Regenerative Medicine Brings Hope for Patients with Joint Problems and Ligament Disorders
Regenerative Medicine in Sycamore, IL: Most people don’t have time to take off from work or other activities for 10-12 weeks to recover after surgery, which unfortunately, is usually the first treatment option for a lot of joint and ligament disorders.
Regenerative medicine provides people a way to avoid surgery while getting full resolution through a protocol of injections and therapies. Regenerative medicine eliminates the need to take off work for weeks and can provide complete relief to joint and ligament disorders without the stress or cost of a surgical procedure.
With regenerative medicine, it is not just about healing your damaged ligaments or degenerated areas. It is about restoring your function so your able to get back to doing the activities that you once loved.
How Regenerative Medicine at Sycamore Integrated Health Works
At Sycamore Integrate Health, our regenerative medicine protocol uses a series of injections that help regenerate damaged cells and heal and recover your body in a natural way without the use of surgery.
The regenerative medicine protocol we use includes:
- A physical exam to evaluate your injury or damaged joint
- Imaging which may include X-ray, MRI, CT, or Diagnostic Ultrasound to evaluate the severity of your injury or degenerative joint
- Temporary bracing using orthotics, knee braces, or walking boots for stabilization
Regenerative Medicine Treatment Options Include:
Stem Cell Therapy:
Stem cell injections offer the ability to heal damaged tissue naturally. With stem cell therapy, stem cells from amniotic tissues are injected directly into the knee or other affected joints. These stem cells have strong anti-inflammatory properties. However, stem cell therapy goes far beyond the benefits of standard “injection therapy.” While cortisone and other drugs only provide temporary pain relief, stem cells actually restore degenerated tissue while providing pain relief. The growth factors in amniotic stem cells may replace damaged cells in your body. Additionally, stem cell injections contain hyaluronic acid, which lubricates joints and tendons, easing the pain and helping restore mobility.
Trigger Point Injections:
Trigger point therapy works by loosening trigger point knots, allowing improved blood flow to the spasmodic areas. During the procedure, a very thin, acupuncture sized needle is injected into the muscle belly quickly (which is rarely even felt) which causes a fast twitch of the muscle with a very diluted lidocaine solution. The lidocaine helps to numb the area and the fast twitch releases the lactic acid which is built up inside the trigger point thus relaxing the muscle.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy:
Platelet rich plasma or PRP therapy is a type of regenerative medicine that offers an alternative for people who may be considering joint replacement or elective surgery due to arthritis or injury. PRP therapy is prepared from your own blood. This means that there is no risk of rejection or disease transmission as well as a very minimal risk of infection. A local anesthetic is used so there is only mild discomfort during the procedure – similar to what one would feel receiving a flu shot. Ultrasound guidance is used to assist in the precise placement of the PRP injection. There may be mild pain or swelling at the injection site once the procedure is completed. However, the majority of patients are able to return to their usual activities with no downtime.