Regenerative medicine is an interdisciplinary field focusing on restoring the structure and function of damaged or diseased cells, organs and tissues, relying on the body’s natural healing process instead of surgery or medication. It aims to treat the root cause of a disease by repairing or regenerating damaged cells whereas traditional medicine treats symptoms.
Products of regenerative medicine include the generation and use of therapeutic stem cells and tissue engineering, such as Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC) and Platelet-rich-plasma (PRP).
Cultivated MSC therapy is a three-part procedure:
Platelet-rich plasma, (PRP), promotes tissue repair by using the patient's own platelets in damaged areas in order to accelerate healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints.
Plasma is the liquid portion of blood and it acts as a medium for red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets to circulate throughout the body. Platelets' main function are in clotting blood however they also contain proteins, known as growth factors, which are important in healing injuries.
PRP is plasma with a higher concentration of platelets, five to ten times greater than what is typical in blood, giving it a greater amount of growth factors.
This intra-articular treatment combines Platelet-Rich-Plasma, (PRP), with Hyaluronic Acid, (HA).
Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring substance in your body and a key component in a joint's synovial fluid. It helps coat the cartilage and acts as a lubricant and shock absorber in the joint.
PRP together with HA is a therapy with enhanced anti-inflammatory benefits and this treatment may provide enhanced anti-inflammatory benefits easing pain and joint stiffness by acting as a lubrication in the joints where normal synovial fluid has thinned.