Do you suffer from joint pain, back and neck pain, meniscus or labral tears, arthritis, or rotator cuff tears? Have you discussed your options with your doctor? If surgery has been recommended to resolve your pain problem, then you may want to take a moment to explore other options, such as regenerative medicine.
Conservative medical treatments that are often used for treating joint pain, arthritis and rotator cuff tears include moderate exercise, steroid injections, epidurals, nerve blocks, physical therapy, and pain medications. And while these treatments may offer relief, they do not always provide a complete solution to your condition. In some cases, some form of invasive surgery may even be advised.
Unfortunately, surgery can lead to a variety of complications and risks. This includes the risk of infection, nerve damage, or permanent loss of flexibility. There is also a significantly long recovery process – surgery can put you out of commission for several weeks or months.
At the NeuroSpinal Institute of Boward, we provide the following regenerative medicine procedures: platelet-rich plasma, and exosomes.
Plasma is a mixture of platelets, white blood cells, and red blood cells. The platelet part of them is what clots. Without these platelets, you would continue to bleed, which is obviously a bad thing. Before a PRP treatment can begin, blood is drawn from the patient’s body. This prevents any potential contamination or other issues. Since it’s your own blood, you are less likely to have a reaction of some kind.
The blood is then placed in a centrifuge and spun in order to concentrate the platelets into a form that can be used. Doing this stimulates them in a way that makes them more likely to heal you. When the platelets are activated, they are more likely to do what they are supposed to, which is to improve your appearance or be used as a part of a stem cell treatment.
Exosomes help move proteins, lipids, and genetic material that are transported to other cells, where they alter function and physiology. They signal the dormant stem cells in your body to regenerate damage, and address inflammation. A variety of reported functions have been noted in exosomes, including therapeutic anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic properties. What’s impressive about them is that they contain growth factors comparable to adult stem cells that influence tissue regeneration and repair.