Regenerative Medicine

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!

Call us today at 1-855-734-3678 or e-mail us at info@regenerismedical.com

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.

 

DISCLAIMER

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.

Make 2017 Your Year!: The Top 4 Regenerative Therapies to Look Into This Year

With a new year upon us, a new you awaits.

 

One of Regeneris Medical’s goals is to continue to provide our patients with an above-and-beyond healing experience. Make your resolution to treat yourself right and to prioritize your own well-being, and know that part of our resolution is to help you accomplish yours. 

Although there is a non-exhaustive list of ailments that can be treated by regenerative technologies, here are the top 4 regenerative therapies that can help you have your best year yet.

1. Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Looking to get back to the track this year? Don’t opt for surgery so quickly- regain your mobility and treat your osteoarthritis of the knee with us at Regeneris Medical. Our procedure utilizes your body’s own healing abilities to help heal your OA. In comparison to surgery, it’s less costly, less time-consuming, and much easier on your body.

In our approach, we utilize the anti-inflammatory and healing effects of Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF, which is rich in mesenchymal stem cells and growth factors) and PRP autologous platelet rich plasma (to optimize the effects of the SVF). This is all performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia, and is all done at the time of SVF harvesting and procurement. The entire procedure itself takes approximately 5 hours.

Don’t waste another year in pain- get moving today!

For more information on the treatment, click here.

 

2. Sexual Wellness

Ring in the new year with more than just fireworks! Regeneris Medical can help- we provide a revolutionary alternative therapy to treat sexual dysfunction: the P-Shot and the O-Shot.

The shot is a simple, relatively painless, office-based procedure which utilizes PRP therapy to enhance sexual performance and experience. The benefits include…

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Make 2017 the year of romance for both you and your partner- click here to learn more about the P-Shot and the O-Shot!

 

3. Hair Restoration

Take 2017 by storm and look your best! Hair loss can be a traumatic experience for both men and women. Regeneris Medical has developed a protocol in which we utilize a patient’s own stem cells to restore his/her hair growth. This therapy is expected to work by activating already existing stem cells on the scalp.

There are two regenerative approaches that can be taken to restore hair growth: PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) therapy, and SVF (Stromal Vascular Fraction) therapy.

For PRP Therapy, the first step is to simply draw blood. We then spin the blood in a centrifuge and extract the platelets. We then activate the platelets, add some naturally-occurring growth factors, and return it to your body through a series of pinpoint injections on the scalp.

Another option is using SVF. This is a method which utilizes adult autologous adipose cells (the patient’s own fat cells). Stem cells are your natural healing cells, and act as the repair system in your body by replenishing inactive cellular material. The procedure entails performing a mini-liposuction from the belly under local anesthesia. Mesenchymal stem cells are extracted from the tissue, which are then incubated. The result is injected directly into areas of concern. Once these stem cells are administered, they have the ability to repair and re-activate dormant follicles, forming new cells.

Learn more about our hair restoration services here!

 

4. Regeneris Anti-Aging

Turn back time this year! Regeneris Medical can help you bring out your inner youth by using your very own healing abilities by using the PRP Cellu-Lift procedure and the Regeneris Face Lift.

The PRP Cellu-Lift is one of the most advanced and effective anti-aging procedures available today. The Cellu-Lift is a Platelet Rich Plasma therapy designed to focus on skin tissue regeneration. First, we attain your platelet-rich plasma (PRP) through a blood draw. 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. PRP is used for volatizing faces that are beginning to look drawn, to plump out cheek indentations, soften under eye hollow, improve the skin tone, tightness, and texture, and fill in areas where hyaluronic acid fillers cannot reach or are not safe to use.

The Regeneris Face Lift restores lost volume and revitalizes your facial appearance with a minimally invasive procedure that combines fat transfer, PRP and stem cells.

Stem cells certainly have a role to play in 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.

The Regeneris Face Lift is performed in our office. Results are natural, free of incisions, and can be expected to last longer than traditional facial rejuvenation options on the market.

Click here to find out more about our our aesthetic procedures.

Make This YOUR  Year With Regeneris Medical!

Change your life today- contact us at (855) 734-3678 or by clicking here.

 

DISCLAIMER

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?

 

CONTACT REGENERIS MEDICAL FOR A CONSULTATION

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.

 

 

Sources:

 

[1] https://www.mortonsneuroma.com/professional-athletes-and-platelet-rich-plasma-injections

 

[2] http://www.prptreatments.org/sports-medicine/athletes-using-prp/

 

[3] https://www.mortonsneuroma.com/professional-athletes-and-platelet-rich-plasma-injections

 

[4] http://grantland.com/features/kobe-bryant-dr-chris-renna-regenokine-knee-treatment/

 

[5] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2449179/Rafael-Nadal-How-broken-star-rebuilt.html

 

[6] http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/stephen-curry-had-platelet-rich-plasma-treatment-on-his-right-knee-182950035.html

 

[7]  http://grantland.com/features/kobe-bryant-dr-chris-renna-regenokine-knee-treatment/

 

[8] http://www.prptreatments.org/sports-medicine/athletes-using-prp/alex-rodriguez-prp-therapy/ [9] http://www.prptreatments.org/sports-medicine/athletes-using-prp/rafael-furcal-prp-therapy/

 

DISCLAIMER

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.

5 Common Misconceptions About Stem Cells

  With Stem Cell Therapy becoming a growing topic within the medical community, there are bound to be many questions about what the protocols and procedures entail. Stem cell research has historically been a controversial subject, but research has shown that it is possible to harvest and utilize these powerful cells in increasingly more ethical, easier, and successful ways. To put your mind at ease, here are 5 common misconceptions about stem cell therapy that we’ve debunked for you.

 

1. Stem cells are unethical

When some people hear “stem cells”, they instantly think that they are derived from fetuses. We DO NOT use embryonic stem cells- rather, we use adult stem cells. “Adult stem cells can be found in plentiful amounts throughout an adult’s body from sources like muscle tissue, organs (including the heart, lungs, etc.), bone marrow and fat.” [1] At Regeneris Medical, we use the patient’s very own adult adipose (fat) cells by way of a mini-liposuction in which we attain only 50 mL of fat- all under local anesthesia.

You can rest assured knowing that there are no ethical issues with our protocol.

 

2. Stem cell research is illegal

Stem cell research is not illegal. It is in fact becoming a mainstay within medical and research communities because it has shown promising results that are to be further studied. [2]

Researchers “must follow the guidelines from both federal and state legislation. At the federal level, stem cell research is regulated by organizations like the FDA and the National Institutes of Health. In addition to these guidelines, individual states may further regulate the use and research of stem cells.” [3]

 

3. It is possible that your body will reject stem cell therapy

Not with us- because we use the patient’s own stem cells, there is no risk of rejection. Your adipose cells are autologous, which means that your body will take to the treatment without risks of rejection.

 

4. The best source for stem cells is Bone Marrow

One group of stem cells that are sought after during harvesting are called mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Although Bone marrow contains MSCs, “this category of cell can be found in adipose (fat) tissue at nearly 2000 times the frequency of bone marrow.” [4]

Discoveries in recent years have suggested that adult stem cells might have the ability to differentiate into cell types from different germ layers. Mesenchymal stem cells or MSCs are multipotent stromal cells that can differentiate into a variety of cell types including: osteoblasts (bone cells), chondrocytes (cartilage), connective tissues and adipocytes (fat cells). This phenomenon is referred to as stem cell transdifferentiation or plasticity.

Another important differentiation between adipose derived stromal cells and stem cells from marrow lies in the fact that harvested fat cells retain many of the surrounding perivascular cells and tissue which have also been shown to have a huge regenerative and autoimmune effect through cell-cell interactions.  (Alexander, R.W. (2012). Understanding Adipose-derived Stromal Vascular Fraction (AD-SVF) Cell Biology and Use on the Basis of Cellular, Chemical, Structural and Paracrine Components: A Concise Review. Journal of Prolotherapy, 2012, vol. 4, pp.855-869.).  These effects are lost when marrow derived stem cells are obtained.

Our adipose-harvesting protocol is not only much easier on the patient, but has shown to be effective as well.

 

5. Stem cells give you superpowers

Not quite. Stem cell therapy can do wonders for a growing number of ailments- thus helping patients to be able to get back to doing most (if not all) activities they once did before their afflictions.

In that regard, patients may feel like they have super powers!

 

Who benefits from stem cell therapy? Change your life today:

Treatments using stem cell therapy are not exhaustive and growing in number. Take a look at our medical specialties if you think that you may benefit from stem cell therapy…

 

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Take control of your life today- call us at (855) 734-3678

 

Sources:

[1] https://okyanos.com/stem-cell-therapy-myths/

 

[2] https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2014/03/busting-4-myths-about-stem-cell-research/

 

[3] https://www.corcell.com/blog/5-stem-cell-myths-debunked/

 

[4] https://okyanos.com/stem-cell-therapy-myths/

 

 

DISCLAIMER

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.