normal blood. It’s made from your own blood by drawing a sample, then centrifuging it to separate platelets from other blood components.

After producing your PRP, Dr. Bajaj injects it into injured or diseased musculoskeletal tissues, where it:

  • Reduces inflammation and pain
  • Heals and repairs tissues
  • Triggers the production of blood vessels
  • Triggers the production of tissues such as collagen, fat, muscle, and connective tissues
  • Stimulates bone regeneration
  • Recruits stem cells to the damaged area
  • Increases stem cell effectiveness

What are the regenerative benefits of stem cell therapy?

Stem cells have the unique ability to continuously replicate, producing an endless supply of fresh cells to grow new tissues. Throughout your life, adult stem cells continue to replicate, maintaining your health by replacing old cells and healing damaged tissues.

When stem cells are injected directly into an injured area, they to do their normal job — they help you heal by triggering new cell growth.

When adult stem cells are injected, they can:

  • Develop new bone, muscle, cartilage, and fat
  • Reduce inflammation and relieve pain
  • Promote cell growth
  • Increase new blood vessel growth
  • Secrete growth factors

What is alpha-2-macroglobulin?

Alpha-2-macroglobulin, or alpha-mac, is an enzyme in your blood that naturally inhibits inflammation. Alpha-mac is obtained the same way as PRP, from a sample of your blood that’s centrifuged to separate the enzymes.

When alpha-mac is injected before PRP therapy, it stops inflammation, relieves pain, and promotes faster healing.

Interventional and regenerative medicine offer advanced options for relieving pain and healing from orthopedic conditions. Schedule your treatment by calling Dr. Bajaj or booking an appointment online.

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