What is “Regenerative Medicine?”
Regenerative Medicine is a sub-specialty of Medicine that utilizes various techniques and processes to stimulate cellular repair or healing of damaged tissues.
At TotalCare, we employ a Total Systems approach to each patient in order to evaluate and correct any “total-body” deficiencies or aberrations, which may negatively influence healing. Regenerative Orthopedic techniques are proving to have a place in healing both acute injuries, and with those of a more chronic nature. The body’s Immune System can indeed heal chronic pain – if given the right environment, time, and stimulus.
Today, the management of chronic pain accounts for billions of healthcare dollars spent annually, and is all too often suppressed into relief temporarily by utilizing medications and interventions, which fail to address the underlying problem. This, unfortunately for the patient, leads to intermittent bouts of suppressed pain and continuations of the underlying cause of the pain.
At TotalCare Health & Wellness Medical Center, our approach is different. Here, we attempt to target the underlying cause of the pain and remedy it. Specifically, we aim to heal it. By utilizing an integrated approach of regenerative medicine we have been able to help hundreds of patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain improve their daily function.
Regenerative medicine is a specialty with the goal of repairing and rebuilding damaged tissue naturally through targeted interventions. These interventions are multi-faceted: surgical injection procedures, removal of toxic mediators, such as anti-inflammatory agents, biomechanical approaches, such as weight loss, nutritional supplements, and behavioral changes.
PROLOTHERAPY – PROLIFERATION INJECTION THERAPY
Proliferation Injection Therapy, or Prolotherapy is the surgical injection procedure used to stimulate natural healing. These injections are placed into the targeted damaged tissue areas and promote a “proliferative” response by encouraging the body’s immune system to flood into the area and trigger the natural healing cascade. Prolotherapy, with its medicinal roots in Germany, has been practiced in the United States safely for over 70 years. Prolotherapy can be effective in resolving many chronic pain syndromes such as whiplash injury, low-back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia and carpal tunnel syndrome.
PRP – PLATELET-RICH PLASMA THERAPY
PRP – Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy is an injection procedure that, like Prolotherapy, encourages the body’s own natural healing cascade to repair damaged tissue. However, unlike Prolotherapy, foreign substances are not used in PRP therapy, instead this type of treatment utilizes the patient’s own blood.
PNT – PERCUTANEOUS NEEDLE TENOTONOMY
Ultrasound-Guided Percutaneous Needle Tenotomy (PNT) is a procedure where a needle is advanced through the skin, under the direct visual guidance of using Ultrasound, to make small holes and slices in a tendon. This is done in order to treat tendinopathy and its tendon-related pain via causing microtrauma and breaks in the scar tissue. This causes local inflammation and thus increases the circulation to the area, which is the first steps of the Healing cascade. This process will ultimately repair/heal the degenerated tendons. This procedure can be safely done in the office, or may be done under anesthesia in an outpatient surgery center setting.