Regenerative medicine is quickly becoming more popular in orthopedic and sports medicine circles because of its ability to tap your body’s natural healing resources and redirect them to where you need it most. At Geraci Spine and Sports Medicine in Williamsville, New York, Michael C. Geraci Jr., MD helps his patients heal faster with the powerful tools that nature has already provided. To learn more about regenerative medicine, call or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.
Regenerative medicine uses your body’s natural healing resources to help regenerate injured or weakened tissue. The two main types of regenerative medicine are platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and stem cell therapy.
Your blood contains four ingredients: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. Your platelets perform a crucial role in clotting and have hundreds of proteins (growth factors). These proteins have exceptional healing properties. The difficulty has always been isolating and redirecting them.
To do this, Dr. Geraci draws some of your blood and places it in a centrifuge to separate out your platelets. He then mixes the concentrated platelets with your plasma and injects the mixture in the area of your injury or swelling. The growth factors then heal the area, addressing the swelling and helping your cells regenerate.
Your body contains another secret healing weapon: stem cells. These cells are undifferentiated, meaning they don't have a singular purpose. Instead, they can become whatever cell is needed and multiply as that cell indefinitely.
When you were in fetal development, your stem cells were at their strongest, which makes sense given that these cells helped create a human from the ground up. Once you’re born, you still have stem cells in your bone marrow and fatty tissue, but they mostly lie dormant until they’re needed.
With stem cell therapy, Dr. Geraci removes and isolates your stem cells from your bone marrow and injects them into the areas where your body needs it most. These cells then trigger more stem cells to come to the area and, together, they turn into whatever cells are needed to heal and regenerate the area.
Dr. Geraci has had great success using both PRP and stem cell therapy with the following injuries or conditions:
If you’d like to find out more about the incredible power of regenerative medicine, call Geraci Spine and Sports medicine.