If you’re a constant sufferer from a past orthopedic injury or chronic joint condition, consider regenerative medicine, an advanced therapy procedure, available at Avera Orthopedics in Sioux Falls, SD.
Regenerative Medicine can help reduce pain for chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as:
How Does Regenerative Medicine Work?
Regenerative medicine relies on the body’s ability to heal itself. It is the process of using the body’s natural healing system to promote soft cartilage growth. The main agent in such regeneration is the stem cell.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses a concentration of platelet cells taken from your own blood. When concentrate platelets (the PRP) are injected, the platelets explode and release growth factors that recruit the stem cells to fill in the cracks. PRP boosts your body’s natural healing by growing and maturing stem cells already in your body and improving blood flow with injections at the injury location.
Other Regenerative Medicine Therapy Options
If more stem cells are needed for healing, they can be extracted from your bone marrow.
This concentrated form of bone marrow is called Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC), and is removed from bone marrow in your pelvis or stomach fat layer in a minimally invasive procedure.
These isolated stem cells can then be injected together with your PRP—boosting the regenerative process.
This procedure can also help tendon pain, although these patients often receive similar outcomes using only the PRP injection, without needing to extract additional cells. However, with full-thickness tears, fat from your stem cells is more effective than using PRP alone in the rotator cuff and tennis elbow.
Placental tissue matrix (PTM) uses an injection of donated, healthy human placental tissue to give the body the source it needs to reduce inflammation, support tissue re-growth and avoid scar tissue.
Facts About Regenerative Medicine
Average procedures take less than an hour, require 3 to 5 days to resume normal activities, with limited mobility for 6 weeks.
Pain relief can last up to 12 months or longer, and many patients feel results after one to two treatments, often scheduled around 2 weeks apart.
Patients often report pain relief within one week but improvement is progressive and can take 12 to 16 weeks for full effect.
While research has shown regenerative medicine to be helpful, many major insurance companies consider this procedure to be experimental. If your insurance doesn’t cover regenerative medicine, talk with your Avera Orthopedics provider about your options.