What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative Medicine is an exciting and innovative treatment option for orthopaedic conditions and sports injuries. These treatments utilize the body’s 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.
What Are Mesenchymal Stem Cell Treatments?
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 the form 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.
What Are Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatments?
Platelets are the component of blood and responsible for healing injuries. These platelets contain specialized proteins and growth factors that trigger the body’s 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.
What Types of Injuries Can Be Treated with Regenerative Medicine?
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:
- Tendon Injuries (Patellar Tendinitis, Quadricep Tendinitis)
- Ligament sprains or tears (ACL, MCL or LCL)
- Knee Osteoarthritis
- Tendon Injuries (Gluteal or Hamstring Tendinitis)
- Sacroiliac joint pain
- Hip Osteoarthritis
Shoulder and Arm Pain
- Rotator Cuff tendinitis or partial tears
- Biceps tendinitis
- Golfer’s & Tennis Elbow
- Ligament sprains or tears (Ulnar Collateral Ligament)
- Shoulder Osteoarthritis
Lower Leg and Foot Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Ankle ligament sprains or tears
- Achilles tendinitis
- Partial Achilles Tears
Are Regenerative Medicine Treatments Safe?
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.
Are Regenerative Medicine Treatments Effective?
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.
Contacting Olympia Orthopaedic Associates Regenerative Medicine Experts
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.
Should I Make An Appointment?
There is no reason for you to live in pain. Patients who are experiencing any of the following are encouraged to make an appointment.
- Back or neck pain
- Dull, aching pain that is always present
- Joint stiffness
- Joint tenderness
- Pain that comes and goes unexpectedly
- Pain that increases in severity
- Pain that stops patients from performing day-to-day activities
- Radiating pain
- Stabbing or shooting pain
An accurate diagnosis and customized treatment plan help you experience pain relief in a very short period of time. A comprehensive treatment plan consisting of multiple treatment options helps decrease or completely eliminate pain. If you are ready to receive a pain solution may request an appointment online or call our office.