Regenerative Medicine Specialist
Regenerative medicine has many implications across many medical fields, and treating musculoskeletal pain is currently one of its most popular applications. At Howard County Foot & Ankle in Columbia, Maryland, Dr. Christina Bui, and her team often recommend regenerative options like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to promote healing in the foot and ankle. To set up a consultation and find out if you’re a candidate for regenerative medicine, call Howard County Foot and Ankle for an appointment or book online today.
Regenerative Medicine Q & A
What is regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine is a treatment approach that promotes the growth and repair of your own tissue. While your body can repair itself in many ways with natural healing, regenerative treatments can accelerate or enhance the process.
Regenerative treatments available at Howard County Foot & Ankle do not rely on pharmaceuticals or chemicals. Instead, they use cell components from your own body that play vital roles in the healing process.
Your regenerative treatment might speed up the healing process that is already happening or induce one that is on pause or hasn’t started yet. In many cases, the team recommends combining regenerative approaches with other treatments, like physical therapy or orthotic inserts, for ideal outcomes.
What should I expect while undergoing treatment with regenerative medicine?
Howard County Foot & Ankle offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections as their primary regenerative medicine option. They create the PRP using your blood – a safe procedure because it comes from your own body. They place the sample in a centrifuge to remove red and white blood cells.
Once they have a sample that contains only plasma (the yellow liquid base of your blood) and platelets (irregularly shaped cells that help with clotting), the team prepares it for injection. Growth factors, which signal proteins and stimulate cell regeneration, are plentiful in PRP.
Which conditions can benefit from regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine can help with the healing of the most prominent and problematic conditions in podiatry. The team at Howard County Foot & Ankle extensively examines the damage within your foot or ankle to decide if PRP will help your treatment plan. They might recommend PRP injections to treat:
Degenerative conditions like arthritis in the ankle, especially in their early stages, can see some improvement with PRP injections at Howard County Foot & Ankle. The team examines the extent of damage before recommending a treatment plan, including PRP injections and follow-up visits.
Acute or overuse tissue injuries
Like Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, some acute or overuse tissue injuries respond very well to PRP injections. Usually, regenerative treatments require just one round of injections plus follow-up appointments and complementary care, like walking boots or physical therapy.
If you’d like to learn more about regenerative medicine and how it can improve your podiatric condition, call Howard County Foot & Ankle for an appointment or book online today.