CROM Regenerative Medicine- Denver, Colorado
What is Regenerative Medicine?
CROM uses Regenerative Medicine as a non-invasive, modern approach to treat musculoskeletal conditions. Examples include torn rotator cuff, osteoarthritis, torn meniscus of the knee, elbow lateral epicondylitis, tendonitis/tondonosis, and muscle tears such as of the ACL. Regenerative Medicine uses naturally occurring cells, proteins and growth factors from the human body to heal or “regenerate” these injured tissues. In some cases it acts as catalysts to initiate your own body’s healing process. Regenerative medicine is an attractive option because it doesn’t involve surgery or pharmaceutical agents. CROM’s regenerative medicine procedure is fairly simple. It consists of ultrasound imaging to diagnose your condition, followed by a simple injection, all performed in-office.
The two types of Regenerative Medicine that CROM uses are Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). Stem cell therapy injects tissue that contains stem cells to your injured area. CROM obtains this tissue from 2 sources. The first is an autologous graft from areas in your own body that have active concentrations of stem cells such as the bone marrow. The second source is an alograft of amniotic tissue that contains concentrations of stem cells. This screened and sterilized tissue is obtained from scheduled C-sections, and does not involve embryos. Once in the vicinity of damaged tissues, the stem cells release biological signals that activate your body’s own healing response. A CROM physician will determine which type of stem cell therapy is most appropriate based on your condition.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is obtained from your own body, whereby a volume of your blood is extracted, and then the plasma separated. The plasma contains concentrated platelets, which themselves contain special proteins called growth factors that can heal tissue. This volume of plasma is then reinjected to the site of injury where platelets can begin healing damaged tissues. PRP is particularly useful where it can be introduced to avascular musculoskeletal tissue such as tendons and ligaments, which don’t receive such potent doses of platelets on their own. While Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma both use naturally occurring cells and growth factors from the human body to regenerate tissue, they’re used differently based on your physiological condition and type of injury.
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Why Choose CROM for Regenerative Medicine?
CROM was a pioneer of regenerative medicine in Colorado, beginning with PRP injections nearly a decade ago, and later one of the first practices in the state to perform stem cell therapy. Since that time we’ve helped many people including athletes with sports injuries, and seniors with degenerative conditions. People who desire to remain active without being sidelined by surgery are typical candidates for regenerative medicine, and this embodies the Colorado lifestyle. Scott Primack DO, one of CROM’s founding partners, was one of the first physicians to spearhead using ultrasound for musculoskeletal conditions, and is now a national expert on the procedure. Today CROM uses ultrasound for regenerative medicine to diagnose your injury in real time, and then to guide the needle for precise placement during the injection. CROM’s team is uniquely qualified to perform regenerative medicine because our physicians are board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. This branch of medicine specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries to the muscles, nerves, joints, tendons, and ligaments. They’ve spent their careers treating injuries such as torn meniscus of the knees, torn rotator cuffs, back pain and bulging disks, osteoarthritis, and general athletic and occupational injuries.