Regenerative medicine can help you reduce pain and restore function.
At Heal Sports Medicine, we are your top source for regenerative medicine in the Mississauga, Ontario area. Here are a few of the innovative regenerative medicine solutions we currently offer to our patients.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
One of the most exciting and popular treatments for pain available in the regenerative medicine world today, platelet-rich plasma, or PRP injections, are backed by thousands of scientific and peer-reviewed journal studies. Today, PRP injections are used to repair chronic degenerative joints, tendons, and ligaments. PRP injections can help with chronic overuse injuries in the knees, shoulders, and ankles, as well as pain in arthritic joints, chronic back and spinal pain, and degenerative disc disease.
Made from a concentrated extract of platelets taken from your own blood, the reservoirs of bioactive proteins and growth factors within platelets are used to accelerate and regenerate tissue. The bioactive proteins within the PRP injections initiate the healing of bones, tendons, and ligaments while promoting the development of blood vessels that can help with wound healing and collagen formation. Unlike traditional pain management treatments, PRP injections focus on treating the cause of the pain.
Before the injection takes place, your blood will be drawn in the medical office and then spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the blood platelets. This prepares the PRP solution, which is then withdrawn and injected back into the point of the pain or damage. Typically, one to three rounds of PRP injections are necessary for your body’s healing, but because everyone’s situation is unique, we will develop an individualized treatment plan designed for the best outcome.
Some of the conditions treated with PRP injections include:
- Degenerative joint disease
- Tendonitis and sports injuries
- Hip pain
- Foot and ankle pain
- Neck pain, including whiplash, headaches, and migraines
- Rotator cuff and shoulder injuries
- Hand, finger, and thumb pain
- Carpal tunnel and weak/sore wrists
- Golfer’s and tennis elbow
- Many others
A technique often used to treat entrapments of the peripheral nerve, nerve hydro-dissection involves using a solution of dextrose or saline, or an anesthetic to separate surrounding tissue from a nerve. A common source of pain for many, peripheral nerve entrapment occurs when a nerve makes its way through a tunnel or small canal after scar formation or trauma, resulting in chronic, burning pain, paralysis, or even numbness.
The injection technique we use is done around the outside of the nerve, instead of inside it, to release any adhesions. The main goal is to release the healthy tissue from surrounding scar tissue and alleviate the pressure put on the nerve, so pain is reduced and the nerves in the surrounding area can regenerate.
You may be a good candidate for nerve hydro-dissection if you suffer from:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Nerve entrapment syndrome
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Minor pectoralis syndrome
- Poor healing following operations
- Tingling or burning pain in your hands or forearms
- Morton’s neuroma
- Pain in your legs or feet
- Scar neuropathy
- Pain with an unknown source
Are you looking for a safe, effective way to treat arthritis or chronic pain that does not require too much downtime or surgery? Prolotherapy is a form of regenerative medicine, and it may be right for you. The first treatment was developed by a surgeon in the 1930s and was later used to treat musculoskeletal injuries at their source.
In its simplest form, prolotherapy capitalizes on the body’s natural ability to heal itself to strengthen injured tissue, relieve chronic pain, and ultimately, restore function. The main benefit of prolotherapy is that it does not merely cover up pain but establishes a long-term resolution.
During prolotherapy sessions, a concentrated solution of dextrose is injected into the weakened or damaged tendons, ligaments, and joints. After the injection, a temporary area of inflammation develops, which activates fibroblasts (cells responsible for collagen production).
Prolotherapy can provide relief even years after a problem develops, and it can result in thicker ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. We recommend prolotherapy if you suffered an acute injury that will not heal fast enough or you deal with degenerated joints that feel unstable or achy. Most patients require several injections three to four weeks apart to achieve the best results.
We may recommend prolotherapy if you suffer from any of the following conditions:
- Degenerative joint disease
- Sports injuries
- Ligament laxity
- Hip pain or sciatica pain
- Arthritis or bursitis
- Knee pain
- Chondromalacia patella
- Plantar fasciitis
- Glenoid labrum tears
- Carpal tunnel or weak, sore wrists
- Pain in the thumbs and fingers