When a certain part of your musculoskeletal system gets injured or damaged, it is very likely that your doctor will suggest surgery to correct it and to facilitate healing. However, the problem with surgery is that it is invasive and it doesn’t necessarily guarantee that it will bring you back to 100% once you have undergone the procedure. Depending on which part of your body requires surgery and/or the severity of your injury, this procedure can also be expensive. If you don’t have health insurance, it might put a huge dent on your personal savings.
Fortunately, there are great alternatives to undergoing surgery for musculoskeletal disorders. There are “regenerative healing options” that stimulate you own body’s natural healing capability to treat pain in the joints, tears in the tendons and ligaments, and other related conditions.
Also known as regenerative injection, sclerotherapy, ligament reconstruction therapy, and fibro-osseous injection therapy, prolotherapy is a recognized orthopedic procedure designed to help the body recover from certain types of injuries. It utilizes the body’s natural healing processes to repair and then strengthen joints whose ligaments or tendons are stretched, torn or fragmented.
In this procedure, a mild irritant solution is directly injected into the affected area. This solution is primarily composed of glucose, anesthetic agents, and natural substances that promote healing. When injected, the solution creates a mild, controlled injury that promotes the growth of new tissue on the torn or stretched ligament. In some cases, additional treatments are done to ensure a gradual build-up of tissue in the injured area and to restore its original strength.
A downside of prolotherapy is that it might not be able to effectively treat all types of severe injuries involving the musculoskeletal system. This brings us to the next option.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP therapy is another procedure that stimulates the body’s natural capability to heal itself. During the procedure, a small sample of blood is drawn from the patient and then placed in a centrifuge that spins the blood sample at high speeds. This process separates the platelets from the other blood components. The platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the patient’s injured area to facilitate the healing process.
Aside from being not highly invasive, one of the advantages of PRP therapy is that the PRP injected into you is packed with natural growth and healing components that initiate repair and attract a higher concentration of platelets into the affected area. Also, because the platelets come from your own body, there is minimal to no risk of a transmissible infection and allergic reaction.
Autologous Stem Cell Injection
In recent years, stem cell therapy has gained popularity in mainstream medicine. It has been found that stem cells have the capacity to regenerate into any type of body tissue. As such, they can be used to treat many types of conditions, including chronic pain in the joints and other musculoskeletal disorders.
In this procedure, healing stem cells are taken out from the patient’s bone marrow, fat, or blood. Then, they are injected directly into the area with cellular deficiency. Like prolotherapy and PRP therapy, the goal of autologous stem cell injection is to stimulate the body’s natural healing capabilities to repair injured tissues.
If you require Prolotheraphy or PRP therapy for injuries obtained from BJJ, grappling, MMA, and other contact sports, you can count on Skin to Bone to provide you with the medical services you require. If you have questions, you may contact us by sending us an email.
Please stay tuned for more posts and images of injuries healed using regenerative injection techniques.