At OrthoRegen, we treat many joint injuries with Regenerative Orthopedics. These therapies, include Prolotherapy, PRP, and Stem Cell Therapy, and are effective for pretty much any joint of your body where there is a musculoskeletal injury. When you contact us, we’ll be happy to give a recommendation as to whether you are a good candidate for this non-surgical option. From there, we’ll figure out the right kind of Regenerative Orthopedic treatment option for your exact problem, to effectively repair your joint, and get you back quickly to the activities you love: Pain-free.
Many of our patients come to us when they’ve been told by someone else that it’s time to get surgery to fix their problem. Maybe they have lasting shoulder pain, or there’s a pain in one or both of their knees that just won’t go away. However, that doesn’t mean that surgery has to be the answer. In fact, Regenerative Orthopedics is almost invariably a better option. Not only can these treatments be more beneficial, but they also have much less down-time and recovery time.
When you need surgery, you’re probably already in pain. After the surgery, you’re likely to be in plenty of pain, and then you’ll have to recover, possibly go through physical therapy, and so much more. The prolonged recovery time can cause you to be less effective at your job, or possibly even make you take time off. With Regenerative Orthopedics, you won’t need to take all that time off for recovery. Over the course of just a few Regenerative Orthopedic treatments, most people note improvement, and before you know it, you’ll be returning to the things in life you enjoy.
The “PRP” stands for “platelet-rich plasma,” and is one form of Regenerative Orthopedics. Like so many of our other treatments, this really just uses what’s already in your body to treat you. In the case of PRP, we utilize your own blood to help your body recover. See, these platelets in your blood contain “growth factors,” which means that they can help get soft tissue repairing as it should. For many of our patients, that’s exactly what they need to repair the damaged soft tissue areas of their bodies.
The blood is centrifuged in a special way to cause the plasma to be rich in platelets or have a high concentration of platelets. So, the PRP we inject into the injured area is practically overflowing with growth factors. Then, this injured area of your body that’s been starving for tissue growth gets a giant helping of it. The more platelets in the damaged area, the faster and more completely your tissues will heal.
This is a treatment that’s been proven to be effective in joints all over the body. Many of our patients with hip labrum problems or knee meniscus injuries have responded wonderfully to this form of treatment, once again able to do the activities and sports they love. When joints are injured, it’s amazing how difficult simple motions are. You will be relieved to be able to walk, sit, or just use your knees and hips again without pain.
For many, this is known as the “original prolotherapy.” When Prolotherapy began in the ’30s, this was the form it took. Think of your body as a machine. In order for the body to heal the parts of the body that need healing, it sometimes needs a boost. Especially, difficult to heal areas like ligaments and tendons that naturally just do not have a great flow of blood. Prolotherapy is a Regenerative Orthopedic therapy that can cause the body to kick into high gear and boost the healing cascade in order to stimulate blood flow and repair the soft tissue parts of your body that have been injured.
With this form of Prolotherapy, we inject the soft tissue parts of the joint that have been injured. Then, the blood and healing factors rush to heal the areas that have been damaged. We cause a very temporary and low-grade inflammation which makes your body spring into action. It’s important to note that this is a normal part of the healing process. Utilizing a local anesthetic, we make sure that you’re always comfortable during the treatment process.
In cases of severe degeneration or in certain joint injuries, we may recommend Stem Cell Therapy. We have great success with Stem Cell Therapy because we use the Gold Standard in Stem Cell Therapy utilizing Dextrose Prolotherapy, PRP, and stem cells from both fat and bone marrow. Just because someone has told you that you need surgery, remember that there are other options available.
These various Regenerative Orthopedic options are very effective at returning you to a vibrant and pain-free life again. Contact us today for a consultation at 310-453-1234, and we’ll be happy to let you know which of our treatments are right for your body.