Regenerative medicine is based on the principles of replacing damaged or diseased tissues or cells, thereby restoring their function. You may think of stem cell therapy when you hear the phrase "regenerative medicine," and stem cell therapy is an important part of what we offer. Our providers also perform platelet-rich plasma injections, which is the other half of our regenerative medicine practice. To learn more, please call TruWell Health in St. Petersburg at 727-440-5410.
For tendon and ligament trauma, and other soft-tissue injuries, platelet-rich plasma is a good option for some of our patients. PRP injections involve using your own blood to prompt a healing response in injured tissue. Truly regenerative, PRP injections repair connective tissue in the knees, hips, shoulders, back and elsewhere.
The injections contain highly concentrated platelets from your own blood. The process is straightforward and painless. First, we'll draw some of your blood. The vial of blood is placed on a centrifuge, which spins the blood very fast, thereby separating the white blood cells, the red blood cells and the platelet-rich plasma. Then, the concentrated PRP is injected directly into the treatment area.
What many people admire about this treatment is that it uses only their own blood; nothing artificial or manufactured. PRP injections may be recommended for:
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Ongoing knee pain
- ACL injury
- Sprained and strained ligaments
At the site of injection, the PRP will stimulate a healing response. Results should continue to improve for a few weeks after your appointment. With MRI and ultrasound, doctors have been able to see and confirm the tissue repair results from PRP injections. It can prevent the need for surgery and other invasive procedures. The treatment itself is fast and involves no downtime; in fact, many people get back to their normal routine immediately.
Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis and Joint Pain
Stem cells have the ability to repair and renew damaged tissue in your body. Stem cell therapy is effective in the treatment of muscle, ligament, tendon and/or cartilage damage. Stem cells are also beneficial for certain cases of arthritis.
Degenerative joint disease, known as arthritis, affects millions of Americans. This unfortunately common musculoskeletal disease can be painful and physically debilitating. In addition to a healthy lifestyle, stem cell therapy is a popular, effective alternative to traditional arthritis treatment.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the world. It occurs when the protective cartilage on the tips of your bones degenerate. While osteoarthritis can affect any joint in your body, it most commonly damages joints in the:
Stem cell injections can help alleviate the pain caused by these damaged joints. Traditional surgeries, such as spinal infusion and joint replacement, are painful procedures and require a lengthy period of rehabilitation. Stem cell therapy, however, only requires an injection of concentrated stem cells into the affected area.
Schedule a Regenerative Medicine Consultation in the Tampa Area
Whether you suffer from osteoarthritis, knee pain, sports injuries or other musculoskeletal injuries, the team of experienced physicians and medical providers at TruWell Health provide several types of interventions, including regenerative medicine. To arrange a complimentary consultation with a physician in St. Petersburg, please call 727-440-5410.