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The experts at Seattleā€™s own CurPoint Orthopedic specialize in regenerative medicine.

Do you suffer from chronic pain? What you need to know about regenerative medicine

Nearly 1,000,000 hip and knee replacement operations are performed every year. While most of these surgeries are obviously very valuable, not everybody is a candidate for surgery or has a desire to hop on the operating table. That's where non-operative, cell-based therapy (also known as regenerative medicine) can help.

The experts at Seattle's own CurPoint Orthopedic specialize in regenerative medicine and helping patients recover through the power of their own stem cells. Sounds cool and super futuristic, right? But how the heck does it work?

This cell-based therapy is completed by transplanting cells from a healthy part of the body and using them to heal damaged tissue and/or cells in another part of the body. By using your own stem cells, CurPoint's approach empowers your body to heal itself—through orthopedic non-operative treatment that repairs, restores, or replaces damaged cells to alleviate your discomfort. There is never an introduction of foreign materials into your body from outside cell banks or from elsewhere. There is nothing for your body to possibly reject; these are your cells.

CurPoint believes that regenerative, cell-based medicine holds great potential for early-intervention treatments to cure or mitigate the effects of degenerative diseases and traumatic injury. Dr. Patrick Bays, D.O., a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with CurPoint, says CurPoint utilizes two main types of cell-based treatment:

1. Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate. Using image intensification or ultrasonic guidance, Dr. Bays will take cells from the patient's own bone marrow by introducing a needle into the posterior aspect of the pelvis to withdraw cells. Then, those cells are spun through a centrifuge in a process called centrifugation, so that they are highly concentrated. Once that part is complete, Dr. Bays takes these stem cells and reintroduces them into a symptomatic body part; like a knee with degenerative arthritis, a rotator cuff tear, or a ligament tear. Immediately following the injection, the healthy cells trigger the body's healing response in the body part that's hurt.

2. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). Stem cells can be found throughout the human body: their sole purpose is to constantly move throughout the body and find places where an injury has occurred and to regulate and lead the healing process. So, with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, Dr. Bays uses injections of a person's own platelets to help accelerate the healing of the patient's injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, or joints. He draws blood from the patient, and then concentrates the platelets in a centrifuge. Using the best portion of the platelets, Dr. Bays will inject them into a part of the body that's not healing properly, like a strain or sprain, or an arthritic knee or tennis elbow. This process helps patients form new blood vessels, but it also allows you to bring in and recruit other healing elements, like the endogenous or resident stem cells that start to do their thing and get things to heal properly.

Cell-based medicine gives a patient who's not ready for a total joint replacement time to improve their condition and mitigate the pain they're experiencing, so they can either avoid surgery or push it off to a time that works better for their schedule. Call the experts at CurPoint Orthopedic today and see if you're a candidate for one of these innovative procedures!

Let the experts at CurPoint Orthopedic resolve your chronic pain with regenerative medicine. Learn more by calling 206-309-8206 or visit