Regenerative medicine can help your body heal itself from musculoskeletal injuries and orthopedic conditions like arthritis. Orthopedic surgeon Jarrod R. Smith, MD, uses regenerative medicine techniques, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell injections, at Smith Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Ashland, Kentucky. To find out how regenerative medicine can help you heal faster, call the office to book an appointment.
Regenerative medicine involves using living, functional tissue to enhance your body’s natural healing process. Dr. Smith offers different types of regenerative medicine, including:
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a concentrated solution of healing growth factors that comes from your own blood. In addition to forming blood clots, platelets contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors that play an important role in healing.
Dr. Smith processes your blood to make PRP, which contains about 5-10 times as many platelets as normal blood. When he re-injects the PRP into an injury site, the platelets break down and flood the damaged tissue with growth factors to promote healing.
Stem cells are special because they can develop into different types of cells, including cartilage, bone, and muscle cells. Like PRP, stem cells also contain growth factors that stimulate healing.
When Dr. Smith injects stem cells into an injured or damaged area, they turn into the type of cell that your body needs to replace the damaged tissue and also signal other cells to help with repair.
Regenerative medicine can treat a variety of diseases and injuries that affect your musculoskeletal system. Dr. Smith uses regenerative medicine to treat the following conditions:
Sometimes, Dr. Smith uses PRP or stem cell injections to facilitate healing after surgery, like anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction.
First, Dr. Smith thoroughly reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam to make sure regenerative medicine is right for you. Then, he develops an individualized treatment plan for your specific needs. This may include PRP, stem cell injections, or both.
Stem cells can come from your own body or from donor tissue. Dr. Smith discusses the best options for you before your treatment.
Before a PRP injection, Dr. Smith or a member of his team draws a vial of blood from your arm. They process the blood in a centrifuge to separate the platelets. Then, Dr. Smith injects the PRP into the injury site.
Depending on your condition, you may need multiple regenerative medicine treatments over the course of several weeks.
To find out if regenerative medicine is right for you, call Smith Orthopedics & Sports Medicine to schedule an appointment.