Regenerative medicine is a broad category that includes treatments such as stem cell therapy, platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy, prolotherapy, certain cartilage regeneration procedures, and more.

When an injury is unlikely to heal with traditional non-surgical treatments, such as rest and physical therapy, a doctor may recommend a regenerative medicine treatment. The hope is to restore damaged tissue that will not adequately heal on its own.

Regenerative treatments have not gained widespread acceptance and may not be covered by insurance plans.