The dog days of summer are fast drawing to a close. That means autumn is on the doorstep. It also means that ski season is not far away. In some of the best skiing locations around the country, the snow starts falling by the end of October. If you are a doctor who sees a lot of orthopedic injuries every ski season, you know what’s coming. Now is the time to start preparing for it.
One way you can do that is by taking the steps necessary to start offering stem cell and PRP therapies in your practice. Apex Biologix, a Utah company specializing in centrifuges, PRP kits and stem cell kits, recommends doctors consider training with the Advanced Regenerative Medicine Institute. Training can be completed in just one weekend. After that, doctors can get their equipment and supplies from Apex and start offering stem cell and PRP treatments right away.
Regenerative Medicine for Sports Injuries
It is assumed that most doctors are familiar with the basic principles of stem cell and PRP therapies. But for those who are not, a basic introduction is appropriate. The first thing to know is that both PRP and stem cell therapies are part of a broader form of medicine known as regenerative medicine.
As a concept, regenerative medicine is not about symptom management or artificial repair. It is about encouraging the body to repair itself by providing the necessary stimulation and raw materials. A good way to illustrate this is to discuss PRP injections for sports injuries.
As you already know, human blood is made up of multiple components, including platelets. Platelets are rich in the growth factors critical to healing and repair. PRP injections are intended to facilitate that natural healing and repair. By extracting blood, concentrating the platelets in a specially designed centrifuge, and injecting the resulting material into the site of injury, doctors are utilizing the body’s own natural repair mechanisms to treat the injury.
A Minimally Invasive Procedure
Apex Biologix could proffer a lengthy list of valid reasons to consider offering PRP and stem cell therapies. For example, both therapies are minimally invasive. Doctors use needles to extract and inject material, but that’s about it. The procedure is nothing compared to arthroscopic surgery.
Its minimally invasive nature makes regenerative medicine less risky to patients. The risk of infection is much lower, as is the risk of complications. Moreover, the procedures are done using autologous material. The fact that the patient is donating his or her own blood platelets or stem cells means the risk of rejection is all but non-existent.
Faster Recovery Times
Patients who undergo regenerative medicine procedures tend to recover faster than those requiring surgery or steroid injections. That makes for happier patients in the long run. Indeed, faster recovery times make a good selling point for choosing regenerative medicine over one of the other alternatives.
Does a faster recovery guarantee the patient can get back on the slopes this season? That depends on the extent of his or her injury and when it occurs. Note that patients respond to PRP and stem cell therapies differently. Not every patient reacts the same way or heals at the same rate.
The calendar turning from summer to autumn signifies that ski season is imminent. Doctors, it is time to get ready now for the influx of orthopedic injuries you are going to see over the winter months. Be ready by getting trained now. Then stock your office with the equipment and supplies you will need to provide PRP and stem cell therapies.