Achieving Positive Outcomes
As a part of a healthy regimen, we are encouraged to partake in sports and athletic activities to maintain a strong well-being and function. On occasion, we may face injury either through accident or excessive activity. Although most injuries will heal on their own or with basic care, sometimes an injury may be excessive enough that permanent damage is caused. It is in these cases that surgery is often considered, however another option that has shown great results and positive outcomes for patients is healing such injuries through Regenerative Medicine.
Sport injuries can range from sudden trauma caused during a single event, or a slow wearing out over a long period of time. Traditional sports injury treatment involves the PRICE principle; Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, & Elevation. However, ‘recent evidence has raised concerns over this traditional treatment approach regarding the use of anti-inflammatories and injectable corticosteroids.’ (Malanga & Nakamura, 2014, para. 1) This is where the advent of Regenerative Medicine is able to assist with patient recovery and repairing the body naturally.
The National Institute of Health defines regenerative medicine as ‘the process of creating living, functional tissues to repair or replace tissue or organ function lost due to age, disease, damage, or congenital defects.’ This makes it a perfect candidate for bodily repair such as sporting injuries.
Types of Regenerative Medicine Procedures
‘In sports medicine, a few of the most common types of regenerative medicine procedures include platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and amniotic membrane injections.’ (Kruse & Hall, 2021, para. 5) Another type includes tissue allografts. When undergoing surgeries such as knee replacements, shoulder operations, or operating on areas of movement such as joints, there is an inherent risk that the joint may never operate as it once did. Given Regenerative Medicine’s natural approach to recovery, not only is there a safer chance of a perfectly functioning joint again, but the process itself is also far less aggressive towards the joint than a larger-scale surgical operation.
Some conditions that can benefit from regenerative medicine include:
- Tennis and Golfer’s elbow
- Tendinitis in the shoulder or Achilles tendon
- Torn Meniscus
- Labrum, tendon, and ligament Tears
- Plantar Fasciitis
Use What the Pro’s Use
Whether it is an injury from a past sports career, a one-time accident, or the slow degradation from constant use, Regenerative Medicine has its place to be used together with traditional treatments to optimize healing. With the use from several famous athletes from Cristiano Ronaldo to Tiger Woods, and Rafael Nadal to Kobe Bryant, Regenerative Medicine in the treatment of sporting injuries has not only shown its value as a great option in treating sports injuries, but is becoming the benchmark in operative recovery.
Kruse & Hall, R. K. M. M. H. (2021, May 28). Regenerative medicine for sports injuries. University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. https://uihc.org/health-topics/regenerative-medicine-sports-injuries
Malanga, G., & Nakamura, R. (2014). The role of regenerative medicine in the treatment of sports injuries. Physical medicine and rehabilitation clinics of North America, 25(4), 881–895. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmr.2014.06.007
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