Meet with a Regenerative Medicine Doctor to discuss the following treatments:
- Bone Marrow Concentrate (which contains stem cells and is sometimes referred to as Stem Cell Therapy)
- PRP Treatment (Plasma Rich Platelet)
- Focus on repair and renewal of damaged tissues using the body’s own ability to heal itself
- May be effective for spine, shoulder, knee, hip, muscle, tendon, ligament, and other bone-related injuries
Regenerative Medicine is led by our Double Board Certified Spine & Sports Interventional Pain Specialist and Anesthesiologist, Tanuj Palvia, MD.
Regenerative Medicine ushers in a new era of personalized medicine, opening up the possibility of repairing damaged tissues without relying on surgery. In recent years, this revolutionary area of medicine has seen immense advances that have allowed new treatments for Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Spine Care, and Pain Management professionals to refine existing therapies as well as develop novel ones. With Regenerative Medicine providing innovative ways of treating patients with difficult conditions – the future offers hope and solace to those seeking non-surgical solutions.
The basic principle behind Regenerative Medicine, as it applies to the musculoskeletal system, is the potential for repair, regeneration, restoration, and pain control. Regenerative Medicine includes Prolotherapy, PRP Treatment (or Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy), and Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (which is also commonly referred to as Stem Cell Therapy).
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Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy uses a high concentration of your own blood’s platelets to help decrease inflammation, improve cell growth and stimulate the regeneration of damaged tissues and bone.
Your body has an amazing ability to heal itself. When we get injured, be it a cut, a broken bone, or torn ligament, our bodies come readily equipped with healing agents and growth factors that travel through our bloodstream.
These natural healing agents and growth factors are found in our blood’s Platelets, which are small colorless disk-shaped cells containing proteins and cytokines.
There are certain parts of our body that lack an adequate supply of blood flowing to aide in the natural healing process. Tendons and ligaments, for example, are avascular, meaning they have no blood supply. When these vital structures become damaged their healing is not only significantly impeded, but sometimes it’s virtually impossible, often times requiring complicated and painful surgery.
This is where Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy really shines. By using only your own blood, we are helping your body heal itself. A small sample of your blood is taken and spun down in a special centrifuge, separating the platelets from your red blood cells and other undesirable cells from the plasma.
Your physician then uses ultrasound guided injection techniques to apply this platelet rich plasma directly to the injured part of the body. The platelets go to work immediately and the healing begins.
Most of our patients return to normal activity relatively quickly after the procedure. Our Sports Medicine team can treat joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and even injuries of the spine with PRP. Since there are no drugs or chemicals used, this totally organically derived material is 100% safe, and side effects are incredibly rare.
Injection procedures can help relieve painful injuries that could otherwise cause long periods of recuperation and possible surgery. All of these injection procedures can help you but they’re best when done in conjunction with Physical Therapy and/or Chiropractic Care to give you the best “shot” at living pain free!
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem Cells are the only cells in the body able to morph into other types of specialized cells. Stem cells are found in many parts of the body, but are concentrated mostly in the bone marrow.
We are able to aspirate bone marrow derived stem cells from a specific location of the pelvis (hip bone) called the iliac crest. The iliac crest contains a high concentration of stem cells.
The procedure is simple, nearly painless (a local anesthetic is used), and takes about 30 minutes to complete. After the extraction, the stem cells are concentrated after being spun in a special centrifuge, increasing its potency and healing potential. The stem cells are then injected directly into the damaged area.
By using your body’s own natural healing powers and our knowledge we can repair the targeted tissue and relieve your pain. Once injected in the site, stem cells react with other cells to repair and rebuild the damaged tissue, which in turn accelerates healing, reduces pain, promotes strength and improves joint function.
There have been numerous clinical studies that show significant and lasting reduction in pain for a variety injuries. Stem Cell Therapy can be used to treat injured or degenerating ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and even bone. Research shows an 85% success rate.
There may be mild soreness in the joint for up to a week after the procedure. Heavy exertion should be avoided during this period. Anti-inflammatory products such as aspirin, Motrin, Advil, and Aleve should be avoided for the first 2 weeks as it can adversely affect the stem cell function. We recommend taking Tylenol instead.
Most patients feel improvement a few months after the procedure.