In the United States, degenerative orthopedic disorders are a major source of persistent pain and disability. Musculoskeletal discomfort and dysfunction can be caused by trauma, obesity, or age. Regenerative medicine is a great option for patients that have failed other conservative therapies such as physical therapy, medications, and rest.
Effective in Treating Many Conditions
Regenerative medicine is already being used to treat patients in several sectors of medicine. In orthopedics, these therapies have been demonstrated to be effective in repairing ligament, tendon, muscle, and joint problems and frequently helps patients avoid surgery. These techniques allow the body to recover on its own.
Biological tissues present in the human body such as blood, fat, and bone marrow are used in regenerative medicine therapies, which are also known as orthobiologics. For persons with acute and chronic orthopedic disorders, regenerative medicine therapies have been found to help relieve pain and enhance function. The length of recovery is determined by the type of treatment used.
Regenerative medicine is a non-surgical therapy option that uses the body’s natural healing mechanism to repair damaged tissue, speed up injury recovery, and relieve pain. It can be delivered in a minimally invasive way to regenerate different tissues in the body. In most circumstances, this sort of biologic therapy is developed by treating an injury with the patient’s own tissue (known as “autologous” regenerative medicine).
The first step is to meet with a specialist to discuss your concerns and treatment choices. A subsequent appointment will be for treatment.
Two Prominent Regenerative Medicine Treatments
How PRP Works?
A little sample of a person’s own blood is used to make PRP. Platelets, which are blood cells that assist in natural tissue healing processes, are isolated and concentrated when the blood is centrifuged (spun down).
These platelets, coupled with plasma, a fluid component of blood, are then injected back into the individual at the injury site. The injection contains many proteins that may help to reduce inflammation, discomfort, and promote tissue recovery. Many soft-tissue injuries such as those in ligaments, tendons, knee menisci, cartilage, and muscle have been treated using PRP. PRP is typically safe, as is all autologous regenerative medicine because it is generated from the patient’s own blood.
How BMAC Works?
BMAC (bone marrow aspirate concentrate) is a stem cell-based treatment. Stem cells can be found in tissues throughout your body, but one of the richest sources can be found in your bone marrow. Platelets and a range of strong cells including stem cells are found in bone marrow, which aid in healing. The cells are separated from the bone marrow aspirate and processed in a centrifuge machine. The substance that has been separated is then injected into the damaged region.
Are there any side effects?
The injury being treated is almost always “on the inside” of a joint, placing a needle in the affected region will cause temporary discomfort. The anesthetic used prior to the injection typically alleviates this.
If you’re getting a cell-based therapy, the initial stage will be to remove your bone marrow or fat, which will be done under local anesthetic with a skin numbing injection. You may suffer some soreness in the location where your bone marrow or fat was taken after the treatment.
At Loop Medical Center you will see a physician who will assess your symptoms and your present condition before recommending the best course of action for you. Do the best for your health. Book consultations and entrust your health in the hands of experienced professionals!