Regenerative medicine is one of the most exciting fields in all of medicine because it enables the body to naturally heal from a wide variety of injuries without the need for prolonged drug use or surgery. Using treatments like stem cell therapy, PRP, prolotherapy, Prolozone, and more, our team can kick start your body’s natural ability to recover so you can experience long-term relief from chronic pain, better joint function, and an overall improved quality of life. Could regenerative medicine be exactly what you need to finally overcome your neck, back, shoulder, foot, or knee pain? To learn more and schedule an appointment for regenerative medicine in Glastonbury, CT, give us a call today.
We’re able to extract stem cells from a patient’s own body (either from bone marrow or body fat), and then inject them into an injured area. The stem cells then focus the body’s rehabilitative energy all on that one spot, whether it be a partially torn tendon, ligament, or muscle. This enables the tissues to heal much, much faster than they would on their own, and because the stem cells are from a patient, the possibility of negative side effects is practically zero.
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a substance derived from blood that contains a very high amount of platelets, which have a lot of growth hormones and various other healing factors. We can take a little blood from a patient (about the same amount needed for a routine test), put it in a centrifuge, and then inject the PRP directly into an injured area, enabling it to recover at a very accelerated rate.
Prolotherapy focuses the body’s healing abilities by injecting a small amount of Novocain into an injured tissue (to numb it) as well as dextrose, which is basically sugar. The sugar slightly irritates the tissues without causing damage, and this motivates the body to send healing factors right where they are needed. It has a similar (but less potent) effect compared to stem cell therapy or PRP, but it’s also a simpler treatment that requires less time and expense, making it perfect for some patients.
Prolozone is a slight variant of prolotherapy. In addition to injecting a person with Novocain and dextrose, Vitamin B compounds and ozone are added to the treatment. These last two substances provide nutrition for the cells, which helps them perform various processes faster that are the backbone of natural recovery. With a few injections given over multiple appointments, a patient will quickly experience pain relief as well as reduced inflammation.
Healing factors derived from umbilical cord blood and placenta tissue also have many therapeutic properties that can be used to directly and non-invasively treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries. It should be noted, that as beneficial as these substances are, they do NOT contain any live stem cells. This is a distinction not made by many clinics, but it’s an important one!
Many people have never heard the term “regenerative medicine” before, and if this includes you, then you likely have some questions! Our team is more than ready to answer them, and to help you get the information you need quickly, we’ve gone ahead and responded to some of our most popular questions below. If you want to know more about anything we haven’t addressed here, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.
When provided by a trained doctor, yes, regenerative medicine is extremely safe. Most treatments revolve around helping the body heal itself using natural substances taken from the actual patient, so the risk of adverse effects is exceptionally low (and any side effects are much milder compared to standard painkillers or surgery).
Dr. Tortland typically recommends regenerative medicine to anyone dealing with chronic musculoskeletal pain who doesn’t want to rely on medication or get surgery. It is proven to be effective for all types of athletes, seniors, office workers…basically anyone who wants to recover from pain while avoiding the drawbacks of other common methods.
While certain techniques commonly used in regenerative medicine are taught in modern medical schools (injections, imaging, diagnoses, etc.), many of the approaches used at Valley Sports Physicians won’t be found in your standard textbook. Why? Because regenerative medicine is relatively new, so it hasn’t been completely adopted by the academic establishment. This happens with all medical innovations, as they are usually discovered by doctors or scientists, and then it takes a while before these findings make their way into universities. Fortunately, the methods used in regenerative medicine are supported by countless independent studies performed all over the world.
It depends on what you are comparing it to. Yes, regenerative medicine like PRP and stem cell injections are more expensive compared to your average painkiller, but they also cost significantly less than surgery. The big thing to remember is what you are getting with regenerative medicine—a long-lasting solution that addresses the root of the problem and doesn’t require the persistent use of medication or risk of surgery.
Treatments like PRP, prolotherapy, and stem cell injections are largely NOT covered by insurance because they are fairly new to the medical world. Thankfully, for those who need help paying for our services, we offer flexible, low-to-no interest financing that can help break up the cost into manageable chunks.