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.
Bone Marrow Aspirate / Marrow Cellutions®
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.