What are Regenerative Therapies?
Regenerative medicine provides a tremendous ability for our bodies to repair certain acute and chronic conditions. Stem cells are the most basic cells living in the human body. These cells contain multiple growth and tissue activation factors that have the ability to become many types of cells, from skin cells to muscle, from bone to cartilage. We are able to obtain high concentrations of these same growth and tissue activation factors using tissue derived from amniotic sources, specifically from the Wharton’s Jelly layer of a donated umbilical cord. Wharton’s Jelly is a gel-like tissue that insulates and protects the umbilical arteries and vein, containing a high concentration of growth factors. Regenerative tissue therapy as one of our orthopedic specialties may be an excellent alternative to surgery, which has excellent results in helping to heal degenerative tendon injuries and tendonitis. Other regenerative therapies we offer are Prolozone, Platelet-Rich Plasma, and Alpha-2-Marcoglobulin.
If you suffer from joint pain, this might be of interest to you. Prolozone is an amazing solution for treating joint pain. This injection therapy is based on the science that as we age, our joints lose nutrition and oxygen resulting in joints that are stiff, sore and prone to injury. Rather than turning to rehabilitation or surgery, this natural, non-surgical regenerative approach is made up of two parts.
The first part of the treatment adds nutrition back into the injured area (vertebra, ligament, tendon, muscle, connective tissue or joint area). The second part of the treatment incorporates ozone, helping nutrition to properly fuel the injured area. The result of these two steps are the proliferation, regeneration and rebuilding of new ligament and cartilage tissue.
Plasma is the liquid portion of whole blood that is composed primarily of water and proteins, and it provides a medium for red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Platelets, also known as thrombocytes, are blood cells that cause clotting and other necessary growth healing functions. Platelet activatation plays a key role in the body’s natural healing process.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses injections of a concentration of the patient’s own platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. In this way, PRP treatments use your own healing system to improve musculoskeletal conditions.
Alpha-2-Macroglobulin (A2M) is a large protein that naturally occurs in plasma. It blocks proteins that are responsible for creating cartilage destruction (arthritis) in the body. By harvesting a patient’s A2M and re-injecting the super-concentrated A2M mixture into a diseased joint, the progression of osteoarthritis can significantly be slowed to decrease further loss of cartilage, promoting tissue growth and relief from inflammation and pain.
Tendon regeneration has been clinically proven to improve tendonitis in the elbow, shoulder, knee and foot, reducing pain and improving functionality. More importantly, it can accomplish this without surgery.
We have selected to use Tenex Health TX® for tendon regeneration treatments. They developed their technology with the MAYO clinic to eliminate pain caused by damaged tissue.
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If you would like to see if you are a candidate for regenerative therapy, please schedule an appointment at either of our clinics.