Believe it or not but the majority of physicians who inject joints, tendons, and ligaments do blindly, meaning without cutting edge image guidance. This is despite the fact that multiple studies show that injecting by simply palpating the skin is less effective than actually seeing the location you are aiming for under ultrasound or xray and then guiding the needle into the exact spot with that same imaging. Affordable ultrasound and xray machines are available, the main deterrence for physicians who choose to inject blindly is the time required to learn how to use these imaging modalities, and the extra time required by the physician to carefully and precisely inject rather than blindly injecting a needle and hoping for the best. This is the equivalent of standing 10 feet from a dart board and trying to hit the bullseye with a dart. Would you be doing your best with your eyes closed or with them open?
Then consider if your goal is to hit a target that is 1 mm in size, what are your chances of success of hitting the bullseye? With your eyes open, appropriate training, and diligent practice, success on a consistent and regular basis is possible. Lacking any of those criteria, success becomes inconsistent and a wild guess.
The goal of regenerative orthopedics is to place your own cells into the precise region that treatment is required. For example, if you have a tear in your shoulder rotator cuff tendon, placing your own stem cells a few centimeters or even millimeters away from where the tear is located will not result in a successful outcome. In fact injecting your own cells 1 mm off the mark means that these cells will not get into the correct location to offer any assistance. Hitting the bullseye every time is required. To ensure an optimal outcome, those cells need to be placed precisely where your problem lies.
To get the best outcome with a regenerative orthopedic treatment, your physician should have imaging guided injection skills with ultrasound and xray fluoroscopy, dedication to treatment with these regenerative modalities, and the repetition required for excellence. Anything else will miss the bullseye.
More than 90,400 Regenexx® Procedures have been performed since Regenexx pioneered orthopedic stem cell treatments in 2005. Regenexx Procedures are the most advanced orthopedic stem cell procedures in the world.