Regenerative Medicine is a collection of treatment modalities that helps the body to regenerate damaged, inflamed, and aging tissues. Much of this might be based upon healthy diet and lifestyle, but sometimes the body needs some help; especially if the individual has underlying medical or metabolic issues that hamper the body in its regenerative efforts. There are many conditions that do precisely that. Common circumstances include systemic conditions (high blood pressure, lipid imbalances, autoimmune conditions, diabetes, thyroid conditions, obesity, liver conditions, kidney conditions, Pulmonary conditions, cardiovascular conditions, etc.).
Regenerative medicine services at Vitruvio that may be right for you include both Stem Cell and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapies.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem Cell therapies are achieving incredibly successful results in many chronic and acute conditions. Our hope is to make these Stem Cell and related therapies more accessible and less financially burdensome for the people who would benefit from them.
This state-of-the art medical treatment combines the latest scientific research and medical technology, with a focus on non-surgical treatment. Stem Cell Therapy utilizes the potential of your own bodies growth factors and enhances the body’s natural repair process. Stem Cells are typically derived from your own fat or bone cells. Both a rich source of adult stem cells Bone Marrow and Fat Tissue is acquired with a special collecting system and then spun at a high speed to isolate the stem cells. The Stem Cells are then carefully injected into the site where the damaged tissue exists and the healing regeneration begins. Most patients find themselves back in their daily routine the day after the procedure. Healing gradually happens over the course of 2-6 weeks and can continue for up to 6 months.
Stem Cell Therapy Procedures can treat a wide variety of conditions including, but not limited to:
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Achilles Tears
- Ankle and Foot Arthritis
- Ankle Sprains
- Cartilage Defects
- Phantom Limb Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ/TMJD)
Whether you are an elite athlete or a “Weekend Warrior,” PRP is an effective and safe nonsurgical therapy to treat some forms of chronic pain. To harvest PRP, a small sample of your blood is drawn into a specialized collecting system. This blood is then spun at high speeds to isolate the growth factors and platelets. Once PRP is obtained, it is injected into and around the point of injury to jumpstart the healing process. The injection procedure is usually completed in less than 15 minutes. PRP’s natural healing process intensifies the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets and regenerative growth factors directly into the area in need. Because your own blood is being used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection, and a low risk of allergic reaction. Although recovery times can vary, patients generally begin to see improvement in pain and mobility after 4 to 6 weeks. Improvement will continue for up to 6 months.
PRP Therapy is Used for a Variety of Conditions:
- Arthritis of the Joints
- Foot and Ankle Pain
- Ligament, Cartilage, & Tendon Injuries
Why Choose Regenerative Therapy?
Reduce the Need for Major Surgery
The need for surgery can be greatly reduced by treating injured tissues before the damage progresses. Because the goal of regenerative therapy is to heal injured tissue and not just mask the pain, it could prove to have lasting results.
Many professionals and athletes have undergone regenerative therapy to help them heal more rapidly from an injury and get back to full activity. Regenerative medicine procedures are ideal for individuals who face ailments such as: patellar tendon injury, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendon injury.
What Can Stem Cell Therapy & Platelet Rich Plasma Treat?
Chronic Joint Pain
Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of chronic joint pain. Osteoarthritis involves the entire joint, including the nearby muscles, underlying bone, ligaments, and connective tissue. In osteoarthritis, the supportive tissue called cartilage degenerates, leading to inflammation and pain. Platelet rich plasma and stem cells contain a concentrated source of anti-inflammatory proteins that aid the healing process. Stem Cells can also regenerate joint surfaces and help heal tendon, ligament, and muscle injuries.
Symptoms and Solutions
This type of arthritis is common in weight bearing joints as well the back and upper extremities. Even the joints of the jaw can be victim to joint degeneration. Patients will often complain of joint stiffness, throbbing, and swelling. There is no cure for osteoarthritis, but regenerative medicine therapies such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and bone marrow derived stem cell therapy are a new generation of treatments that have been proven to be safe, effective, and have lasting results.
Where Do Platelet Rich Plasma & Stem Cells Come From?
Stem cell treatments are unique because they help the body jump start the healing process. Our practice uses a sterile, closed surgical technique to obtain the stem cells.
The bone marrow is a rich source of adult stem cells. Bone marrow aspiration is a quick and simple outpatient procedure to derive regenerative mesenchymal cells and growth factors to heal and restore injured tissues.
Adipose, or fat tissue, also has a high concentration of adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells. The advantage to adipose derived stem cells is the ease of harvest. While not applicable to all treatment target sites, Adipose Derived Stem Cells provide a very good option for many applications.
PLATELET RICH PLASMA
When your body is injured, its first natural response is to flood the area with growth factors that promote healing. These growth factors are released by platelets. They work to stimulate the healing process. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy optimizes the body's healing process by placing a high concentration of platelets directly into the injured area.
To harvest PRP, a small sample of your blood is drawn into a specialized collecting system. This blood is centrifuged at high speeds to isolate the growth factors and platelets. Because your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection, and a low risk of allergic reaction.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Two advantages of a stem cell injection over surgery are:
1. No need for hospital stay
2. No prolonged recovery
Healing gradually happens over the course of 2-6 weeks and can continue for up to 6 months.