Nothing beats keeping your own joint. Currently, available treatment interventions are either bionic, where the damaged tissues are replaced by man-made materials, or biologic, where a patient’s own cells and growth factors are used to regenerate and heal through molecular signaling and undifferentiated cell activation.
The Leading Edge of Regenerative Therapy
Next-generation stem cell injection procedures allow capture of an individual’s own bone-marrow derived stem cells and blood platelet rich plasma mixtures to support the body’s ability to heal damaged tissues including tendons, ligaments, cartilage, muscle and bone.
Regenerative medicine techniques can be a viable alternative to treating painful joints for conditions like arthritis in the appropriate patient population. Patients may be able to avoid or delay joint replacement surgery and the requisite lengthy recovery periods.
Cellular and Molecular based Technology.
Cellular technology provides options for natural healing by harvesting cells from healthy tissues in the body, concentrating them, and delivering them to the site of injury. Treatments are performed in the clinic using local anesthesia. Molecular based, therapeutic cell therapy procedures are changing the way doctors conceptualize treatments and practice medicine.
Platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP), supports your body’s own natural healing response with regenerative growth factors. Your platelets are the vehicles for growth factor transport and once activated, release growth factors like IGF-1, VEGF, PDGF and many others. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons “Many famous athletes like Tiger Woods, tennis star Rafael Nadal and others have received PRP for various conditions such as sprained ligaments (like knees) and chronic tendon injuries. Some athletes have credited PRP with being able to return more quickly to competition.”
Stem Cell Therapy is a non-surgical solution that supports a patient’s own undifferentiated cells and growth factors to treat or prevent a disease or condition. Bone marrow concentrate (BMC) has been used globally by elite professional athletes, recreational athletes and patients who seek an alternative to surgery. Over the past decade, it has become a highly sought after treatment strategy. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, one study showed the use of BMC “improved healing and tendon durability in the rotator cuff.” Another study demonstrated that stem cell therapy reduced pain and restored the meniscus.