Regenerative medicine promises amazing new treatments for joint conditions and osteoarthritis. Cutting-edge therapies use stem cells, blood plasma, and amniotic fluid to regenerate joint cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and promote bone healing. These treatments may reduce pain and help patient guests to postpone or reduce the need for joint replacements.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cells are the foundation of development in humans. They work as an internal repair system, dividing without limit to replenish many different cell types. Stem cells come from a guest’s own bone marrow, which is typically harvested from the pelvis. A centrifuge separates the desired stem cells and growth factors from your blood sample. The separated stem cells and growth factors are then injected into the damaged joint to help stimulate your body’s healing potential. Insertion is not a surgical procedure, but rather an injection.
The orthopedic surgeons at DOC believe that stems cells are ideal to help treat and heal rotator cuff conditions, tendonitis, ligament injuries, and cartilage damage from osteoarthritis. Recent studies indicate that stem cells injected into fractures promote bone healing and can also help accelerate the healing process after surgery.
Reportedly Peyton Manning had stem cell therapy in 2011 when trying to recover from neck surgery. At 39, Peyton became the oldest quarterback to win the Super Bowl in 2016 for the Denver Broncos.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) comes from a simple blood draw, which is centrifuged and scientifically separated to obtain concentrated growth factors that stimulate an aggressive healing response. PRP stimulates healing when injected into an injured or degenerated part of the body. A PRP injection promotes healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints, and can be applied to various musculoskeletal conditions.
Amniotic cells are in the fluid surrounding a fetus during gestation and birth. Amnion is collected safely during C-sections, sterilized and cryopreserved for later use as an injection. The fluid provides over 83 known growth factors that stimulate and support growth and healing, including hyaluronic acid, which is similar to joint fluid.
Amniotic stem cells can treat tendonitis, ligament tears, damaged cartilage, and osteoarthritis. The fluid contains anti-inflammatory properties to treat pain and promotes repair and regeneration of tissue.
Talk to your DOC orthopedic surgeon about regenerative medicine options. The FDA approves regenerative treatments. They are considered safe because of the use of a guest’s own cells or blood or sterilized amniotic fluid. Generally, regenerative treatments are not covered by insurance.
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