Regenerative Medicine Philadelphia
Regenerative Medicine is your dream alternative to steroids, pain pills, and surgery if you are looking for an approach that works with your body to create healing. As we age, the body naturally degenerates, but the body’s ability to regenerate and replace damaged tissue is still there and that is the core belief of Regenerative Medicine. With the use of specific agents that promote tissue regeneration via injection or infusion, the body can heal. In addition, we use other regenerative therapies such as acupuncture and osteopathic manipulation to promote self-healing.
REGENERATIVE INJECTIONS FOR JOINTS
Prolotherapy is an injectable technique used to promote the body’s own healing mechanism with proliferative agents such as dextrose. It is used especially in joint laxity or tears. Where steroids stop the body’s inflammatory mechanism, Prolotherapy injections do the exact opposite by utilizing that inflammatory mechanism to trigger regrowth of collagen in an otherwise degenerating joint. An non-surgical option for many ligament tears and chronic pain due to weakness in the joint.
Prolozone is a very effective technique that involves injecting a formula of procaine, vitamins, minerals, dextrose, and ozone/oxygen gas into degenerated or injured joints, and into areas of pain. At Meeting Point Health, we use Prolozone as a first line of treatment when starting with regenerative medicine because it is very well tolerated and effective at reducing swelling and pain. Prolozone is often used on the spine for back pain as well as other joints such as in the shoulder and knee.
PRP, or platelet-rich plasma is a treatment that uses the patient’s own blood to stimulate tissue regeneration. This treatment is done by first drawing blood from the patient, and then centrifuging a layer of rich plasma from that sample. This PRP can be injected into areas of pain or degeneration. We will often prescribe PRP after Prolozone and Acupuncture has been used to clean up inflammation and prime the musculature and nerves surrounding the joint.
Peptides are the building blocks of proteins. Your body naturally makes them and are used in a wide range of biological functions. Peptides are responsible for managing metabolic activity, DNA replication, cell signaling, and other important functions. This newly emerging science is the future of healthcare. Peptides can be applied in the treatment of injuries in our office for joint injections, or at home via subcutaneous injections between sessions.
REGENERATIVE INJECTIONS FOR NERVES
Neural Therapy is a very gentle injection technique aimed at the superficial nerve endings near the surface of the skin. In aiming the injectable (which is usually Procaine) into this space, the nerve endings are programmed. Procaine is a sage anesthetic and can reset the action potential of your nerves as they calm the nerve endings. Neural therapy is extremely effective in highly sensitive pain conditions where even light touch or temperature changes cause intense pain. Neural therapy can also break down scar tissue, such as in C-section scars and other surgical scars.
Nerve entrapments or impingements are quite common in pain conditions, even in very athletic strong patients. They are often mistaken for a problem in the muscle, ligament, or joint. A perineural hydrodissection (aka nerve hydrodissection) procedure involves ultrasound-guided injections of an aqueous regenerative solution such as D5W, PRP or PPP (platelet rich or platelet poor plasma) biologics, Prolozone, vitamins, or peptides to create space around an entrapped nerve. This reduces pain immediately and allows the nerve space to heal. Nerve Hydrodissection is effective for carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar nerve entrapments, sciatica, and brachial plexus disorders such as thoracic outlet syndrome.
FAQS about Regenerative Medicine
Regenerative Medicine REGROWS tissue. Remember that our bodies use inflammation to clean up damaged tissue and heal but sometimes inflammation goes rogue. The injectable agents we use such as dextrose, ozone, procaine, peptides, vitamins, and biologics can stimulate the body’s own healing processes. While creating pain relief immediately, the treatment effect builds as the body goes to work recruiting its own stem cells to regenerate the area. The full effect builds at around 1-3 months.
At Meeting Point Health, we also use any combination of topical numbing agents, nerve blocks, lidocaine, and Pronox to make your procedure comfortable and relaxing.
Yes, regenerative medicine is considered safe when supervised by a trained doctor or nurse. As with any medical procedure, you should discuss regenerative medicine with a trusted healthcare provider to determine if regenerative medicine is right for you. Be sure to ask about potential side effects and other associated risks.
The promise of regenerative medicine is impressive. Because regenerative medicine seeks to repair, replace and rejuvenate many different types of body tissues, it can potentially treat all sorts of degenerative conditions, repair damaged tissues from trauma and disease, as well as deage a person’s body.
Here are some diseases or conditions that regenerative medicine are used to treat:
- rheumatoid arthritis
- ACL or meniscus tears
- degenerative joint disease
- tennis and golfers’ elbow
- chronic neck or back pain
If you have a degenerative disease, chronic pain or illness, or physical trauma. Then you may be a good candidate for regenerative medicine. Reach out to us today to see if we can help!
45-60 minutes under ultrasound guidance
every 1-4 weeks depending on the injection type
No NSAIDS, ice, or intense exercise for 2-7 days depending on the injection type. Patients are able to resume regular daily activities immediately after treatment including driving.
Dr. Stephen Matta, DO MBA is a compassionate and extremely inquisitive board-certified physician in both Primary Care and Non-Surgical Orthopedics. He is experienced and trained in ultrasound-guided regenerative injection techniques while incorporating Osteopathic and Orthopedic assessment.
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At Meeting Point Health, we help you discover the root cause of your disease, dysfunction, or pain. We ask questions, test and dig deeper to understand what’s happening at a cellular level. All of our treatments are personalized around your findings so you get the exact care you need.