What is Regenerative Therapy?
Regenerative therapy is a subset of regenerative medicine, a fast-growing medical field that works to restore, replace and/or heal tissue that has been damaged. This damage can be caused by a number of things, from disease, aging, trauma, or congenital health issues.
What Kinds of Regenerative Therapies are Used to Treat Knee and Joint Damage?
Memphis Regenerative Healthcare offers 3 therapies that are used to treat knee and joint damage as well as pain:
1. Cell Therapy
Cell therapy, which we refer to as regenerative therapy, uses special cells that have been responsibly sourced from amniotic fluid or umbilical cords. These particular cells are very new and as a result, they still have the ability to change into different kinds of cells — something the majority of cells cannot do.
When these cells are injected into the injured body part, they are able to become cells that are needed in that area, allowing them to restore and repair injured, diseased, or damaged tissue.
Regenerative therapy is a natural, drug-free option that restores tissue while providing pain relief for patients.
2. Stem Cell Recruitment Therapy®
Stem Cell Recruitment Therapy® is a drug-free 15-minute-long procedure that involves a tissue allograft — that is, the transplant of a tissue graft that comes from a human donor — being administered into the afflicted area that is causing pain. These allografts contain a higher concentration of growth factors, a protein that helps regenerate and rebuild injured or diseased tissue.
Stem Cell Recruitment Therapy® patients report they experience the full effects of the treatment within 3 to 4 months after receiving the procedure.
3. PRP Therapy
PRP therapy, or platelet-rich plasma therapy, is a natural drug-free regenerative therapy derived from the patient’s own blood. PRP therapy involves drawing the patient’s blood, spinning it in a centrifuge until it is divided into separate components.
Blood consists of red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. For PRP therapy, the platelets and plasma are the most important components. Plasma is the liquid part of blood and platelets are cells filled with growth factors, which are proteins that help repair and rebuild injured tissue.
The medical provider will take the separated plasma that contains the highest concentration of platelets and inject that highly concentrated platelet-rich plasma into the afflicted area. While your body will send some platelets to repair and heal tissue, a higher concentration of platelets sent directly to the tissue will result in a more effective and efficient healing process than your body can do on its own.
Does Regenerative Therapy Last for Knee Pain?
Regenerative therapy can last several months — around 6 months on average — before patients need to return for another treatment.
It’s important to remember that with certain types of pain — specifically, chronic pain — that the reduction in pain from regenerative therapy is not permanent. But it does work well as a way to manage that pain.
On the other hand, for some sports injuries and acute pains, regenerative therapy will last.
Can Regenerative Therapy Regrow Knee Cartilage?
The loss of cartilage, a slippery layer of tissue located between joints that absorbs shock, is one of the leading causes of arthritis and joint pain. When people enter adulthood, it is almost impossible to regrow cartilage. But in 2020, researchers at Stanford University discovered a way to regenerate cartilage that successfully works in mice and human tissue. Their research is entering the next stage of testing, which will focus on larger animals before opening up human clinical trials.
That said, regenerative therapy has not gotten to the point where most medical professionals can offer it to regrow knee cartilage. But in the near future, there is a real possibility that regenerative therapy can be used to regrow knee cartilage.
What is the Success Rate of Regenerative Therapy for Knees?
Evidence supports that regenerative therapy can reduce patients’ knee pain by as much as 75%.
That said, pain reduction is not permanent with most regenerative therapies for chronic knee pain. For chronic pains, it’s worth considering regenerative therapy as a pain management option.
Relieve Your Knee and Joint Pain with Regenerative Therapy at Memphis Regenerative Healthcare
Memphis Regenerative Healthcare is proud to offer regenerative therapy options for knee and joint pain. All of our regenerative therapies are quick, drug-free, and simply give the body’s natural healing process a boost without the need to undergo risky surgical procedures.
Contact Memphis Regenerative Healthcare to schedule an appointment so we can discuss your regenerative therapy treatment options.