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Chronic Partial Tendon Tear
Tendons are the soft connective tissues that link the joints. Sudden, intense wrenching movements can cause tears, often referred to as “blowing out” the joint. Chronic partial tendon tears can also develop from an insufficiently healed injury or a small tear that progressively worsens over time. The pain and limited mobility that occur with such a condition can make it difficult or even impossible to get around on a daily basis. Even orthopedic surgery may not adequately heal a tear.
Repairing a Partial Tendon Tear with Cell-Based Therapy
The Institute of Regenerative Medicine has developed innovative therapeutic approaches utilizing cell-based therapy to help patients with a range of orthopedic conditions.
All cells within the human body are specialized—brain cells operate differently than blood cells, for example. However, before they become specialized, all cells are stem cells – the building blocks of the human body. Stem cells are present in some areas of the human body all the time and can be withdrawn and programmed to become the type of cells needed for regenerative therapy.
The Institute of Regenerative Medicine has pioneered the use of repair cells for regenerative medicine. Bone marrow and fat can be harvested, separated, and isolated for particular cells that can then be used to effectively treat tendon pain and other joint injuries. Joints and tendons are generally incapable of totally healing themselves; however, applying harvested cells through injection or arthroscopic surgery can help patients avoid having to undergo more intensive surgical procedures.
Please note that while the above conditions represent most of those that which can be treated using either PRP injections or PRP injection in conjunction with cell injections, the specific method of treatment will be based on your age and health at the time of treatment, the severity of your condition and other factors. Learn if you are eligible for cell-based therapy.