LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Regenerative Therapy is becoming a new trend for people with knee pain in Central Arkansas. This type of injectable therapy is helping people like Dee Tucker avoid or delay surgery.
For Dee, this isn't her first time getting a knee injection. She suffers from arthritis and treated her right knee several months ago.
"My right knee feels fine. I haven't had any problems with it," she says.
A brace didn't help, steroid shots made the pain worse, but Clarix Flo has proven to be a sigh of relief.
"It's nice to be able to get up and get out of here as people would say," she adds.
It's not surgery. Rather, it's an injection containing amniotic tissue which includes the umbilical cord and amniotic membrane surrounding the unborn baby. Clarix Flo basically encourages your body to repair itself by replacing or regenerating defective tissues.
"We use these cells that can regenerate and the hope would be that we can regenerate that area that has arthritis or a degenerative process going on," explains Mark Miedema, Interventional Pain Management Doctor.
The cells promote tissue growth and healing. Dr. Miedema says the procedure is great for folks who have sports-related injuries, arthritis or other forms of pain.
"Regenerative medicine is on the cutting edge as an alternative for those who can't have surgery or those who have tried other things that haven't worked for them," he continues.
Not even 20 minutes after the procedure, Dee walked down the hallway to meet us in the patient room for our interview.
"I wanted to try it because I had more or less, I felt like I had run out of options," says Dee.
As first experienced, Dee will feel pain for the next few days, but after that...
"I woke up one morning and it was gone," she says.
She hopes it stays that way for good.
Clarix Flo can be used in the knee, spine, shoulder and other joints. Insurance doesn't cover this procedure.