What is Regenerative Therapy?

Regenerative therapy is the process of facilitating and engaging the body’s own repair mechanisms to repair or replace tissue that is lost due to age, disease, or damage. The goal of regenerative therapy is to aid in healing the damaged condition and to treat the root cause of the pain.

There are actually different types of regenerative therapy treatments that have been used for decades to treat damaged joints, including Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and of course regenerative cell therapy (some forms of which may include cytokines, hyaluronic acid, and other types of repair cells).

Just as each person is different, each set of circumstances, patient history, age, previous treatments, type of joint damage, etc. are different for each person. Depending on your specific situation, your doctor may recommend more than one of these types of treatment in combination.

Occasionally, a patient’s circumstances are such that regenerative therapy is not a viable option at all. If that’s the case, your doctor will inform you of that and discuss possible alternatives that you might consider.

What Is Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy involves the injection of a saline (salt water) or dextrose (sugar water) into a specific part of the body, such as a joint. While this may sound like a strange way to treat a damaged joint, this form of treatment has been around since as early as 1930 and has been widely adopted by many orthopedists as a viable tool for a minimally invasive joint pain treatment.


The saline or dextrose solution his very few side effects and acts to “irritate” the joint in such a way as to cause the body’s own repair mechanisms to send repair cells to the area of the injection. Put simply, this is a way of triggering the body’s own repair response in the affected area.

Although it has been widely used throughout the country for over 50 years now, Prolotherapy is not an FDA approved therapy. As such, it is typically not covered under any insurance programs.

What Is PRP Therapy?

The term Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) was first created in the 1970’s to describe the portion of blood that had a high concentration of the platelets and platelet-rich growth factors. Researchers discovered that by spinning blood in a centrifuge, they could separate out the layers of blood plasma to extract just the platelet-rich portion of the blood plasma.


As a natural progression from prolotherapy, doctors discovered that injecting PRP into an injured joint worked in a similar fashion to prolotherapy, but also provided the joint with rich “raw materials” and growth factors that could be used to help the body repair the injured joint.

Since the 1980’s, nearly all orthopedic doctors have used PRP as part of their treatments to help injured athletes and weekend warriors recover from a wide variety of joint injuries.

Although it has been widely used throughout the country for over 40 years now, PRP Therapy is not an FDA approved therapy. As such, it is typically not covered under any insurance programs.

How Does Regenerative Therapy Work?

The human body is composed of billions of cells that come together to form the different organs and tissues in the body. Everything from bone to muscle to organs are made up of different cells in the body. These cells are constantly going through a regenerative and degenerative process.

If you have structural or degenerative damage in your knee, introducing regenerative therapy to the area can help your body begin the process of regenerating the damaged area. Regenerative Therapy can streamline the healing process and help patients recover faster from serious injuries, potentially without surgery.

With Regenerative Therapy there is minimal pain (only the prick of a needle) and it’s a completely non-invasive alternative to regular surgery. Regenerative Therapy targets the area of need, using a monitoring process to ensure it reaches the area most in need of regeneration. This therapy may help rebuild the area and return normal function, mobility and comfort levels to the patient.

Regenerative Therapy is being used every day to replace invasive and surgical procedures and to rebuild instead of repair.

The results are quicker, longer lasting and less prone to re-injury.

How is Regenerative Therapy
Better Than Surgery?

Surgery rehabilitation can often take months – with multiple sessions per week – before the patient begins to return to normal. Once a patient undergoes a Regenerative Therapy session, the patient should begin to see the results. This means that patients do not have to deal with anesthesia. They also do not have to suffer through a long, painful, and intensive rehabilitation process. Regenerative Therapy treatments can restore strength, mobility, range-of-motion and help return the affected area to all of the normal functions.

Regenerative Therapy has the ability to help people avoid the dangers of surgery, including infection, blood clots and organ failure due to invasive procedures. While some extreme cases of damage may still require surgery, the majority of our Regenerative Therapy patients return to a normal routine shortly after the treatments have been completed.

Don’t risk the long, arduous and dangerous road of surgery.

Try Regenerative Therapy and start feeling better.

What Kinds of Injuries Can Regenerative Therapy Help With?

Treating injuries with Regenerative Therapy can help you avoid dangerous and invasive surgery. Here is a list of things regenerative therapy can help with?

  1. Knee injuries (MCL, ACL, PCL or LCL sprains or tears)
  2. Arthritis/Osteoarthritis
  3. Hip or Labral Tears
  4. Shoulder damage (rotator cuff, tendinitis in the shoulder)
  5. Chronic Back Pain
  6. Wrist, Elbow and Ankle damage and pain
  7. Achilles
  8. Foot pain
  9. Plantar Fasciitis
  10. Lower back pain
  11. Bone fractures that don’t heal
  12. Neuropathy
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Before you jump into potentially harmful reconstructive joint surgery, consider Regenerative Therapy as your minimally invasive alternative. This unique therapy can provide pain relief and improved mobility. It’s certainly worth weighing as an option. Watch the many patient testimonials here and click below to schedule your free consultation with our specialist to learn more. See if you would be a candidate for Regenerative Therapy at Optimal Health in Turkey Creek!

See if you would be a candidate for Regenerative Therapy at Optimal Health in Turkey Creek!

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What Our Patients Are Saying About Regenerative Therapy

“Third week after injected, I feel great! I was very high in pain level now it’s level one.” – Gail

“I have gone from three 650mg acetaminophen a day, just to cope, to no pain meds whatsoever!” – Michael

“I would recommend this to anybody that is suffereing with issues: movement, joints, tissues, ligiments, anything like that.” – Lori

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