While regenerative medicine is a relatively new area of medicine, it has shown great promise in treating and even curing a variety of injuries and diseases. Dr. Joseph D. Fortin DO at Spine Technology and Rehabilitation in Fort Wayne, Indiana is an interventional pain management specialist who extensively uses regenerative medicine for the treatment of injuries and pain conditions. Call the office today to learn more about the benefits of regenerative medicine or to schedule a consultation.
Regenerative medicine is an up-and-coming area of medical care that deals with the process of replacing, engineering, or regenerating human cells or tissues to restore or establish normal function. Rather than only managing symptoms, the primary focus of regenerative medicine is to provide treatments that heal diseased and/or damaged tissues.
For over a decade Spine Technology and Rehabilitation has been using regenerative medicine to help patients suffering from joint, muscle, and spine conditions.
Regenerative medicine treatments provided at Spine Technology and Rehabilitation are platelet-rich plasma therapy (also known as PRP) and stem cell therapy.
PRP therapy uses injections containing a concentration of the patient’s own platelets to accelerate the healing of injured joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. It combines your body’s natural ability to heal itself with the latest in medical and scientific technologies. When you incur an injury, your body uses healing properties in your blood to stop the bleeding and repair the damage.
The healing properties found in your blood include platelets, growth factors, and specialized proteins. At Spine Technology and Rehabilitation, the PRP therapy used contains a high concentration of these healing properties that is created from a sample of your own blood.
Stem cell therapy is the use of stem cells to treat or prevent a disease or condition. Stem cells are the cells in the body that transform into specialized cells on demand based on your body’s needs. Bone marrow and fat are two sites in our bodies with an abundance of Mesenchymal stem cells. These mesenchymal stem cells can transform into the specialized cells that are used to repair injured tendons, cartilage, and ligaments. Spine Technology and Rehabilitation does not use embryonic stem cells.
Dr. Fortin uses regenerative medicine to heal diseased and injured tissue. Some conditions that benefit from regenerative medicine include:
Dr. Fortin also utilizes regenerative medicine to support healing after sports injuries and surgeries
At Spine Technology and Rehabilitation, regenerative medicine is an outpatient procedure. Dr. Fortin and his nursing staff begin by harvesting the blood or fat needed to create your PRP or stem cell therapy. Using guided-image technology, he will then inject the PRP or stem cells directly into the injured joint or diseased tissue.
It is common for patients to experience an increase in discomfort for up to 10 days after their regenerative medicine treatments. However, most patients report that their pain is eased, and their mobility has improved within a week.
Your best results typically take 6-8 weeks to occur. Dr. Fortin often refers his patients to a physical therapist to support the recovery process.
While most patients only need one regenerative medicine treatment to see the benefits, Dr. Fortin may suggest additional treatments based on your diagnosis and personal health needs.
To learn more about regenerative medicine and how it can help you heal, call Spine Technology and Rehabilitation today or schedule an appointment online.