Imagine the damaged tissues inside your foot or ankle healing themselves from the inside. That’s the premise behind regenerative medicine at Florida Foot and Ankle Associates. By injecting platelet-rich plasma or stem cells into your injury, Pritesh Patel, DPM, helps speed the natural recovery process so you can get back to your favorite sport or activity. Contact the Boca Raton, Florida, practice online or over the phone for a consultation.
Regenerative medicine is the practice of delivering live tissues, such as plasma or stem cells, to damaged tissues to stimulate regeneration and restore function. The process encourages the body’s natural ability to heal itself from within.
In the past, permanently damaged tissues couldn’t be fixed and the best clinical approach was to help a patient manage their symptoms. Regenerative medicine provides a revolutionary new way to treat medical conditions at the root cause, encouraging those damaged tissues to heal, which wasn’t possible before.
Dr. Patel offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapies at Florida Foot and Ankle Associates.
Dr. Patel draws a blood sample from your arm, separates the plasma from the blood cells with a centrifuge, and injects the plasma into the injured area. The plasma contains an increased concentration of growth factors which stimulates the healing process.
Stem cells are cells with unspecified functions that can be “programmed” to perform specialized functions in the body. Dr. Patel injects these cells into your foot where they divide quickly and create the following response:
Regenerative PRP and stem cell therapies address a variety of sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Patel uses the therapies to treat:
Dr. Patel may suggest regenerative medicine if conservative therapies such as bracing, physical therapy, and medication don’t provide relief.
Regenerative medicine gives your body the potential to heal itself and make a full recovery without surgery. Rather than treating symptoms with drugs, restorative medicine heals the injury itself.
PRP and stem cell therapies are also very safe and minimally invasive. Your body is unlikely to suffer side effects or rejection from simple injections using materials from your own body.
Corticosteroid injections, for example, weaken tendons and make them susceptible to rupture. Stem cells and PRP injections don’t carry this same risk and conversely improve the integrity of tissues.
To see if you might be a good candidate for regenerative medicine, contact Dr. Patel online or over the phone for an appointment.