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New Biologic Treatments at St. Charles Heal Muscles Faster

October 10, 2016

St. Charles is proud to offer cutting edge treatments from an exciting new area of medicine, regenerative medicine. These therapeutic treatments have the potential to fully heal damaged muscles, bones and connective tissues at the cellular level, offering new solutions and hope for those whose physical performance or normal daily activities are limited.

Specific treatments include Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)and concentrated Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cells (BMAC or MSC’s). Common areas treated include elbow, ankle and knee ligament tears, hip injuries, tennis elbow, rotator cuff tears, Achilles tendonitis, hamstring and other muscle tears, joint injuries, arthritis and more.

“I use the regenerative cells found in blood, bone marrow or adipose tissues at appropriate times after an injury to actually reverse scarring and jump start tissues’ regenerative capabilities,” explained Luga Podesta, MD, director, Sports Medicine, St. Charles. “Tissue healing responses may be different depending on the tissue treated and whether or not the injury is the result of a single incident, like a sudden muscle or ligament tear, or a reoccurring condition, such as tendonitis.”

After a sudden impact or fall, the body responds with an instantaneous and intense inflammatory response at the injury site, stimulating the injured tissue to begin the healing process. Every tissue in the body has the ability to regenerate itself. However, the regeneration process is overshadowed by an evolutionary selected “quick-fix” known as scarring. Scar tissue is abnormal tissue and is susceptible to re-injury.

Regenerative therapies like PRP, BMAC or MSC’s have been used to treat a variety of injuries in professional, collegiate, high school and recreational athletes, nonathletes, musicians and performing artists. Professional athletes who have used biologic or regenerative therapies include Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Takashi Saito and Pittsburgh Steelers football player Hines Ward.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments have become an accepted first line therapy for baseball players who have injured a specific elbow ligament by throwing. Such injuries typically require a reconstruction surgery known as a Tommy John procedure, followed by an average of 14 to 18 months of rehabilitation before returning to play.

PRP treatments are an alternative to surgery and can be given in a physician’s office. The expected recovery period is shortened to 12 to 14 weeks compared to a much lengthier post surgical recovery.

For more information about biological treatments at St. Charles Hospital, please call (631) 474-6797.