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Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative Medicine was discovered over 40 years ago, when researchers found that cells derived from bone marrow had the ability to form various tissues. Scientists and doctors have made tremendous advances to make stem cell therapy a reality, treating diseases and other issues, such as chronic pain.

Regenerative medicine promotes the reparative response of diseased, dysfunctional or injured tissue using stem cells. Researchers prepare the stem cells in a lab beforehand, and are manipulated to specialize into specific types of cells, such as heart muscle cells, blood cells or nerve cells. While Stem cell therapy requires no invasive surgery, these stem cells called placental-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are prepared beforehand, and injected directly into the area of pain or injury of your joint, muscle, ligament, or tendon.

This procedure’s objective is simply to relieve pain, while the new stem cells stimulate your body to repair itself and heal faster, by generating healthy tissue. Stem cell therapy has recently had a major breakthrough within the medical field, particularly in the field of Orthopedics, due to the potential of these stem cells ability to allow the body to heal itself, and possibly eliminate arthritis pain and other chronic or acute pain from injuries.

Benefits of Regenerative Medicine:

  • Rapid pain relief
  • Promotes healing without surgery
  • Aids in the regeneration of healthy tissues
  • No down time
  • Less risks than surgery

PRP Therapy

What is it?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a revolutionary procedure that uses components of the body’s own blood cells to stimulate the natural healing process in certain orthopedic conditions. The body’s first response to any soft tissue injury (ligaments and tendons) is to deliver platelet cells. Filled with healing and growth factors, the platelets jump-start the repair process with the help of stem cells.

The platelets are separated from the rest of the blood cells and put through a process called centrifugation, which increases the platelets’ concentration. These platelets are then mixed with the remaining blood cells, as PRP therapy speeds up the body’s healing process by delivering a higher concentration of platelets through an injection. This quick procedure can also provide effective pain relief, eliminating the need for surgery and prolonged recovery.

What Does It Treat?

Many orthopedic conditions can be treated with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, including chronic pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis. If you have pain, limited mobility, swelling, or sports injuries, chances are PRP therapy can benefit you, and has shown promising results, treating these common conditions:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • ACL tear
  • Tennis elbow
  • Ankle sprain
  • Tendonitis
  • Ligament sprains

If you are a candidate for regenerative medicine or PRP therapy, call Midwest Orthopaedics in Shawnee Mission or Overland Park, Kansas at (913) 362-8317 or request an appointment online

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