Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine

What is Regenerative Medicine?

Autologous Regenerative Cell Therapy

You have probably hurt your joints at some point, especially if you play a sport. When you suffer an injury like that, the healing process can be long and difficult, and may involve expensive and painful surgeries. Thankfully, there is a treatment available that is natural, non-surgical, requires very little downtime, and is able to achieve healing results that are tailored to your specific injury and needs.

Regenerative orthopedic medicine harnesses the body's natural healing abilities in many different ways, sometimes using samples of the patient’s own bone marrow or fat cells to treat joint injuries. These marrow and fat cells are then filtered and centrifuged to isolate the regenerative cells, which are then injected with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) into the injured site. Other options include injecting donated placenta cells into the injured site to aid healing, and injecting a substance that induces a healing response (prolotherapy).

Regenerative orthopedics can be your key to a successful healing process. To learn more about regenerative medicine, make an appointment with Dr. Truong today!

Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine Fredericksburg

There are many different kinds of regenerative medicine procedures that can treat a variety of different injuries.

Autologous Regenerative Cell Injection Therapy

Autologous regenerative cell therapy uses the patient's own bone marrow and fat to induce healing. A small amount of the patient's bone marrow is extracted from a place at base of the spine called the iliac crest, while the fat regenerative cells are harvested from a small amount of fat taken from the patient’s hip or outer thigh. The cells are then placed in a centrifuge and spun at a high speed to separate the mesenchymal regenerative cells (MSRs) − which help induce healing − from other blood cells.

Autologous regenerative cell therapy can be used to treat the following injuries:

  • Advanced arthritis
  • Severely degenerated tendons
  • Ligaments
  • Cartilage
  • Spinal discs
  • Chronic fractures

Placenta/Amniotic Regenerative Cell Therapy

Amniotic tissues are useful because they have to ability to accelerate healing. These cells are obtained from the amniotic fluid, which protects a baby in the womb during pregnancy. Placenta-derived stem cells come from consenting donors and are processed at an FDA-regulated lab, which check the stem cells for all sorts of diseases prior to being accepted for use in others.

Not only is amniotic fluid a great source of regenerative cells, but it also has an anti-inflammatory effect that relieves pain, contains proteins that aid growth of healthy muscle tissue, and contains hyaluronic acid that aids in cartilage growth. Amniotic cell injections work well for treating the following conditions:

  • Tendonitis
  • Ligament injury
  • Arthritis
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Cartilage defects

Regenerative Prolotherapy

This therapy treats two kinds of tissues: tendons and ligaments. The therapy involves injecting a mild proliferant, which irritates cells, making them release proteins that cause inflammation. This inflammation causes the body to enter the healing process. Prolotherapy will cause ligaments and tendons to produce thicker and stronger tissue fibers, and encourage the ongoing creation of tissue.

 

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet Rich Plasma

After being prepared, the fat or bone marrow cells used in regenerative orthopedic medicine are delivered into the patient together with platelet-rich plasma. To prepare platelet-rich plasma, a small amount of blood is taken from the patient. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge, where it is spun at high speed for about 40 minutes to separate the cells and proteins that induce healing from the other components of the blood. This resulting liquid containing platelets and growth factors is platelet-rich plasma.

The desired result of PRP therapy is to allow the injured area to bear greater stress during activity without pain. When PRP is injected into the damaged area, it stimulates the tendon, ligament, joint, and cartilage, causing mild inflammation that triggers the healing process. As a result, new collagen begins to develop. As this collagen matures, it begins to shrink and causes the tightening and strengthening of the tendons or ligaments of the damaged area.

The following conditions may be treated with PRP:

  • Sports injuries
  • Arthritic joints (knee, shoulder, hips, ankle, foot)
  • Tennis elbow
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Low back pain
  • Plantar fasciitis

As PRP comes from your own body, there are usually no side effects of the therapy, and recovery time in minimal.

Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine Treatments in Fredericksburg, VA

Prolotherapy

Dr. Truong will determine which regenerative cell therapy (bone, fat, placenta, prolotherapy) is best for your condition, and personalize your procedure to your injury and recovery process. Before undergoing regenerative orthopedic medicine, you will be asked to minimize alcohol and tobacco intake, as these substances tend to impede the body’s ability to release stem cells.

The healing process begins immediately after the injections are given. If appropriately spaced out, there is no limit to the number of PRP treatments one can have, though most people will require one to three treatments. Generally, the repair process takes three months to complete, but in most cases, improvement can be noticed by 2-4 weeks, with maximum recovery by 12 weeks. Your healing and pain-free recovery time depend on what cells are used for your condition.

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There is no reason to keep using the same old medical treatments if they haven’t worked for you before. Orthopedic regenerative medicine offers a natural way to treat your pain and heal your body.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Regenerative Medicine?

Regenerative medicine uses cells from your own body to create a serum that causes your body to heal and restore structure and function to damaged tissue.

How Does Regenerative Medicine Work?

The therapy utilizes regenerative cells and growth factors which, when injected into the treatment area, cause mild inflammation, triggering the body’s natural healing process.

What Are the Building Blocks/Tools of Regenerative Medicine?

Bone marrow, fat or placenta cells are collected from the patient, filtered, and centrifuged to separate and utilize the regenerative cells. A blood sample from the patient is also centrifuged to create Platelet Rich Plasma, which is also rich in growth factors that induce healing. The bone marrow and fat cell serums are combined with PRP and injected into the treatment area, while prolotherapy proliferants and amniotic cells can be injected alone. Depending on the patient’s needs, serums from multiple tissue sources can be combined into one.