There’s a revolution in the health care industry, and it involves a promising field called regenerative medicine. This new type of medical treatment is designed to help restore the structure and function of damaged tissues by using the patient’s own blood platelets and stem cells to jump-start the body’s natural healing processes.
What Is Regenerative Medicine?
Used to foster healing in bones, muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments, regenerative therapy mainly consists of two forms of treatment:
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
In PRP therapy, a concentration of platelets is collected from a sample of the patient’s own blood.
First, the sample is processed in a centrifuge in order to separate the platelets from the other blood cells, and then the concentration of platelets is re-injected at the site of an injury. The platelets help to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes and provides pain relief.
Stem Cell Therapy
Cellular therapy is a revolutionary method to treat a comprehensive range of conditions that cause chronic pain and limited mobility. Using stem cells from your own body (usually isolated from fat tissue or bone marrow), injections are given at the site of your injury in order to naturally regenerate damaged tissue and allow for faster healing times.
Clinically shown to treat pain, cellular therapy is a safe method to help restore damaged cells after a traumatic injury or due to a painful health condition. Results may be felt in as little as two weeks after beginning this outpatient treatment, and your body will gradually heal itself over time.
What Does Regenerative Medicine Do?
For one thing, regenerative therapy helps to drastically reduce pain from degenerative conditions, or after trauma or surgery. It can also greatly reduce the necessity for major surgery by treating injured tissues before the damage progresses any further.
By accelerating the healing process, PRP and cellular therapy can decrease pain and improve function within weeks, with little or no downtime. In addition, regenerative procedures are sometimes used in conjunction with surgery to help speed up healing, especially in athletes.
Since these procedures are typically not covered by insurance, regenerative medicine is usually considered after other treatments have failed – such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, or even surgery. The benefits of this innovative, minimally invasive therapy are impressive.
What Conditions Can Be Treated with This Therapy?
The most common musculoskeletal conditions that can be treated using regenerative medicine include:
- Sprains and strains
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Back and neck pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis and tears
- Osteoarthritis of the knee
- Knee ligament injuries
- Spinal stenosis
- Facet joint syndrome
Regenerative Medicine Clinic
At Lynx Healthcare, our regenerative medicine specialists have helped many patients avoid surgery for back pain and musculoskeletal issues by healing injuries from the inside out. These specialists are thoroughly trained in PRP and cellular therapy to help heal injured tissues and relieve chronic pain.
To learn more about the regenerative medicine options available at Lynx Healthcare, contact us at any of our clinics in Oregon, Yakima, Goldendale, or the Tri-Cities by calling (509) 591-0070, or contact our Spokane clinic at (509) 321-4575. We look forward to seeing you and sharing more details about this exciting breakthrough in medical treatment.