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Surgical & Non-Surgical Treatment Options

Ligament Injuries

Whether you’re an athlete at play or just an average person trying to go about your day, you can’t make life happen without ligaments. These connective tissues work to attach two structures together in your body (usually the bones surrounding your joints), stabilizing them and allowing you to walk, run, lift, and perform all the essential actions you need to be human. Ligaments are tough, but unfortunately, these hardworking tissues are also prone to injury. 

Meniscus in the knee and labrum structures in both shoulder and hip are similar to ligaments and stabilize joint movement from inside the joint. Tears to these structures are also very common, painful and debilitating.

Sometimes surgery is necessary to repair torn ligaments, meniscus or labrum, but often biologic/cell therapies represent an alternative option to effective healing. If surgery is necessary, cell therapies can serve as an important adjunct to the procedure, supporting and enhancing healing post-operatively.

Greyledge's state-of-the-art system can offer cutting-edge options for both surgical and injection-based treatment for a torn ligament. Made using technology at the forefront of Orthobiologics treatment, our PRP and BMC preparations are tailored to your individual needs. They can offer you a faster, more effective recovery from surgery.

Whatever your needs are as a patient, our PRP specialists will support your orthopedic specialist in giving you the relief you deserve. Ready to eliminate your pain and repair your torn ligament? Talk to your doctor about Greyledge today, or find a Greyledge-affiliated orthopedic physician near you.

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Alternative Treatment for Ligament Injuries

Platelet-Rich Plasma for Meniscus Tears & More

Greyledge’s capabilities include creating a number of cutting-edge biologic preparations for orthopedists to use, including platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP). Here’s how the process of creating PRP works:

  • Your orthopedist will draw whole blood from the area of your injury.
  • The blood we draw will be transported to a Greyledge processing facility, where it will be separated into 3 layers -- red blood cells, platelet-poor plasma, and a “Buffy Coat” made up of both platelets and white blood cells.
  • Our specialized  technicians will ratio these elements to prepare a customized PRP concentrate that provides the optimal treatment for your specific ligament injury.
  • Greyledge will deliver your PRP product to your physician to be reinjected into the affected area.

PRP treatment stimulates your body’s natural ability to reduce inflammation and help restore the tissues making up the damaged ligament. Some of the most successful ways orthopedists apply PRP to the treatment of ligament injuries include:

  • Treatment for torn meniscus
  • Hip and shoulder labral tear treatment
  • ACL surgery
  • And more.

To learn more about how PRP can help you recover more effectively from an injured ligament, reach out to us -- we’re happy to discuss our capabilities with you or your orthopedic specialist.

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Bone Marrow Concentrate for Ligament Injuries

Like PRP, bone marrow concentrate (BMC) can help support your orthopedist in surgical ligament treatment, meniscus surgery, and more. Here’s how Greyledge has optimized the preparation of fully customized BMC:

  • Your treating physician will extract blood from your own bone marrow using a special needle. This blood includes stem cells and many other cell types as well as platelets.
  • During this extraction process, we’ll also take a sample of progenitor cells from your marrow.
  • We’ll take this sample back to our processing facility, then concentrate the cells into a single preparation customized to your body and your particular ligament injury.
  • The sample will then be reinjected into your affected tissues.

Stem cells are unique in the fact that they don’t just serve a single purpose -- they exist at a stage in which they can transform into any other type of cell. Equally as important, they are critical to coordinate the healing process necessary to restore the tissue compromised by your injury and rally other cells to do the same. This makes bone marrow stem cell injections extremely valuable in helping physicians offer treatment support for the treatment of torn ligaments.

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Frequently Asked Questions 

Can orthobiologics decrease my meniscus tear recovery time?

Yes. Orthobiologic treatments like BMC and PRP can accelerate your recovery time whether or not you opt for surgical intervention.

Will I still need physical therapy if I use Regenerative Medicine?

Yes. Physical therapy is essential to the healing process after a ligament injury, and will most typically be prescribed following your treatment.

I’m a patient who’s interested in orthobiologic treatment for my injured ligament. How can I get my doctor involved or find a stem cell doctor near me?

Engage your physician, let them know the benefits of the unique Greyledge approach, and link them here.

Alternatively, you may be able to find a physician who is already utilizing Greyledge and is providing fully-customizable PRP and stem cell injection therapy near you. If you’d like to get started with one of the premier orthobiologics companies in the world, find a Greyledge user today.