A Simple Approach to Avoid Opioids and Surgery
If you live with chronic pain from arthritis, or a past injury, you understand the limitations and restrictions that are placed on your life because of it. With advances in modern medicine, there are now better and more comprehensive options available for comprehensive treatment of the root cause of this pain. Dr. Tait saw the promising effects of what stem cells and other regenerative medicine treatments could offer patients to promote healing and repair, and changed his practice model more than 5 years ago to focus exclusively on these treatments. Dr. Tait was one of the first physicians in Arizona to perform in-office stem cell treatments for non-surgical treatment of Orthopedic conditions. Rejuv Medical Southwest is the only dedicated Regenerative Medicine clinic in Tucson offering the most advanced regenerative treatments including stem cell therapy, Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and Prolotherapy.
Regenerative Medicine is a revolutionary and rapidly evolving sub-specialty of Non-Surgical Orthopedic Medicine that has been pioneered by our Tucson Regenerative Medicine Clinic.
Rather than cutting out and replacing damaged joints with artificial joints, we use procedures that deploy your body’s natural healing cells (including stem cells and platelets) to:
- Halt chronic pain and inflammation
- Heal non-healing injuries
- Slow down or reverse the pain and limited function associated with arthritis
- Rebuild and regenerate injured tissues
Regenerative Medicine treatments allow you to lessen pain and regain mobility quickly and effectively without invasive surgery. Successful treatments often eliminate the need for chronic NSAIDs, opioids, and other potentially addictive pharmaceuticals that only “treat” the symptoms of the problem.
Even if you think you have exhausted all your options, tried physical therapy, or other injections therapies, such as cortisone, but have not seen the results, Regenerative Medicine treatments like PRP, Prolotherapy and Stem Cell therapy at Tucson based Rejuv Medical Clinic may be exactly the right thing for you!
If you have been told you need surgery, it is not too late. There is a good possibility that you could avoid such surgical procedures with a more comprehensive approach to your pain.
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Though these procedures cannot guarantee results for all, the amount of research backing the effectiveness of these treatments continues to expand. Only to confirm what many leading experts have seen in their practices over the past decade when practicing regenerative treatments.
This is the future of Non-Surgical Orthopedic Medicine.
What if you could drop the pain, but keep your knee or hip?
Our unique process focuses first on what many Regenerative Medicine clinics do not – the preparatory work to get your body back into a healing regenerative state. Once your body has been primed to heal, Regenerative treatments can be the powerful nudge needed to treat the root cause of pain and inflammation while restoring health to your joints.
Regenerative treatments have been shown to be effective treatments options for patients who:
- are restricted from performing common tasks due to stiff joints and pain
- suffer from chronic pain on a daily basis
- are trying to return to a sport quickly following an acute injury
- have recent or past acute injuries and are looking to speed up recovery
- have failed to get results from other treatment options offered
- are exploring other options than surgery
- want to move better and feel better
Regenerative treatments target the components of a joint, such as cartilage, ligaments and tendons that are damaged or otherwise weakened injury or aging, promoting healing and repair. This stimulation of your body’s healing mechanism helps to restore strength and integrity to the damaged area.
This is much different than treating the symptoms of the underlying problem, or inflammation, with various medications.
To have maximum results with treatment you must live a “Regenerative lifestyle” with a personal focus on nutrition, stress management, movement and exercise, and continued optimization of your body’s systems through Functional Medicine.
Inflammation (and inability to heal) can be triggered and/or maintained by many contributing factors including:
- Sub-optimal diet
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Food/environmental allergies or sensitivities
- Gut/microbiome dysfunction or infections
- Persistent stressful environment
- Improper movement patterns
- Imbalance of hormones
If the underlying causes are explored and effectively treated first, then the success rate with treatment increases dramatically. In some cases, Regenerative treatments may not even be needed once the inflammation is controlled by correcting/optimizing nutrition and other lifestyle tweaks.
Not everyone is a candidate for Regenerative Medicine. As mentioned above, the success of Regenerative treatments in our opinion will be determined by the patient. Those who put some consistent effort into health habits to restore their health will often see amazing results with these treatments. Those who put little effort into living a healthier lifestyle unfortunately see little effect, or little lasting effect, with these treatments – almost guaranteeing a joint or spine surgery in their future.
At Rejuv Medical we believe that you can and should heal with the proper treatment.
With more and more practices jumping on the Regenerative Medicine band-wagon each day, we see that most of these clinics fail to investigate the potential reasons why your body cannot heal, or why it remains inflamed.
Functional Medicine is a comprehensive deep dive on exploring the inner-working systems of your body to optimize health, not simply mask the symptoms of a disease process. It is the foundation upon which we build your treatment program – focusing on recreating and restoring health rather than managing disease or symptoms of the disease.
LIVE. HEALTHY. SIMPLY.
Regenerative Treatments Available at Rejuv Medical Southwest
Every patient is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to our treatments. You are unique and no two shoulders or knees are identical in their presentation. Each case is investigated at depth to determine the right treatment plan for you.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy is the most powerful non-surgical treatment available to repair and regenerate tissue. Rejuv Medical’s Tucson stem cell therapy treatment begins with harvesting your body’s own stem cells from your bone marrow during an in-office same-day procedure, and then re-injecting the cells into the region of damage. These cells have the unique ability to differentiate, meaning that they can convert into new healthy cells to replace the damaged tissue.
They also have a dual action to shut down pain and inflammation by releasing various growth factors that neutralize the inflammatory environment in or around the region being treated. This is why some patients experience noticeable improvement in pain and other symptoms during the first couple of weeks following treatment.
Other physicians may be using stem cells harvested from adipose (fat) tissue, but the results have not been as effective as bone marrow stem unless they are activated with additional growth factors.
Regenerative Stem Cell Success Stories
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatments
Platelets are regenerative “orchestrator cells” containing a rich supply of PRP growth factors that sequence healing by recruiting the appropriate cells (including stem cells) into the area of damage.
The high concentration of platelets found in PRP contain huge reservoirs of bioactive proteins, including growth factors that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. Similar, but not quite as powerful as stem cells, PRP can release bioactive proteins and growth factors that can initiate healing of various type of tissue including bone, tendon and ligament. Our clinic in Tucson’s PRP treatments can promote development of new blood vessels and also stimulate wound healing by promoting new collagen formation.
Platelets are taken from you through a simple blood draw from your arm, similarly to what you have experienced when having blood drawn for labs at your annual visit.
Regenerative Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Success Stories
Furthermore, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are used for the repair of chronic degenerative joints, ligaments and tendon injuries. This new technology is changing the way doctors and sports physicians treat injury, pain and aging. Conditions treated include: chronic overuse injuries to the ankles, knee and shoulders; arthritic joints; chronic back and spine arthritis and pain; degenerative disc disease. More specific injuries include; tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee ligament tears, shin splints, partial thickness rotator cuff tears, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and IT band syndrome can be effectively treated with PRP. PRP is blood plasma with concentrated platelets.
Prolotherapy, or ligament reconstructive therapy, has been around since the 1950s. It is a safe, non-surgical treatment for chronic pain, injury and arthritis.
Rather than using cells from your body, Prolotherapy at our Tucson regenerative medicine clinic involves injecting a solution of medications (usually an anesthetic and a dextrose, or sugar-based solution) into the damaged joint, ligament or tendon. This stimulates some local inflammation, or a micro-injury, that wakes up your immune (healing) system. By inducing a small injury with the needle and injecting the irritant substance, this sounds the alarm and is interpreted by your body as a new injury. The body then floods the area with platelets and other natural growth factors to stimulate the healing cascade of events that would normally occur with an injury.
Regenerative Prolotherapy Success Stories
Arizona Industry Leaders in Regenerative Medicine
Dr. Tait continues to pioneer the field of Regenerative Medicine from his practice in Tucson, and further his training in the latest available treatments through strategic affiliations with world-renowned Regenerative Medicine physicians.
Rejuv Medical is an industry leader in Regenerative Medicine.
Regenerative Medicine: This is all we do.
We have won awards from our peers for our innovative leading-edge treatments. You too can experience Rejuv Medical’s award-winning care, as shown in the following video.
Dr. Tait is a wonderful doctor. I worked with him for a year regarding some issues that had plagued me since I was a young child. When I saw him, I was no longer able to walk more than 5 or so steps and was at my wit's end at age 48. He encouraged me to try a Physical Therapist who immediately saw something that was not noticed by the other PT's I'd worked with - and she put me on the path to recovery. Dr. Tait and I kept working together - he helped me change my diet, which had a multitude of benefits for my health. After a year of working together, I had some great improvements, but still some underlying issues that had to eventually be taken care of with minor surgery. Dr. Tait referred me to an amazing surgeon - and a successful surgery. However, had I not made the initial changes to improve my health and physical body, the surgery would have not been as successful. Dr. Tait's kindness, patience and ability to listen and ask questions outside the box made all the difference in my quality of life. I will forever be grateful for that. As well, his staff is top notch. Always helpful and smiling. Always encouraging even when I was at my lowest.
Dr Tait listens carefully & explains the condition, treatment options, and follow up process thoroughly. He & his staff are very pleasant & professional
I just had stem cell therapy on Monday on both knees. I’m 71. Dr. Trait explained all through process. First night was stiff. After that, much improved. No pain sleeping or waking up. I’m on no pain medication after 2 days. I plan to resume swimming on Friday. Am very positive and excited. Showering helped a lot! He put me on a good supplement regime. Give him a visit. Don’t wait. It gets worse. Back to pickle ball soon.
Dr. Tait and his staff are great to work with. The staff are friendly and quick to respond. Dr. Tait takes time to listen and has given me great information to be my best. I am looking forward to 2021 with Rejuv!
Very professional staff and service! Dr Tait diagnosed my issues and went through our initial plan of treatment in detail and walked me through what the process will look like and what may change depending on circumstances (such as my MRI results). I am very pleased with the service I received and look forward to working with Dr Tait throughout my recovery.
I made my first appointment with Dr. Tait in early 2019 after learning that he provides individualized medical guidance as to what supplements and foods help his patients achieve optimal health. I've spent my adult life following a healthy, physically active lifestyle, including taking supplements, based on longevity research. Frustratingly, over the past 40+ years alternative medicine doctors, nutritionists and exercise gurus frequently changed their advice, while my primary care doctor/s gave none and were annoyed that I refused to take prescription medicine. Learning that Dr. Tait relies on blood and other tests to determine patients' individual health needs, i.e. what supplements/life style changes they would benefit from, was an answer to my prayers. The first series of tests showed what nutrients my body lacked, as well as revealing I suffered from a leaky gut. One year later, after using Rejuv's supplements and making minor food changes, a second round of tests showed many areas of improved body functioning. I am thankful for the scientific, personalized approach offered by Dr. Tait, it is a game changer and I have never felt better.