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Is Regenerative Medicine the Key to Your Healing Journey?

By Grove Higgins D.C.

As a doctor and manual therapist, I have referred my patients for regenerative medicine, PRP, and Bone Marrow injections for nearly nine years. The technology and techniques have literally been lifesaving and changed the course of many of my patient's lives. Thus, I am a great proponent and advocate of this nonsurgical option.

With the rising popularity of therapies such as Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC), patients (which you may be one) frequently ask themselves, "Do I need PRP or BMAC?" or "Is regenerative medicine right for me?" At Neuroathlete Clinic, we understand the buzz surrounding these treatments. However, it's crucial to recognize that beyond their popularity, these therapies have very real applications that yield tangible results when administered correctly.

Understanding Your Options

PRP Therapy involves using a concentration of your own platelets (from your blood) to accelerate healing. It's especially effective for tendon injuries and osteoarthritis, boosting the body's natural repair mechanisms. This can help injuries to joints and soft tissues, such as muscle and tendon tears.

Platelets and Bone Marrow Stem Cells = Regenerative Medicine
Platelets and Stem Cells = Regenerative Medicine

BMAC Therapy utilizes stem cells from your bone marrow to aid in healing more severe conditions. BMAC has been used to successfully treat chronic injuries and degenerative conditions like knees or hips that might be considered for joint replacement,  potentially avoiding or delaying the need for replacement. Both therapies are at the forefront of regenerative medicine, illustrating the field's potential to offer a non-surgical path to recovery and enhanced quality of life.

Is Regenerative Medicine Right for You?

Deciding to pursue regenerative medicine is a significant decision. To assist in the process, here is a simple decision-making matrix that considers the following factors:

  • Severity and Duration of Your Condition: Chronic and more severe conditions may benefit from BMAC, while PRP could be suitable for less severe cases.

  • Previous Treatments and Their Outcomes: If traditional treatments haven't yielded satisfactory results, regenerative medicine might offer a new avenue for relief.

  • Your Overall Health and Recovery Goals: Consider how these therapies align with your lifestyle and recovery expectations.

  • Research and Professional Guidance: Seek out credible information and consult with specialists in regenerative medicine.

  • Financial Consideration: Most insurance still needs to cover regenerative medicine despite the wealth of research supporting its efficacy and cost-effectiveness. That means the patient, you, must consider the cost. The best PRP can cost $2k/joint up to $5k, while BMAC is 2-3x that. If you are being quoted less, ask these questions to make sure you are getting what you think you are paying for:

Questions to ask your regenerative medicine practitioner

What is your experience with PRP and BMAC therapies, and what success rates have you seen?
Are your injections guided?
How do you create treatment plans tailored to individual patients?
What technologies and methods do you use to ensure the best cell concentration and quality in PRP or BMAC?
How do you track and assess the success of the treatments?
Can you describe the aftercare program following treatment?

By weighing these factors, patients can gain clearer insights into whether regenerative medicine is appropriate for their path to recovery.

Why Consider the NeuroAthlete Clinic for PRP or BMCA?

After years of referring patients to regenerative clinics, we have decided to provide such services in our clinic. Because of our experience rehabilitating patients after their procedures (in our clinic and following procedures performed in other clinics), our clinic uniquely provides cutting-edge knowledge, technique, technology, and a holistic approach to regenerative medicine. We don't merely treat conditions; we optimize your body's healing response so your investment goes as far as possible to provide lasting results.

Dr. Higgins is pleased to offer free online consultations to answer your questions further and demystify regenerative medicine and its benefits. Don't let your questions go unanswered! Free Assessment at NeuroAthlete Clinic

Moving Forward

Pain Free
Regaining Pain Free Movement

The journey toward healing is deeply personal, and the decision to pursue regenerative medicine is no exception. At the NeuroAthlete Clinic, we're here to support you in making informed decisions about your health. Whether you're exploring PRP, BMAC, or other regenerative therapies, our team is committed to providing the guidance and care you need to embark on this transformative path.

Remember, regenerative medicine isn't just about treating symptoms—it's about fostering an environment where your body can heal more effectively. If you're curious about what this could mean for you, we invite you to reach out. Let's explore regenerative medicine's possibilities for your health and well-being together.


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