Regenerative medicine (also known as orthobiologics) is a rapidly growing field of medicine and patient care that seeks to stimulate the patients’ ability to repair and heal damaged muscles, joints, tendons and other tissues, treat pain and restore health — without oral medications (drugs) or surgery.
Weill Cornell Medicine is a national leader in providing regenerative medicine therapies to patients whose pain or injuries have not improved with medications or surgery. Using the most advanced research and equipment, our team of highly trained doctors are committed to helping our patients live the active, full and vibrant life you want.
Personalized care plans: Our team of regenerative medicine specialists help patients achieve a high quality of life by first taking the time to deeply understand your specific condition or pain, as well as your goals for your health and well-being. All treatment plans are designed to specifically target the condition and help you achieve your health goals.
At Weill Cornell Medicine, our regenerative medicine specialists are dedicated to helping you heal and improve your function and quality of life.
Multidisciplinary care from leading experts: When you choose Weill Cornell Medicine, you have access to a network of doctors and specialists. Your regenerative medicine specialist may consult with experts in physical therapy and other medical professionals, as needed.
Weill Cornell Medicine partners with NewYork-Presbyterian, one of the top hospital systems in New York City and the U.S.
Physician-scientists, including those at Weill Cornell Medicine, are continuously learning about the potential uses and benefits of regenerative medicine treatments.
Currently, regenerative medicine is successfully used to treat pain and improve function from damaged tissue, muscles, tendons and ligaments, osteoarthritis, spine disc pain and more.
● Commonly treated conditions: Tendinopathy (tendon injury)
● Partial or full tendon tears
● Ligament tears or ligament sprains
● Muscle strains
● Degenerative disc disease in lumbar spine
● Pain in the sacroiliac joint (the joint connecting your lower back to your pelvis)
● Pain in the facet joint (the joints connecting the bones of the spine)
At Weill Cornell Medicine, our team offers the most advanced and comprehensive regenerative medicine treatment options. Our team of doctors is committed to discussing all of your options with you so that you understand your options and feel confident in making decisions about your care.
Regenerative medicine and orthobiologic treatment options include:
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy: Injured muscles, tendons and ligaments or localized pain may benefit from this therapy that uses pressure waves to the area to reduce pain and promote healing. Typically, each session lasts about 10 to 15 minutes and about three to five sessions over several weeks are needed to achieve the benefits.
Prolotherapy injections: During this procedure, painful or injured ligaments, tendons or joint spaces are injected with a mixture of lidocaine (a pain-relieving and nerve-numbing medication) and a concentrated dextrose solution (natural irritant). Over the course of several weeks, the injection helps promote healing and lessen pain.
Platelet-rich plasma injection: Platelets are the first cells to arrive at the site of an injury to promote the healing process. Plasma is the liquid portion of the blood. During platelet-rich plasma injections, the patient’s own blood is drawn and processed in a special laboratory device that separates the platelets from the rest of the blood. The injury or site of pain is then injected with these concentrated platelets to promote faster healing. This can be used in tendinopathy, partial or full thickness tendon or ligament tears, mild to moderate osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease.
Minimally invasive tendon pain treatment with Tenex device: Using this patented technology, this minimally invasive device can help precisely target damaged and painful tissue, which helps shorten the recovery time and speed healing of tendonopathy.
Bone marrow aspirate concentrate therapy: Bone marrow is the part of the body where blood is produced. Bone marrow aspirate concentrate is fluid-containing cells that have been extracted (removed) from the bone marrow. It is then injected into the affected area(s) of the body to help reduce pain and expedite healing.
Adipose-derived therapy: Adipose tissue is made up of adipocyte cells (fat cells). Adipose cells can be extracted (removed) from your body with a minimally invasive procedure. The cells are then injected into the body to speed healing and repair, as well as lessen pain.
Whether you visit us virtually through a video visit or you see us in person, you can be assured that we will deliver the highest standards of care with compassion. Our team has taken every step to keep our facilities safe for you to continue your care. Learn more about our safety measures and the changes we’ve made to enhance your patient experience.
The regenerative medicine specialists at the Weill Cornell Department of Rehabilitation Medicine offer patients the highest level of safety and care. As a top-ranked academic medical center, you have access to our extensive network of specialists who provide seamless care throughout your treatment — to promote long-term physical and mental health.