Regenerative medicine is a new approach to treating joint pain and arthritis. Regenerative orthopedics uses the repair cells of the body to treat damaged cartilage, ligaments and tendons. This is done with very precise injections of a patient’s blood cells or stem cells into injured areas of the joint using advanced imaging guidance. This new approach is known as ‘Interventional Orthopedics’ to distinguish it from traditional, surgical orthopedics.
Regenerative orthopedics believes in the importance of preserving the joint structure without surgical alteration. The goal of Regenerative therapy is to preserve the structural integrity of joints by increasing joint stability. Regenerative injection therapy strengthens ligaments, tendons, and muscles that hold the joint together. Regenerative cell therapy actually changes the chemical make-up inside a joint so that a destructive environment becomes a pro-growth and repair environment. By increasing joint stability and changing the chemical environment inside the joint, joint pain is reduced or eliminated, the rapid progression of arthritis is slowed, and the overall destruction of the joint can be reversed.
Regenerative stem cell therapy is reserved for treatment of moderate to severe arthritis, ligament and tendon tears, full thickness cartilage loss, and bone lesions. At IOCT, we use only the stem cells we obtain from our patients. Contrary to the belief that our stem cells are no good as we age, outcome data does not support that older people have less success with them when compared with younger patients. We harvest stem cells from the bone marrow because research shows that these stem cells have the best chance of developing into cartilage, bone, ligaments, and tendons.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment, like stem cells, is considered to be ‘cell therapy’. The cell in the case of PRP is the platelet: a remarkable tiny cell that contains packets of growth factors and repair hormones. When injected into damaged tissues in the body, platelets release the contents of these packets over approximately a week’s time stimulating tissue repair. PRP is obtained from a simple venous blood draw and is used for mild to moderate arthritis and milder ligament, tendon, and muscle sprains and strains. For more information about PRP treatment as use for regenerative medicine in CT, give us a call!
Alpha-2-Macroglobulin is a newly discovered substance found in all human blood serum with an ability to modulate inflammation. It is also a master key to turning off destruction in a joint. An arthritic joint is a joint that is eating itself, literally. The cells that live in the cartilage of an arthritic joint begin to secrete lots of enzymes that digest cartilage leading to increased inflammation in the joint which, in turn, leads to the secretion of more enzymes. A2M shuts off the activity of these enzymes stopping this destructive cycle. Schedule a consultation and find out more about our A2M regenerative medicine in CT.
Since disc pain was first described nearly 90 years ago, the disc has been at the top of the list of spine structures that cause back pain. In traditional orthopedics, unfortunately, there is one main option for disc pain: complete removal of the disc (discectomy) and fusion of the spine bones that it separates. Interventional Orthopedics CT now offers disc regenerative therapy which is the injection of repair cells directly into the disc. As in painful joints, this increases stability in the disc and spine, reduces pain, and, most importantly, preserves the essential anatomic motion of the spinal segment.
Joints are complicated structures. Articular cartilage covers bones that are shaped to fit perfectly, held together by ligaments, powered by muscles and tendons, and enclosed in a capsule containing joint fluid. A joint becomes painful when all of these structures stop moving together smoothly. This is usually because the joint has become unstable. The traditional orthopedic solution is joint replacement where the bones and cartilage and many of the ligaments are sacrificed and replaced with metal and plastic. Interventional Orthopedics CT now offers joint regenerative therapy which can be thought of as through-the-skin (percutaneous) ‘joint replacement’. With highly targeted injections of repair cells into cartilage, bone, capsule and ligaments, the destruction of the joint can be stopped, instability corrected, and more normal joint functioning can be achieved; all without sacrificing the joint itself. Give us a call and our local, CT regenerative medicine specialist can answer your questions and relieve any concerns you might have.
The human spine is an extremely complicated structure. When it becomes painful it is certain that more than one spinal element is involved. Spinal Regenerative Therapy treats all of the separate elements of the spine: muscles,nerves, ligaments, joints, and discs. As in joints, the spine can become unstable and it is this excessive micro-motion that contributes to pain. Regenerative spinal injections into ligaments, discs, and spinal joints, can reduce this excessive motion and help to restore spinal stability. Scolioplasty, where the ligaments and fascia on the convex side of a spinal curve are injected, can help to stop the painful collapse of the spine on the concave side. Flavoplasty, the injection of the ligament lining the back of the spinal canal, can theoretically relieve the compressive pain of stenosis. The joints of the spine function just as the larger joints of the body only in miniature and in far greater numbers. Joint therapy applied to the spine (spine regenerative therapy) can significantly reduce the pain of spinal arthritis.