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Regenerative Orthopedics

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Orthopedic injuries and arthritis can cause disability, keeping you from doing what you need to do on a daily basis, whether it’s work, sports, or getting around town. You need some kind of treatment to prevent further injury and restore function. 

Allowing the body to heal itself can take a long time. Regenerative orthopedics 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

Benefits of regenerative orthopedics include:

  • 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 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. The doctor will discuss your potential at your initial visit. Call now to schedule.

Conditions Treated

Many common conditions can be treated with regenerative orthopedics:

Types of Stem Cells Used

The type of stem cells that are associated with tissue repair are called mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs).  In orthopedics, 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, sometimes in conjunction with platelet-rich plasma for added benefit.

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Three Phases of Healing

Following regenerative therapy, there are 3 phases of healing that naturally occur:

Inflammatory phase: Platelet activation sets off the body’s response to heal the damaged tissue. This phase will last 2-5 days from the time of treatment. You may experience an acute flare-up of pain and possible swelling at the site(s) treated.

Proliferative phase: Begins after the inflammatory phase ends and will last 4-6 weeks from the time of injection. Fibroblasts enter the site and break down damaged tissue to make the wound or injured tissue smaller. This phase is mandatory for musculoskeletal healing.

Remodeling phase: Begins after the proliferative phase ends and can take up to one year. During this phase the collagen matures and strengthens to complete tissue repair.

Natural Healing for Orthopedic Conditions

Regenerative orthopedics is a special type of treatment available at Blue Tail Medical Group in which we focus on natural healing rather than fixing things manually via surgery. As board-certified orthopedic doctors, we recognize the body’s natural ability to heal from an injury or wound.  We also know that surgery is not always the best option for every patient. Sometimes, the right thing to do is to let the body heal itself.

For more information, or to make an appointment, call a Blue Tail Medical Group treatment center in Missouri or Florida.