Regenerative Medicine & Orthobiologics
Beacon Orthopeadics partners with Regenexx, a company that offers trusted alternatives to surgery, to provide patients with a broad spectrum of care options. Regenexx™ provides various regenerative medicine options that facilitate healing, without surgical intervention. Dr. Henry Stiene (non-spine) and Dr. John Brannan (treatment of the spine) are the exclusive providers of Regenexx™ treatments in the Tri-State Area.
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Procedures
Beacon Orthopaedics currently has seven physicians that provide regenerative medicine for patients. These are non-invasive or minimally invasive options that can help patients heal faster without surgery. A popular regenerative medicine option is PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy. PRP Therapy utilizes a patient’s own blood to rebuild and heal a damaged tendon or cartilage in the body. This type of regenerative therapy can help relieve pain in the affected area and also jump starts the healing process.
PRP is most commonly used to treat patients with osteoarthritis in the hip, knee or shoulder. Patients seeking regenerative medicine for chronic tendonitis in the ankle or elbow often choose PRP treatments as well. More conservative methods of treatment are typically attempted first, such as rest, medication, physical therapy, etc., but when those methods fail, PRP is often a good solution.
Physicians that offer PRP
Mesenchymal Stromal Cell (MSC) Treatment
Mesenchymal Stromal Cells, or MSCs, (formerly known as stem cells) are cells found in bone marrow and adipose tissue. They are the body’s repair cells that can help decrease pain and improve function in injured joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles. They have been shown, along with PRP, to help stop, or arrest the arthritic process in joints. MSCs can keep arthritis from progressing in a joint and allow it to work in a normal fashion with a decrease in pain and improved function, and in the right patient, avoid the need for joint replacement. Contrary to what is often posted on websites across the internet and sent in the mail, these treatments DO NOT regenerate new cartilage. MSCs have been shown to help heal muscle, tendons, and ligaments throughout the body including the spine.
Prolotherapy (short for proliferant therapy) is a regenerative treatment used to treat pain arising from joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and the connective tissue that holds these structures together. Pain from these structures may be due to injury, overuse, normal wear and tear (degeneration) and nerve injury or irritation.
Prolotherapy uses solutions such as concentrated dextrose that produce a minor injury or inflammation to these structures. Connective tissue such as ligaments and tendon have a very poor blood supply and this severely limits the ability of these tissues to heal themselves as living tissue needs a healthy blood supply to maintain nourishment and repair itself.
Physicians that offer Prolotherapy
Perineural Injection Treatment (PIT) (Lyftogt Technique)
Perineural Injection Therapy (PIT) is a proven safe, effective treatment for patients who may not be good candidates for joint replacement surgery or biologic options such as Bone Marrow Concentrate treatments or PRP. Perineural injections are used for treating inflamed and injured nerves causing chronic pain. This pain is often due to trauma, arthritis, sports, overuse, occupational, and surgical injuries.