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Your Quick Guide to Regenerative Tissue Therapies Revolutionizing Orthopedic Medicine & Helping Patients Avoid Joint Replacement Surgery

March 16, 2022

In the past, treatments to help you avoid joint replacement surgery for orthopedic issues were very limited. Medication, physical therapy, and learning to live with pain were just about your only options. Today, regenerative injection therapies utilizing stem cells and/or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) offer promising results. These minimally invasive options work relatively quickly with very little downtime afterward.

As the name implies, the goal of regenerative medicine (RM) is to regenerate tissue. This works well in orthopedics because many tissues in your musculoskeletal system can be regenerated. Regenerative therapies can be used in so many applications in addition to orthopedics, such as facial rejuvenation and even erectile dysfunction. RM can address congenital issues that previously had no treatment options, as well as mend an injury that won’t heal, fight infections, and even reverse effects of autoimmune disorders and diseases. As this field of medicine continues to develop, so do the possibilities!

Regenerative therapies harness the power of your body’s own cells that promote healing to repair damaged tissue and enhance the growth of healthy tissue from the inside out. This is done simply by injection, reducing, or eliminating altogether the use of scalpels, artificial joints, lengthy recovery after surgery, and risk of dependence on opioid pain medications.

Does Regenerative Medicine Actually Help You Avoid Joint Replacement Surgery and Provide Lasting Arthritis Pain Relief? 

Yes, it can! Though certainly not in all cases, many patients are able to delay or altogether avoid a total joint replacement through RM. It can not only improve mobility and function in damaged joints, but it can improve regenerative tissue to provide lasting pain relief.

Dr. Brannon Frank, board-certified pain management physician at Direct Orthopedic Care, said “Regenerative injection therapy is an amazing technology that allows us to treat patients that either aren’t responding to other interventional pain management treatments or those who desire a less invasive or faster option for healing other than surgery.

“With stem cell or PRP injections for orthopedic patients, your body can heal its own tissues that have been damaged by age, acute trauma, repetitive strain injuries, and disease. The results are amazing, and all without the pain and recovery time required by traditional joint replacement surgery for arthritis pain relief or other issues. It’s quite remarkable,” continued Dr. Frank, who offers regenerative medicine in the form of injections for patients that wish to delay or avoid surgery.

What Regenerative Injection Therapies Are the Orthopedic Specialists at DOC Incorporating Into Guest Care?

Currently, we offer autologous stem cell injections, derived from your bone marrow, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, which are derived from your blood plasma.

Stem Cell Injections for Chronic Back Pain and Other Orthopedic Concerns

Stem cells from your bone marrow can differentiate into bone, cartilage, or even fat cells to stimulate the natural healing process in the back and other areas. Stem cells are harvested and then injected to treat nearly all musculoskeletal conditions. The benefits of stem cell injections include decreased pain and inflammation, better function, and faster recovery time. Additionally, injections are much less invasive than surgery.

PRP Injections for Chronic Knee Pain and Other Concerns

Your own plasma, which is rich in growth and healing factors, is collected, prepared, and injected into injured areas to promote healing and reduce pain. This natural healing technique can also be used for many conditions affecting bones, muscles, and joints including the knee joint. As with stem cell injections, patients can expect shorter recovery times than surgical solutions and long-term relief from inflammation and the resulting pain.

Which Orthopedic Conditions Benefit From Regenerative Medicine Including Stem Cell and PRP Injections?

RM allows many patients to avoid surgery and can address the following issues:

  • Arthritis
  • Bone fractures and injured cartilage
  • Chronic back pain
  • Chronic elbow pain
  • Chronic knee pain
  • Chronic shoulder pain
  • Injury that won’t heal
  • Joint pain including chronic hip pain
  • Labral tears
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Partially torn tendons
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Pinched nerves
  • Repetitive motion injuries, including golfer’s elbow, runner’s knee, tendonitis, and bursitis
  • Spinal issues
  • Torn meniscus
  • Torn, sprained, or strained ligaments, tendons, and muscles
  • And many others

Why Should I Choose DOC for PRP, Stem Cell Injections, and Other Regenerative Medicine Near Me?

When choosing a specialist for PRP and stem cell therapies, it’s important to choose an experienced provider. At Direct Orthopedic Care (DOC), we are committed to offering the latest, most effective treatments to our patients, taking patient outcomes very seriously to ensure your quality of life improves.

While many clinics only have a limited number of providers that offer these specialized therapies, all of our providers at DOC have the education and training you need for life-changing regenerative medicine options. So, there is no need to wait for a specific provider – we’re always available for you!

Regain Function and Restore Health With Regenerative Options Including Arthritis Pain Relief From DOC 

Restore your active pain-free lifestyle by calling us today at 855-898-2655 to learn more about our innovative pain management treatments, including stem cell therapy and PRP for pain management, wound healing, and to help avoid surgery!

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