REGENERATIVE INJECTION THERAPY

Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT) is a treatment for chronic pain caused by unhealed injuries around cartilage, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons. Treatment involves the injection of a natural solution (some including the patient’s own plasma) into the affected muscle tissue. Injection therapy aims to repair tendons and ligaments by encouraging healing and the formation of new healthy tissue.

When an injury occurs, it sends a signal to the body to begin the healing process. During this process your body removes damaged tissues and replaces them with new, healthy tissue which creates an inflammatory response. Injection therapy aims to replicate this normal tissue healing process by injecting a substance into the tissue that stimulates your body’s natural ability to heal.

TYPES OF REGENERATIVE INJECTION THERAPY:

PROLOTHERAPY
Prolotherapy works by injecting a highly concentrated glucose solution at the tendon and ligament attachment site. The resulting inflammation will naturally stimulate the body to begin the healing process again.

PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) works by injecting a biological concentrate of the patient’s own platelets (called a tissue graft), into the damaged area using ultrasound-guided injection technology. The graft is embedded into the damaged or diseased tissue to stimulate recovery. To grow the tissue graft, blood is drawn similar to a routine blood test. It is placed in a special centrifuge machine which creates a tissue graft of platelets which is rich in growth factors and inflammatory mediators essential for healing wounds. Because the PRP graft contains at least six times the concentration of the patient’s own platelets and growth factors, it helps accelerate tissue repair and regeneration.

BENEFITS OF REGENERATIVE INJECTION THERAPY INCLUDE:

  • An increase in movement and functional ability.
  • Improved muscle strength.
  • Reduced pain levels.
  • Possible alternative to prescription medication or surgical procedures.

Regenerative Injection Therapy is useful at treating repetitive stress injuries that never have sufficient time to heal properly, as well as other injuries that have not healed completely. It also helps repair certain conditions that are commonly treated by surgery.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THERAPY:

During an injection therapy appointment, the Naturopathic Doctor will apply a local anesthetic to the site where the solution is to be injected.  Following therapy, it is normal to feel soreness, some pain and experience inflammation at the injection site. It is recommended to avoid any rigorous activity immediately after the appointment.  Any discomfort typically lasts up to five days.

COMMON CONDITIONS THAT BENEFIT FROM INJECTION THERAPY INCLUDE:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • ACL Injuries
  • Biceps Tendinosis
  • Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome
  • Ligament Injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Sports Injuries
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