Your body’s joints are under an enormous amount of strain on a daily basis as they help you navigate your life, giving you the freedom to do, well, just about anything. And they perform their jobs admirably until a sports injury strikes or your joints begin to succumb to wear-and-tear.
Whatever the case, any damage in your joints can limit your life in some very significant ways, leaving you to cast about for a solution that won’t further sideline you from what you love doing most.
At Orthopedic & Physical Medicine Associates, Dr. David W. Duffner and our team have one mission: ensure that our patients in Rancho Mirage, California, have the tools they need to enjoy active and healthy lives, free from pain. And one of the tools we’re most excited about is regenerative medicine, in which we isolate and redirect your body’s own powerful resources to where you need them most.
If you’d like to explore how regenerative medicine, including stem cell and platelet-rich plasma therapies, is revolutionizing how we treat sports injuries and aging joints, read on.
The power within
Regenerative medicine is an area that’s showing great promise in orthopedic circles, especially when it comes to breathing new life into aging joints or helping sports injuries heal more quickly. There are two main types of therapies that we use here at Orthopedic & Physical Medicine Associates:
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
The platelets in your blood are widely recognized for their clotting abilities, but what you may not realize is that these same cells play a key role in the continuing healing. Your platelets contain many growth factors, or proteins, which are released at the site of damaged tissue in order to encourage healing and reduce inflammation.
With PRP, we draw some of your own blood and isolate the platelets, creating a concentrate that’s five to 10 times greater than normal. We then take this concentrate, mix it back in with your plasma, and inject the solution into your damaged tissue.
When these platelets arrive on the scene, they release growth factors that bring in more resources, such as your own stem cells, to rebuild your damaged tissue on a cellular level.
Stem cell therapy
The stem cell is one of the human body’s most amazing marvels. Most of the cells in your body are designed to only handle one area — your liver cells operate solely in your liver, for example. Stem cells, on the other hand, have the ability to transform into whatever cells are needed, and then multiply as that cell.
Through stem cell therapy, we remove stem cells from your bone marrow or adipose tissue (fat) and redirect them into your aging joints or sports injury, where they go to work on cell regeneration to rebuild your tissue.
As you can see, both PRP and stem cell therapy are powerful solutions that work with your body to rebuild and regenerate in a stronger, more sustainable, way.
Putting regenerative medicine to work
When you come in, we sit down with you to decide which therapy may benefit you the most — we may even suggest using both. We’ve had great success with both stem cells and platelets in treating a host of problems, including:
- Ligament tears (including ACL tears)
- Tendon ruptures
- Repetitive stress injuries (think tennis elbow or rotator cuff injuries)
- Muscle strains
Whatever your problem, the odds are that regenerative medicine can play an incredibly valuable role in your recovery and healing.
If you’d like to learn more about how regenerative medicine may be just the solution you need for aging joints or sports injuries, please give us a call. Or you can use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.