Regenerative medicine is an advanced field that uses innovative treatments like stem cell and platelet-rich plasma injections to promote healing, often producing quicker healing and helping you achieve optimal strength. Dr. Richard Sayegh and the team at SMART Spine Institute & Surgery Center stay up-to-date with cutting-edge procedures, so they’re one of the few practices in Arcadia, California proudly offering regenerative medicine to their patients with arthritis, sports injuries, and many other joint and musculoskeletal conditions.
Your body has a natural ability to heal and grow new tissues using stem cells and growth factors. Regenerative medicine harnesses those cells to treat injuries and disease.
Adult stem cells can replicate indefinitely, continuously dividing to create new tissues. While some adult stem cells specialize in restoring a single type of tissue, others, such as mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), regenerate various kinds of tissues, including muscles and bones.
When a concentrated amount of stem cells is injected into damaged tissues, they reduce inflammation, stimulate blood vessel growth, and regenerate bone, muscle, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons.
Stem cells can be obtained three ways. MSCs can be harvested from your fat tissue or bone marrow, which is usually removed from your hip. You can also choose to receive donated amniotic stem cells.
Your blood contains platelets, which in turn contain proteins called growth factors. Growth factors trigger your body's wound healing processes by stimulating tissue growth, including new blood vessels, muscles, and connective tissues.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is made by taking some of your blood and using a centrifuge to separate the platelets from other blood components. When PRP — a high concentration of platelets in a small amount of plasma — is injected into injured tissues it does the following:
The doctors at SMART Spine Institute & Surgery Center can use stem cell therapy and PRP individually, or combine them in the same injection. In addition to triggering healing, PRP also stimulates stem cells, which improves their effectiveness.
Regenerative medicine is used to treat:
At SMART Spine Institute & Surgery Center, PRP injections are often used to treat sports injuries, helping athletes return to their sport as soon as possible, even after suffering rotator cuff tears and ACL tears.
PRP injections may accelerate healing by as much as 50% and strengthen tissues by up to 40%.
To learn whether you’re a good candidate for regenerative medicine, call SMART Spine Institute & Surgery Center or book an appointment online.