Some sports injuries heal fairly quickly on their own with rest and mild activity; while others are like a torn ACL, are unlikely to heal with traditional treatments. Now regenerative medicine such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, Stem Cell Therapy, and others may be able to help heal sports injuries and get players back on the field.
What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine is the process of using cells to create newly functional tissues or repair tissue damaged from aging, disease, or trauma. The goal of regenerative medicine is to repair damaged tissue that most likely would not properly heal on its own.
There are different types of regenerative medicine: cellular, tissue engineering, and prolotherapy. Dr. Castillo utilizes cellular therapies such as PRP and Stem Cell injections to help heal injuries. These therapies facilitate the healing process via injection of live cells into the patient, allowing Dr. Castillo to treat things like tendinopathy and other sports injuries.
How is Regenerative Medicine Used in Sports Injuries?
Typically with a sports injury, regenerative medicine is used to repair or replenish damaged cartilage, tendon and ligament tissues. Dr. Castillo hopes to amplify the body’s own healing abilities, and encourage growth of new tendons, ligaments, or cartilage tissue with using PRP and Stem Cell therapies for sports injuries. The goal is to reduce pain from the injury and improve function.
PRP and Stem Cell therapies are not substitutions for traditional nonsurgical treatments; they should be used in tandem with one another for the best results.
Regenerative medicine is not limited to sports injuries; these therapies can be used to treat aesthetic injuries such as scars, as well as chronic conditions and things like concussions and strokes.