Understanding Regenerative Medicine: A Game-Changer in Repairing Torn Tendon and Ligaments

At Optimum Healthcare, we’re passionate about relieving your pain, restoring your health and mobility, and getting you back in the game quickly — whether you’re a dedicated athlete or a busy parent with an energetic family to manage. When treating tendon or ligament tears, we often recommend cutting-edge regenerative medicine techniques to help accomplish those goals.  

Tendons, ligaments, and your joints

Tendons and ligaments are tough, fibrous bands of connective tissue that serve vital roles in your body’s ability to function. Tendons attach muscle to bone and make it possible for you to bend your knees, rotate your shoulders, and otherwise move the joints you rely on throughout the day.

Ligaments attach bone to bone and help keep your joints aligned and stable as they move. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), for instance, is one of the two ligaments behind the kneecap that attach your thigh bone to your shinbone. The ACL keeps your shinbone from moving too far forward when you engage your knee joint.   

Tendon and ligament tears, commonly called sprains, occur when these fibrous structures are stretched beyond their normal capacity. This causes the affected tissue to loosen and weaken, often resulting in significant pain.   

Even a mild sprain can sideline you for weeks as the damaged tissue heals. It can take six months to a year or longer to recover from a moderate to severe sprain. At Optimum Healthcare, we apply regenerative medicine techniques to enhance and speed up your body’s natural ability to repair the damaged area.

Understanding the basics of regenerative medicine

Regenerative medicine is a broad term that includes everything from cutting-edge research focused on growing fully functional replacement organs to clinically proven treatments designed to enhance your body’s own ability to repair and rebuild tissue. It’s the latter concept that interests us here at Optimum Healthcare.

As physical medicine specialists, we focus on treating the underlying condition as well as the symptoms you’re experiencing. In the case of tendon and ligament sprains, for instance, the symptoms are pain and joint instability. The underlying condition is the damaged tissue at the injury site.

Your body has an amazing ability to create new connective tissue — the type found in ligaments and tendons — when necessary. We provide regenerative medicine techniques, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, to assist this natural healing process, relieve your symptoms, and get you moving normally again.  

How PRP therapy works

Platelets are a natural component of your blood that release growth factors and other substances that regulate cell division, stimulate tissue regeneration, and promote healing. Platelets also help your blood to clot. Plasma is the liquid component of your blood that’s made up of mostly water but also contains proteins, growth factors, nutrients, glucose, and antibodies.

For PRP therapy, we take a small amount of your blood and spin it in a machine called a centrifuge until the platelets and plasma separate from other blood components. We then inject the platelet-rich, therapeutic mixture into the injured area.

This highly concentrated dose of platelets helps stimulate your body’s healing process, including collagen production. Collagen is the major component of ligament and tendon tissue.

At Optimum Healthcare, we combine PRP with traditional treatment strategies such as rest and rehab to decrease your pain and boost your body’s ability to heal after a tendon or ligament injury. Schedule your appointment today for an evaluation and further discussion regarding regenerative medicine and what it can do for you.

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