General term for non-cortisone alternatives including prolotherapy, PRP, and stem cell.
Traditional injection to relieve pain, swelling, inflammation from joints or tendons. Need to limit frequency and number of injections to mitigate harmful side effects.
Non-cortisone joint injection (mostly for knees) with high concentration of thick proteins that are a component of natural joint fluid; objective is to improve comfort for a period of months, fewer adverse side effects compared to cortisone.
Alternative to cortisone; dextrose has fewer side effects; requires a series of about 4 injections; no significant side effects.
Created from a centrifuged concentrate from a blood draw; concentrating natural healing and growth factors and injecting into injury site
Regenerative medicine is a general term to describe the newer science of biologic alternatives (such as PRP, stem cells, prolotherapy, etc.) to facilitate natural tissues to re-grow.
Harvesting patients’ own cells from either bone marrow, or from fat; processing to concentrate the progenitor stem cells and injecting those into the injury; these cells become new tissue of the desired type.