By now most people have heard about regenerative medicine (also known as orthobiologics.) Regenerative medicine is a field of musculoskeletal care that aims to use the body’s own natural healing response to treat both acute and chronic conditions and injuries. Many scientifically proven treatments are available today and numerous clinical studies have proven their effectiveness. Regenerative medicine can be used to help patients restore joint functionality, relieve pain, and care for knee, ankle, foot, and shoulder injuries. It can also be used as an adjunct to surgery to accelerate healing. Available orthobiologic therapies include platelet rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy.
What is PRP Therapy?
PRP therapy involves drawing a small amount of the patient’s own blood. The blood is placed in a centrifuge that spins and separates the blood into layers. This process concentrates the platelets and growth factors into a distinct layer which is then selectively retrieved. The platelets are then re-injected into the injured area, releasing new growth factors that promote natural tissue healing. Watch Dr. Nicholson recorded live presentation on PRP therapy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfgK-RLRk3o
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
With Stem Cell Therapy, cells from the patient’s own bone marrow or fat tissue are injected into the damaged area. Sometimes donor stem cells are used in conjunction with platelets. Stem cells are the body's raw materials — cells from which all other tissue with specialized functions are generated. Stem cells can be guided into becoming specific cells that can be used to regenerate and repair diseased or damaged tissues, including cartilage, bone, muscle, tendon, or ligament.
Remarkable results have come from PRP injections as well as stem cell therapy. Common injuries or conditions that are often improved with these treatments include:
- Tendonitis and tennis elbow
- Rotator cuff tears
- Osteoarthritis of the knee
- Spine conditions
- Arthritic joints, including arthritis of the ankle
- Overuse injuries
It can take years for insurance companies to approve new treatments and medications for reimbursement. Orthobiologic therapies are no exception. However, The National Library of Medicine offers many studies proving the efficacy of these treatments: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3931137/.
Many physicians, including Dr. Nicholson and Dr. Spiegl, offer these life-changing treatments to patients in need of restored function, pain relief and a faster rate of healing. To learn more about it, including costs, please call us at 404-255-5595. Watch Dr. Nicholson’s recorded live presentation on PRP therapy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfgK-RLRk3o
Dr. Nicholson’s patient, Lynette J. of Sandy Springs discusses her experience with stem cell treatments
Dr. Nicholson has very successfully performed 2 stem cell treatments to my trochanteric bursitis areas on both sides. Dr Nicholson literally gave me my life back. Before the procedures, I was unable to sleep, lying was always extremely painful, I was not able to walk even the shortest distance always having to use a motorized scooter. It has been about a year since I has the first procedure and I can honestly say that I am about 80 percent better than before the treatments. I still have some residual pain, however I can now sleep most of the night, I lie relatively pain free and am able to walk thru a supermarket or mall. My gait has vastly improved since i am no longer walking with a "waddle" due to decreased pain levels. I would like to have further treatment in the same areas as each treatment seems to reduce pain levels.
Thank you Dr Nicholson and staff