When we experience a tear, pull,
strain, or sprain of a tendon or ligament, our body responds with increased
blood flow to the injured area. This
“new” blood has platelets and other growth factors that help the tissue heal by
creating new collagen fibers, eventually allowing the injured area to regain
its flexibility and strength. Depending
on the after-care and the severity of the injury however, sometimes scar tissue
forms, which further alters the blood
flow so the tissue never really properly heals.
are cells with the ability to divide many times and
can differentiate into all types of cells for regeneration. A person’s own blood, fat and bone marrow
contains stem cells and additional biological materials necessary to facilitate
healing, but minimal blood flow prevents joints, ligament and tendons from
healing as well as muscle, skin, or bone.
A goal of regenerative medicine is to quickly deliver massive numbers of
fresh stem cells, platelet-rich plasma and growth factor proteins to tissues
that are damaged to repair and grow new cells.
Additionally, these procedures are low risk
, and partly covered by insurance.
The richest source of stem
cells in the entire body is in the iliac crest, or top of the hip bone. We are able to collect tremendous numbers of
stem cells at this site, which are then concentrated and placed in the area of
injury to speed healing. Best yet, this
is an outpatient
procedure performed in our
office, all in one day!
Dr. Thomas Grace has extensive
experience with using regenerative medicine
for musculoskeletal injuries and arthritis.
All procedures offered are FDA-compliant under the current definition of
minimal manipulation, and are based on the latest peer-reviewed evidence for
both safety and efficacy.