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Regenerative Medicine



Sunshine Medical Centers is offering exciting new opportunities for patients with knee, shoulder, hip, elbow and ankle osteoarthritis. The Advanced Arthritis Relief Protocol (AARP) is for patients who have tried conventional treatments such as rest and medication, prior injections, physical rehabilitative exercises and home exercise. These patients may have been told that they are “bone on bone” and need complete knee or hip replacement surgery.

But what would you say if you were told that surgery can be delayed for years or even prevented entirely? The first step to finding out is to schedule a consultation to see if you are a candidate for AARP.

Osteoarthritis occurs when a joint and its surrounding tissues degrade. This is caused by many factors, from poor nutrition, genetic factor, injury's disuse atrophy, and a loss of fluids in the joints. The joint hurts, so you don’t move it as much, which actually makes it worse. You begin to have pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion.


Sunshine Medical Centers incorporates:

  • Wharton’s Jelly containing regenerative cells
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments
  • Physical Rehabilitative Exercises
  • Viscosupplementation (hyaluronic acid)
  • Specialized bracing based on region and diagnosis


Wharton’s Jelly Containing regenerative cells

regenerative cells are the body’s miracle workers. They can change into different types of cells, depending on what your body tells them to do. They can replicate themselves every 28 hours for 6-8 months, or differentiate into many cell types. They can eat and replace scar tissue, kill infection, fight inflammation and replace damaged tissue.

We all have regenerative cells in our bodies. However, as we get older, we have fewer and fewer. Babies have one stem cell in every 10,000 while adults have only one in 400,000. The effectiveness of your regenerative cells declines with age. The body defaults to type 1 collagen, which makes scar tissue, and not type 2, which is what the original tissues were made from.

We use regenerative cells from umbilical cord tissue harvested from selected, specially screened mothers after normal births.

Our treatment combines regenerative cells with cytokines – which act like a foreman that tells the regenerative cells what to do – and growth factors, which have all the ingredients (collagen amino acids, carbohydrates, electrolytes, enzymes, etc.) needed for regeneration. The combination is totally pure with no synthetic or engineered material.

The regenerative cells we administer are screened in compliance with the FDA and certified through the American Blood Bank and the American Tissue Bank.

Stem cell therapy is considered elective and is not yet covered by insurance. However, it is much less expensive than other treatments such as bone marrow aspiration. We offer several financing options based on credit.


Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatments

For PRP treatments, we take your blood and spin it into a centrifuge. Golden liquid rises to the top. This is platelet-rich plasma, which contains up to eight times the concentration of normal platelet levels. PRP contains several different growth factors and other cytokines that can stimulate healing of soft tissues such as muscles, ligaments and tendons. We inject that concentrated PRP back into the injured or degraded area, where it stimulates your body to heal itself.


This therapy has been shown to be safe and effective in treating conditions and injuries such as:

  • Hip girdle muscle pain and hamstring tendonitis in the back and hips
  • Lateral and medial epicondylitis in the elbows
  • Ligament sprains in the wrists and hands
  • Patellar tendonitis, meniscus tears, and cartilage defects in the knees
  • Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and sprains in the ankles and feet
  • Rotator cuff tendinitis and partial tears in the shoulders

How do you know if PRP is right for you?

  • Your pain has lasted at least three months (for chronic conditions).
  • You have sprains, strains or tears of muscles, ligaments or tendons (acute conditions).
  • Your symptoms and examination results are consistent with diagnosis.
  • You have persistent pain despite standard non-operative treatment.
  • Your condition can be seen on diagnostic imaging, such as x-ray, MRI, CT and/or ultrasound.
  • You wish to delay or avoid surgery.

PRP is not currently covered by health insurance, but the cost ranges in the hundreds, not thousands, of dollars and flexible financing options are available.


Viscosupplementation

In viscosupplementation, we replenish the lubrication you’ve lost. We use Hyalgen, which is a pure, natural form of hyaluronic acid and is the most effective form of HA due to its long-lasting results. Hyalgen cushions and lubricates your joints and has very few side effects and interactions. It works by binding with your own fluid-producing cells to teach them to start producing cells again. It is not considered a drug and it is FDA-approved for use by medical specialists.