Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative Medicine is a sup-specialty of medicine that focuses on the repair, replacement, and regrowth of cells, tissue, and organs. This includes the use of stem cells, PRP, and other tissue regenerative therapies.

The use of your own body’s tissue to help heal injury and disease is known as regenerative medicine. Bio-cellular grafts are made from your own cells, which are typically harvested from bone marrow or fat tissue. Depending on your age, health, and condition, you may be a candidate for stem cell therapy, PRP therapy, prolotherapy, or a combination of these therapies.

With years of experience and expertise in this field, our providers enjoy a high success rate in healing bone, muscle, joint, soft tissue, and nerve injuries with regenerative procedures. Our therapies meet the needs of patients who still have pain after traditional treatments like physical therapy, rest, NSAIDs, pain management, and/or surgery have failed.

Regenerative therapy offers the following benefits:

  • Increased healing potential
  • Decreased pain
  • Increased function
  • Quicker recovery time
  • Decreased time away from sport or daily activities

Most individuals can return to their normal activities after 72 hours. The length of time it takes to return
to sports is dependent on the patient and site of injury but averages two weeks.

Although not all patients are candidates for regenerative therapy, we offer initial consultations, including a discussion of our success rates, to help determine whether a patient will have the desired outcome.

If you have cancer, an infection, lymphoma, or take certain blood thinning medication this treatment may not be suitable for you. If you are on certain blood thinning medications, we will need a note from your physician allowing you to stop those medications for three days prior to the procedure.

Orthopaedic injuries and arthritis can cause disability, preventing you from doing normal daily task, whether it’s work, sports, or getting around town. Receiving a form of treatment can prevent further injury and restore function.

Allowing the body to heal itself can take a long time. Regenerative orthopaedics uses cutting-edge technology to stimulate and accelerate the healing process. Depending on your age, health, and severity of your condition, we can offer you stem cell therapy, platelet-rich plasma therapy, and prolotherapy.

Most individuals can return to their normal activities 72 hours after treatment. For sports, you may need 2 weeks of rest before returning to the game.

Even if you have been told you have “bone-on-bone” arthritis, our stem cell treatments often help to prevent you from having to undergo total joint replacement surgery or joint fusion. We CANNOT “cure” arthritis, but we can improve pain and function tremendously for years; success depends upon the site and severity.

Treated Conditions – Many common conditions can be treated with regenerative orthopaedics:

  • Osteoarthritis (or degenerative arthritis) of any joint: shoulder, knee, hip, ankle, elbow, wrist, finger, and thumb
  • Lower back pain
  • Lumbar disc disease
  • Tendonitis and tendon injuries
  • Rotator cuff tears/injuries
  • Ligament injuries
  • Strains and sprains
  • Peripheral nerve injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Partial tendon or ligament tears
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Tendonitis
  • Shin splints
  • Joint injuries such as ankle sprains and knee sprains

The type of stem cells that are associated with tissue repair are called mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). In orthopaedics, two main types of MSCs are used: bone marrow stem cells and adipose (fat) stem cells.

Bone marrow stem cells, which are commonly used for bone and cartilage repair, are taken with a needle in the hip/pelvic area and concentrated in an FDA-approved device. Fat stem cells are obtained via mini liposuction but are not concentrated. Some patients find these procedures painless, while others may feel discomfort. Oral sedation can be provided upon request. The stem cells are injected into the area of pain or injury in conjunction with platelet rich plasma for added benefit.

Please ask your physician any questions you may have about your diagnosis and treatment plan.

If you are taking any NSAlD’s (ie: Motrin, Naprosyn, Advil, Aleve, Celebrex, etc.) please discontinue 5-7 days prior to treatment. You do need to stop taking aspirin or blood thinning medications unless your Bluetail physician tells you differently.

The night before and the morning of your procedure, scrub your entire body with anti-bacterial soap.

Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing, sports bra or shorts depending on site treated.

If you have any anxiety regarding your procedure, please call at least 2 days before your procedure for an oral sedative prescription. If you take an oral sedative, a driver is required to take you to/from your procedure.

If you are currently on Coumadin, Plavix, Lovinox, Prodaxa or another blood thinner we ask you to see your PCP/ Specialist and receive their permission to discontinue this medication for 3 days prior to treatment and resume the evening after treatment. You understand the risk of stopping these medications may lead to significant illness or even possible death.

Alert the staff if you have an allergy to anesthetics, bandages or skin preparation solution.

Follow your normal daily routine on the day of your procedure; make sure to drink plenty of water.