Harnessing the Body’s Healing Power
Regenerative medicine is an innovative treatment approach that harnesses your body's own ability to heal damaged tissue. At NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, our physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians are experts in the injection of regenerative treatments to relieve pain and speed the healing of tendon, ligament, muscle, and joint injuries and conditions.
How do Regenerative Therapies Work?
When an injury occurs, a healing process begins to repair damaged tissue. The body signals platelets and other blood components to migrate to the site of injury to initiate and promote healing. Some tissues, however, such as joint cartilage and tendons, have less blood flow and may not heal completely. Regenerative medicine treatments can be injected directly into injured tissue to help accelerate healing. They can also help reduce pain, promote increased strength and overall function, and sometimes eliminate the need for other treatments, such as surgery or prolonged use of medications.
Who may Benefit from Regenerative Therapies?
Our physicians use regenerative medicine to treat a broad range of conditions in adults—from athletes of all levels to those with degenerative joints—as part of a comprehensive care plan tailored to each patient. Regenerative medicine may be considered for people with musculoskeletal injuries or osteoarthritis who are not responding to standard treatments (such as rest, physical therapy, medications, or steroid injections) and in people seeking an alternative to surgery. We have experience using regenerative medicine to treat people with:
- Tendon injuries
- Ligament pain
- Meniscal tears in the knee
- Labral tears in the hip or shoulder
- Muscle tears
Types of Regenerative Therapies
This non-biologic treatment stimulates the healing of tendon and ligament injuries and mild degenerative conditions.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
PRP uses concentrated platelets from your blood that can release growth factors to the area of injury, further stimulating healing of the injured tissue or joint.
Stem cell injections
Bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) involves harvesting bone marrow, which contains mesenchymal stem cells, from the patient. We introduce this concentrated solution into a damaged joint or tissue to promote healing and some regeneration of damaged tissue or cartilage.
Why Choose Us
Regenerative therapies are offered through the comprehensive rehabilitation medicine program at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens. Make an appointment today to learn if regenerative therapy is an option for you.