Regenerative medicine applied to sports injuries and arthrosis
This is an interdisciplarary medical field, of research and clinical applications, which focus on the replacement, reposition or regeneration of cells, tissues or organs, in order to restore the impaired function.
On the path to reaching what Regenerative Medicine is today, many advances have been made since 1794, when the first skin graft in Europe was performed by Reverdin and Baronio, an a myriad of acomplishments such as TISSUE ENGINEERING in 1987, the discovery of GROWTH FACTORS by neurosurgeon Rita Levi Montalcini in 1955, which awarded her the Nobel Prize in 1986, and the implementation of those Factors through the PRP in medical practice since 1999 by the Biotechnology Institute of Vitoria Gasteiz.
From the first time Plasma rich in Growth Factors was used in oral surgery by Eduardo Anitua M.D. in 1997, to achieving the implementation of the Plasma in Traumatology, Ophthalmology, ulcerated skin, bone, tendons, joint and, for some time now, spinal column in Sports Medicine, the effectiveness of these applications, along with an ongoing research, accounted for today’s recognition by the Agencia Española del Medicamento, and its publication in the Spanish Official Gazette on May 23, 2013, declaring this Plasma to be an autologous medication, i.e.obtained from the patient’s own body only (a small amount of blood, much like in a blood test).
Nowadays, an effective and stable concentrate is obtained: the PRGF Endoret, which contains all the regenerative protein our body produces. The high degree of concentration obtained results in a significant effectiveness when applied on the injured area.
At present Gowth Factors are being used in all sporting activities all over the western word, in both acute and degenerative injuries. This allows sports professionals and amateurs alike, a RECOVERY BY REGENERATION with a tissue very similar to the original one, instead of a long term recovery by scarring.
Growth Factors improve joint function or the physiology of injured tissue (spine, tendons). They shorten recovery time, performing anti-inflammatory and analgetic (pain reliever) functions, which improve the patient’s sensations.