Regenerative medicine is an emerging branch of medical science which deals with functional restoration of tissues or organs. It also addresses healing pain by decreasing inflammation and helping restore healthy tissue.
There are different types of regenerative medicine including: stem cell therapy, platelet rich plasma treatments, prolotherapy, tissue regeneration. To note, I do not specialize in joint, limb or spinal disc regeneration, which is still being investigated.
Prolotherapy (Proliferative Therapy), also known as Non-Surgical Ligament and Tendon Reconstruction and Regenerative Joint Injection, stimulates the body’s healing processes to strengthen and repair injured and painful joints and connective tissue. Prolotherapy, with its unique ability to directly address the cause of the instability, can repair the weakened sites and produce new collagen tissue, resulting in increased stabilization of the joint. Dextrose is injected directly into the ligaments.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) consists of concentrated platelets and growth factors that promote healing and regeneration of injured tissues. To harvest the solution, a small sample of your own blood is drawn in a sterile manner and then centrifuged at high speeds. What is left over is the growth factors and platelets, which promote healing. This is injected back into your tissue or joint spaces to help reduce pain.
Stem cell therapy uses your undifferentiated cells which allow them to develop into other types of cells that are required to repair or replace damaged tissue. A high volume of bone marrow is drawn from your bone with local anesthetic. Your bone marrow is then centrifuged and a concentrated solution of your stem cells is injected back into your damaged tissues to help with conditions such as arthritis, bulged discs, ligament tears (ex. rotator cuff) and nerve pains.