The family nurse practitioner at Northview Medical in Cheyenne, Wyoming, provides a variety of regenerative medicine services, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and human cell tissue products from Predictive Biotech. To find out if regenerative medicine can help relieve your knee, hip, or shoulder pain, call to schedule a consultation today.
What is regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine focuses on restoring a healthy structure and function by rebuilding damaged tissues and organs. This field of health care utilizes your body’s natural ability to heal itself. The team at Northview Medical uses regenerative medicine to facilitate healing and relief for joint pain, including conditions affecting the hip, knee, and shoulder.
What are different types of regenerative medicine?
The family nurse practitioner at Northview Medical uses different types of regenerative medicine techniques, including:
PLATELET-RICH PLASMA (PRP)
Your blood contains platelets, which are rich in healing growth factors. PRP comes from your own blood, but it has 5-10 times more platelets after processing.
When the family nurse practitioner at Northview Medical re-injects PRP into an area of tissue damage or injury, the flood of growth factors promotes faster healing.
PRP is a concentrated solution of platelets that comes from your own blood. Along with red and white blood cells, your blood contains solid components called platelets. Though they’re best known for their role in forming clots, platelets also contain hundreds of special proteins called growth factors. These proteins are essential for your body’s natural healing process.
PRP contains about 5-10 times more platelets, and therefore 5-10 times more growth factors, than regular blood. This is because the family nurse practitioner at Northview Medical processes your blood in a centrifuge to isolate PRP.
When they re-inject the PRP into an area of injury or tissue damage, the growth factors speed up the healing process and stimulate your body to create healthy new cells.
Medical providers use PRP for numerous purposes, from helping with post-surgical recovery to treating hair loss. The family nurse practitioner at Northview Medical uses PRP to treat a variety of conditions, including:
PRP is a type of regenerative medicine that aims to restore normal function and range of motion without medication or surgery.
First, your provider at Northview Medical carefully reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam to make sure you’re a good candidate for PRP. They may also take diagnostic imaging tests, like an X-ray.
To prepare PRP, your provider draws a small amount of blood from your arm and processes it to separate the platelets. Then, they inject the PRP into the treatment area, where the platelets break down and release growth factors over time. The entire process takes about 30 minutes and occurs right in the Northview Medical office.
It’s normal to feel an increase in discomfort immediately after the PRP injection. This typically fades within a few days. Because PRP comes from your blood, there’s little to no risk of complications.
To learn more about PRP for knee, hip, and shoulder pain, call Northview Medical and book an appointment today.
HUMAN CELL TISSUE PRODUCTS (HCT/P)
HCT/P have the unique ability to cushion and protect different types of tissue, including cartilage and bone. HCT/P can help your body repair and reconstruct damaged tissue while working with your body’s natural healing process.
Where do HCT/P come from?
The family nurse practitioner at Northview Medical uses Predictive Biotech human cell tissue products that come from the umbilical cord matrix of healthy, full-term babies. These products undergo rigorous testing and are processed in the FDA-registered and inspected lab at Predictive Biotech in Salt Lake City. They don’t contain any fetal or embryonic tissue.
What should I expect from a regenerative medicine treatment?
First, your provider at Northview Medical carefully reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam to make sure you’re a good candidate for regenerative medicine. Then, they develop a personalized treatment plan that may include PRP, HCT/P injections, or a combination of both.
Regenerative medicine services sometimes can involve drawing blood, usually from your arm, and receiving injections in your area of injury or tissue damage. Other times regenerative medicine can involve an injection of HCT/P into those areas. The family nurse practitioner at Northview Medical may use noninvasive imaging procedures, such as ultrasound, to precisely administer the injection.
The number of injections you need depends on the type and severity of your condition. Regenerative medicine treatments generally aren’t painful and can be done during an office visit.
To find out if regenerative medicine is right for you, call Northview Medical and book an appointment today.