After hearing tales of seemingly miraculous healings and never-before-seen recoveries, you might be asking, what is regenerative medicine? This new and exciting field is bringing renewed hope to people suffering from painful conditions of all kinds.
Regenerative medicine is often referred to as stem cell therapy, as many of the treatments harness the regenerative power of stem cells (cells that are key to repairing, healing, and growing healthy tissue within the body). While everyone is born with a large number of stem cells within their body, these cells dwindle in number and efficacy as we age. Every time you are injured over the years, your stem cells play a vital role in helping your body recover.
While there are stem cell therapies that utilize invasive procedures to extract stem cells from the patient’s own body (either the bone marrow or fat deposits), we prefer using less invasive procedures that rely on healthier and younger cells than those that have gone through the same aging and cell damage as the patient.
Regenerative Medicine Treatments
One of these procedures, regenerative tissue therapy, injects mesenchymal cells into the injured area to help stimulate rapid repair of the damaged tissue and encourage new, healthy growth of muscles, tendons, nerves, and more. The mesenchymal cells are obtained from the umbilical cord after a healthy, planned c-section from a pre-screened donor. These cells have just helped grow an entire human body in only 9 months and are about as potent as you can get. There is virtually no risk of adverse reactions or rejection from the body with this treatment.
Another non-invasive regenerative procedure that has been able to help many patients get out of pain is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. While PRP injections operate on the same premise as other regenerative tissue therapy, this one is generally more cost-effective than others as the material is actually retrieved from a small blood sample of the patient’s.
The blood contains many healing properties such as growth factors, collagen, peptides, and platelets. After being processed to separate the components and create a concentration of the most restorative aspects, the serum is injected into the affected joint or other injured areas. The procedure is minimally invasive, requires little to no downtime, and most patients are in and out and return to their normal lives.
Regenerative medicine can help those suffering from a wide variety of conditions, including:
- Joint damage
- Torn ligaments
- Bone damage
- Cartilage damage
- Plantar fasciitis
- And more
If you are interested in finding out more about regenerative medicine and if it can help you get out of pain, contact the team at Sidney Chiropractic to set up your free consultation.