Hyperbaric Medical Solutions (HMS) has joined forces with its sister organization, AIRmedicine, to create one-of-a-kind protocols for healing by utilizing cellular regenerative medicine.
AIRmedicine is led by HMS’s Medical Director, Dr. Alan Katz. Multiple modalities—including the use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), human amniotic tissue allografts, and a combination of intravenous vitamin and mineral infusions—are used to support tissue repair and/or to overcome health challenges and achieve optimal health.
When injections are required, they are performed with ultrasound guidance to ensure that they are accurately placed at the precise point in need of repair, resulting in improved results and less discomfort. Studies have shown that, without ultrasound, the “right spot” is only hit three out of four times.
Regenerative injections alone stimulate healing; however, combining these injections with hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has a powerful synergistic effect. Hence, our protocols will often combine the use of these STEM cell attractants with hyperbaric oxygen, which in itself will increase STEM cell circulation 8-fold.
There is no reason to mask symptoms of an injury or chronic condition with a steroid/cortisone shot when we can regenerate, repair, and heal!
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?
PRP therapy is a highly effective surgical alternative that uses a patient’s own blood components to stimulate healing in damaged tissues. Platelets are small, irregularly-shaped clear cell fragments that attract STEM cells, stimulate cellular growth, and help the body form blood clots.
During PRP therapy, a blood sample is drawn and prepared using a high-speed centrifuge to separate the blood into distinct layers, one of which contains PRP. We use this gold-colored plasma with a high concentration of platelets to accelerate the body’s self-healing by precise injection. The PRP spreads growth factors to areas otherwise untouched by blood (e.g., ligaments, tendons, and joints). Due to PRP’s use of the patient’s own blood, there is little risk of rejection, and dangers posed by bloodborne infections are virtually eliminated.
Development and History of Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
PRP therapy has been used in various fields of medicine since the 1970s, but became popularized by athletes using the treatment for orthopedic injuries. A sports medicine physician at Stanford used PRP with the university's football players suffering from orthopedic injuries in order to facilitate their return to the field. This same physician began studying the impact of PRP for tennis elbow (e.g., elbow tendinitis) and found remarkable benefits.
Physicians, as well as professional athletes, started to take note, and many stars turned to PRP therapy to recover from a variety of injuries and return to play faster. Tiger Woods, Alex Rodriguez, Fred Couples, Hines Ward, Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, and Troy Polamalu are a few well-documented examples. PRP therapy has now become more commonplace, with many patients demanding PRP therapy as a first option for repair and recovery in lieu of surgery.
Conditions Treated with Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
- Knee pain
- Tendon injuries (patellar, quadriceps, hamstring, bicipital, peroneal, achilles)
- Muscle injuries
- Ligament sprains or tears (MCL, LCL)
- Hip pain
- Muscle pain or injury
- Greater trochanteric bursitis
- Sacroiliac joint pain
- Hamstring tears
- Shoulder and arm pain
- Shin splints
- Medial and lateral epicondylitis (golfers & tennis elbow)
- Rotator cuff tendinopathy or partial tears
- Lower leg and foot pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Ulnar collateral ligament sprain or tear
- Ankle sprains/ligament injury
- Achilles partial tears
PRP therapy is also often used for cosmetic/aesthetic purposes, such as when combined with micro needling, for a PRP facial, scar reduction, neck tightening, breast resurfacing, and hair loss.
Power of Combining Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy + HBOT
Each of these therapies alone stimulates healing; however, the combination of the two have a powerful synergistic effect. HBOT enables more stem cells to be present in circulation, in order for the injected PRP to attract and deliver to the injured area. This state-of-the-art combination of regenerative cellular therapies accelerates the healing response, leading to a more efficient and thorough restoration of tissue to a healthy state that is sustained for the long term.
During an HBOT session, stem cells are released and activated from the bone marrow, traveling to areas of injury through the blood plasma. HBOT also decreases inflammation, reduces swelling, reverses hypoxia, stimulates the creation of new blood vessels, and optimizes all stages of wound healing. By adding HBOT before and after each PRP injection, we increase the mobilization of the stem cells and enhance the efficacy of the regenerative process. HBOT with PRP can also alleviate the achy or sore feeling that patients sometimes experience with PRP therapy.
Why mask symptoms of an injury or chronic condition with a shot or a pill, when we can generate repair and healing from the core—true healing.
Amniotic Tissue Allograft Therapy
Human amniotic tissues have been shown—clinically and scientifically—to support soft tissue repair. We use a product called BioD, which is tissue derived from living, healthy donors after a full-term pregnancy and a scheduled Caesarean section, which has been minimally processed and preserved to maintain the properties of amniotic tissues. We transplant this allograft from a human donor to the injured site. Human amniotic tissues are an abundant source of collagen, as well as other proteins and cytokines. They are immune-privileged, and therefore, rarely cause an immune response.
AIRmedicine offers select intravenous infusions as part of the regenerative medicine program. The benefit of IV-administered nutrients is increased absorption and the avoidance of any malabsorption that often comes with an oral dose of vitamins. IV infusions offered by AIRmedicine include Glutathione and a modified Myers’ Cocktail. IV vitamin therapy is the only delivery method with 100% bioavailability. All nutrients are delivered directly into the bloodstream.
Glutathione is the body’s most essential antioxidant. It is mostly comprised of three amino acids—glutamine, glycine, and cysteine. Oxidative stress can occur when levels of glutathione are low, leading to the production of free radicals and the body’s inability to fight them. When oxidative stress levels are high, various diseases can manifest, like diabetes, cancer, neurological issues, and autoimmune conditions. Glutathione levels may be diminished by many factors, including poor nutrition, environmental toxins, stress, and even age.
Glutathione supplementation thus may be helpful to boost the body’s ability to ward off the impact of oxidative stress and fight free radicals. This, in turn, may support health and reduce disease. Glutathione is administered intravenously at HMS, which is widely regarded as the most effective method of delivery; it has no known side effects, other than those risks associated with any injection. At HMS, we strongly believe glutathione should be a component of any wellness program.
Modified Myers’ Cocktail
This is a formula of intravenous vitamins and minerals which was pioneered by Dr. John Myers in the 1970’s. Our formula includes magnesium, calcium, B-vitamins (including B-12), and Vitamin C. It is administered through an IV over one hour to achieve concentrations of nutrients not obtainable with oral administration.
Clinical experience with the formulation has suggested it may be effective against a wide range of conditions like asthma, pain, migraines, fatigue, certain autoimmune conditions like fibromyalgia, sinusitis, seasonal allergies, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, drug withdrawal, and other maladies. Myers’ Cocktail uses vitamins and minerals that have known nutritional benefits and low potential for serious side effects.
Vitamin C assists the immune system and functions most when pathogens are detected. Additionally, it reduces inflammation secondary to free radicals.
The B vitamins help in the creation of energy by acting as cofactors in the metabolism of food. They are great for fatigue.
Magnesium is required for DNA replication, transcription, and translation into protein. It’s needed for hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body, and is especially useful for muscle and nerve function, a healthy immune system, and bone strength.
Calcium supports skeletal function and structure, as well as cell signaling, muscle contracture, nerve function, and cellular absorption.
Patients who receive treatments may experience a sensation of heat.
Disclaimer: While research supports the effectiveness of regenerative medicine techniques and therapies to treat various medical conditions, individual results may vary. There are no guarantees of outcome. These therapies may not be appropriate for every individual; they may not be applicable to your condition.
Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits. Only your doctor can determine whether the therapies are appropriate for your situation.