Most Regenerative Medicine at MOST
Part of MOST’s mission is to stay at the forefront of innovative methods for treating all orthopedic injuries. From diagnosis to treatment, our sports medicine team will educate patients about the most up-to-date evidence based surgical and regenerative medical approaches and then create a super effective treatment plan.
What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative Medicine refers to minimally invasive alternative treatment that is a step below surgery. The most cutting-edge and contemporary tool of regenerative medicine is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). It has been used to treat tendon, ligament, cartilage and bone injuries, especially in areas where the body is slow to regenerate or heal due to lack of blood flow. Conditions such as non-retracted or partial rotator cuff tear, calcific tendinitis (of the shoulders, knees and ankles), Tennis’ or Golfer’s elbow (lateral or medial epicondylitis), Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, back pain, stress fracture or even bone fractures can all be treated with PRP.
What is PRP? How Does it Work?
Platelet Rich Plasma is an autologous, auto-meaning, self-concentrated solution of platelets that is derived from the patient’s own blood, containing 5 to 10 times more growth factors than normal blood. Platelets are tiny cells in our blood that are known for their essential involvement in clot formation, which stops the bleeding from an injury. Platelets have small granules that contain enormous amounts of growth factors and other cytokines, that when released through degranulation serves as a signal beacon to stimulate healing of soft tissue or bone.
How is it obtained and administered? Are there any complications?
PRP is obtained by first drawing the patient’s own blood, and then spun at a high speed via a centrifuge to separate the platelet portion from the rest of the blood. The platelet is then collected using aseptic technique and specialized procedure to activate the platelet and prepare the solution for injection. The solution is then injected near or around the area being treated. Since PRP injections are derived using the patient’s blood, risk of adverse reaction is minimal or as comparable to a flu shot. Like any other injection, there is a small risk of infection, bleeding, and injury to any structures in the area of injection.
If you have any questions about our regenerative medicine program, please contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians.