What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine is a revolutionary and progressive area of medicine that continues to show great potential in healing many musculoskeletal disorders. Today, various breakthroughs in developmental and cell biology, immunology, and other fields provide new opportunities to refine current regenerative therapies and develop exciting new treatments. Many therapies under the umbrella of regenerative medicine employ treatments that boost the body’s own natural ability to heal itself. Regenerative medicine treatments often consist of delivering specific types of cells or growth factors to injured tissues or organs so they can begin to heal and regenerate.
The objective of regenerative medicine is to stimulate your body’s own innate healing ability through specific therapies. Some of those approaches include nutrition, prolotherapy, PRP, Stem Cell Therapy, and even addressing emotional and spiritual challenges that often lead to disease. Regenerative medicine offers numerous therapy options for healing and restoring a higher quality of life.
The Regenerative Power of PRP
PRP (platelet rich plasma) is a new, safe and exciting treatment option for people who are suffering from musculoskeletal problems, which stimulates the body’s own healing ability. It has been successfully used since the 1980s in dental and oral surgery, and later in musculoskeletal medicine. Today, it’s used as an autologous blood therapy that naturally promotes deep healing of injuries, wounds, and other musculoskeletal issues.
How does it work? Platelet Rich Plasma are concentrated growth agents from your own blood, and are injected directly into a wound or damaged tissues to accelerate natural healing. The growth factors that your platelets secrete help to stimulate the healing of tissue by enhancing tendon stem cell proliferation, and increasing collagen production to repair injured ligaments, tendons, muscles and cartilage. Blood flow is also stimulated, which helps cartilage become more resilient and firm. By enhancing your body’s natural healing ability through PRP, you achieve a faster regeneration of injured tissue to a healthy state. And in most cases, only one or two injections are needed for fast and long-lasting improvement.
PRP injections are extremely safe. The good news is platelet rich plasma is drawn from your own blood, so there’s minimal risk of rejection, allergies or other adverse complications. While you may experience a slight soreness after the injections, it’s actually a positive indication that the healing process has begun. Your soreness might linger for a few days, but will lessen as the tissue repair and healing continues.
Which Conditions Can Be Treated With PRP?
Many conditions have been shown to be effectively treated by PRP injections, include tendon and ligament injuries, chronic muscle strain, joint pain, knee meniscus damage, and back or neck pain. Most ligament or tendon injuries may be treated successfully with PRP therapy. PRP therapy is also helpful for reducing the downtime of injured athletes, and also lessening their chances for re-injury that may need surgical intervention.
PRP treatment gained recognition in the media when Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers both received PRP therapy before winning Super Bowl XLIII. Other athletes who benefited from PRP treatments include Tiger Woods, who received treatments after his knee surgery, and pitchers Bartolo Colon and Takashi Saito in Major League Baseball.
At Piedmont Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, we’re pioneers in the field of PRP and other regenerative medicine treatments. We invite you Book a Consultation Today or call our office at (864) 235-1834 for an appointment.