Regenerative Injection Therapies
At Natural Medicine of Seattle we offer multiple treatments for musculoskeletal injuries and pain. We focus on the root cause, with therapies that stimulate the body’s own ability to heal.
Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT): Stimulating healing from the inside out
This class of treatment supports the body’s ability to heal the tissues that are at the root of many chronic pain diagnoses. With this therapy, different solutions such as dextrose or platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) can be injected into the joint to relieve pain and kick-start the healing process. RIT is not to be confused with cortisone injections, as RIT aims to heal the tissues, while cortisone only temporarily reduces pain.
Prolotherapy involves injecting dextrose (a natural sugar) into joints or ligaments that are causing pain. The dextrose causes temporary local inflammation (opposite of cortisone injections), which stimulates the tissue to repair itself. The healing response results in improved tissue structure and increased stability of the joint.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
With this therapy, platelets are taken from the patient’s own blood through a simple blood draw, and injected into joints, ligaments, and tendons. These platelets contain cellular growth factors which stimulate a healing response at the injection site.
Which Conditions Can Prolotherapy and PRP Treat?
Below are conditions that may respond favorably to these injection techniques. Because these therapies rely on the healing potential of the patient, you and your doctor may work toward optimizing the benefits of treatment by first working to improve your overall health.
- Sprained ankles
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Labral tears (hips/shoulders)
- Chronic joint pain
- Acute joint injuries
- Knee injuries
An evaluation by your doctor will help decide if you are a good candidate for shockwave and/or RIT, and which method is most likely to help you.
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