How Regenerative Medicine Can Play a Huge Role in Your Healing

How Regenerative Medicine Can Play a Huge Role in Your Healing

Regenerative medicine is a breakthrough in treating orthopedic injuries. Specifically, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and stem cell therapy take advantage of your body’s own natural ability to heal itself. Thanks to the advancements in regenerative medicine, injuries such as those in the neck, back, knees, and other joints can heal more quickly so that you can get back to enjoying life.

Orthopedic shoulder and sports medicine surgeon Matthew Pifer, MD, brings the latest advances in regenerative medicine to the community of Santa Barbara, California. Whether you’re recovering from a surgical procedure or battling back from a sports injury, regenerative medicine can play a key role in your recovery. Here’s how.

Platelet-rich plasma therapy

When you’re injured, the body releases platelets to the site of injury to stop any bleeding and begin tissue repair. Platelets contain powerful growth factors that stimulate the healing process. 

PRP therapy uses your own blood to make a concentrated source of platelets far greater than what normally circulates in the blood. The PRP is then injected into the injured joint or tissue, where it enhances healing.

Stem cell therapy

Stem cells are the building blocks of tissue. They play a key role in replacing damaged tissue. When injected into a damaged knee, shoulder, or other area, stem cells ease inflammation and regenerate damaged tissue.  

May prevent or delay the need for surgery

Stem cells and PRP therapy can help reduce pain. They may also help to delay surgery or avoid it altogether, depending on the extent and type of your injury. 

Faster recovery

Regenerative medicine can help you heal faster than conventional approaches. Stem cells and PRP therapy start working quickly to recruit healing factors to injured joints and tissues. This enhances the body’s ability to heal an injury. Keep in mind it may take a few weeks; however, this is still a dramatic difference.

Low risk

PRP therapy and stem cell therapy are minimally invasive, low-risk procedures. Minor bruising at the injection site is a minor side effect but should resolve within a few days. 

Generally, after treatment you can return to your normal activities. Unlike other orthopedic procedures, regenerative medicine treatments allow you to get back to your routine quickly.

If you’re considering regenerative treatment options, give us a call to schedule a comprehensive evaluation with Dr. Pifer to find out if regenerative medicine is right for you. Or, simply book an appointment online today. 

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