The PRP Injection: Are You A Candidate? (QUIZ)

Don’t miss our “The PRP Injection: Are You A Candidate?" QUIZ at the bottom of the article!

There are several telltale signs and symptoms of knee osteoarthritis. Although occasional knee pain and stiffness isn’t uncommon, there comes a day when one realizes that his or her knees are not like they used to be. Don’t ignore what your body is trying to tell you, instead keep an eye out for new sounds your knees might be making, new areas where pain occurs, and how frequently your knees get stiff and sore. Here are 5 signs that you may be a candidate for the PRP injection.

  1. Sore You were used to your knees occasionally aching after a long jog or hike, or perhaps from doing manual labor like gardening or woodworking. However, you’ve started noticing that your knees just hurt all (or at least most of) the time. This could be due to the degeneration in knee cartilage, which means that the movement of your knee joint is mostly bone-on-bone. This can cause sore, painful, and achy knees, which the PRP injection could benefit by regenerating knee cartilage growth.
  2. Stiff Having a little knee stiffness from time-to-time isn’t abnormal, especially after rigorous physical activity. But if you’re starting to feel like your knee is stiff even after laying down for long periods of time, that could be a sign of joint inflammation due to a lack in cartilage. This means that there’s a good chance you may have knee OA. The healing properties of concentrated blood platelets in the PRP injection can help ease this inflammation by repairing any damaged tissues and bone. In fact, a study from 2011 found that “autologous PRP injections showed more and longer efficacy than HA injections in reducing pain and symptoms and recovering articular function.”
  3. Loud If your knee sounds like a small firecracker going off every time you move it, you may have knee OA or meniscal damage. Either case can be accompanied by both pain and stiffness. Look out for crackling and crunching sounds, as this is a sign that cartilage has worn away, and that the knee joint is now bone-on-bone or a sign of damage and tearing of the meniscus. As previously mentioned, the PRP injection can help regenerate cartilage in the knee joint and stimulate meniscus healing, which would further help prevent any noisy bone-to-bone sounds.
  4. Age Although knee OA can affect nearly anyone for a number of reasons, age is a factor to consider. According to the CDC, 49.6% of persons ages 65 or older reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Also, consider that the infection rate for people over the age of 75 is higher than their younger counterparts. Invasive surgery and implants should be taken very seriously, that’s why it’s important to consider a non-invasive approach with significantly less recovery time- the PRP injection. For those who are younger and suffering from knee OA, it’s also important to consider PRP therapy, as surgery can entail a much longer and arduous recovery period than anticipated, especially since a joint has to be replaced every 10 years (on average).
  5. Don’t want surgery No one likes the thought of surgery, and there is certainly no exception for a total or partial knee replacement. Regenerative medicine has recently made (and is continuing to make) great advances in joint regeneration therapy. Both athletes and everyday people alike have been taking advantage of the benefits that the PRP injection has to offer- and now you can too.

***Want to see if your symptoms may qualify you as a candidate for the PRP injection? Take the quiz by clicking here!

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Welcome to the Team, Dr. Lee!

  New England––especially Massachusetts––is well-known for many reasons. Factor number one being that we have world-renowned medical care. Factor number two being that we are wild sports fanatics. In fact, many of us could be qualified as die-hard fans. We love supporting our teams that proudly represent us as a whole, and we all come together to cheer our players on to do their absolute best.

Regeneris Medical happens happens to be a combination of both of these categories. We represent the upper tier of medical professionals as well as innovative and revolutionary procedures. We represent the care and dedication we have for our patients. Last but not least, we represent the future of healthcare.

So what does this say about us?

What is says is that not only are we all team players, but that we care.

Tying this back to athletics- if there’s one thing New England sports fans love, it’s rooting for a new team member who is strongly committed to delivering the best medical care to our patients. We’re excited to announce that we have recruited our newest team player- Dr. Derek Lee!


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Dr. Derek Lee is a Sports Medicine doctor with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree from Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency program at USC Family Residency and MacNeal Family Residency, and his fellowship in Sports Medicine at VCOM Auburn. In addition to serving as Team Physician at Auburn University for Division I sports including football, basketball, and gymnastics, Dr. Lee was a covering physician at several esteemed athletic events in 2013 and 2014 such as the Los Angeles Marathon, Chicago Marathon, Women’s Rock Half Marathon, and Monster Dash Half Marathon in 2014.

Dr. Lee specializes in treating patients with a variety of orthopedic and sport injury conditions. His clinical interests include non-traditional, minimally-invasive and advanced cellular treatments.

Don’t wait to get back to the track- book an appointment with Dr. Lee today!


Contact Us

You can book an appointment with Dr. Lee by contacting our wonderful staff members at (855) 734-3678, or by using our contact form by clicking here.



Regeneris Medical® and affiliates do not claim that stem cell treatments or cellular therapies are a cure for any condition or disease. Adipose-derived stem cell therapies are investigational and are not a part of  FDA-approved stem cell therapies. The information and opinions on this website are for educational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for advice from a medical professional. If you think you could benefit from stem cell therapies, we suggest patients research relevant information in addition to the information on our site. Be sure to consult a physician before deciding to participate in any investigational therapies.

Platelet-Rich Plasma: The Hot New Healing Trend Used By Professional Athletes

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a natural substance within the body that provides numerous healing benefits. To attain PRP, blood is taken from the patient being treated, and then spun in a centrifuge until the PRP is separated from the red blood cells. The PRP is then administered back into patient’s “damaged tissue to enhance the natural pace of healing and regeneration.” [1] PRP therapy is far less invasive than surgery, and less time-consuming than post-surgical healing time and physical therapy.

That’s what makes this regenerative procedure so popular amongst professional athletes. In fact, there’s quite a long list of athletes that have used, or are currently using, PRP therapy. [2]

Another appeal to PRP therapy is that it can be used on a number of common sports injuries that, in the past, have tended to put players out of commission for some time. This includes…

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Medial collateral ligament (MCL) tears
  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Injuries to ligaments and muscles
  • Chronic lower back pain
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Acute and chronic tendon problems
  • Joint fractures
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Neck pain
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Morton’s neuroma [3]


Here are some of the athletes who have had notorious success with PRP therapy...



Kobe Bryant


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In July of 2011, the famous NBA star travelled to Düsseldorf, Germany to receive regenerative therapy for his arthritic right knee. Apparently, Bryant even “recommended the treatment to Alex Rodriguez, which led the baseball star to undergo the same treatment on his knee late last year [2011].” Although Bryant doesn’t like to personally talk to the press about his injuries and treatments, Rodriguez says that Bryant “was really adamant about how great the procedure was for him,” Rodriguez told reporters.”I know that he was hurting before, almost even thinking about retirement, that’s how much pain he was under. And then he said after he went to Germany he felt like a 27-year-old again. I was still a little apprehensive about it and he kept staying on me about it.”[4]


Rafael Nadal


The famous tennis player had “aseven-month injury layoff, which started after he lost in the second round at Wimbledon in 2012.” Since receiving PRP therapy for his knee, he has won his 28th Masters 1000 title, and an Olympic Gold medal. [5]


Stephen Curry

One of the most recent athletes to use PRP therapy has been the Golden State Warriors own MVP- Stephen Curry. “Curry suffered his injury during Game 4 of the Warriors' opening-round series against the Houston Rockets, on April 24,” according to writer Dan Devine. Curry underwent PRP Therapy earlier this year, and is triumphantly back on the court. [6]


Alex Rodriguez


As previously mentioned, the now-retired Yankees player was inspired by his friend Kobe Bryant to receive PRP Therapy. After undergoing hip surgery, A-Rod completed“a total of five PRP therapy sessions, after which he reportedly felt great,” in order to help speed up the healing process, and return to the field quicker. In fact, the PRP therapy worked so well for him that he ended up coming back to play much sooner than the team’s doctor had anticipated him to. [7,8]


Rafael Furcal


After straining his oblique muscle while he was playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Furcal received PRP therapy for a strained oblique muscle. Furcal then injured his hamstring, which “threatened to force him out an additional month, that is until he underwent PRP therapy,” in which he was able to return to the field sooner than predicted.[9]


Inspired by Kobe?

There’s a reason why PRP therapy is becoming so popular amongst high-profile athletes. Their first priority is to get back to the field and perform as best as they can- PRP therapy helps them accomplish this quickly and efficiently.

Inspire others like Kobe Bryant has inspired his fellow athletes! Why replace when you could regenerate?



If you’re interested in learning more about this revolutionary procedure, call Regeneris Medical at 1-855-734-3678 to book your PRP consultation today.



















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Regeneris Medical® and affiliates do not claim that stem cell treatments or cellular therapies are a cure for any condition or disease. Adipose-derived stem cell therapies are investigational and are not a part of  FDA-approved stem cell therapies. The information and opinions on this website are for educational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for advice from a medical professional. If you think you could benefit from stem cell therapies, we suggest patients research relevant information in addition to the information on our site. Be sure to consult a physician before deciding to participate in any investigational therapies.

3 Extreme Anti-Aging Treatments You Won’t Believe–Don’t Try This At Home!

3 of the Wildest Hoax Skin Care Routines

Sometimes people are willing to go to extreme lengths to achieve youthful, beautiful skin. And sometimes, those lengths push the boundaries of skin care in terms of effectiveness and safety. We found three of the wildest hoax skin care routines out there for you to take a look at. As you’re reading, think about this: are these treatments really worth the risk, especially when your own body could hold the secret to regenerative anti-aging?

1. Kitty Litter Facial


Yes, you read it right. If you’re a follower of the YouTube beauty community, then you may have seen cosmetic guru Michelle Phan post a video about the Kitty Litter Facial. Phan says she uses unscented cat litter mixed with water, and claims that it contains “amazing detoxifying abilities.” [1]

To avoid chemicals, Phan presses that you should only use unscented cat litter. However, other critics have commented on the possible dangers of the facial…

"I would not put kitty litter on my face. Some brands of kitty litter contain aluminium silicate, the same ingredient used in glass-making as well as housing insulation. Plus, it's a known neurotoxin for humans,” - esthetician Rebecca O'Sullivan [2]

At the end of the day, kitty litter belongs in the box and not on our faces.

2. Bee Venom


One anti-aging trend that’s been on the rise has been the use of bee venom. “Bee venom therapy (BVT) involves the application of bee venom into the skin by administration of live bee stings or injections with a needle, including acupuncture into acupoints.” So what is the science behind this procedure?

“One of the principal components of bee venom is a chemical called melittin...Melittin changes the charge of the cell so it can absorb toxins, but also so it can absorb more oxygen, hormones, and amino acids. And since the irritant component of bee sting is left out of the mix, the result of using “bee venom” is pure skin rejuvenation.” [3]

Don’t go looking for a beehive, though. The claim is that “There is only the change in the skin that makes it more responsive to oxygen and nutrients. The extra energy in the skin helps it smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.” [4] However, there is no concrete proof that this technique helps rather than just hurts. Some sources say that BVT is supposed to mimic a bee sting, yet even this supposedly it does not do.

Even though this may seem like an exciting and more natural anti-aging alternative, there is very little scientific evidence that it’s actually effective, or even safe.

“Until there is more scientific evidence suggesting that apitherapy does more good than harm, I would avoid this alternative therapy,” writes Thomas Pirelli, PhD. This especially goes for people who are allergic to bee venom, as it could cause negative side effects. [5]

3. Chinese Fire facial


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In this “hot” new procedure, a towel soaked with alcohol (mixed with other components which vary on who performs the treatment) is placed over the face, and then (you guessed it) set ablaze. The fire is used to supposedly “stimulate cell regeneration and youthify the complexion.” [6]

It seems to go without saying here that there is a very obvious risk of receiving severe burns from the “Fire Facial”–a terrible price to pay for achieving more of a youthful look. [7]

Why Go To Extreme Lengths?

Your body has the ability to restore and repair itself- including fine lines and wrinkles. At Regeneris Medical, we harness the body’s regenerative powers reduce signs of aging.


PRP has a long history of being used in the medical field, and now its benefits are being applied to other sectors of medicine such as dermatology, skin wound healing, and cosmetic facial rejuvenation.

The Regeneris Cellu-Lift is a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy designed to regenerate skin tissue. PRP therapy involves drawing a patient’s own blood and processing it so only the enriched cells (PRP) remain. This plasma contains essential proteins and growth factors. When injected into specific areas of the skin, it acts as a matrix that promotes collagen growth, regenerates tissue, and acts as to naturally smooth and tighten the skin.

The natural production of collagen leads to a total facial rejuvenation rather than just individual wrinkle improvement. Regeneris Medical’s PRP Cellu-Lift is one of the most advanced and effective anti-aging procedures available today.


Fortunately, you can restore lost volume and revitalize your facial appearance with thea minimally invasive Regeneris Face Lift, a minimally-invasive procedure that combines fat transfer, PRP and stem cells.

In the last 20 years, surgeons have been documenting some long-term benefits found from fat cell transfers, including the ability to maintain volume as well as other regenerative evidence. Fat grafts are loaded with stem cells, whether you specially process the fat or not.

Stem cells certainly have a role to play in regenerative medicine and cosmetic surgery. However, very few surgeons are experienced using Stem Cell + PRP activated fat grafts. At Regeneris Medical we have performed SVF/PRP procedures since 2009 for variety of medical and aesthetic conditions.

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Don’t wait another moment- turn back the clock with Regeneris Medical. Call (855) 734-3678 to speak to one of our staff members or click here to use our contact form.




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Regeneris Medical® and affiliates do not claim that stem cell treatments or cellular therapies are a cure for any condition or disease. Adipose-derived stem cell therapies are investigational and are not a part of  FDA-approved stem cell therapies. The information and opinions on this website are for educational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for advice from a medical professional. If you think you could benefit from stem cell therapies, we suggest patients research relevant information in addition to the information on our site. Be sure to consult a physician before deciding to participate in any investigational therapies.

Could PRP Have Helped This US Olympian Recover From Sports Injuries Before The Games Even Began?

Many of us are excited to watch the 2016 Summer Olympics being held in Rio de Janeiro. Therefore, Regeneris Medical is proud to announce that our partner practice, Tristan Medical Enterprises (TME) was recently given the opportunity to be a sponsor of the 2016 Olympic Games. Congratulations TME and all participating athletes!chronicle-olympics-1

Olympic sponsorship has given our health professional staff reason to ponder the incredible effort athletes put into training for the Olympics, and how we treat sports injuries at Regeneris Medical. The magnificent effort and athletic prowess of Olympians inspire us all, but especially those of us who exercise for purposes of recreation, health or athletic competition. (That is hopefully a large majority of people!)

Despite the rewards of athletic training and effort (such as weight loss or winning a game), knowing the pain of a sports-related joint injury can still be enough to hold some athletes back.

Types of Sports Injuries

During an interview, Olympic Volleyball player Brooke Sweat describes her rotator cuff injury and her fear of not being able to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics (due to the six to nine month recovery required with traditional, invasive surgical treatment initially recommended to her).

All I could think about was how Regeneris Medical can help professional athletes like Ms. Sweat (as well as non-athletes!) with our innovative, cellular therapies. Unfortunately, Ms. Sweat says she opted for a less invasive arthroscopic surgery to “clean it up,” but one which still required weeks of recovery.

(Watch the interview here:

Sports injuries can take the form of a muscle sprain or strain, a dislocated joint, a fractured bone, or tears of tendons or ligaments. In athletes of any age, an injury can result in missing competition, work or school, in addition to experiencing temporary pain and disability while the body repairs itself.

According to the National Health Interview Survey, publications exist which estimate that there are 26 sports and recreational exercise related injuries for every 1,000 persons in the United States.

Joint Injury in Older Adults

Not unlike professional athletes like Ms. Sweat, older adults may live with chronic pain due to past sports injuries, overuse injuries, or a lifetime of repetitive-motion or other physical stresses.

Some conditions such a person may experience include degenerative disc disease of the spine, or osteoarthritis of any joint. These conditions can be debilitating and may prevent the person from participating in athletic activities or even completing household chores.

Pain caused by injuries may lead to other health issues, and is most often resolved with extensive surgical repair or total joint replacement. However, surgical solutions can be painful, and require long recovery periods.

Regenerative Cellular Therapies

Our health-care professionals at Regeneris Medical are working hard to spread the word that surgery is NOT your only option! Regeneris Medical offers cellular therapies that may augment the body’s natural healing process, and have potential to benefit patients with sports injuries and/or chronic pain.

There are two types of cellular that we specialize in:

• Platelet rich plasma (PRP) • Stromal vascular fraction (SVF)

PRP is a concentrated form of activated platelets. Whenever tissue damage occurs, a natural healing process occurs in which platelets from a person’s own blood release bioactive proteins that initiate and facilitate healing. Regeneris Medical uses a PRP therapy that enhances the natural healing process by drawing and separating platelets from the patient’s own blood and injecting the platelets into the injured joint. Within the separated platelets are growth factors that signal the cells to multiply and to repair injured tissues.

A PRP therapy session takes approximately one hour. Tissue repair begins immediately and platelets remain active for up to 18 months, during which time they release potent growth factors. Some mild discomfort immediately following the procedure can be expected at the site of injection.

SVF is another method of cellular therapy that shows tremendous promise in healing and regenerating wounded joint tissue. During SVF, stem cells are extracted from a small amount of the patient’s fat cells, which are typically taken from the abdomen in a non-cosmetic, mini-liposuction procedure. The Regeneris Medical doctor can extract up to 10 million stem cells from the harvested fat cells, which are then injected directly into the injured joint. An expected growth and healing cascade occurs with stem cells being differentiated into specific tissues that need repair or replacement.

SVF procedures take about three to four hours to perform. There is a brief healing period from the liposuction, and one surgical stitch on either side of the navel. Generally patients can return to work the following day. And while PRP and SVF are effective administered on their own, injecting PRP and SVF together has the potential to produce exceptional results.


Cellular therapies offer alternatives to more traditional treatment modalities, which can be invasive and are followed by a lengthy recovery.

Think of how PRP and SVF therapies could have enabled Brook Sweat to recover completely and quickly from her rotator cuff injury… She could have potentially returned to Olympic training pain-free and fully healed, without facing an invasive surgery and lengthy recovery period after.

For the average patient, however, cellular therapies like PRP and SVF offer the possibility of resuming normal life activities and pursuing, not contemplating, the joy of physical activity and athletics.

The Regeneris Medical Blog is a resource containing general information about potential uses of stem cell therapies for hair loss, orthopedic injuries, and autoimmune disorders, as well as updates on other popular health topics. The information contained within is not medical advice, and should not replace advice from a medical doctor. If you have questions about your health, consult a physician first.