Here at Well Life Family Medicine we strive to remain at the cutting-edge of medical innovation. Using the very latest in scientific breakthroughs, Well Life Family Medicine is now offering revolutionary therapies that are designed to harness the healing power of your own tissues!
Science is showing that your body’s own stem cells, the special cells in our body that generate all of our tissues, have the miraculous power to heal and restore the balance of your body’s tissues.
If you have pain it can destroy your ability to live a normal life.
Here at Well Life Family Medicine, we don’t just provide quick-fix solutions. We pride ourselves on providing the most comprehensive, cutting-edge solutions.
Regenerative, cell-based therapies will allow you to harness the power of your own tissues to promote healing from a variety of conditions.
Regenerative Medicine is the term used to describe medical treatments that use your body’s own growth factors and stem cells to accelerate and repair damaged tissue.
There are 3 types of regenerative therapies offered at Well Life Family Medicine:
Keep reading to learn which is right for you!
Platelet-Rich Plasma or PRP is a concentrated form of specialized growth factors and fluid that is extracted from a sample of your very own blood.
We draw anywhere from 60-240 cc of your own blood and spun around in a machine called a centrifuge that separates the blood out into its components and allows us to isolate the plasma and growth factors that are then concentrated to form your PRP solution.
The effectiveness of PRP is largely dependent on the quantity of platelets obtained in this process. The type of centrifuge and kit that we use at Well Life is able to concentrate platelets by 5-7 times their baseline which is enough to stimulate the production of new blood vessels and connective tissue in the area treated.
The other variables that can change the effectiveness of PRP are the levels of white and red blood cells found in the PRP. In general, Red Blood cells are inflammatory and do not contribute any regenerative effects. These are minimized in our processing of the PRP by utilizing a two spin technique, that first removes the Red Blood Cells and then concentrates the platelets. In the end we are left with a Pure Prp that is ideal for both musculoskeletal and aesthetic indications.
Ozone gas may also be added to provide rapid oxygen to your body to aid the healing process.
At the microscopic level, PRP stimulates the production of new blood vessels and connective tissue.
Your very own PRP solution is prepared and injected into the affected area. Well Life Family Medicine uses high precision ultrasounds to accurately place the PRP exactly where you need it most. Determining the desired location involves a clinical exam and diagnostic ultrasound prior to the treatment. This is where the skill of the practitioner can make the difference between an effective treatment and one that may be ineffective or not address the underlying cause and be likely to recur. As an Osteopath and Prolotherapist, Dr. Ehle looks at the musculoskeletal system with an extra layer of attention to the effect of soft tissue strain patterns, hidden tendon weaknesses mediating distant bio-mechanical problems, and
ligamentous laxity predisposing to tendon and joint pathology. Proper bio-mechanical alignment is assessed in order to address the abnormal forces that caused the pathology in the first place.
You should have PRP for any of the following:
Have a condition that you think might benefit from stem-cell treatment? Make sure to ask Dr. Ehle at your next appointment!
Prolotherapy, short for “Proliferative Therapy,” is an experimental treatment designed to treat problems related to tendons and ligaments, the connective tissue rubber bands that hold our joints together.
A dextrose or sugar-based solution is injected into the affected tendon or ligament, which sparks the body’s own inflammatory healing cascade that results in tightening and healing of the tendon and ligaments by activating fibroblasts, the cells that produce the collagen that makes up our tendons and ligaments.
Dr. Ehle is an expert in Prolotherapy and has worked with:
Over many years, Dr. Ehle has witnessed the incredible power of prolotherapy and today, teaches the techniques to clinicians around the world.
Prolotherapy treats the following conditions:
If you have tried other therapies without any results, Prolotherapy might be a good option for you.
Studies have shown that the dextrose injections do not effect blood sugar and are not a risk for patients with diabetes.
You will experience some increased pain in and around the injection site for a few days after treatment. You may relieve this using ice or Tylenol.
You should be able to drive yourself home after a treatment, but a driver is always a good idea.
Please avoid using anti-inflammatory pain medications (NSAIDS) like ibuprofen, naproxen, or Advil following the injection.
Results will vary depending on your lifestyle, diet, and severity of the injury. The average number of treatments is usually 3-10.
You may visit www.getprolo.com or www.doctorreves.com for more information.
Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate, or BMAC, is a regenerative therapy procedure that starts healing for various orthopedic conditions, like injuries to cartilage or osteoarthritis. BMAC uses your own bone marrow cells to heal and regenerate injured tissue or to protect healthy joint function.
Bone marrow is the chosen source because it has prime growth factors and stem cells. Local anesthesia is used to extract a tiny amount of bone marrow from your pelvis. Next, it’s sorted out in a centrifuge resulting in a cluster of stem cells. These stem cells are injected into the unhealthy tissue to generate blood flow
BMAC is a therapy that uses science to jumpstart your body’s natural healing abilities. The dense collection of regenerative cells at the site of injured tissue gives your body an extra boost to heal faster and more thoroughly.
The injection is given under local anesthesia to reduce discomfort. Most patients experience minimal pain during the injection. It’s also normal to have slight post-injection tenderness due to a normal BMAC therapy inflammatory response.
BMAC therapy is used for specific tendon, ligament, and cartilage injuries. It is also beneficial for moderate osteoarthritis of the shoulder and knees. The most common use for BMAC is as a supplement to boost healing for particular elective surgeries.
Here are some common ailments improved with BMAC:
The Video below is of Dr. Fields, a physician, with whom Dr. Ehle worked with, while on a medical mission to Honduras.
Here is a video produced by Dr. Jose Barreto, another physician, with whom Dr Ehle worked with in Honduras regarding research in Prolotherapy.
All statements and opinions provided by this website are provided for educational and informational purposes only and we do not diagnose, provide medical advice or treat via this website or via telephone.
No. With chronic health problems, there is no cure-all solution, and one needs to attend to one’s entire health by optimizing nutrition, stress, and exercise.
Depending on your medical situation, regenerative therapies can be a powerful addition to accelerate healing.
No. New treatments that are under ongoing research investigation are generally not covered by insurance.
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