Living with a chronic disease or degenerative nerve, joint, and bone conditions is often exhausting and depressing. Pain medications used to mask the pain rarely work to heal the root of the problem. As the population ages, more people find themselves needing treatments that deal with the source of their problem rather than merely managing their pain via medication. Regenerative medicine is a promising and effective option if you live with chronic pain in your knees, back, hips, shoulders, wrists, or other joints.
What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine aims to transform the current model of some medical approaches by treating the root causes of injuries, diseases, and disorders. Whether the tissue or organ has been damaged due to congenital defects, age, disease, or trauma, regenerative medicine works to heal by creating functional, living tissue that can replace or repair the existing damaged tissue. Often, if treated soon enough, this prevents the need for surgery by treating the tissue before the damage progresses further.
The aim of regenerative medicine is to truly heal the tissue rather than mask the pain felt. It is not merely treating symptoms but restoring the body to health. This is done without dangerous surgeries or addictive medications, allowing the patient to heal quickly and return to full activity often within just a couple of weeks.
While there are various regenerative approaches, we focus on four different methods: Ozone, Ozone Clot Matrix, Stem Cells, and Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF). Each of these therapies is proven to enhance the body’s ability to regenerate tissue, leading to a healthier, better quality of life for those suffering from chronic pain related to muscle and joint issues.
Most of us have used the word ozone in relation to the Earth’s atmosphere, but it is less commonly known for its ability to heal and regenerate tissue. Ozone, both in the atmosphere and in regenerative therapy, is the term used to refer to O3, a reactive form of oxygen. When injected, ozone stimulates cellular metabolism, prompting the immune system to begin its healing process. Ozone therapy has many benefits and some of these are decreased inflammation, offering cells oxygen to boost healing of tissue, decreasing the presence of scar tissue, stimulating degenerated and damaged joints to regenerate, and enhancing the immune system.
Ozone Clot Matrix (OCM)
Ozone Clot Matrix therapy combines two forms of therapy: ozone therapy and PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy. Platelet-rich plasma therapy uses the body’s own healing mechanisms to treat joint and muscle conditions through tissue regeneration. It does this by capitalizing on the role of platelets in the body’s natural healing response. Platelets are perhaps most commonly known for their important role in blood clotting. However, they also contain proteins referred to as growth factors. When a person is injured, platelets signal the body and these growth factors begin the process of regeneration and healing. PRP treatment involves the injection of plasma that contains a high concentration of platelets to stimulate the natural regeneration process at the site of injection. Once injected, PRP is typically active for about 24 hours.
Ozone Clot Matrix (OCM) is an augmented form of PRP that utilizes whole blood with activated platelets mixed with ozone gas. This allows for a higher capture rate of platelets as well as oxygen rich red blood cells and stimulated white blood cells that help in cleaning up damaged tissue. This highly concentrated mixture creates a matrix that supports the platelet-rich mixture to stimulate healing at the site of injection for up to two weeks. Because the OCM is active for two weeks rather than 24 hours, the rate of regeneration and the efficacy of the treatment is greatly increased when compared to traditional PRP therapy.