A series of events occur that restore an injured or damaged tissue’s function and integrity. These events involve the production of growth factors from platelet. Growth factors attract stem cells, fibroblasts and other white blood cells that help the injured tissue heal. Regenerative medicine involves the use of solutions, growth factors and stem cells, to help the tissues heal naturally.
PROLOTHERAPY, which stands for proliferation therapy, is a process in which certain solutions are injected into a damaged tissue. These solutions help produce an environment that is akin to a recent injury. As a result, the normal healing process occurs which leads to tissue healing and pain relief.
PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP): platelets are the first line of defense following an injury. After the platelets stop the bleeding, they release growth factors that signal other cells, primarily fibroblasts and stem cells, into the damaged tissue. In an ideal scenario, the tissue heals, and functional integrity is restored. If a tissue does not heal properly, platelets can be obtained from one’s own blood and concentrated. This platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into the damaged tissue which may lead to the restoration of the tissue’s integrity and function, as well as pain relief.
STEM CELL THERAPY involves the harvesting and concentration of one’s own stem cells and injecting the concentrate into damaged tissues to help restore their function and integrity and help alleviate pain.
Growth factors may also be obtained from amniotic tissue allografts and injected into the affected tissues. Ask your physician about which one of these therapies might be best to treat your condition.