The inevitability of age is that cells and systems in the body degenerate. This degenerative process leads to a variety of ailments, most often causing persistent pain, stiffness and limited range of motion. By regenerating and in some cases replacing damaged cells, organs and tissues, pain and injury can be reversed to a degree. Regenerative medicine encompasses those efforts to rescue or replace damaged, diseased or dead tissue in the body.
Aside from the changes that accompany aging, regenerative medicine can also be applied to the treatment of sports injuries, chronic pain, joint pain, hormonal imbalance and many other issues. An experienced regenerative medicine professional works with you to develop an effective plan to restore well-being using your body’s natural ability to stimulate healing.
Types of Regenerative Medicine
Regenerative medicine is a broad term covering a range of treatments. Hallmark therapies include:
- Stem Cell Therapy
- Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
- Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
- IV Therapy
- Tissue Engineering
- Anti-Aging Treatments
These treatments meet a wide range of needs and alleviate various symptoms. You can live a pain-free, more active life in most cases.
While the use of stem cells is what most people associate with this field, there are actually many areas of study and clinical application. Other aspects of regenerative medicine involve organ and tissue transplants, scaffolding, devices and biomaterials.
Regenerative Medicine Questions
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What does regenerative medicine mean?
Regenerative medicine focuses on obtaining, developing and delivering cells in order to restore or repair the normal functioning of body systems.
What can regenerative medicine be used for?
This branch of medicine has many applications, including the treatment of:
- Knee pain
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Sports injuries
- Elbow pain
- Ankle pain
- Wrist and hand pain
- Hip pain
- Foot pain
- Toe pain and numbness
This list is not exhaustive. During a consultation, you can find out whether the ailment, injury or illness can be addressed with these types of interventions
How effective is regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine is effective for certain people experiencing certain ailments or diseases. Because there are so many therapies within regenerative medicine, the effectiveness of each branch has its own factors. Your regenerative medicine provider will discuss the studied effectiveness, risks and benefits with you as part of your consultation.
Are stem cells used in regenerative medicine?
Yes, stem cells are an important part of regenerative medicine. Many people use the phrases interchangeably, and stem cells are the most common association with the term “regenerative medicine.” In fact, stem cells are just one of the very exciting areas in this field of research and clinical practice.
What are the benefits of regenerative medicine?
This branch of medicine has many promising benefits as well as observed benefits:
- Reduces pain
- Enhances healing
- Jumpstarts the process of regeneration
- Increases collagen production, which in turn strengthens tissues
- May make it possible to avoid surgery and/or pharmaceutical drugs
- Harnesses the power of your body’s ability to heal and repair itself
- Focuses on the root cause of an ailment, not the symptoms alone
- May provide relief that you have not been able to achieve with other treatments
Consulting an experienced provider is the only way to know if it will be beneficial for you specifically.
Who is a good candidate?
You may be a good candidate for regenerative medicine if any of the following apply:
- Seeking an alternative to joint surgery or joint replacement
- Tendon or ligament injuries
- Joint pain
- Pain in the hips, knees, shoulders, wrists, elbows, fingers, toes, neck or back
- Spinal pain
- ACL/MCL tears
- Rotator cuff injury
- Meniscus tear
- Temporomandibular joint disorder
- Headaches caused by neck pain
- Limited range of motion in any of your joints
In a consultation or over the phone, we can better determine your candidacy. Regenerative medicine can be a great way to address pain or degenerative diseases.
Schedule a Regenerative Medicine Consultation
The next step in the process is scheduling your consultation with an experienced regenerative medicine provider. After listening to your concerns and reviewing your medical history, all therapeutic options will be reviewed with you.