At Omega Medical Group (OMG), our team of specialists is always looking for new techniques and technologies to help our patients get better, faster—so they can return to living their best life without pain as quickly and safely as possible. That’s why we’re proud to offer a number of regenerative medicine options.
What Is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine is all about “unlocking” your body’s own natural mechanisms for healing and repairing damaged tissues. This is a revolutionary approach to treatment that has the potential to provide full restoration and healing for even very stubborn or severe conditions that were previously thought to be only manageable rather than treatable—or only treatable through surgery.
Regenerative medicine technologies use your own cells to replace or repair damaged ones. This could be achieved by delivering specific types of cell tissue to damaged or diseased areas of the body, or it could be accomplished by stimulating the cells already there to increase their metabolism and energize their natural healing abilities.
At our office, we use regenerative medicine as an extremely effective alternative to surgery that can help many people get back on their feet without pain quickly, without the need for invasive procedures or long recovery phases.
Types of Regenerative Medicine Available at Our Office
Some of the advanced regenerative techniques we offer include:
Stem Cell Therapy (Clarix Flo)
Stem cells are extremely versatile. While, for example, an ordinary skin, muscle, or blood cell can only create other cells of the same type, stem cells are able to divide and grow into almost any type of cell the body needs it to be. This processes is called differentiation.
Placental tissue has unique, innate immunomodulation abilities, decreasing inflammation through an increase in anti-inflammatory signaling. This process promotes a regenerative healing environment, and is useful for the management of chronic plantar fasciitis, sprains, Achilles tendinosis, and partial tears without the complications of corticosteroids or surgery.
These are an easy in-office solution. Regenerative medicine injections (Clarix Flo) allows the cells to rapidly multiply and flourish, and is an alternative when conservative treatment fails. Clarix Flo can significantly reduce pain and disability associated with these injuries.
The injected materials are all voluntarily donated amniotic membrane and umbilical cord tissue from healthy babies delivered by Cesarean section. These items are ordinarily discarded after birth, but can be preserved for medical use. All donated placental tissue is rigorously screened, cleaned, and processed to ensure safety and effectiveness.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
Your blood is comprised of four main components—a liquid substance (plasma), red blood cells (which carry oxygen to tissues), white blood cells (which fight disease), and platelets. Although platelets are perhaps best known for their role in clotting blood to seal off injuries, they also contain and release proteins called growth factors, which play a crucial role in injury healing.
In PRP therapy, we draw a small sample of your blood and spin it in a centrifuge to separate out the platelets from the rest of the blood. Then, the platelets are recombined with the remaining plasma to create a platelet-rich solution—perhaps 5 to 10 times as many platelets per unit of blood as before.
The platelet-rich plasma is re-injected into the injured area, where the growth factors go to work relieving pain and inflammation and repairing tissue. PRP is a highly effective surgery alternative for many sports-related injury conditions, such as Achilles tendinitis, and can also be used to shorten recovery times after a surgery.
Is Regenerative Medicine Right for You?
At OMG, we understand that every patient who walks through our doors has a unique set of needs—lifestyle, financial, personal—and therefore needs a treatment approach that is personalized to suit them best.
In general, regenerative medicine techniques are selected in instances when more traditional conservative methods alone (such as physical therapy or orthotics) haven’t worked or are unlikely to work. These older methods do have a high success rate overall, but in the instances where they aren’t quite enough, regenerative solutions offer a promising alternative that avoids invasive techniques and surgery.
Advanced regenerative medicine techniques may also be recommended for those who simply need to relieve pain as fast as possible, because they don’t have time to wait—for example, collegiate and professional athletes, or those who work all day on their feet.
As always, the experts at OMG will take all the time necessary to explain your condition, the pros and cons of all your medical options, and then help you arrive at a treatment strategy that makes the best sense for your pain, personal goals, and budget.
To schedule an appointment at either of our Miami-area offices, please call (305) 514-0404 today.