Regenerative Medicine for Joint Pain

As we age, the mobility and elasticity of the tissues in our body decreases, making them more susceptible to tears and damage. Additionally, our ability to heal after injury declines with age. This is most evident in the joints, which absorb the highest impact when we move. Knees, hips, shoulders and elbows all being to degrade over time, and the protective tissues that keep bones from touching can begin to break down. Surgery can help, but is highly invasive and requires an extended recovery period.

Regenerative medical therapies, like the PRP injections and Stem Cell Treatments available at The Vitality Center, can help slow or even reverse this aging process in joints, ligaments and tendons. Even better, they require minimally invasive procedures, and little to no rehabilitation afterwards. They do not rely on drugs or prosthetics, but rather use the body’s own regenerative abilities to heal the body naturally, and keep you stronger longer.

Regenerative medical therapies are also extremely useful post-surgery or injury, as they can help speed up recovery and increase the effectiveness of rehabilitation. Professional athletes have been using this technology to reduce injury and recover faster for decades. Now, it’s available at a fraction of the cost, to weekend warriors, young and old, as well as aging individuals who want to move better without requiring surgery or invasive procedures.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for Joint Pain

Platelet-rich plasma therapy, sometimes called PRP therapy, takes advantage of the blood's natural healing properties to repair damaged cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscles, or even bone. PRP has been shown to be effective in both repairing damaged tissues, as well as helping to prevent further degeneration from conditions like arthritis.

Platelet-rich plasma is derived from a sample of the patient's own blood. The therapeutic injections contain plasma with a higher concentration of platelets than is found in normal blood. Platelets contain more than 30 different bioactive proteins that the body uses to repair damaged tissue. PRP concentrates these healing factors at the site of pain or injury. PRP treatment works most effectively for chronic ligament and tendon sprains/strains that have failed other conservative treatment, including but not limited to back pain, disc pain and arthritic related pain, Achilles injury, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis and many other conditions.

The benefit to PRP therapy is that unlike most other treatments, it uses your body’s own natural growth factors to heal. The timeframe for experiencing results is dependent upon the area of injury and the extent of the injury. Some conditions like tennis elbow may respond in on week, while others make take 4 to 6 weeks of treatment to see signs of improvement. Repeat treatments are sometimes needed to optimize the response. Continuing a well-designed course of physical therapy and avoidance of aggressive physical activity or overloading the injected tissues is advised in the weeks that follow the injections. This is done to allow the tissues to heal best.

Stem Cell Therapy for Joint Pain

Stem cell therapy, as practiced at Toledo’s Vitality Center, is an innovative minimally invasive treatment that is part of the growing field known as regenerative medicine. Many musculoskeletal conditions caused by sports injuries and overuse can be treated with adult stem cell procedures. These procedures give your body the potential to heal itself naturally.

Stem cell therapy, also referred to as stem cell treatment or cell therapy, helps the body repair itself naturally. The cells neutralize inflammation and accelerate healing. They have the potential to regenerate injured cartilage tissue, tendons, bone, muscle, ligaments and vertebral discs.

Joint and soft tissue injuries can be treated by stem cell treatment at The Vitality Center. Stem cells can often improve function and reduce pain in patients with chronic osteoarthritis. In addition, acute injuries such as partial ligament and tendon tears can also be treated. Stem cells can potentially improve post-surgical recovery times and are quickly becoming a viable alternative to joint replacement surgery.

Severe knee, hip and shoulder pain are commonly treated conditions at Vitality’s facilities in Toledo, Ohio. Patient’s with golfer’s elbow or tennis elbow, and many other conditions, are also candidates for stem cell therapy to provide improve function and dramatically reduce pain.

Can Regenerative Medicine Help Me?

Much of the early work in this field has been devoted to chronic injuries. We are also seeing dramatic improvement in recovery times for acute and sub-acute injuries. These can include new onset partial tear of ligaments, bones and cartilage. We have seen active patients return to activity much more rapidly with greatly decreased pain and improved mobility following early intervention for the acute and sub-acute injuries.

Joints and soft tissue injuries and conditions treated with regenerative therapy include:

  • Knees
  • Shoulders
    • - Joint pain
    • - Rotator cuff injuries
  • Wrists
  • Ankles
  • Hands and Feet
  • Hips
  • Elbows
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Tennis and Golfers Elbow
  • Bicep Tendonitis

Am I a Candidate for Regenerative Medical Therapy?

A suitable candidate for stem cell or PRP therapy for joint pain is someone who suffers from a painful cartilage injury from overuse, trauma, or debilitating conditions, including degenerative arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. Vitality’s regenerative therapy can also be beneficial for patients suffering from tendonitis and ligamentous injuries. In addition, an excellent candidate for Stem Cell Therapy also has slow-healing or non-union fracture. We have seen active patients return to activity much more rapidly with greatly decreased pain and improved mobility following early intervention for the acute and sub-acute injuries.

Vitality will conduct a careful history and physical examination as well as thorough review of appropriate imaging (including X-Rays, ultrasound and/or MRI) to determine whether your condition is suitable for stem cell therapy treatment.

Regenerative medicine is seldom a standalone therapy. The Vitality Center provides the necessary support for a full recovery, including specialized physical therapy and rehabilitation as well as a host of other options to treat pain and injury.

Learn about regenerative medicine and how to successfully incorporate regenerative medicine therapies into your life. Contact the Vitality Center today for your initial evaluation and consultation.