Regenerative medicine may sound like science fiction but in fact, several of the techniques utilized in this field have been around for many, many years. If they seem new or futuristic it is because in some cases, certain types are being utilized more and more recently to help heal acute and chronic injuries and various pain conditions. All of the techniques work in conjunction with the body’s mechanisms for healing – either to augment, stimulate, or promote. There is a spectrum of Regenerative injection therapies and along this spectrum the science of how or why a technique works differs as does the cost of the procedure. Regenerative injections can be incredible alternatives to pain medications and in some situations, surgery. There are some situations where the right type of regenerative injection can be an adjunct to surgery – in these cases, surgery may still be imminent but the injections can significantly improve pain and function until surgery becomes inevitable. Other times, they are useful postoperatively to complement the surgical outcome. One important thing to understand about Regenerative medicine/injections specifically for the treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal problems/injuries and soft tissue pain conditions is that because they are deemed experimental and do not have FDA approval, they are not ever covered by any type of medical insurance (e.g., HMO; PPO; Medicare; or Medicaid; etc) in any state or any situation.
These are elective procedures and are 100% out of pocket expenses.
Dr. Rook will thoroughly discuss the aspects of Regenerative medicine during your consult and he, and any member of our staff, will gladly answer any of your questions about the techniques, risks, benefits, alternatives and the costs in an effort to help you find the best treatment options and outcome for your situation – even if that is with another clinic or provider.
- PROLOTHERAPY (FORMERLY OR SOMETIMES STILL, CALLED SCLEROTHERAPY)
- PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP)
- STEM CELL
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