Regenerative Medicine

Stem Cell and Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy: Your Body’s Secret Weapon

What is Regenerative Therapy?

Male RunnerRegenerative therapy procedures are performed as outpatient procedures in our office. They involve injection of concentrated growth factors and/or stem cells to regenerate and heal tissues in joints, muscles, tendons, spinal discs, or ligaments. These therapies can be used to treat acute or chronic pain conditions related to degenerative disease. Regenerative therapies include obtaining concentrated platelets and growth factors and/or adult mesenchymal cell types shown to be capable of accelerating the healing process.

What Can Stem Cell Therapy & Platelet Rich Plasma Treat?

Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of chronic joint pain. Osteoarthritis involves the entire joint, including the nearby muscles, underlying bone, ligaments, and connective tissue. In osteoarthritis, the supportive tissue called cartilage degenerates, leading to inflammation and pain. This type of arthritis is common in shoulders, hips, knees, hands, and feet. Patients will often complain of joint stiffness, throbbing, and swelling. There is no cure for osteoarthritis, but regenerative medicine therapies such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy are part of a new generation of treatments that have been proven to be safe, effective, and long-lasting.

Stem cells are also used to treat the pain of degenerative disc disease.

Where do platelet rich plasma and stem cells come from?

Why Choose Regenerative Therapy?

Current medical therapies work reasonably well, but there are pitfalls. In the treatment of pain, we commonly choose anti-inflammatories, opiates, and steroid injections. But…

  • Anti-inflammatories are associated with gastrointestinal problems (like ulcers and reflux) and kidney damage.
  • Opiates are habit-forming and can cause short-term memory loss, hormonal changes, and constipation. In the long-term, these medicines can worsen pain, and they are associated with many overdose deaths.
  • Steroids, and the local anesthetics (numbing medicine) used with them, will eventually break down joints.

Ultimately, surgery is often recommended. Even after a surgical, anatomic correction, pain may still persist. The need for surgery can be greatly reduced by treating injured tissues before the damage progresses. Because the goal of regenerative therapy is to heal the pain and not just block it, it could prove to have lasting results.

However, researchers and physician scientists are always searching for newer, better therapies. Today, those therapies include the use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and adult autologous or allogenic stem cells. Several top-tier athletes have used these therapies, and they have credited the treatment with a speedier return to competition. Regenerative medicine procedures are ideal for individuals who face ailments such as tendonitis, ACL injuries, arthritis of the knee, hip, or shoulder, rotator cuff tears, tennis elbow, hip bursitis, patellar tendon injury, plantar faciitis, and achilles tendon injury.

Would I be a good candidate?

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Regenerative therapies are superior to our standard therapies. However, they are not perfect, and they are not miracles. The therapies may have to be repeated in the future, and there is no guarantee of success. Severe disease will not usually respond very well. Furthermore, patients at an advanced age will not have the good response a younger person would likely have. As we age, we have fewer stem cells of our own. Therefore, there is less natural healing for the injected stem cell to coordinate. Still, it is appealing to use a natural, anabolic (building up) therapy instead of our more common catabolic (breaking down) therapies.

What’s involved with regenerative procedures?

Recovery Time

Although recovery times vary, patients generally begin to see improvement in pain and mobility after 4 to 6 weeks. Improvement will continue for up to 6 months. Regenerative therapy patients experience fast recovery and are back to their usual daily activities quickly.

Costs and Benefits

Insurance usually does NOT cover the cost of these procedures. While regenerative therapies have been used for years, they are still considered investigational. Therefore, insurance does not typically cover any of the costs. The cost of a regenerative therapy procedure varies based on your treatment case. Payment will be required in full prior to the injection.

Procedures typically takes less than an hour, and it relieves pain without the risks of surgery, general anesthesia, or hospital stays. Most patients are able to return to work the next day. You may be a candidate for this cutting-edge treatment. Let us help you find a solution to your pain! Contact Us using the form on this page to schedule a Free consultation or call (352) 508-8668

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