Practising out of Manchester’s renowned European Scanning Centre, the newly opened clinic is revolutionising the treatment ofsports injuries and joint problems for people of all ages, without the need for surgery.
Guided by Centre Manager Anne-Marie Staples and joined by Mr Fahad G Attar (Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedics) and Professor Waqar A Bhatti (Consultant Radiologist), who are leading the new therapy centre, we went behind the scenes to find out more…
Bringing latest technologies to the region
A team of highly respected and experienced clinicians and regenerative medicine experts are now offering a host of biological, non-invasive, cost-effective treatments for those suffering from sports injuries and joint problems. Both Mr Attar and Professor Bhatti are incredibly passionate about joint health and are assisted by a team of highly skilled specialists and therapists.
The Regenerative Therapy Centre is part of the European Scanning Centre’s recent expansion; an opportunity to bring more of the very latest technological advancements to the region. The latter is famous for its MrOpen MRI, the only superconductive MRI scanner that allows patients to be scanned in a non-claustrophobic and full weight bearing position, sitting or standing, and which brings accurate results and timely diagnosis.
“The scanning centre has been based in Manchester for four years (at London’s Harley Street for 15), and opening the therapy centre here felt like a natural fit,” explains Anne-Marie, who manages both centres.
Transformative treatments, minus surgery
There are only a select few places in the UK offering regenerative therapy, a new and rapidly expanding branch of medicine.
“We are trying to bridge that gap between the start of joint issues and the need for surgery or replacement. We want to push the need for an operation into the future or eliminate it completely,” explains Mr Attar. “Best of all, most of the treatments involve injecting a patient with blood/plasma from their own body, nothing extraneous.”
The key treatments on offer are:
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Ideal for those experiencing a pulling sensation or joint stiffness in the mornings or when they start to walk. Popular in sports medicine.
New advances now allow the use of PRP therapy in early joint wear, reducing pain and allowing a swift return to normal activities. PRP therapy involves taking some of the patient’s own blood and placing it into a special centrifuge, which extracts platelets known to release healing proteins. The resulting solution is then injected directly into the injured site to reduce pain and stimulate repair and regeneration.
Ideal forOsteoarthritis pain management.
A gel-like fluid called hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring substance surrounding joints but lacking in sufferers) is injected into the joint, lubricating it and acting as a shock absorber to restore movement and diminish pain.
- Autologous Protein Suspension (APS)
Ideal for with mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis.
This treatment is shown to protect cartilage cells and potentially slow the progression of osteoarthritis. Autologous means ‘from your own body’ and a sample of the patient’s own blood is put in a centrifugal device twice to separate out the ‘good’ proteins (with a high concentration of anti-inflammatory properties), which are then injected into the knee joint.
The centre also offers (off-site) BMAC (bone marrow aspirate concentrate) and fat-derived mesenchymal stromal/stem cell therapy, where restorative mesenchymal stromal/stem cells (taken from patient’s own bone barrow) are injected into the arthritic joint or injured site.
The centre has also pioneered a Combination Therapy option, which combines mesenchymal stromal/stem cell treatment, PRP and viscosupplementation to slow the degenerative wear and tear and pain cycle of arthritis and allow the joints to heal and regenerate.
Patients from all walks of life
“We’ve only been open a few weeks,” reveals Professor Bhatti, “and, so far, the response has been amazing! We’ve been treating people in their 20s up to those in their late 80s. It’s not just arthritis sufferers who attend either, there are lots of other injuries and conditions presented, such as tendonitis.
“We see elite sportspeople who desire quick recovery, often these natural, non-surgical therapies are part of an on-going treatment plan for them, which makes sense.
“We also treat the ‘weekend warrior’ who is suffering from tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, for instance. Skier’s knee is another complaint which responds well to regenerative therapies.
“Many of us look after our bodies – feeding it all the right nutrients – but we forget about nourishing our joints, they’re overlooked. As soon as people feel pain, hear clicking of joints, they should consider addressing these early stage symptoms and potentially avoid future surgery all together.”
Why choose regenerative therapy?
Put simply, operations are rarely welcomed occurrences, but more than that, says Mr Attar, they can lose people time and money:
“Typically, following a knee replacement operation, for example, you’d need to take around 10 weeks off work to recover. For a self-employed person, this could be disastrous. From start to finish, a regenerative therapy treatment option takes around 30-60 minutes to complete and we suggest taking it easy for 24-48 hours afterwards. The results for APS, PRP and mesenchymal stem cell therapy can last up to two to three years or longer.”
Are the therapies painful?
“Most people will have already given blood/had blood taken, so they will know how this feels,” says Anne-Marie. “When the solution is injected back into the joint, it can be uncomfortable, but we can help with that. Patients are treated in a beautiful warm, welcoming environment and cared for by experts. With regards to post-operative pain, it will be minimal and treatable with paracetamol.”
Excellent finance options
The Regenerative Therapy Centre offers interest-free finance on all treatments (visit regenerativetherapycentre.co.uk/finance for details) and many (but not all) private medical insurance policies will cover them. The European Scanning Centre treatments are covered by all insurers, and NHS patients (if they request to do so) can be referred for a scan by their local trust.
Potential patients can email or call The Regenerative Therapy Centre to discuss treatment options or attend one of their open days. The attentive team are always on hand to talk people through their options and will collate a tailormade information pack to read at their leisure.
“All our treatments are bespoke,” says Anne-Marie, “we will find the best treatment for everyindividual. The team is empathetic and specialises in dealing with anxious patients. We will give you the time you need and deliver a holistic, five-star patient experience.”
The Regenerative Therapy Centre at The European Scanning Centre
20 Bailey Lane
Manchester M90 4AN
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