Regenerative MedicineManalapan Township, NJ
We can help patients receive the treatment and follow-up care they need to recover from various types of injuries. Under the direction of Dr. Ted L. Freeman, DO our team can consider regenerative medicine as a treatment. Regenerative medicine is an alternative treatment method to help patients who cannot heal from a sports injury with traditional techniques.
Regenerative medicine is available at Freeman Orthopedic and Sports Medicine in Manalapan Township and the surrounding area. This form of treatment includes possible methods such as stem cell therapy, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and prolotherapy.
If you are interested in learning more about regenerative medicine to see if it can help your recovery, call us at (732) 504-6917 to schedule an appointment today.
Benefits of regenerative medicine
Since the biological materials used in regenerative medicine are from the patient, this reduces the risk of adverse reaction or rejection. Additional benefits include:
Regenerative medicine is effective in treating multiple orthopedic injuries and conditions. The recovery period is short, meaning that patients can resume their daily routine reasonably quickly after the initial treatment process. We will take the time to customize the treatment plan to the specific needs of the individual patient.
Application of regenerative medicine for sports injuries
In sports medicine, regenerative medicine can help to restore or replace injured tendon, cartilage and ligament tissues. The goal of regenerative medicine for sports injuries is to enhance the body’s natural healing power. Regenerative medicine can also promote the formation of new ligaments, tendons or cartilage tissue.
Along with that, this treatment can help relieve pain and improve function. Injuries that regenerative medicine can help treat include:
All the treatments are performed on an out-patient basis and sometimes require multiple treatment sessions before any results become apparent.
Stem cell therapy
Stem cells are unspecified body cells with no specific functions that can transform or develop into a fully functional cell, such as a tendon cell or cartilage cell. Medical professionals who use stem cells believe stem cells can turn into a cell as desired if placed in a specific environment. For instance, stem cells transferred to a damaged Achilles tendon are hypothesized to transform into healthy Achilles tendon cells.
With regenerative medicine, we will take stem cells from the patient’s fat, bone marrow or blood. Stems are also obtainable from amniotic fluid, placental tissue, but without careful monitoring, the cells may die during storage or transport. After removing the stem cells, we will prepare them and re-administer them into the injured area of the body.
The length of the appointment will vary per patient. We can determine the number of appointments when we build the treatment plan.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
PRP is a treatment method that can harness the natural healing properties in the blood’s platelets and plasma. With this treatment, we can help to promote healing and recovery to various forms of injury in the body. PRP is injected into the affected area as a standalone procedure or during surgery to hasten recovery. To prepare for PRP treatment, we will need a sample of the patient’s blood.
We will process this sample with a centrifuge to obtain a concentrated plasma solution rich in platelets. The results of PRP therapy will vary per patient, based on different conditions such as the patients’ blood, the blood processing technique and the application of other substances such as anesthetics.
Inflammation from a sports injury can make the blood flow increase and attracts other cells that may repair and heal injured body tissues. Sometimes, the inflammation stops before the injury can completely heal. When this happens, the doctor may use prolotherapy to create inflammation in the area to allow for the healing to continue.
The process entails injecting an irritant into the affected area to increase inflammation temporarily. Prolotherapy procedures are not categorized under regenerative medicine unless it involves the use of platelet-rich plasma or stem cells.
Patients will need to follow instructions of Dr. Ted L. Freeman, DO to ensure they continue on the path toward recovery. With follow-up care, we will go over various exercises, stretches and lifestyle changes that can help to promote healing. Patients may also need to avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications with certain forms of regenerative medicine.
Before the patient can begin any form of physical therapy, we must clear the patient and verify they can continue without hindering their recovery. Before starting physical therapy, the athlete needs to get clearance from the doctor. Pain is normal within the first day or two after the procedure, but it will get better with time.
Regenerative medicine may have fewer side effects than surgery. Before starting the procedure, the doctor will explain the risks, benefits, the process and recovery instructions, which will include a follow-up appointment.
Call us today
Regenerative medicine has been successful over the years for preventing pain, disability and the risks associated with major surgery. To learn more about how regenerative medicine can help you, call us at (732) 504-6917 today.
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