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Regenerative Medicine

Prolotherapy and Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy Injections

Your body can be a healing powerhouse. Let’s empower it to heal naturally.

How do you know you if regenerative medicine is right for you?

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You have bone, muscle, or joint conditions that need to be repaired.

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You want to accelerate your body’s natural healing process.

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Natural health is a priority for you.

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You’re looking for a minimally invasive solution and want to avoid orthopedic surgery.

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What health conditions may regenerative medicine help?

Regenerative medicine is not about “curing” a health condition overnight. Regenerative medicine providers examine how an individual’s daily life is impacting their health and formulate an integrated plan to achieve the best outcome for you. As always, they pursue a natural and non-surgical approach to your health. Common health conditions our regenerative medicine doctors treat include: 

  • Achilles tendonosis
  • Ankle and foot issues
  • Carpal bone instability
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cervical spine issues
  • Chronic hamstring strains/tears
  • Chronic IT band tendonosis
  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Disc Disease
  • Elbow issues
  • Finger and thumb arthritis
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Hip and pelvis issues
  • Joint instability
  • Knee issues
  • Labral tears
  • Lumbar spine issues
  • Osgood-Schlatter’s disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain after surgery
  • Peripheral meniscal tears
  • Pes anserine tendonosis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Recurrent shoulder subluxations
  • Rib Dysfunction
  • Rotator cuff issues
  • Runner’s knee
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome
  • Shoulder issues
  • Spondylosis
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Thoracic spine issues
  • Triceps tendonosis
  • Whiplash
  • Wrist and hand issues
HOW DO REGENERATIVE MEDICINE DOCTORS ALLEVIATE PAIN?

Regenerative Medicine Injections

We use different regenerative medicine treatments to prompt your body’s natural healing response. This helps your body to create new tissues and replenish or repair your body’s cells. Regenerative medicine works to alleviate pain by addressing the root cause, instead of covering up the symptoms.

Our Regenerative Medicine Options

All of our regenerative medicine treatments are outpatient procedures that help speed the body’s natural healing process. The difference between therapies is what substance is injected into the body to begin the healing process. Your physician will recommend which therapy is right for your condition and health goals.

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Prolotherapy

This procedure injects natural irritants into an injured area to trigger the body’s own healing process. Prolotherapy treatment can be used on many areas of the body, such as the shoulders and knees. While there are several different formulations used in prolotherapy, a common one is made of hypertonic dextrose (a concentrated sugar solution) and lidocaine (a numbing agent). By activating the body’s self-healing properties, Prolotherapy treatments can help get you on the path to new mobility and healing.

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Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

PRP (Also known as platelet-rich plasma): this procedure takes a portion of your centrifuged blood and injects it into the injured area. It is commonly used in sports injuries and sometimes referred to as, “liquid gold.” PRP treatment takes advantage of substances in your blood like cytokines (proteins involved in cell signaling) to trigger tissue regeneration. Rest assured knowing that PRP therapy is very low risk and can help put you on the fast-track to healing.

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Is regenerative medicine right for you?

Man hiking in the woods by a lakeSurgery shouldn’t be a first option. Neither should a prescription.

The human body has an innate ability to heal itself. When our body is injured, our body begins working to fight injection and heal. However, it is only natural that we sometimes get impatient with how long it takes the body to do so. That’s where regenerative medicine comes in. We use drug-free, non-steroid injections to spur the body to speed-up its healing process.

Things To Think About When Considering Regenerative Treatment

  • Avoid Steroid Shots — Steroid shots are not regenerative treatments, even though they are commonly used for many of the same injuries that regenerative injections treat. We do not recommend steroid shots for prolonged treatment because they cover up pain symptoms and do not actually repair what is causing the pain. Long term use of steroid injections can damage cartilage and cause changes in skin and subcutaneous fat near the injection site. More rarely, joint steroids injections can lead to bone death, osteoporosis, and hormonal imbalances. Instead of masking the cause, regenerative medicine therapies help the body heal the root cause of pain.
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Regenerative Medicine FAQs and Answers

What is regenerative medicine?

Regenerative medicine is the process of replacing, engineering, or regenerating human cells, tissues, or organs to restore normal function.

Who is an ideal candidate for regenerative medicine treatments?

Regenerative medicine treatments like prolotherapy treatment and PRP therapy are popular among athletes since they expedite the body’s healing process. Individuals with acute or chronic soft tissue injuries are also good candidates for these treatments.

Will the injection hurt?

Patients will feel some discomfort during the injection—similar to getting a vaccination. Your experience after the injections will depend on which treatment you receive. Keep reading to find out more. 

Will I need an escort the day of the procedure?

No, you will not need an escort the day of receiving prolotherapy treatment or PRP therapy. We do not use any general anesthetics, only topical numbing creams. You will be alert and able to drive after the procedure.

Is it okay to take pain relievers after a regenerative medicine procedure?

You should not take any anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen before or after prolotherapy treatment or PRP therapy. These procedures work by stimulating the body’s inflammatory responses to trigger healing, so taking an anti-inflammatory medication will reduce the efficacy of the treatment.

Are regenerative medicine treatments covered by insurance?

Regenerative medicine treatments are not covered by most insurance companies.  We do not want cost to be a hindrance to receiving care. If this is a concern, please contact our billing department by CLICKING HERE. They will review your financial options with you.

How much do regenerative medicine treatments cost?

Depending on the patient’s particular needs, and the number of joints to be treated, the cost per injection ranges from $150.00 to $450.00 per prolotherapy syringe. The cost is $750.00 to $1,000 per Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) syringe. Most patients need one to two syringes per treatment. We believe that healthcare should be affordable, and that is why our prices are low to mid-range for our area. We will work together with you to create an individualized plan that offers the most value for your particular needs.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments will vary depending on each patient’s specific health conditions and health goals.
Usually, patients see progress after one to two treatments. Your doctor will let you know if additional prolotherapy or PRP therapy treatments are needed.

Is there anything I need to do prior to my prolotherapy or PRP injection procedure?

For your safety, please adhere to the following *guidelines BEFORE each injection appointment.

*Here is a printer-friendly version of the pre-appointment regenerative medicine information:
PRE-APPOINTMENT REGENERATIVE MEDICINE GUIDLINES.PDF

DO NOT TAKE…

  • Anti-inflammatory Medications (or NSAIDS) for at least 48 hours before your appointment.
    NSAIDS may decrease the effectiveness of a prolotherapy or PRP injection. Please let your doctor know if you have taken NSAIDS within 48 hours prior to your prolotherapy or PRP therapy injection. Your doctor will discuss your treatment options with you.
  • Anti-coagulation medication for five days prior to the procedure.
  • Coricosteroid medications two to three weeks before your injection(s).

PATIENTS MAY NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR A PROLO OR PRP INJECTION IF THEY …

  • Have an auto-immune disorder (advanced).
  • Show symptoms of a skin infection or skin condition at the injection site.
  • Received a steroid injection within the past six weeks.
  • Are taking blood thinners or have a Hematology disorder.

Regenerative medicine patients who smoke are advised to quit, because the body will not heal as well post treatment.

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What should I do after my prolotherapy or PRP injection?

For your safety, please adhere to the following *guidelines AFTER to each prolo or PRP injection appointment.

*Here is a printer-friendly version of the pre-appointment regenerative medicine information:
POST-APPOINTMENT REGENERATIVE MEDICINE GUIDELINES.PDF

DO NOT TAKE…

  • If you receive a Prolo Injection: Do not take NSAIDS for at least 7 days AFTER your appointment.
  • If you receive a PRP Injection: Do not take NSAIDS for at least 14 days AFTER your appointment.

AFTER YOUR INJECTION…

  • You may be advised to wear a brace or sling to immobilize the affected joint. Patients may be advised to use crutches if they receive an injection at the ankle, knee or hip.
  • Some swelling post-injection is normal. This is the body’s immune system working. You may use a cold compress a few times per day for ten to twenty minutes at a time to help decrease pain and swelling.

How long does it take for patients to usually see results after receiving a prolotherapy or Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) injection?

Patients usually see improvement within two to four weeks of receiving a prolo or PRP injection. If necessary, your doctor may recommend another injection four to six weeks after your prior injection.

Is it normal to experience pain after an injection?

Patients may experience discomfort that ranges from soreness to being unable to walk. Minor swelling and inflammation is common. Pain symptoms should not last more than three to four days.

May I wash or bathe the injection site?

If possible, avoid washing the injection site for a minimum of 24 hours after an injection. Patients should also avoid the use of skincare and hair products at the injection site for at least 24 hours. Individuals who received a spinal injection should avoid submerging the injection site for 72 hours. Avoid using hair coloring products for one week, if applicable.

When can I return to exercising?

Patients should not resume exercise in the joint that was injected for approximately two weeks after receiving a prolotherapy or PRP injection.

When should I contact my doctor?

Seek medical attention immediately after a prolo or PRP treatment if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Significant bleeding from the injection site that persists
  • Temperature of over 100° F
  • Any sign of infection

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