Regenerative medicine holds great promise for orthopedic patients including both acute and chronic painful conditions. Today, the widening scope of minimally invasive orthopedic treatments available is impressive. While surgeries like total hip replacement can produce consistent results and may be the most fitting for some patients, regenerative medicine techniques are providing more options for athletes and anyone seeking daily pain relief. Technology advancements such as, platelet rich plasma, prolotherapy, and stem cell therapies are expected to move the field of orthopedics into a new era. Much of the current research in the field of regenerative medicine can now be used in the clinical bedside, but continued research is needed.
After an injury, the body’s goal is to try and heal through its own natural repair mechanisms. Blood flow is a crucial foundation to the body’s own healing capacity. Inside and around joints, the blood flow can be poor and as people age, their ability to heal decreases. If a person has poor nutrition and hormone status it may further hinder the body’s efforts at repairing the injury. As a result, the body may be unable to heal the injury adequately. When the body is unable to heal properly, the end result for the patient can include pain, swelling, weakness and disability.
The goal of regenerative medicine is to encourage the natural healing process to restart.
The goal of regenerative medicine is to encourage the natural healing process to restart. As physicians continue to face obstacles dealing with the healing process of diseased or injured musculoskeletal tissues, regenerative medicine aims to promote increased regeneration and repair of tissue and improve local tissue chemistry to improve pain. Regenerative orthopedic medicine harnesses the bodies innate healing mechanisms found in platelets, adipose, and bone marrow to focus them in powerful ways. In combination with traditional orthopedic approaches it offers patients exciting new ways to treat complex conditions. Some examples of modern regenerative treatments include Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma, Bone Marrow Aspirate, Adipose Cell Therapy and Stem Cell Therapies.
Dr. Lehmann at Houston Spine & Sports Medicine is a musculoskeletal non-operative specialist physician serving the Houston market in The Woodlands area since 2003. Our medical providers expertise is in several areas of sports medicine and pain rehabilitation including regenerative orthopedic medicine. We have the ability to evaluate your condition with musculoskeletal ultrasound diagnostic assessment and have conservative methods of care including, physical therapy, and regenerative treatments such as Prolotherapy, platelet rich plasma (PRP), Acupuncture and Cellular Therapies.
Schedule a visit today so we can learn more about your condition and see if regenerative medicine is right for you.
- Osteoarthritis in Joints
- Osteochondral Defect (Cartilage Injuries)
- Muscle, Tendon or Ligament Tears
- Labral Injuries: Shoulder and Hip
- Acute and chronic muscle strains
- Ligament Sprains
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Meniscus Injury or Tear
- Knee Osteoarthritis
- Hip Osteoarthritis