Is Regenerative Medicine Right For Me?April 14, 2017
Regenerative Medicine heals injuries by growing new healthy tissue with the potential to fully repair damaged tissues. Advanced technologies are allowing physicians like Dr. J. Keith Spain of The Orthopaedic Group to use the body’s ability to naturally repair and regenerate its own damaged cells and tissues to promote and accelerate healing.
Dr. Spain performs specialized procedures that focus on the use of autologous biologic grafts – this means using certain tissues from your own body and placing them back into injured areas to stimulate and speed the repair process.
In order to become the regional expert on these treatments, Dr. Spain received specialized training at BlueTail Regenerative Therapeutics, a nationally recognized leader in Regenerative Medicine. As the regional affiliate, he has the expertise to treat injuries and conditions, including (but not limited to) arthritis, tendinitis, and muscle injuries, that may affect the knees, shoulders, hips, ankles, or other areas of the body. Dr. Spain is able to treat theses injuries and conditions using stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP), often without the need for surgery or when surgery is not an option.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy has been recognized by the medical industry worldwide as potentially being the biggest breakthrough in natural healing. Stem cells have regenerative power; when they are injected into an area that needs healing, your body’s natural response is to accelerate the process and repair the damage. Recent advances have led to the understanding that we have our own supply of unused stem cells in our body. We now have minimally invasive techniques to isolate these cells from the bone marrow, blood, and fat tissues, concentrate them and then, under direct ultrasound guidance, inject them into an area of the body that is injured. The concentrated stem cells and growth factors can help the body naturally rebuild damaged tissues to allow for a rapid return to desired activities, without ongoing discomfort.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
Platelets play a critical role in healing wounds, soft tissue injuries, and fractures by activating stem cells to regenerate new, healthy tissue. PRP Therapy involves an injection of your own platelet-rich plasma that gives your body a natural boost to accelerate the healing process. Some patients report pain relief and rapid healing when PRP is accurately injected into an area of injury or diseased/damaged tissues.
Regenerative Medicine can treat many diseases and injuries
We specialize in the comprehensive treatment of the musculoskeletal system using whatever form of treatment is best suited for your problem — whether it be non-operative treatment, surgery, regenerative therapies or a combination of treatments. With regenerative medicine, we use only your own cells which are isolated by using a procedure that we perform in our office with only local anesthesia. These procedures are very safe, well tolerated, and can make a big difference in getting someone back to their desired activities. Most patients report very little discomfort with the procedure and mild pain afterward.
Knees – Osteoarthritis, meniscal injuries “cartilage tears”, tendon injury, muscle injury
Shoulder – Arthritis, Partial rotator cuff tears, labral tears
Hip – Osteoarthritis, tendon injury, muscle injury
Ankle – Osteoarthritis, ankle pain, tendon injury, Achilles tendonitis/tendinopathy
Foot – Arthritis, Plantar fasciitis
Elbow – Tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, osteoarthritis
Wrist/Hand – Osteoarthritis, wrist/hand pain
Cutting-edge technology in regenerative medicine fills the need for a successful treatment option in patients who have failed more traditional therapies. Regenerative Medicine therapies are not covered services by your health insurance policy, however, you can use your health spending account. To find out if Regenerative Medicine is right for you, or for further details, please contact The Orthopaedic Group at 251-450-2746.