Regenerative Medicine is Ushering in a New Era in Orthopedic Care
Regenerative medicine (also known as biologic therapy), is a rapidly emerging field in orthopedics for which there is considerable excitement and potential. Regenerative medicine refers to “regenerating” human tissue and cells to fix a bodily function or condition.
While other forms of medical treatments focus on reducing symptoms, regenerative medicine focuses on healing the underlying cause of the symptoms by using the body’s natural healing factors.
Conditions Regenerative Medicine Can Treat
Regenerative medicine may help treat many conditions without the need for surgery:
- Cartilage damage
- Ligament sprains or tears (ACL, MSL or LCL)
- Tendon injuries (gluteal or hamstring tendinitis)
- Shoulder, hip and knee osteoarthritis
- Rotator cuff tendonitis or partial tears
- Sacroiliac joint pain
- Golfer’s and tennis elbow
- Achilles tendinitis
- Plantar fasciitis
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy (a form of regenerative medicine) involves using a patient’s own blood to speed up the body’s healing process. After withdrawing a small amount of blood, it is run through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. These activated platelets are then injected directly into the injured or diseased body tissue with the intention of stimulating and increasing the number of reparative cells the body produces.
Because the plasma comes from a patient’s own blood, there is no chance of their body rejecting it. PRP is a permanent solution that does not wear off over time.
Carticel, which is another form of regenerative medicine, is a technique in which a patient’s own cartilage cells are removed, grown, and reimplanted to fill a cartilage defect of the knee. It provides pain relief while at the same time may slow down the progression or delay partial or total knee replacement surgery.
Stem cell therapy has generated a great deal of excitement within the orthopedic community. Stem cells are naturally occurring cells that have the ability to differentiate into a variety of tissues including cartilage, bone, muscle, tendon, or ligament. Once inside the injured location in the body, the newly specialized cells use their repairing abilities to generate new and healthy tissue.
With ever-advancing techniques and technologies, regenerative medicine holds the potential for new ways to help patients restore an active lifestyle. Helping them regain mobility, or get back to work.
The doctors at Orthopedic Centers of Colorado (OCC) are at the forefront of regenerative medicine applications in orthopedics. Our team is committed to providing a personalized, focused, and comprehensive approach to your orthopedic health. Including applying the most effective new techniques and medical advancements when they are deemed effective for patients.
From scheduling and imaging, to physical therapy and more, we are committed to providing the best experience and outcomes for each patient. Our offices are conveniently located across the front range and it’s easy to make an appointment. Find the provider that fits your needs and contact us today.