Your Body’s Secret Weapon
Regenerative Medicine therapies are performed as outpatient procedures. They involve an injection of concentrated growth factors to regenerate and heal tissues in degenerative spinal discs, joints, muscles, tendons or ligaments.
These therapies can be used to treat acute or chronic pain conditions related to degenerative disease. Regenerative therapies include obtaining concentrated platelets or growth factors to accelerate the healing process.
Chronic Joint Pain
Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of chronic joint pain. Osteoarthritis involves the entire joint, including the nearby muscles, underlying bone, ligaments, and connective tissue. In osteoarthritis, the supportive tissue—called cartilage—degenerates, leading to inflammation and pain. Platelet rich plasma contains a concentrated source of anti-inflammatory proteins that aid the healing process.
Symptoms and Solutions
This type of arthritis is common in shoulders, hips, knees, hands and feet. Patients will often complain of joint stiffness, throbbing and swelling. There is no cure for osteoarthritis, but regenerative medicine therapies such as platelet rich plasma (PRP), are a new generation of treatments that have been proven to be safe, effective, and have lasting results.
When your body is injured, its first natural response is to flood the area with growth factors that promote healing. These growth factors are released by platelets. They work to stimulate the healing process. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy optimizes the body's healing process by placing a high concentration of platelets directly into the injured area.
To harvest PRP, a small sample of your blood is drawn into a specialized collecting system. This blood is centrifuged at high speeds to isolate the growth factors and platelets. Because your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection, and a low risk of allergic reaction.
Platelet-Rich Plasma: a small sample of your blood is drawn into a specialized collecting system.
A high concentration of platelets are isolated by being centrifuged at high speeds with a specialized system.
The PRP are then accurately injected into the injured tissue or affected site using ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance.
Reduce the Need for Major Surgery
The need for surgery can be greatly reduced by treating injured tissues before the damage progresses. What would it mean to you if you could alleviate knee pain without a knee replacement? Regenerative therapy is intended to have lasting results, which would achieve the goal to heal injured tissue, and not just mask the pain.
Regenerative medicine procedures are ideal for individuals with chronic knee joint pain, however, it has also been shown effective for a number of ailments including tendonitis, ACL injuries, arthritis of the knee, hip or shoulder, rotator cuff tears, tennis elbow, hip bursitis, patellar tendon injury, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendon injury.
Finding relief for your pain can be challenging, and we understand how important physical mobility is to you. Dr. Saldanha, a highly skilled pain doctor, can accurately diagnose your pain and evaluate whether regenerative therapy is the best treatment option for you.
Don’t let pain control your life. Call 304-925-3535 to find out if you’re a candidate for regenerative therapy!