You will not get this from your primary care physician or from your regular orthopedic surgeon at the present time, because they profit from the conventional procedures. But you owe it to your health to try these alternatives first as they are much less invasive and they involve your own cells that will heal the defects with a very high probability.
The Mechanism of Regenerative Medicine Treatments
These treatments consist of stimulating local stem cells through a treatment called “Prolotherapy” where needles are used to inject concentrated dextrose and vitamins with anesthetics.
A modification of this original Prolotherapy is when the effect of it is amplified by growth factors from platelet rich plasma (check out: PRP Miami), also administered by injections. The ultimate healing signal occurs when you mix in stem cells with the PRP into the injured tissues, using stem cells taken from bone marrow or fat tissue.
The use of prolotherapy with concentrated dextrose or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) with or without the addition of Stem Cells are used in the treatment of various musculoskeletal injuries.
Application of Prolotherapy and Stem Cell Therapy in Miami
Basically all of the major joints can be treated with Prolotherapy: the shoulder, knee, back, the neck, ankle, elbow and hip. The types of injuries that are treated are sports injuries, fibromyalgia, sciatica, muscle tears, tendonitis, arthritis, bursitis and temporomandibular joint problems (TMJ).
It should be noted that Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) needs to be used to activate Stem Cells. They go together.
Patellar tendinitis and Achilles tendinitis respond very well to prolotherapy and PRP plus stem cell therapy. This provides complete healing of these otherwise very difficult clinical entities.
Patients with knee injuries that were treated with Prolotherapy state that their procedures only involved needles in the injured area, that they experienced almost complete pain relief on the day of the procedure and that they could rehabilitate right away from such specific knee ligament injuries, as those involving the medial collateral ligament (MCL), the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). These are very important support ligaments within the knee.
Prolotherapy for hopeless cases
The late C. Everett Koop, MD, the former Surgeon General of the United States had this to say about prolotherapy: “I have been a patient who has benefited from prolotherapy. Having been so remarkably relieved of my chronic disabling pain, I began to use it on some of my patients.” This may yet be the strongest argument to at least consider prolotherapy in otherwise hopeless cases.
Regenerative Medicine vs. Conventional Medicine
Conventional medicine for lower back injuries with ruptured discs would have offered a discectomy, but at GenLife Regenerative Medicine, these patients were treated with Regenerative Injection Treatments (RIT) or Prolotherapy in Miami.
They experience a stabilization of the weak areas, spontaneous resorption of the prolapsed disc and stabilization and strengthening of the weak spine. MRI scans of the spinal injury before treatment and several months after the treatment were shown with a complete normalization of the spine.
Spinal injuries in the neck have been treated and again there was minimal pain, immediate rehabilitation and a full range of motion several weeks after the injury had been treated with RIT, or PRP and/or stem cells.
You still have the option to seek surgery, should these alternative procedures fail (which is unlikely). Unfortunately most insurance carriers will not pay for this service at this time.