Regenerative orthopedics is a subspecialty of regenerative medicine that focuses on regeneration of lost tissue, acceleration of healing, and pain relief to treat orthopedic conditions such as osteoarthritis, tendonitis, low back pain, joint injuries, ligament injuries, sprains and strains etc. Regenerative orthopedics uses:
- Stem cells: Undifferentiated cells that can transform into any type of tissue. These are usually obtained from the bone marrow or fat.
- Platelets: Platelets obtained from blood that help activate stem cells
- Growth factors: Proteins obtained from blood that are essential for tissue repair and regeneration
Some of the conditions that can be treated with regenerative orthopedics include many common conditions such as osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis), low back pain, strains and sprains, nerve injuries, and tendon and ligament tears.
Regenerative orthopedics is used to avoid or delay surgery, accelerate healing after surgery or injury, or when surgery or other therapies have failed. Recovery after treatment is quick and you may return to normal activities in 72 hours and to sports in 2 weeks.