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Regenerative Medicine

According to the National Institutes of Health, regenerative medicine is the process of creating living, functional tissues to repair or replace tissue or organ function lost due to age, disease, damage, or congenital defects. The field of regenerative medicine has garnered attention for its potential to regenerate damaged tissues and organs in the body by triggering formerly irreparable organs to self heal. Regenerative medicine also allows researchers to grow tissues and organs in the laboratory to implant in patients when the body cannot heal itself. Regenerative medicine could also solve the problem organ shortage.

The 3 Branches of Regenerative Medicine

The Center for Regenerative Medicine divides the field into three main areas or branches: 1) Rejuvenation; 2) Replacement; and 3) Regeneration.

The rejuvenation branch focuses on boosting the body’s innate ability to repair itself. Research has shown that cells can be remodeled and reprogrammed to self-heal in ways they couldn’t before.  Scientists in this branch of regenerative medicine are working on ways to help improve this self-healing process on a cellular level.

The replacement category of regenerative medicine is interested in implantation and transplantation to help with organ failure.  These researchers and medical providers enlist the help of healthy cells, tissues or organs from donors to replace damaged ones. Approximately 500,000 Americans benefit from a transplant each year (National Institute of Health).

Regeneration is one of the more talked about areas of regenerative medicine. This branch focuses on cell-based therapies to help regenerate healthy cells or cell tissues so that optimum health can be restored or achieved.  (One example of a regenerative therapy that is popular today is bone marrow transplants).

What Do Stem Cells Have to Do with Regenerative Medicine?

Stem cells are an integral part of the branches of regenerative medicine. The ability for stem cells to self renew is currently being researched so that doctors and scientists can create ways to treat currently untreatable conditions such as diabetes, heart failure, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Arthritis and many others. Stem cells are also an important part of drug testing and research.

What Current Regenerative Therapies are Used Today?

While the field of regenerative medicine is still evolving and growing, there are some cell-based therapies out there that patients are benefiting from already.  Consider the following five therapies:

  • Piezoelectric Impulse Therapy or Piezo: Piezoelectric impulse therapy, also referred to as Radial Pulse Wave Therapy, is non-invasive treatment method for musculoskeletal pain. Piezo administers a series of high-energy percussions to the area being treated. These are NOT electric shocks, but physical/mechanical pulses that can travel through the tissue being treated. These impulses can help break down scar tissue and calcific fibroblasts and boost metabolic activity and an inflammatory response to promote healing.
  • Low-Level Laser Light Therapy (LLLT): A fast-growing technology used to treat a multitude of conditions that require stimulation of healing, relief of pain and inflammation, and restoration of function.
  • Regenerative Injection Treatments (RIT): Used for joint, tendon, ligament, muscle and spinal pain. RIT is commonly done with cell-based therapies using autologous platelet rich plasma/fat/bone marrow. RIT is at the forefront of sports and regenerative medicine fields worldwide. The American Academy of Pain Management, American Association of Interventional Pain Physicians and the American Academy of Orthopedic Medicine endorses RIT for chronic unresolved musculoskeletal pain.
  • Hypertonic Dextrose Solution – Prolotherapy: Prolotherapy, an injection-based complementary treatment for chronic musculoskeletal conditions, improves pain, stiffness, and function in adults with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis
  • Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy: These tissues provide a non-steroidal mechanism to alleviate pain through reducing inflammation. The amniotic injection substance comes from live, willing donors and does not use any fetal tissue. Amniotic membrane material is FDA regulated and processed in an ISO certified lab, so all major diseases are ruled out. Amniotic membrane is rich in stem cells. Stem cells can be injected at an injury site to help repair the worn out, damaged tissues in pathological joint conditions, osteoarthritis, tendinopathies, and other inflammatory diseases.

Resources for Learning More About Regenerative Medicine

The following agencies offer information and resources for those interested in learning more about the field of regenerative medicine.  There are many areas that are impacted by the research and treatments regenerative medicine offers. Here are a few to check out:

Are You a Candidate?

If chronic knee, back, hip, shoulder pain, osteoarthritis, arthritis or other joint pain is limiting your daily routine or preventing you from activities you enjoy; regenerative stem cell therapy may be the answer you’ve been looking for!

Regenerative stem cell therapy may offer, long-term relief for people that are suffering from joint pain, arthritis, and neuropathy. The procedure takes less than 30 minutes with minimal pain. Contact us today to find out if regenerative medicine may be right for you.

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