This is an exciting time in medicine with regenerative therapies that can stimulate the repair and healing of damaged tissues. For arthritis, muscle strain, ligament sprain, injury or overuse, and more, we now have treatments that can help. The days of doing nothing but treating the pain or waiting for a surgery are over.
Regeneration of tissue happens naturally in the body via all sorts of chemical signals that instruct the body to repair, grow and heal. We all have stem cells for every tissue type that are capable of repairing damage, but as we get older the “adult stem cells” weaken and decrease in number. The once vigorous healing response stimulated by our stem cells becomes quiet.
But, we can stimulate our own cells to heal, mimic our own stem cells healing signals, and actually replace our older adult stem cells with brand new young stem cells that have the potential to replicate into new tissue.
Ozone injections into joints or tissue stimulate energy production and healing. Even if it’s too late to heal, ozone injections can take away the pain from chronic degenerative conditions such as arthritis.
Ozone is a gas made from oxygen. While oxygen in the air we breathe has two molecules of oxygen (O2) bound together, ozone is made of three oxygen molecules (O3). When ozone comes into contact with tissue it instantly reacts and stimulates cellular energy.
Ozone therapy is a simple treatment that can be used for almost any systemic health issue and to reduce or eliminate localized pain. From chronic fatigue to crippling arthritis, ozone is powerful.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP therapy is a game changing treatment that can relieve the pain and stimulate healing of inflamed joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles. Top athletes have benefited from PRP therapy for years and now this amazing treatment is available to all.
Platelets are naturally occurring cells that play a role in blood clotting and healing. Inside of platelets are a host of compounds that calm inflammation and promote healing, including various growth factors and immune modulating cytokines. Platelets initiate repair and attract stem cells to an area of injury, thus playing a pivotal role in wound healing.
PRP therapy involves drawing the patient’s blood and processing it right in the office to produce a concentrate of platelets, which are then “activated” to release the growth and healing compounds.
Injecting PRP into damaged ligaments, tendons, and joints stimulates the natural repair process. On average, patients can expect to see improvements in 4 to 6 weeks. A series of 2 to 6 injections are typically required, depending on the area and extent of injury or inflammation.
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that have the ability to self-replicate and some may change into any specific cell type in the body. These cells can be injected directly into an area of injury or given intravenously. Stem cells have a “homing” ability to go to areas of injury due to signals released by injured cells. Once stem cells reach the target tissue they begin repair of the injury or disease by releasing growth factors and immune modulators that assist in the body’s natural repair process.
Stem cells work in phases to balance inflammation, encourage growth and stimulate native stem cells. They also contain chemicals that control the immune response, either regulating an overactive immune system or stimulating a weak immune system. These immune factors may also lower inflammation.
A peptide is a small protein and over 7,000 naturally-occurring peptides have been identified that occur in our bodies. Peptides typically act as signaling molecules by binding to receptors on the cell surface and telling other cells and molecules what to do. Insulin is a familiar example of a peptide.
Peptides may be used to increase the output of growth hormone and are useful in treating age-related conditions such as obesity, osteoporosis, loss of muscle mass and various inflammatory conditions including chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and autoimmune diseases. Some peptides, such as BPC157 or Thymosin specifically stimulate tissue healing.
The future is now
We have been using these regenerative therapies for years and continue to be impressed with their potential. From injured athletes to arthritic knees we have seen these therapies successfully heal or reduce pain and get our patients back in action.
Dr Rollins is board certified in Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine, an organization which is dedicated to the advancement of tools, technology, and transformations in healthcare that can detect, treat, and prevent diseases associated with aging. He is a member of the American Academy of Ozonotherapy and has done advanced training in the use of ozone. He has studied and done extensive training in the use peptides, PRP and stem cells, along with accumulating experience from treating hundreds of patients with these modalities.
If you have arthritis, injuries of muscle, tendons or ligaments, chronic pain, or other chronic degenerative conditions then look into these regenerative therapies. The future is now and available to you.