What is Regenerative Medicine? 

Regenerative Medicine is a clinically proven way to accelerate the healing process using Stem Cells and your own Platelet Rich Plasma to treat a wide array of medical conditions from chronic pain from fibromyalgia to arthritis to joint and muscle injuries from sports and accidents...with NO surgery and NO opioids or other dangerous pain medications.  Stop living with chronic pain.  It’s time for you to see if the power of Stem Cell and Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy can help you…It’s time for Regenerative Healing!

 

What is Platelet Rich Plasma and how do we obtain PRP for use in treatment? 

Platelet Rich Plasma is a composed of components of your own blood. A sample of your blood is drawn at our office at the time of your visit and processed in our on-site laboratory to separate the platelets from the remaining blood cells. The platelets are then highly concentrated within the plasma sample to produce Platelet Rich Plasma used in the PRP treatment. These platelets contain potent signal proteins called growth factors, which provide initiation of an accelerated and effective healing response in your own body. They are injected under precise imaging guidance directly into the site of injury.

 

How do we obtain Stem Cells for use in treatment? 

We can get stem cells from bone marrow aspiration. The two primary sources of bone marrow are the posterior iliac crest (posterior hip) and the proximal tibia below the knee. The bone marrow is used to create bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMC) which can then be injected into the site of the injury. 

 

What happens after the PRP or Stem Cell injection in the office? 

After regenerative injection therapy patients will have some soreness for up to 48 hours which then should gradually decrease. Patients should not take aspirin or other NSAID medications nor steroid containing products for up to 4 weeks after the procedure because they block the intended healing. Patients can use Tylenol and other pain medications that don't block the inflammatory process. Patients should refrain from significant exercise or physical activities involving the treated body part for about 2-3 weeks after the procedure. Patients are re-evaluated about 4 weeks after the procedure to determine their progress and to make further treatment recommendations. This may include an individually designed physical therapy regimen to follow for 4-8 weeks to solidify the healing response and success of the procedure.

 

Are PRP and Stem Cell Therapy safe? 

Yes, they have been subjects of clinical studies which have shown that stem cells and PRP are both safe and effective.  These therapies have been FDA approved. Additionally, stem cells and PRP will not be rejected by your body because they are autologous (from your own body) and therefore non-immunogenic. The blood samples and procedures are handled in a sterile fashion to avoid infection. There is no risk of blood-born pathogen transmission as the blood or tissue products are derived from your own body and not from donors.

 

Are procedures completed in one day? 

Yes, most Stem Cell and PRP procedures can be completed in one day. In some circumstances, a sequence of therapies may need to be applied to achieve the desired success. For example, we may use steroid injections along with Synvisc during the initial procedure for minor inflamed conditions that may help as an interim and “calm down” active inflammation of the area of interest before we inject either Stem Cells or PRP to assist in the long-term healing.

 

When can I resume my activities?   

The healing process typically takes 4-6 weeks after the initial procedure and may need to be augmented by follow up physical therapy for additional 4-8 weeks.  Occasionally, the procedure and treatment cycle may need to be repeated to be most effective.

 

Is there Rehab required?  

Yes, while rehab may not be necessary for everyone, in most patients it will be recommended to augment and consolidate the desired therapy goal. It is particularly desirable if you are an athlete with higher performance requirements.

 

are regenerative therapies covered by insurance? 

Certain procedures are covered by insurance, you’ll be appraised of your options during your physical evaluation.