Combining Traditional Orthopedics &
Cutting-Edge Regenerative Medicine
Bright McConnell, III, MD »
Founding Physician & Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Shane Woolf, MD »
Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon
Amanda Riley, DPM, MPH »
Blake Ohlson, MD »
Board-Certified Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon
Eric Friedman, MD »
board certified in emergency medicine, fellowship-trained with a certificate of
added qualification in primary care sports medicine
Sports Medicine & Orthopedics
Sports medicine is a sub-specialty and focuses on injuries to the musculoskeletal system as they relate to athletes. We also focus on general orthopedics, bone health, and orthobiologics.
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Regain Your Life
Dr. Bright McConnell, using the latest non-operative and operative treatments, helps patients regain function so they can quickly return to daily living, competition, and work. On the forefront of pioneering regenerative medicine treatments, Charleston Sports Medicine offers advanced healing treatment options for sports injuries.
Speed Your Recovery
Orthobiologics, also known as regenerative orthopedics, utilize substances that help orthopedic injuries heal more quickly. As we age, our ability to heal diminishes. These biologic products are made from substances that are naturally found in your body and used in higher concentrations to power your body’s natural healing process.
Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine Services
Charleston Sports Medicine has provided orthobiologic services to patients for many years. Orthobiologics, also known as regenerative orthopedics, utilize substances that help orthopedic injuries, such as broken bones and injured muscles, tendons, and ligaments, heal more quickly. As we age, our ability to heal diminishes. These biologic products are made from substances that are naturally found in your body and used in higher concentrations to power your body’s natural healing process. Depending on the patient’s individual condition, orthobiologic treatments may include several healing substances.
Regenerative cellular therapies
Regenerative cellular therapies act as natural healers. Recent advancements in cellular therapy have allowed the use of stem cells for orthopedic treatment.
Adult stem cells are found in all of us and play a key role in the body’s healing process. They lie latent in your body until they receive signals that the body has suffered an injury and then they follow your platelets to the injured site. Autologous or adult stem cells are able to transform into the same type of cell that was injured to promote healing. They are tasked to heal injured ligaments, tendons, tissues, and bones.
After an injury, or as a natural result of aging, the number of stem cells needed in certain areas of the body declines. Regenerative Cellular Therapy solves this problem by delivering a high concentration of autologous stem cells into the injured area promoting natural healing.
Adult stem cells continuously replicate and regenerate new tissues. Stem cell therapy takes advantage of this unique quality to promote faster healing of sports injuries and arthritis. Charleston Sports Medicine’s Bright McConnell, MD has extensive experience extracting your own (autologous) stem cells and injecting them into damaged tissues, where they help repair your injury. To learn whether you’re a good candidate for stem cell therapy, call the office in Daniel Island, SC, or book an appointment online with Dr. Bright McConnell.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP is blood plasma with concentrated platelets. The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain large reservoirs of bioactive proteins, including growth factors that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. These bioactive proteins initiate connective tissue healing: bone, tendon, and ligament regeneration and repair, promote the development of new blood vessels and stimulate the wound healing process.
To prepare PRP, a small amount of blood is taken from the patient. The blood is placed in a centrifuge, which spins and automatically produces the PRP. The entire process takes less than 15 minutes and increases the concentration of platelets and growth factors up to 500%. When PRP is injected under ultrasound guidance into the damaged area, it stimulates the tendon or ligament, triggering a healing cascade. As a result, new collagen begins to develop. As this collagen matures, it begins to shrink causing the tightening and strengthening of the tendons or ligaments of the damaged area. Results are often seen after one injection, however, sometimes it requires several therapies, scheduled six weeks apart.
Amniotic Derived Stem Cell Allograft
Charleston Sports Medicine uses cryopreserved allograft derived from the human placental tissues developed for use as a wound covering in the treatment of localized tissue defects or areas of inflammation. This “tissue matrix” is derived from healthy, live donors that are pre-screened during pregnancy and selected with a rigorous screening process.
An amniotic tissue graft replaces the connective tissue that forms a protective covering for tendons and the spine that could help reduce the amount of time it takes to recover from these procedures. In tendon surgery, one challenge going through recovery is restoring proper movement to the area because the gliding function provided by the tendon’s protective covering or fascia is interrupted by the adhesions left from the surgery. Using amniotic tissue allografts restores that movement.
An Amniotic Allograft is an option for the treatment of joint/tendon pain for patients seeking alternatives to surgery. Proven results of regenerative procedures such as allografts include patients with tendinopathy and plantar fasciitis.
Adipose-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells Lipogems®
An innovative technique, Lipogems®, was developed to obtain micro fragmented adipose tissue and Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC) with a high regenerative capacity. Lipogems® technology was clinically available since 2013. Dr. McConnell is among the first in the area to bring this new regenerative medicine to orthopedic patients.
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LipoGems® Adipose Tissue Technology
Lipogems is a cutting edge technology that harnesses the powerful healing capacity of your own adipose tissue to support your body’s natural regenerative process.
LIPOGEMS® is an innovative therapy option that employs a precisely engineered device to create an injectable tissue made from your own adipose tissue reserves. This injectable tissue is used to provide cushioning and support as your body heals.
FDA cleared device for processing and same-day injection of adipose tissue, LIPOGEMS® is a revolutionary new way of processing fat harvest to take full advantage of the complete healing microenvironment.
Vasper is based on three scientifically proven principles – compression technology, cooling, and interval training. When all principles are working together, the results are extraordinary.
From elite athletes to baby boomers, orthobiologics continue to provide solid regenerative outcomes for orthopedic patients seeking relief without major surgery or swifter recovery from surgery or injury. We have further enhanced the rehabilitation performance for patients pre-surgery, post-surgery, or in lieu of surgery with the addition of Vasper Charleston. Located in our newly renovated physical therapy suite on Daniel Island, Vasper Charleston is the orthopedic rehab suite’s centerpiece. When combined with orthobiologics patients are improving function faster than ever.
Patients that rehabilitate using ROMTech have been consistently observed to be up and moving faster, with greater Range of Motion and functional independence than any other known rehab technology.
ROMTech is patented technology and medical protocol that noticeably improves and expedites the rehabilitation of the lower extremities. It can benefit nearly any patient after a lower extremity orthopedic injury or surgery, especially Knee or Hip Replacement.
The ShoulderSphere is an innovative exercise device designed to strengthen the rotator cuff muscles. The ShoulderSphere strengthens the rotator muscles so the shoulder’s strength and endurance will improve.
The ShoulderSphere is attached to the wrist via splint that immobilized the wrist completely. With the wrist locked in places, this has the rotator cuff muscles doing all the work when the patient spins the ball within the ShoulderSphere.
MLS Laser Therapy
The innovative and patented Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Therapy Laser was developed to produce an efficient and simultaneous effect on pain, inflammation, and edema safely.
MLS technology delivers therapeutic wavelengths that produce greater anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects while enhancing the speed of healing.
The unique combination and synchronization of continuous and pulsed emissions characterizes MLS and distinguishes it from other therapy lasers. What does that mean for patients seeking pain relief?
MLS Laser Therapy helps Charleston Sports Medicine Physical Therapy relieve pain and restore lives. Simply put, patients can expect the following with MLS Laser technology:
- Management of Pain
- Reduction of Immflamation
- Faster Recovery & Healing
- Enhancement of Orthobiologic Treatment Results
Bright McConnell, III, MD
Charleston Sports Medicine’s founding physician, Bright McConnell, III, MD, is board-certified in orthopedic surgery and specializes in sports and regenerative medicine. He uses the latest treatments and technologies including minimally invasive procedures and surgical solutions to treat general orthopedic, sports injuries, and degenerative disease. He specializes in the treatment of knee and shoulder disorders. Dr. McConnell is also certified as a clinical densitometrist in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. A long-standing proponent of orthobiologics, his Daniel Island-based practice is the orthopedic regenerative medicine leader in this area.
Dr. McConnell received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Georgia, followed by a surgical internship and orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Florida. Additionally, Dr. McConnell completed a sports medicine fellowship at the prestigious Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute.
“He is the most intelligent and compassionate orthopedic in SC, to say The least. Dr. McConnell cares and doesn’t rush. He works hard for his patients and truly cares about you.“
“Dr. McConnell is great. He provides such great patient care and he has an extensive amount of knowledge.”