What is Regenerative Medicine?

What is Regenerative Medicine?

Regenerative Medicine is a rapidly evolving new specialty of medicine that employs the use of your body’s own healing cells and tissue to accelerate healing and treatment of pain, injuries, and disease.

Blood products such as platelets and stem cells, are harvested from you, and then injected back into your body to stimulate healing and regeneration of failing tissues.

As a leader in Regenerative Medicine in Southwest Arizona since opening in 2013, Rejuv Medical Southwest has been specializing in providing minimally invasive, non-surgical and cost-effective treatments for common musculoskeletal and orthopedic conditions.

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The Idea – Regenerative Medicine combines advancements in cutting edge technology, combined with your innate healing capacity, to safely, effectively, and sustainably treat many conditions previously requiring much more invasive treatment.

The Focus – To repair damaged tissue by stimulating the body’s own repair mechanisms to heal previously injured tissue unable to heal with other conservative treatments.

The Goal Accelerate your natural healing capacity without subjecting the patient to significant risk or complications from more invasive treatments.

Why is our version of Regenerative Medicine a better and more comprehensive approach?

Regenerative Medicine done well requires a complete treatment plan to rebuild your body and optimize long-term function.

At Rejuv Medical Southwest we utilize a uniquely integrated Functional Medicine model of healthcare to explore the deeper underlying factors inhibiting your body’s ability to heal. By addressing these factors, enhancing your overall health, and then initiating treatment, you will achieve superior results with the Regenerative Medicine procedures performed in our office.

Dr. Jonathan Tait, triple-board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Sports Medicine, will be the quarterback to coordinate your care with the rest of his team of dedicated health care professionals in-house and in the Tucson community.

After your Regenerative Medicine treatment, physical rehabilitation and performance enhancement will be initiated with the best physical therapists, athletic trainers, and personal training strength and conditioning experts in the area.

What is involved in a comprehensive Regenerative Medicine treatment?

Our unique approach at Rejuv Medical Southwest is to construct a comprehensive plan to relieve pain, recover from acute injury, restore function, and rebuild your body stronger and more resilient to prevent recurrent pain or injury.

Regenerative Medicine focuses on non-surgical treatments to quickly relieve pain and promote healing of acute or chronic muscle, bone, joint, ligament or tendon injuries. By enhancing your overall health, and accelerating your body’s innate healing capacity with a Functional Medicine model and Regenerative Medicine treatments, we focus on healing of the underlying problem, not simply masking the symptoms.

From adolescents to older adults the goal is to minimize pain and disability, regain lost function, and incorporate the correct nutritional and fitness maintenance program to enhance your quality of life and maintain it for the rest of your years.

Whether you are a competitive athlete with a recurring condition, a weekend warrior suffering a sudden injury, a fitness enthusiast who has endured chronic pain while continuing to compete, or just feeling your age, our Regenerative Medicine approach can help.

Our Process:

  • Begins with a comprehensive consultation and movement screening
  • Nutritional analysis for injury recovery, decreasing inflammation/pain, and rebuilding of injured tissue
  • Fitness assessment and exercise prescription for the healthy and those with chronic disease
  • Coordination of physical rehabilitation
  • Building life-long strength and cardiovascular conditioning
  • Exercise, healthy lifestyle promotion and weight loss
  • Nutritional support and supplementation
  • Performance counseling
  • Ongoing education and counseling on prevent recurrent injury

Specializing in non-surgical, outcomes-based Regenerative and Functional Medicine, we can treat new or old injuries, nagging aches and pains, muscle, joint or arthritis issues.

At Rejuv Medical Southwest, our philosophy for treatment involves personalized care and attention using state-of-the-art technology to treat patients of all ages and activity levels. Integrated into every treatment plan is a focus on  lifelong fitness, wellness, and education for prevention of illness and injury.

What conditions are successfully treated with Regenerative Medicine?

  • Sports-related Injuries
  • Overuse injuries (tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, tendonosis and stress fractures)
  • Acute injuries (sprains, muscle strains, joint injuries)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Painful joints from rheumatoid arthritis
  • Unstable and loose joints
  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Mid-back pain
  • Concussions
  • Chronic pain and fatigue

Approximately 90% of injuries and persistent pain conditions can be effectively treated without surgical intervention. At Rejuv Medical Southwest we use the latest diagnostic and treatment technology to diagnose the problem and begin targeted treatment quickly.

Other procedures used to relieve pain

Trigger Point Injection Therapy

What is a Trigger Point? A trigger point is an irritable, painful, taut muscle band or palpable knot in a muscle that can cause localized pain or referred pain. Referred pain from trigger points can mimic pinched nerves in the neck or lower back. They can occur from direct muscle injuries, poor posture, repetitive strain or secondarily from spine conditions such as a herniated disc.

Trigger point injections are injections of local anesthetic (numbing) medication, saline and/or corticosteroids (anti-inflammatory medication). The basis for a trigger point injection is to relax the area of an intense muscle spasm. By relaxing the muscle spasm, blood flow to the area is improved, thus allowing the washout of irritating metabolites (the body’s exhaust products). Trigger point injections can be a tool to treat myofascial pain syndromes and fibromyalgia.

Viscosupplementation (Lubricating Joint Injections)

Hyaluronan (also called hyaluronic acid) is a substance in normal joint fluid that lubricates the joint, much like oil lubricates engine components. The knee continuously produces its own hyaluronan. In osteoarthritis, there is a decrease in the amount of hyaluronan in the joint fluid and the hyaluronan molecules break down, becoming less effective at lubricating the joint.

There are several types of replacement hyaluronic acid medications that can be injected into the joint after removing the old fluid. Think of it like an oil change for the joint.

How do they work? The injections are thought to work by helping the knee normalize the hyaluronan in the joint fluid. The injections may also reduce inflammatory cells in the knee and reduce nerve impulses that cause pain. Hyaluronan injections are very safe. The chances of a significant adverse reaction (severe knee swelling, hypersensitivity reaction) are about 3 in 1000. This is much lower than the risk associated with gastrointestinal problems from taking anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen.

Joint and Bursa Injections

Corticosteroids are powerful anti-inflammatory medications that are very effective for decreasing inflammation in the body triggered by acute injuries. By injecting cortisone into a specific area of inflammation pain can be lessened quickly to help facilitate physical rehabilitation and recovery from an injury.

Common conditions where inflammation is an underlying problem may include, but are certainly not limited to, shoulder bursitis, arthritis, trigger finger, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, SI joint dysfunction.

Epidural Injections

This procedure is typically done under fluoroscopic (X-ray) guidance and the medication is directed at irritated nerves often times from lumbar (low back) disc injuries causing back pain and radiating pain into the leg or legs.

Nerve Blocks

A nerve block is an anesthetic or anti-inflammatory injection targeted toward a certain nerve or group of nerves with the intent to treat pain. The purpose of the injection is to “turn off” a pain signal coming from a specific location in the body. The nerve block allows a damaged nerve the time needed to heal itself from a state of constant irritation, or can also allow the nerve and nervous system to “reset” and not cause as much pain.

Ultrasound guidance is commonly used to place a needle in the precise location to safely block the nerve.

Conditions treated include acute or chronic pain might have a nerve block injection to achieve temporary pain relief. For the most part, this pain originates from the spine. However, other areas commonly impacted include the neck, buttocks, legs and arms. Chronic headaches can also be treated with specific nerve block treatments.