Regenerative Injective (Stem Cell) Therapy (RIT) is a cutting-edge new procedure that triggers the body’s natural healing mechanisms, relieving pain and often curing the cause. The emerging field of regenerative medicine features stem cell-based therapies using autologous platelet rich plasma/fat/bone marrow which are at the forefront of sports and regenerative medicine worldwide. RIT offers a promising new option for treating those who suffer from chronic back pain.
Regenerative medicine is revolutionizing the treatment of injured tissues as it can completely restore damaged muscles, tendons, and other tissues. Patients may benefit from this groundbreaking, non-surgical, treatment option that relieves pain by naturally promoting long lasting healing of musculoskeletal conditions.
Dr. Joseph is among a select group of physicians around the country to offer regenerative injective therapy to his patients.
STEM CELL THERAPY
Stem cells are the body’s own repair kit. When you receive an injury, your body’s stem cells rush to the injured area and start the healing process. Sometimes your own stem cells cannot get through to the injured area due to the amount of damage from the injury or surgery. In these cases, stem cells are then harvested from your own body, concentrating them by placing them in a centrifuge and then injecting them back into the injured part of the body.
At Joseph Spine we utilize a system called Lipogems® to extract and process adipose tissue. Adipose tissue (fat) has been widely studied in the literature and is known to have an innate healing potential. The use of fat in healing was documented during World War I to aid in the healing of soldiers’ battle wounds. Since then, a large body of research has demonstrated a variety of promising applications for adipose tissue in healing and regenerating damaged tissues.
PLATELET-RICH PLASMA (PRP)
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), is human blood that is spun down and separated producing a concentration of platelets above normal values. Platelets have great potential in enhancing healing of muscle, tendon, and ligaments. Studies suggest that growth factors released by platelets recruit reparative cells, may augment tissue repair, and accelerate soft tissue healing.
PRP has also shown great promise when injected into chronically injured tendons and when proper healing has not taken place. In a spine practice, PRP is injected into spinal ligaments, into facet joints, and/or intervertebral discs when other traditional treatments have failed. Platelets are naturally extremely rich in the connective tissue growth and healing factors. The body’s first response to tissue injury is to deliver platelets to the area. Platelets initiate repair and attract stem cells to the injury. Injecting these growth factors into damaged ligaments, tendons, and joints stimulate the natural repair process.