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Minimally Invasive Treatment for Chronic Joint Pain and Sports Injuries
Dr. Gregory Phillips, MD talks with KUGN’s Jerry Allen about cutting-edge solutions to treat acute or chronic pain.
Platelet Rich Plasma
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is a highly-effective, non-surgical treatment that uses your body’s platelets to optimize the healing process instead of simply masking the pain. Many professional athletes have undergone PRP therapy to help them heal more rapidly from many types of injuries:
- ACL injuries
- Rotator cuff tears
- Tennis elbow
- Nerve Pain
- Back and neck injuries
- Ankle sprains
- Ligament sprains
- Pelvic pain & instability
How Does it Work?
The body’s first response to soft tissue injury is to deliver platelet cells – a component found in the blood. Packed with bio-active healing proteins known as cycokines, platelets are vital cells that initiate repair and attract the critical assistance of stem cells. PRP’s natural healing process intensifies the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets directly into the area in need.
To create PRP, a small sample of your blood is drawn (similar to a lab test sample) and placed in an FDA-approved sterile container. This container is placed in a specialized centrifuge that spins the blood at high speeds, separating the platelets from the other components. The process is handled manually by a highly-trained lab technician, producing higher concentrations of platelets and a much more pure concentration of the beneficial blood components. The PRP is then injected into and around the point of injury, significantly strengthening the healing process.
Amniotic Cell Therapy
Amniotic Cell Therapy is another non-invasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of chronic or acute joint pain. Our bodies’ stem cells are designed to repair damage to tissues, bones and joints. These cells can diminish over time, prolonging the natural healing process and exacerbating the pain associated with injury or deteriorating joints. Amniotic Cell Therapy concentrates these therapeutic components and delivers them to the specific area, often assisted with ultrasound or x-ray technology. Within a matter of days, your body is actively repairing your joint, and pain will be reduced or eliminated.
Like PRP, Amniotic Cell Therapy utilizes the body’s ability to repair itself. Amniotic cells have anti-inflammatory properties, similar to cortisone and steroid shots – but with the added restoration of degenerated tissue. Additionally, amniotic cell injections contain a naturally-occuring molecular structure known as hyaluronic acid (also known as hyaluronan), which lubricates joints and tendons to alleviate pain and help restore mobility.
Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC)
Bone marrow is the soft, spongy material found in the center of your bones, where blood cells are produced. The immature cells found in the bone marrow have the potential to develop into various types of mature cells; muscle, blood vessel, cartilage, etc.
Like other regenerative treatments, BMC utilizes specialized cells obtained from your own body. Your physician removes a small amount bone marrow which is processed in a centrifuge in order to generate a powerful concentrate that is injected into the injured area. Thanks to recent medical advancements, the bone marrow cells can be easily obtained and reintroduced in an outpatient procedure.
Are There Risk Factors?
Side effects or complications from Regenerative Medicine procedures are extremely rare. Because your own blood components are used for PRP & BMAC (autologous), there is no risk of a transmissible infection, allergic reaction or immune response. Collected from your own body, the platelets and bone marrow are natural and organic. Amniotic stem cell therapy is a safe and effective treatment option, rigorously regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB).
Patients suffering form any kind of joint, tendon, or ligament pain may be considered as candidates for Regenerative Medicine Therapy. Call (541) 743-9009 to make your appointment.