The human body really is an amazing machine. As a double-board certified hand surgeon, I’ve seen what accidents, injuries, and illnesses can do, but I’ve also witnessed how our bodies can use their own healing abilities to recover from them. Case in point, regenerative medicine has been making progressive waves in the medical world as a form of effective treatment and an alternative to surgery for many injuries and conditions.
Regenerative medicine sounds like fiction or something we’d see in the movies about mutants growing extra limbs. That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but just imagine damaged organs being repaired or injuries healing without any scars. That’s regenerative medicine and it is, in fact, real. Regenerative cells are the building blocks in our bodies and their greatest trait? They can transform into many types of cells – from skin cells to muscle or bone to cartilage. Therefore, they can restore tissue, repair injuries, and maintain healthy function. And sometimes, a patient’s own platelets can be used for additional therapy.
As regenerative medicine continues to make strides in the treatment of injuries, more and more people are becoming attracted to the concept of utilizing stem cells or other biological substances to heal sports-related injuries faster. Regenerative medicine is now available at The Fitzmaurice Hand Institute to anyone suffering from these injuries in Scottsdale, Arizona.
I’m sure you’re wondering how regenerative medicine compares to traditional medicine. While traditional treatments tend to focus on alleviating the symptoms of medical conditions and injuries, and will usually have a long recovery period, regenerative medicine not only expedites the healing process but provides better results too. As it reinforces the body’s healing mechanism, patients can find relief from pain as well as benefit from a shorter recovery time from sports injuries that have not responded to traditional treatments.
I offer the most advanced regenerative procedures available to help my patients recover from hand injuries, nerve, and tendon conditions in Arizona. Specifically, these are the most effective regenerative medicine treatments available at the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute that can help treat sports injuries:
This is the main type of regenerative treatment we use. We take a concentration of dense fat tissue from the patient’s own cells and inject it into an injured joint, tendon, or ligament.
This technique makes use of a blood sample that is put through a series of centrifuge spins, helping us draw out a concentration of platelets that will be injected into the affected area. This therapy can be used to help accelerate the healing process of injured ligaments, tendons, muscles, and joints.
This nerve support supplement can be used to mimic the body’s healing abilities and encourage the regeneration of tissue. I developed this patent-pending formula that uses only scientifically proven ingredients that effectively improve nerve function, regenerate nerve tissue, and enhance blood circulation in the nerve tissue. Neurogen® not only helps in reducing pain caused by nerve damage, but it also helps in rebuilding and improving the overall function of the damaged nerves.
Compared to PRP, umbilical cord tissue regenerative cell therapy allows the patient to receive a much higher concentration of growth factors / regenerative cells with anti-inflammatory properties. So where do amniotic cells come from? Umbilical cord tissue is provided by consenting donors during their child birth procedures. Because it is one of the richest sources of cells, umbilical cord tissue is an excellent source of cells for regenerating and repairing tissues and relieving pain.
Regenerative medicine can benefit patients who are experiencing chronic pain and limited function due to hand injuries and conditions, such as:
When a sports injury affects a joint, it may heal completely but develop arthritis later. For early-onset arthritis patients, amniotic cell injections can help reduce pain and delay the need for reconstructive surgery. But for more advanced cases, we recommend regenerative cell therapy combined with arthroscopic surgery to help with the inflammation and to boost its healing. Regenerative treatments can replenish cartilage and restore joints.
Neurogen® can improve the healing process of a nerve injury, while amniotic cells reduce inflammation and stimulate nerve regeneration. These techniques can even reduce the risk of developing scar tissue.
For injured tendons, PRP injections can be used to lower inflammation and pain while stimulating healing. This technique not only slows down the deterioration of the injured tendon, but it also improves its overall strength and function.
Sports injuries involving bone fractures usually take longer to heal compared to soft tissue injuries. Regenerative medicine will shorten the overall recovery time. We use a unique combination of regenerative cell therapy techniques to significantly reduce inflammation, improve the healing process of the fracture, and promote a quicker road to recovery.
Depending on the severity of the nerve compression in the fingers, wrist, or elbow, PRP injections can be used to decrease the inflammation within the tunnel, reducing symptoms of nerve compression and possibly avoid the need for surgery. When surgery is required to improve the symptoms, PRP combined with regenerative cell therapy can improve the outcome and reduce the likelihood of scar tissue and recurrence of symptoms .
When I recommend regenerative medicine for sports injuries, I aim to reduce pain, improve function, and boost the body’s natural healing abilities by encouraging the growth of the new tendon, cartilage, and ligament tissues.
Regenerative medicine is a promising option for patients. And this is just the beginning. Studies have estimated that by 2020 or so, stem cells will be able to produce a wide array of tissues and organs. Stem cell research and regenerative medicine is progressing quickly and has the ability to help many patients suffering from sports injuries.
If you have joint damage, a bone fracture, or any other sports injury, you may be a candidate for a regenerative medicine treatment. My staff and I at The Fitzmaurice Hand Institute are dedicated to providing our patients with the best care possible using the most minimally-invasive treatment options. To know more about regenerative medicine and your eligibility, contact us today to schedule a consultation.