Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine procedures are a non-surgical option for those suffering from musculoskeletal pain and other degenerative orthopedic conditions. These procedures work to restore healthy joints and tissue and relieve pain from acute and chronic injuries. Regenerative procedures are minimally invasive and there is little down time from your life. There are multiple regenerative medicine procedures available as the science is evolving quickly. As a Sports Medicine practice, Affinity Sports Medicine is always reviewing the latest research to provide the best, most advanced procedures for various conditions.
Regenerative Medicine is a broad name that incudes may different treatment options. Affinity Sports Medicine offers various regenerative medicine procedures including Stem Cell Injections, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Prolotherapy.
The best treatment is determined after a comprehensive medical evaluation and discussion with the patient.
The goal of Regenerative Medicine is to heal the injury, not cover up the pain.
Regenerative Medicine is not a perfect cure for all orthopedic conditions. Our doctors strive to provide the best medical advice and treatment options available.
Regenerative medicine is effective for a wide range of orthopedic conditions including:
Acute and chronic sports injuries
Joint instability including the knee, shoulder, wrist, ankle, hip and other joints
Certain types of arthritis
Acute and chronic tendon injuries such as Tennis/Golfer’s elbow, partial rotator cuff tears, Achilles tendinitis, patellar tendinitis, plantar fasciitis
Acute and chronic sprains & strains
Chronic back pain
STEM CELL TREATMENT
What are Stem Cells?
Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) are multi-potent cells in the body that can differentiate or change into tissues such as bone, cartilage or muscle. MSCs are found throughout the body in various tissues. When an injury or trauma occurs, MSCs are recruited to the area of injury where their primary function is to heal injured tissue. These cells work together with growth factors as well as the existing cells and tissue to initiate an elaborate healing process. This complex process helps regenerate and restore healthy tissue in order to alleviate pain.
Stem cells were discovered over 40 years ago when researchers found that cells derived from bone marrow had the ability to form various tissues. These cells are responsible for tissue healing and remodeling on a daily basis. Stem cells have now been found in other tissues including adipose (fat), umbilical cord matrix and amniotic fluid.
Conditions Treated With Stem Cells
Stem cell injections are used for the treatment of acute and chronic sports injuries as well as chronic orthopedic pain. These injuries can occur in multiple areas of the body including the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle and foot. These injuries include but are not limited to:
Acute tears of tendons, ligaments and muscles
Chronic injuries to the tendons, ligaments and muscles
Chronic degenerative joint pain such as osteoarthritis
PLATELET RICH PLASMA
What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is blood plasma with concentrated platelets. The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain huge reservoirs of bioactive proteins, including growth factors that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. Platelet aggregation and degranulation is part of our body’s natural response to injury. When PRP is used for treatment, the body’s natural response to injury is concentrated to promote healing of tissues. The bioactive proteins found in PRP are used to "jump start" the healing process of injuries to connective tissue including bone, tendons and ligaments.
Conditions Treated With PRP
PRP injections can be used to treat many different acute and chronic sports injuries and orthopedic pain. PRP is typically used for tendon and ligament injuries occurring in various parts of the body including the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle and foot. PRP has also been used for treating chronic joint pain found in degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis.
What is Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is a safe non-surgical treatment for chronic pain, injury and arthritis. Prolotherapy targets joints, ligaments and tendons that are weakened and stretched out from injury or aging. The procedure involves injecting a solution of lidocaine and dextrose into the damaged joint, ligament, or tendon. This stimulates the body to create new collagen, which forms connective tissues and repairs damage. Prolotherapy promotes healing and alleviates pain by restoring strength and integrity to damaged tissues.