Using Regenerative Medicine Therapy to Treat Orthopedic Injuries

Using Regenerative Medicine Therapy to Treat Orthopedic Injuries

Stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma are two of the most prevalent forms of regenerative medicine. They’re used to harness your body’s natural healing powers to repair injuries and help you recover from surgery.

In many cases, regenerative medicine may keep you from more invasive procedures, as your body works to heal your injury from the inside out.

At Mehling OrthopedicsDr. Brian Mehling and Dr. Pavel Yufit offer specialized regenerative medicine to allow you to feel your best.

The facts on regenerative medicine

Regenerative medicine is a form of treatment that uses your body’s own cells to promote healing. There are many forms of regenerative medicine, and they work in different ways.

Stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma are two of the main forms of regenerative medicine. Both use cells from your body to promote tissue growth and help you recover.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) uses the platelets in your blood to help you regrow tissues in various areas in your body. Platelets are hailed for producing blood clots to stop bleeding, or notorious for their role in causing blood clots, but they also have powerful growth proteins.

Think of stem cells as chameleon cells; they’re able to transform themselves into any type of cell your body needs. When injected into an orthopedic injury, these cells begin to transform into cells like cartilage, bone, and muscle to heal the damage.

These two forms of regenerative medicine are used for a variety of medical conditions and injuries, including sports injuries and chronic conditions like arthritis. Dr. Mehling and Dr. Yufit help you determine if these treatments are right for your specific type of orthopedic injury.

How does regenerative medicine repair injuries?

Stem cells have undergone deep research and trials over the last several years. One of the significant studies is how they can help repair orthopedic injuries, such as ligament tears and cartilage damage.

Stem cells

The ability of your own stem cells to transform into any cell your body needs is the pinnacle of regenerative medicine therapy. Dr. Mehling harvests stem cells in the office, and then injects them into your injury.

Your stem cells go to work right away, transforming into ligament, cartilage, bone, or muscle cells. They begin to multiply, clump together and form actual tissue. In the case of damaged cartilage, the cells begin to form new cartilage tissue to repair the damage from your injury.

Although stem cells aren’t an instant fix, this approach can keep you from having to undergo invasive surgery in some cases. 

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is another state-of-the-art form of regenerative medicine. PRP is derived from the liquid portion of your blood (plasma), and the platelet cells. 

Platelets are known for their blood clotting abilities, but they also harbor extremely powerful growth proteins. When an injury occurs, the platelets are often the first cells on scene, clumping together to stop bleeding and repair tissue damage.

PRP is also harvested from your own body with a simple blood draw. Your blood is placed in a machine called a centrifuge, where it’s spun down to separate and concentrate your platelets. The mixture is then placed in a syringe and injected into the injury.

Like stem cell therapy, PRP injections also need time to work. However, the platelets begin clumping together right away, initiating your body’s own healing response. The growth proteins begin to rebuild damaged tissue, allowing your injury to heal without invasive measures.

We have the expertise

Both stem cell therapy and PRP can be used for a variety of orthopedic injuries. Whether you’ve suffered a broken bone or torn an essential ligament, Dr. Mehling and Dr. Yufit have the expertise and tools to get you pain relief.

If you’re interested in learning more about how regenerative medicine can help you, call one of our offices in Hackensack, New Jersey, or West Islip, New York, to schedule a consultation. You can also send our team a message on the website.

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