Regenerative Medicine

What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?

Platelets are instrumental in healing processes because they release a number of growth factors and additional bioactive proteins upon activation. PRP is a growth factor therapy in which platelets are concentrated from serum. These preparations are made by obtaining blood from a patient and processing it (“blood-spinning”) to concentrate platelets above baseline levels.

What are Stem Cells?

Stem cells are unspecialized cells that have the ability to differentiate into multiple different cell types or to replicate themselves.   Specifically, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are adult stem cells that become the cells of the musculoskeletal system, including bone, cartilage, muscle, and ligament. The ability of MSCs to differentiate into multiple musculoskeletal cell types, release regenerative growth factors, and dampen immune responses holds great capability orthopaedic tissue engineering.

Common disorders that are treated by regenerative medicine include:

Osteoarthritis (knees, hips, shoulders, ankles)

  • Tendon tears

  • Ligament tears

  • Rotator cuff tears

  • Tennis or Golfer’s elbow

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Bursitis

  • Jumper’s knee

  • Runner’s knee

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Is this treatment for me?

Regenerative medicine aims to heal injuries and disease from the source, as opposed to just masking the pain.  Many patients will benefit from regenerative medicine, especially those that have not improved with other traditional treatments, or those who are looking to avoid surgery.  To see if you are a candidate for regenerative treatment please book an appointment

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What conditions can be treated with regenerative medicine?

Hundreds of clinical trials have supported the benefit of platelet-rich plasma in the use of treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and disease.  Stem-cell therapy is a breakthrough in the medical profession that has aims optimize the biology of healing. Regenerative medicine injections can help reduce pain and inflammation, improve function, and eliminate the need for more aggressive or invasive procedures.