What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative Medicine is an exciting and innovative treatment option for orthopaedic conditions and sports injuries. These treatments utilize the bodys own naturally occurring healing mechanisms to help treat injuries and relieve pain. The two newest treatment options we offer for orthopaedic and sports injuries are Mesenchymal Stem Cell injections (Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate, BMAC) and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections. Collectively, these treatments are referred to as Regenerative Medicine.
The specialists at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates strive to provide patients with the best treatment options based on their individual conditions and lifestyles. Patients who are interested in discussing if they are candidates for these treatments should schedule an appointment with our Regenerative Medicine Specialists, Dr.Dominic Femiano and Dr. Tracy Hamblin.
Mesenchymal stem cells are the bodies own specialized cells that have the potential to develop into cells that can repair damaged tissue, ligaments or tendons. Essentially, these cells are the blank cells of the body that may adapt into the type of cells they are surrounded by. Each of us is born with these cells and we continue to produce them as we age.
Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate or BMAC stem cell treatment involves harvesting the bone marrow from the back of the pelvis and extracting the stem cells from that bone marrow. Once the BMAC stem cells have been isolated, they are then reinjected into the injured area.
When injected into an injured ligament, tendon or joint, these have the capability to take theform of the cells around them.
For instance, BMAC stem cells injected into damaged tissue have the capability to take the form of healthy tissue cells around them. This increases the likelihood of repair as many injuries lack the ability to heal well on their own.
The Regenerative Medicine Specialists at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates use only the bodies own naturally occurring cells and do not use donor cells or those from embryos or other sources.
Platelets are the component of blood and responsible for healing injuries. These platelets contain specialized proteins and growth factors that trigger the bodys natural healing response.
PRP treatment involves drawing blood from the patient and separating platelets and growth factors from the rest of the blood using a centrifuge. This process allows our specialists to extract the isolated platelets and inject a concentrated amount of PRP into an injured area.
Once injected, the platelets can expedite the healing process for certain injuries. This is due to specific proteins and growth factors contained in the platelet-rich plasma that decreases inflammation and can help damaged tissue or tendons.
BMAC stem cells and PRP are commonly used to treat inflammation, osteoarthritis, ligament and tendon injuries. Common injuries that our Regenerative Medicine Specialists treat include:
Research and clinical data have shown that PRP and BMAC stem cell treatments are extremely safe. Only your bodies own blood platelets or stem cells are injected into the injured area and the chance of the body rejecting its own blood or cells is extremely minimal.
When utilized in the right patients, Regenerative Medicine has shown to be highly effective.
In one study, published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 78% of those with osteoarthritis of the knee that received PRP injections showed a reduction in pain and increased function in the knee after one year.
The key to the effectiveness of these treatments is making sure that this treatment is right for you. Although Regenerative Medicine treatments have shown great results, there are some injuries that cannot be treated with BMAC stem cells or PRP such as complete tears of tendons or ligaments.
Our Regenerative Medicine Specialists are Board Certified and have undergone advanced training in the use of BMAC stem cells and PRP. We pride ourselves on using only the most evidence-based and scientifically proven Regenerative Medicine treatments to ensure effectiveness and patient safety.If you are interested in Regenerative Medicine for your orthopaedic or sports injury, please contact us to schedule a consultation at one of our locations throughout Olympia.
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