Regenerative Medicine Specialist

Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Colorado Springs, CO

Tissue damage makes it difficult for your body to recover and regain normal function after an injury. At the Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado in Colorado Springs, Colorado, board-certified podiatrists Matthew Hinderland, DPM, Jordan Cameron, DPM, Trevor Whiting, DPM, and Joseph Fleck, DPM, use regenerative medicine to relieve pain and help patients regain normal function. To find out if regenerative medicine is right for you, call one of the offices or book an appointment online today.

Regenerative Medicine Q & A

What is regenerative medicine?

Regenerative medicine consists of several nonsurgical treatments that utilize your body’s natural ability to heal itself and repair damaged tissue. 

Regenerative therapies support your body’s natural healing process allowing you to repair damaged tissue, restore normal function, and relieve pain. 

Regenerative medicine can treat many muscle, tendon, ligament, and joint-related conditions like:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sports injuries 

You can easily experience tissue damage as a result of overuse or overtraining. Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado uses regenerative medicine to help you regain normal function and avoid the need for surgical treatment. 

The practice also pairs regenerative therapies with surgery to ensure patients achieve a successful recovery. 

If you experience an injury or condition that causes tissue damage, Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado offers several safe and effective regenerative treatments including stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP). 

What is stem cell therapy?

Stem cells are cells that haven’t yet been given a specific function in your body. Stem cells are found naturally in many organs and tissues including your brain, bone marrow, and fat. Stem cells are also found in your blood. 

When applied to areas affected by injury or disease, stem cells have the ability to turn into different types of cells like cartilage cells or tendon cells. Research suggests stem cells not only relieve pain but allow you to restore your health and performance.   

What is PRP?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) uses the healing properties found in your blood’s platelets to help you heal and repair damaged tissue. Platelets contain certain growth factors and proteins essential to healing. 

Research shows when applied to damaged tissue, PRP facilitates healing and regeneration of new, healthy tissue. PRP is harvested from your own blood making it a safe and low-risk treatment. 

To perform the procedure, your doctor takes a sample of your blood and puts it through a centrifuge. The centrifuge rapidly spins your blood separating the platelets and plasma from the other parts of your blood. Your doctor then harvests the concentrated platelet-rich plasma and applies it to your affected tissue. 

Repairing your tissue damage is the best way to restore your health and performance. To speak with a specialist about regenerative medicine, call one of the offices or book an appointment online.