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Regenerative medicine is a relatively new field that has revolutionized the treatment of both injuries and illnesses. It enhances the body’s natural healing processes, shortening healing times and reducing pain. Using a regenerative approach to sports injuries can help you get back on the field faster, with a lower risk for reinjury. At CORE Medical & Wellness, we can use multiple regenerative techniques together, or even use regenerative medicine in tandem with other types of treatments.
Stem Cell Treatments
Stem cells are human cells with the unique ability to transform into any other type of cell. They are collected from your own fat, blood, or bone marrow, making them a safe, healthy, and ethical choice. The theory behind stem cell treatment is that when placed in a specific environment, the stem cells will become a healthy version of that type of cells. For example, if your Achilles tendon sustains damage, stem cells placed on or in that tendon will develop into healthy tendon cells.
Stem cells may be directly applied to the damaged area during repair, used to coat dissolving sutures that are used in the repair, or injected directly into the damaged structure. Medical imaging is used during injections to ensure that the stem cells are delivered to precisely the right spot.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections use concentrated cells from your own blood to jumpstart healing and stimulate the body to repair damage. Platelet-rich plasma contains not only concentrated platelets, but also bioactive proteins, cytokines, and other growth factors.
PRP therapy takes approximately 30 minutes per session. We will draw blood from you and place it in a centrifuge, which spins it at high speed to separate it into its components. We will discard the red blood cells and inject the remaining plasma into your injury site. We use ultrasound to ensure precise delivery.
Science shows that inflammation is an important part of the body’s healing process. It increases blood flow and attracts specific types of cells to repair the damaged tissue. While inflammation is a normal bodily response to an injury, inflammation often subsides before healing is complete.
Prolotherapy injects a sterile irritant into the damaged area, causing new inflammation and restarting the healing process. A combination of dextrose (sugar) and platelet-rich plasma is often selected, in order to maximize the effectiveness of treatment.
What is particularly exciting about regenerative medicine is that the healing factors are effective both in the immediate aftermath of an injury and can also last for a long period of time afterwards. Whether you are actively recovering from a recent injury or have lingering pain from an injury sustained years ago, regenerative medicine can help you achieve fuller healing.
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If you are ready for a new, fully integrated approach to health and wellness, contact CORE Medical & Wellness today at 888-521-0688 to learn more or schedule your appointment!
Dr. Richard Kang is double board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine, and he completed an interventional pain medicine fellowship at the prestigious New York Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia University – College of Physicians and Surgeons. Read his full bio here.