Joint Rejuvenation and How It Can Change Your Life

Medical techniques and procedures have been evolving at the speed of light throughout the 21st century, and simple treatments for previously untreatable diseases and problems are now widely available. Thanks to the application of stem cells, this is especially true for cartilage, muscle, and bone conditions have previously only been treated with painful and complex procedures requiring anesthesia and excessive recovery times. Leading regenerative medicine doctors now offer joint rejuvenation protocols that blend the most powerful healing techniques together to restore the function and comfort of the joints.

Understanding the Role of Stem Cells in the Body

Stem cells exist naturally in the body as “unassigned” cells that are able to differentiate into specialized cell types. Some stem cells found in specific locations in the body are most useful for certain purposes. Mesenchymal stem cells, for example, can be found in fat tissue, bone marrow, and a baby’s umbilical cord. Since mesenchymal stem cells are multipotent, they can divide and differentiate into many different types of tissue including bone, cartilage, muscle, and fat cells. This means that when mesenchymal cells are injected directly into the site of an injury, they can renew repeatedly to replace lost or unhealthy tissue. Thanks to their wide range of applications, mesenchymal stem cells have become the primary focus of researchers and doctors seeking to resolve musculoskeletal issues ranging from arthritis to ligament tears.

Joint Rejuvenation Protocol

Stem cell therapy now has the ability to resolve arthritis and musculoskeletal injuries like meniscus and cartilage tears that used to require surgery. However, stem cells aren’t the only powerful treatment methods for these types of conditions. A joint rejuvenation protocol combining stem cells, PRP, and ozone treatments forms the trifecta of healing powers.

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) has been rising to popularity right alongside stem cell treatments. PRP is another regenerative injection that stimulates the body’s own healing process to resolve acute and chronic tendon, ligament, and cartilage injuries. Everything from tennis elbow to plantar fasciitis can be handled with injections of PRP. In order to obtain PRP, a patient’s blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the plasma. The plasma is then injected directly into the area of injury, and its high concentration of growth factors and healing blood cells triggers an accelerated version of the body’s natural healing process.

Ozone treatments, meanwhile, increase the amount of oxygen in the body by introducing ozone gas. This boosts circulation, stimulates the immune system, and reduces inflammation to support the healing process induced by stem cells and PRP.

This type of joint rejuvenation protocol has the potential to change the life of anybody living with joint pain and discomfort.

Dr. Michael P. Heim, D.O.

Dr. Heim opened Heim Regenerative Medicine Center in September 2009 with the vision of creating an alternative to the typical primary care office found in western medicine of hour-long waiting times and 10 minute visits. His goal is to provide a comprehensive approach to your medical care in the Tampa Bay area.
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