As hard as it may be to accept, baby boomers are starting to get up there in years, and with age often comes joint pain and other joint issues. Tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, and other -itises may be beginning to take their toll on your daily activities, not to mention your active lifestyle.
If you’re interested in a natural approach to joint pain that doesn’t involve cortisone shots, invasive surgery, or medications that can have unwanted side effects, regenerative medicine treatments, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy, may provide the solution you’ve been looking for.
What is regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine is a cutting-edge field of medicine that focuses on repairing damaged tissue and organs with living, functional tissue. The concept of replacing a damaged organ with a healthy, live organ is not new; organ and bone marrow transplants have been around for decades.
New developments in cell biology have opened the door to innovative regenerative medicine technologies that harness your body’s own healing properties and focus them on areas in need of repair, accelerating your healing and promoting tissue and cell growth, which can restore function and reduce pain and inflammation.
What is PRP and how can it help you?
Platelet-rich plasma therapy uses your own blood to accelerate healing and tissue repair. Your blood is made up of plasma, red and white blood cells, and platelets. Platelets serve many healing functions in your body, including clotting, stimulating cell growth, and healing injuries. PRP contains a ten times higher concentration of these platelet growth factors than your normal blood.
To create PRP, your doctor draws your blood and spins it at a high speed in a centrifuge, separating out the platelets. The high concentration of platelets is recombined with your blood plasma and reinjected into an injured or diseased area, where the growth factor proteins go to work reducing inflammation and promoting healing and tissue regeneration.
Conditions that PRP can improve include:
- Joint pain
- Sprains and tears
PRP is also often used to accelerate healing after surgery.
How stem cell therapy can repair aging joints
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that can develop into many different cell types. During stem cell therapy, your own stem cells are harvested — usually from your bone marrow or adipose (fat) tissue — and concentrated into a serum.
Because stem cells divide and multiply rapidly, once they’re injected into an injured area they can help repair torn ligaments or cartilage, improving a variety of joint problems.
Orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Dr. Arash Dini often uses stem cell therapy in combination with PRP therapy to treat a variety of conditions. In addition to torn ligaments and cartilage, stem cell therapy can promote the healing of other soft tissue and tendon issues, including:
- Patellar tendonitis
- Partial rotator cuff tears
- Facet joint problems
- Knee injuries
- Hamstring tendinopathy
To learn more about PRP and stem cell therapy or find out how regenerative medicine can help treat your joint issues, call Dr. Arash Dini, with offices in Los Angeles and Encino, California, or book an appointment online.