Regenerative Medicine at
Advanced Bone & Joint
Regenerative medicine is an exciting new frontier in healthcare, promising patients decreased pain by promoting the body’s own natural healing processes. PRP therapy and stem cell therapy are two popular procedures in the regenerative medicine toolkit that are commonly employed in pain management and sports medicine. These two procedures are sometimes used together and are performed in the office setting.
At Advanced Bone & Joint (formerly St. Peters Bone & Joint Surgery) in St. Charles County, Missouri, our goal with regenerative approaches like PRP therapy and stem cell therapy is to relieve your pain through healing – for long-lasting results. It may even help you avoid the high cost and extended recovery time associated with surgery.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a revolutionary treatment that can relieve pain and promote long-lasting healing of musculoskeletal conditions. With PRP therapy, there is no need for general anesthesia, no hospital or surgery center stay, and no prolonged recovery. In fact, most people return to their jobs or usual activities right after the PRP therapy procedure.
PRP therapy is a brief procedure in the doctor’s office. A sample of your blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the rest of the blood. These platelets contain growth factors, which are important to healing and have an anti-inflammatory affect. The concentrated platelets are then re-injected at the site of injury to stimulate the body’s own natural healing process in the area.
Conditions It Treats:
PRP therapy has been successfully used to treat patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, and hip. It is also showing promising results in patients with a variety of orthopedic injuries such as rotator cuff tears, chronic plantar fasciitis, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, tennis elbow, ankle sprains, tendonitis, and ligament sprains. In some cases, PRP therapy may be used during a surgery to improve a patient’s post-op healing.
STEM CELL THERAPY
Like PRP therapy, stem cell therapy involves re-injecting substances naturally present in the body to stimulate tissue regrowth and healing. In most cases, adult stem cells – which are present in many places throughout the body – are harvested from the patient’s own bone marrow. The cells are concentrated and injected back into the patient at the site of an injury or degeneration.
Stem cells are considered “blank slate” cells because they are undifferentiated and therefore carry with them the potential to transform into many different types of cells, depending on their location. Thus, when injected at the site of a tendon injury, they can become tendon cells that can reproduce and continue to generate additional healthy tendon cells, which can eventually replace the damaged cells in the area. The stem cells also have been shown to promote the body’s own anti-inflammatory and repair mechanisms to help decrease pain.
Conditions It Treats:
Stem cell therapy has successfully helped orthopedic patients with muscle and tendon injuries, rotator cuff tears, cartilage damage caused by osteoarthritis (especially in the hip and knee), and much more.
Brandon D. Larkin, MD
Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained Orthopedic Doctor
- Sports medicine
- Nonsurgical orthopedic treatments
Dr. Brandon Larkin is proud to offer PRP and stem cell therapy to Advanced Bone & Joint patients in St. Peters and O’Fallon, Missouri.
Dr. Larkin received his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in pediatrics at the University of Missouri and his fellowship training in primary care sports medicine at Saint Louis University. A native of St. Peters, Dr. Larkin treats patients of all ages with the highest quality of care. He has been with Advanced Bone & Joint since 2007.
Regenerative medicine procedures such as PRP therapy and stem cell therapy may be the alternative to surgery you’ve been hoping for. Call (636) 229-4222 to schedule your visit with orthopedic physician Dr. Brandon Larkin at Advanced Bone & Joint to discuss your treatment options and whether regenerative medicine is right for you.
ST. PETERS OFFICE
112 Piper Hill Drive, Suite 9
St. Peters, MO 63376
Phone: (636) 229-4222
4701 State Highway K
O’Fallon, MO 63368
Phone: (636) 229-4222