Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative injection therapy for tendons, ligaments, muscles and spine conditions.

About Regenerative Injection Therapies (RIT). 

Regenerative injections broadly deals with the use of biologic materials to enhance the body's own repair mechanisms to help heal previously non-reparable tissues.  The goal of these non-surgical procedures is to help heal the source of pain, not to simply mask it.  The exact mechanism is evolving, but science points toward enhancing and stimulating healing and stabilizing factors of the local tissues.

Regenerative injection treatments offer a viable alternative for individuals considering elective orthopedic surgery or joint replacement due to arthritis or injury.  Patients experience very little down time and they typically avoid the long, painful rehabilitation periods that can follow surgery.  Since 2014, Regenerative Spine & Musculoskeletal Medicine has provided state of the art regenerative cellular therapies to help patients find relief from pain without invasive surgeries.

The Procedures:

Prolotherapy:

This treatment involves injecting a “proliferant” (usually dextrose) into weakened or injured joints, ligaments, or tendons. With a precise injection of a mild irritant solution directly on the site of injury, prolotherapy creates a mild, controlled inflammation that stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanism to lay down new tissue on the weakened area. Additional treatments repeat the process, allowing a gradual build-up of tissue to help restore strength to the area and relieve pain. Injection sessions are done 3-6 weeks apart, and usually a series of 3 injection sessions is done and then the response is assessed. The average number of treatment sessions is between 3 and 6.

Perineural Injections:

Peri-neural injections involves injecting diluted dextrose solutions superficially along the pathway of chronically inflamed nerves. They can be used for any part of the body where nerve pain exists. After the first treatment, pain relief may initially last for a period of four hours to four days. Repeated treatments (usually 6-8 sessions) are necessary, given every 1-3 weeks.

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP):

During PRP therapy, a small vial of your own blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from other blood components. This highly concentrated platelet-rich layer contains growth factors and a variety of cells. Growth factors stimulate local cells for tissue repair and remodeling. Your PRP is injected into and around the area of injury. Several injections may be done at the injured site at one time to fully treat the area. Many times only one injection is needed. If there is an incomplete response to treatment additional injections may be advised.

Cell Therapy:

Stem cells(MSCs) are readily available and can be harvested from your bone marrow through a needle. Once injected into an area of injury, MSCs secrete bioactive molecules to modulate repair and offer the potential to regenerate injured cartilage, ligament, tendons, or muscle. MSCs can be thought of as the manager of your body’s innate healing potential. Many times only one injection is needed. If there is an incomplete response to treatment additional injections may be advised.

Lipoaspirate (Fat) Graft:

Lipo aspirate therapy is a gentle process that uses your body's own fat tissue to cushion and support areas of injury or damage as your body heals itself. The fat is taken from the stomach, flank or thigh areas using a local anesthetic. It is especially effective for areas where there are soft tissue defects such as tears or arthritis. This type of injection is used in collaboration with PRP or bone marrow aspirate cell injections, which deliver growth factors to the injured area.

Alpha 2 Macroglobulin (A2M):

 A2M is a naturally occurring molecule found in your blood that acts as a powerful protector against cartilage breakdown and progression of arthritis. A small vial of your own blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge to separate the blood components, then is injected. A2M attaches to and removes the destructive enzymes that damage cartilage cells in the joint. The A2M is soothing to the joint and acts like a natural anti-inflammatory.

What parts of the body can benefit from regenerative treatments?

Spinal Injections:

Spinal procedures can be performed with dextrose, platelet/growth factors, or cellular therapy for those who wish to avoid the effects of steroids.  Epidural nerve blocks, spine ligaments, facet joint, sacroiliac joint and intervertebral disc injections with platelets/growth factors may be performed. The injection is performed in the same manner as conventional spine injections with the use of x-ray guidance to ensure accurate placement of the treatment.

Joint, tendon, ligament, muscle Injections:

Musculoskeletal injections can be performed with dextrose, platelet/growth factors, or cellular therapy for those who wish to avoid the effects of steroids.  Whenever appropriate the injection is performed with the use of x-ray or ultrasound guidance along with full safety and sterile precautions.

What conditions can benefit from regenerative injections?

  • Arthritis
  • Sport injuries
  • Tendon injuries/tears
  • Tennis/golfers elbow
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Patellar tendon
  • Meniscus tears
  • Achilles tendon
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Ligament injuries/sprains
  • Labral tears (shoulder/hip)
  • Joint pain/arthritis
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Spinal disc disease

 

Will insurance cover my Regenerative Injection?

Insurance companies will not pay for the cost of the Regenerative treatment.  The cost of your injection can be discussed after your visit once you and the provider have decided on the most appropriate treatment option for you.

 

What sets Regenerative Spine & Musculoskeletal Medicine apart from others?

  • Use of image guidance with x-ray or ultrasound to ensure precise needle placement optimizing results.
  • Fellowship training in spine and orthopedic medicine.
  • Integration of cutting edge research and holistic medicine.
  • Personalized care in a small office setting.

As the popularity of RIT grows, other medical professionals are beginning to perform these procedures, with great variation in training and background.  Renée S. Melfi, M.D. is a physician specializing in non-surgical spine, orthopedic and musculoskeletal performance and function.  With three national board certifications and Fellowship training in interventional spine and musculoskeletal medicine, Dr. Melfi has been performing spine and orthopedic injections since 2002. Dr. Melfi is also certified in Integrative Medicine and Acupuncture, and offers suggestions to enhance your results with recommendations for proper nutrition and supplements.

Your procedure at Regenerative Spine & Musculoskeletal Medicine is carefully chosen based on review of the latest evidence based medicine.  Image guidance with x-ray or ultrasound is used, when appropriate, to confirm accurate placement of cellular therapy to optimize your results.

Call today for your appointment and a premier experience in Regenerative Injection therapy in Central New York 315-701-4000.