A Guide to Regenerative Medicine
Regenerative medicine is the new frontier in treating patients with chronic pain and workplace injuries. Our office offers our patients new, natural treatment options that promote healing and regeneration of damaged tissues as a result of an injury.
Prolotherapy is a process which promotes healing through the use of a proliferative agent. This is a great treatment option for anyone suffering with pain from the joints in the neck, mid-back, low back, hip, knee, ankle, toe, shoulder, elbow, wrist, finger or thumb. Prolotherapy injections contain dextrose (sugar) and local anesthetic, and are placed at the attachments of ligament and tendon tissue to initiate inflammation and promote a healing response. This creates a stronger bond at these attachment points, lessening the load on the individual fibers and resulting in increased structural integrity and decreased pain.
Platelet Rich Plasma Injections (PRP)
PRP is a non-surgical treatment that accelerates the healing by activating the stem cells in the patient’s own body. The process involves taking a patient’s own blood, spinning it down in a centrifuge and concentrating the blood into a mixture high in growth factors that stimulate stem cell activity. This is injected into the injury site. This treatment is great for anyone suffering with ligament and tendon tears, joint weakness, muscle strains or fibrosis, arthritis, tendinitis, and back pain.
Intradiscal Platelet Rich Plasma Injections
Intradiscal PRP injections are injected directly into a damaged intervertebral disc, to help reduce pain by causing growth factors to promote healing and regeneration from stem cells. Non-Surgical Orthopaedics is one of the only practices in Georgia offering intradiscal PRP injections. Discogenic pain often originates from a damaged intervertebral disc, sometimes resulting from herniated or degenerative disc disease. Similar to PRP we draw and process the blood, concentrating growth factors and cytokines (small proteins that promote stem cell activity). This is then injected directly in to the disc under fluoroscopy.
Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy
Amniotic stem cell injections contain the growth factors that help to stimulate tissue growth and naturally reduce inflammation. Amniotic fluid is highly concentrated in stem cells, proteins, cytokins and other important compounds, which promote tissue repair and regeneration. Studies have shown this fluid to be naturally regenerative and can reduce inflammation and scars. This treatment is great for those suffering with Osteoarthritis, soft tissue injuries, achilies tears, tendon or ligament tears, sacroiliac pain, any joint-related pain, tennis or golfer’s elbow, rotator cuff injuries, hip pain and low back pain.
Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC)
BMAC is similar to PRP, but instead of using blood we obtain the stem cell-rich concentrate from the bone marrow, which is high in mesenchymal and homeopathic stem cells. This is then injected into an area where the patient is experiencing pain to promote healing and tissue repair and regeneration. This is high in stem cells with a cellular equivalence to iliac crest bone grafts. This procedure is good for anyone who has joint or muscular pain, including spine disorders and extremity injuries.