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Turning Back the Clock with Regenerative Medicine

Apr 30, 2021 09:31AM ● By Irina Serebryakova
Historically reserved for professional athletes and wealthy elite, regenerative medical treatments are now being embraced by the public. Backed by ongoing clinical trials and significant anecdotal real-world results, these regenerative treatments are helping folks around the world get back to a normal, youthful, pain-free life.

The regenerative treatments help improve conditions from both sports or lifestyle related musculoskeletal injuries and degenerative conditions. The most common regenerative treatment protocols are exosome, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and prolozone therapies.

Here is a brief description of the different treatments:

Exosomes or extracellular vehicles are derived from donor amniotic fluid, placental or umbilical cord tissue that are then processed in an FDA-regulated laboratory. Science has discovered that exosomes are cellular messengers full of growth factors that communicate with other cells in the body delivering messages such as repair this tendon or regrow this cartilage. When injected into damaged or diseased areas of the body, it has been shown that exosomes go to work and help the body repair itself.

PRP therapy has been used successfully for more than a decade now. The activated platelets are injected directly into the injured or diseased body tissue. This releases growth factors that stimulates and increases the number of new healthy cells the body produces. PRP injections are commonly used with great success for shoulder pain caused by rotator cuff tears, for torn or strained knee ligaments, for Achilles tendon ruptures and for other soft-tissue injuries. PRP has also been demonstrated to improve function and reduce pain in people that have tendonitis or chronic tendinosis conditions such as tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow. Some of the key advantages of PRP injections are that they can reduce the need for anti-inflammatory medications.

Prolozone therapy uses ozone to cause the proliferation, regeneration and rebuilding of new ligament and cartilage tissue in an area where they have become weak. Prolozone injections promote repair and tightening of the lax structures, partially torn connective tissue and ligaments. Prolozone halts the pain and inflammation cycle, allowing for better circulation, increased blood flow carrying nutrition and hydration of the damaged tissues. This creates a healing environment within the joint and results in increased range of motion and decreased swelling and pain. Prolozone therapy is a safe, natural and often permanent treatment.

All these therapies help patients eliminate chronic pain, regain mobility and stop the need for pain medications.

Irina Serebryakova is a functional medicine nurse practitioner at You Holistic, in Exeter, NH.
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