Regenerative medicine is an emerging field of medicine which focuses on treating diseases, disorders, and injuries using natural healing and growth-promoting agents extracted from your own body.
When you suffer an injury, your body produces growth factors to promote healing and forms new cells and tissues to replace the damaged or diseased cells and tissues.
The idea behind regenerative medicine is to harness the body’s ability to regenerate itself to treat injuries and diseases. It can be particularly effective in treating injured joints and degenerative joint conditions such as osteoarthritis.
At Atlanta Medical Institute, we offer the latest advancements in proven regenerative medicine treatments for osteoarthritis and joint injuries. We have a team of highly qualified medical experts who specialize in the techniques of regenerative medicine and we are committed to providing the highest level of personalized care to our patients. Contact us today to find out how you can benefit from regenerative medicine treatments.
Comprehensive Regenerative Medicine Treatments at Atlanta Medical Institute
Regenerative medicine primarily involves three types of repair treatments – hyaluronic acid injections, platelet-rich plasma therapy, and stem cell therapy.
Hyaluronic Acid Injections
Hyaluronic acid is a type of collagen present in the cartilage in your joints. Its primary function is to lubricate your joints and act as a shock absorber so that the bones in your joint move smoothly.
When you have osteoarthritis, the amount of hyaluronic acid in your cartilage is drastically reduced. As a result, the bones in your joint tend to scrape against each other, which can cause tremendous pain and significantly limit your range of motion.
An injection can be used to replenish the amount of hyaluronic acid in the affected joints and create the lubrication needed to prevent your bones from scraping against each other.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy involves extracting PRP from elsewhere in your body and injecting it into your knees.
Platelets, also referred to as thrombocytes, are one of the primary components of blood. When you suffer an injury, the platelets in your blood travel to the injury site and bind together to form clumps. They then attach themselves to the surface of the damaged blood vessels and form a clot to stop the bleeding. Platelets also contain a wide range of growth factors that play a vital role in wound healing and in the formation of new tissue.
When PRP is injected directly into your injured or overused joints, it triggers your body’s healing response and promotes tissue growth to replace the damaged tissue in the cartilage.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy involves injecting stem cells extracted from your bone marrow into your knees. Once injected, these stem cells promote cartilage regeneration, reduce inflammation, and release cytokines that decrease pain and prevent the degeneration of tissues in your joints.
Medicare Parts A and B offer coverage for some of the approved stem cell therapies and related out-of-pocket expenses. However, coverage will vary among different Medicare options. Many private health insurance companies also provide coverage for stem cell therapy and other regenerative medicine treatments.
Advantages of Regenerative Medicine
It’s minimally invasive and there is no risk of bruising, edema, scarring, and other side effects associated with invasive procedures.
It’s a safe and effective alternative to knee replacement surgery, which is risky and expensive.
It can be more effective than painkillers and corticosteroid injections – particularly among those with mild to moderate osteoarthritis. A patient might notice the results within a few weeks after starting the treatment.
It does not require general or spinal anesthesia, so there is no risk of anesthesia-related nerve injury or other side effects.
It involves the use of compounds that are produced by your own body to regenerate tissues, meaning there is virtually no risk of allergic reaction.
It can accelerate the healing process, even in tissues that are normally slow to heal.
It’s covered by health insurance on a case by case basis.
Regenerative medicine research is continuing to expand the range of treatments.
Atlanta Medical Institute Offers the Latest and Proven Regenerative Medicine Treatments
If you are suffering from osteoarthritis or have joint pain and mobility issues due to any other condition, regenerative medicine might be the right option for you. It uses biological compounds that are naturally produced in your body and lets your body heal itself – without the need for surgery or medications.
At Atlanta Medical Institute, we have been serving the health and wellness needs of Atlanta residents since 2010. Our highly skilled and knowledgeable medical team can assess your condition, develop the right regenerative medicine treatment plan for you, and provide personalized care to achieve the best possible outcome.
Call us today at (404) 264-9553 or fill out our online contact form to schedule an appointment with our Atlanta regenerative medicine experts.