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!