Regenerative Injection Therapy
Regenerative medicine is a burgeoning field that has piqued the interest of physicians and patients alike over the years. Part of the push for regenerative treatment options stems from the known limitations of corticosteroid injections. Steroid injections are an effective way to temporarily reduce pain due to inflammation, but rarely do steroid injections lead to a to cure for many common spinal, joint and tendon diseases. Also, there are some potential risks associated with steroid injections that doctors need to discuss with patients (e.g., blood sugar spikes in diabetics, worsening bone health in osteoporotic patients).
Regenerative injection therapy (RIT) refers to orthopedic procedures that stimulate the body’s natural healing processes to strengthen ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues that are weakened by traumatic or over-use injury. There are a variety of procedures or injectates (biologic and non-biologic) are thought to work by triggering a healing cascade within injured tissues to facilitate remodeling and repair.
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
- Stem cells (amniocyte/umbilical cord), bone marrow and adipose tissues)