Newest Fellowship-Trained Physician Specializes in Regenerative Medicine
Fairhope, Ala. (Nov 1, 2018) -- Comprehensive Pain & Rehabilitation recently expanded its practice with the addition of Marc Alexander Raj, DO a fellowship-trained physician who specializes in Interventional Sports, Spine, and Regenerative Medicine.
Dr.Raj, who is now accepting new patients, said, “Determining a correct diagnosis is vital to helping people with chronic issues such as back pain, tennis elbow, and rotator cuff tears find relief.” This is possible through state of the art minimally invasive procedures.
The goal of Regenerative Medicine is to use your body’s own cells to repair or cure previously difficult to treat injuries. Dr. Raj places your cells with precision image guidance using ultrasound or X-ray, or a combination of the two to the exact site of damaged tissue. These procedures can amplify the body’s natural healing processes with minimal invasion and significantly less down time than surgery.
While the treatments -- such as platelet rich plasma and stem cell injections to heal a meniscus tear in the knee -- may not work for everyone, Dr. Raj said many of his patients and those he observed during a fellowship in California, have experienced reduced pain, improved tissue healing and increased function following treatment. These treatments are used in conjunction with physical therapy for maximum effectiveness.
A firefighter with chronic low back pain who was disabled for more than eight years showed tremendous improvement after platelet rich plasma injections into his discs. "He returned to our clinic in eight weeks and was already 60 percent better. I expect continued improvement," Dr. Raj said. "He went back to the gym and was able to start cycling classes again."
Dr. Raj said he pursued a career in regenerative medicine because of the innovative nature of the field. "I still think it's amazing," he said. “I love it." (Photo: Marc Alexander Raj, DO)
ABOUT MARC ALEXANDER RAJ, DO
A Louisiana native, Dr. Raj earned a degree in biochemistry with honors in chemistry from Loyola University of New Orleans. A graduate of NOVA Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Davie, Florida, Dr. Raj completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at LSU in New Orleans. He also completed a fellowship at the Bodor Clinic Regenerative Spine and Sports Medicine in Napa, California. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (FAAPMR) and registered in musculoskeletal ultrasonography (RMSK.) He is licensed to practice medicine in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and California. He also is a member of the American Osteopathic Academy (AOA), American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R), the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM).
Dr. Raj has multiple peer-reviewed publications and research studies including an article titled “Pokemon Go: Imaginary Creatures, Tangible risks” about the potential dangers of augmented reality mobile gaming that was mentioned in Forbes magazine.
ABOUT REGENERATIVE MEDICINE
Regenerative medicine is a relatively new field that brings together experts in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, genetics, medicine, robotics and other fields to find solutions to some of the most challenging medical problems. It includes the practice of using the body’s own cells, assistive devices and engineering platforms to develop new treatments with the potential to fully heal the underlying causes of injury, rather than only manage disease symptoms.
ABOUT COMPREHENSIVE PAIN & REHABILITATION (CPR)
Comprehensive Pain & Rehabilitation (CPR) is a multi-disciplinary medical practice devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain using an integrated program of interventional pain medicine, behavioral medicine and functional rehabilitation. The practice includes a team of physicians who are board-certified in Anesthesiology Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and fellowship-trained in Pain Medicine. The medical team specializes in functional restoration, as well as acute and chronic pain management. CPR has clinic locations in Fairhope and Mobile, Alabama; Pascagoula and Biloxi, Mississippi. Visit www.nopaindr.com or call 251.625.2888 for more information.