8 Conditions That Respond Well to Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative medicine is increasingly used to restore damaged tissues using the human body’s natural healing abilities. Our team at iMed Regeneration Center offers two key types of regenerative medicine to patients whose pain hasn’t improved with conservative treatments: platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and mesenchymal stem cells.

Each person has a unique metabolism, which means that everyone gets different results from all types of treatments, including standard medications and steroid injections. 

Though that’s also true for regenerative therapies, certain types of musculoskeletal problems are known to respond well to PRP and mesenchymal stem cells injections. Read on to learn the health conditions and injuries that often improve with regenerative medicine.

Knee osteoarthritis

The bones inside your joints have a protective covering of cartilage. When you have osteoarthritis, the cartilage gradually wears away, allowing one bone to grate against the other.

Unfortunately, cartilage doesn’t heal well on its own. Conventional medical care can only treat your symptoms; it can’t restore the lost cartilage. That’s where regenerative medicine comes into play.

Mesenchymal stem cells can divide and create new cells. These new cells have the ability to develop into cartilage, as well as other tissues like muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The platelets in PRP accelerate and support the healing process.

Whether the two therapies are used alone or together, regenerative medicine may give you much-needed relief from knee pain and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis.

Knee injuries

Meniscus tears and ACL injuries often fail to heal with conservative treatments because both tissues have a limited blood supply. Without blood, your body’s natural healing cells can’t reach the injury. 

Regenerative medicine fills that gap by injecting a supply of platelets and mesenchymal stem cells into the damaged tissues.

Rotator cuff injuries

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that hold your upper arm in the shoulder joint. These tissues often suffer overuse injuries, leading to painful tears that interfere with arm movement.

Regenerative medicine triggers healing, reduces chronic inflammation, and limits the amount of scar tissue that typically forms when an injury heals. Less scar tissue means you regain optimal function in the rotator cuff.

Back and neck pain

Regenerative medicine may improve your back and neck pain when it’s the result of a herniated disc. The discs in your spine don’t have a rich supply of blood, so they often fail to heal.

But damaged discs may heal on their own if they receive a concentrated injection of PRP and/or mesenchymal stem cells.

Tendinitis

Tendinitis refers to an inflamed tendon. Some of the most common types of tendinitis include tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, Achilles tendinitis, jumper’s knee, and rotator cuff tendinitis.

The problem with inflammation is this: The longer it lasts, the more it weakens the tendon. Then it’s hard for the tendon to fully heal and regain its normal strength. Ongoing inflammation also increases your risk for a tendon rupture.

PRP is especially beneficial for tendinitis, thanks to its ability to speed up healing and reduce the ongoing inflammation. Depending on the severity of your tendinitis, we may inject PRP and mesenchymal stem cells.

Muscle injuries

Like all the tissues in your body, when muscles heal from an injury, they go through multiple steps. These steps must unfold in the proper order and timing to restore the muscle’s full strength. Regenerative medicine supports the entire process.

Growth factors from PRP activate new cell growth, stimulate the creation of new blood vessels, and regulate inflammation. Regenerative therapies also prevent excessive scar tissue and support the growth of new collagen to rebuild the muscle.

Plantar fasciitis

If you have ongoing heel pain, you may have plantar fasciitis. You develop plantar fasciitis when the ligament that runs from your heel to your toes becomes injured and inflamed.

When the pain doesn’t improve with conservative therapies, many physicians recommend surgery. Before you decide to have surgery, give regenerative medicine a try. PRP and mesenchymal stem cells may resolve the problem and preserve the integrity of the ligament.

Hip labral tears

A strong piece of cartilage called the labrum goes around the rim of your hip, where it stabilizes the hip joint. Labral tears commonly develop from everyday wear-and-tear, osteoarthritis, and sports injuries.

Injecting PRP and mesenchymal stem cells can go a long way toward relieving your pain by encouraging the labrum to repair.

If you have any questions about regenerative medicine or would like to learn if you may be a good candidate for this treatment, contact us at our Colorado Springs, Colorado, practice.

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