What is Regenerative Medicine Therapy?
Unlike traditional surgeries, regenerative medicine accomplishes similar goals with minimally invasive treatments. It can address tissue damage due to degenerative diseases or injuries. It can help people regain mobility and conquer pain. The best part of this futuristic treatment is that it can actually be part of a cure in some cases.
The benefits of regenerative therapies have been seen in a number of ways. It can help restore a damaged ankle after a bad sprain. It can address the causes of knee pain. Back pain can be helped with the right regenerative therapy. The ravages of arthritis and osteoporosis can be slowed and even reversed.
Best of all, a treatment is quick. It usually takes no more than 30 minutes. You don’t have to prepare like you would for surgery. Furthermore, unlike surgery which may require weeks or months of convalescence, there’s no downtime for recovery. That’s especially convenient if you need to go to work or take care of loved ones.
What Ailments Respond to Regenerative Medicine?
There are many ways that regenerative medicine is helping patients who have suffered an injury. It is used for knees, backs, ankles, elbows and other joints that have been damaged. Likewise, it works for knee or back pain that is caused by the aging process, by arthritis, or osteoporosis. It can help with sciatica and neuropathy.
Scientists are studying how regenerative medicine can help heart disease and other chronic conditions. This could mean useful treatments for Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer's disease, and dementia.
Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet-Rich Plasma
The two common regenerative treatments involve stem cell therapy or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) . Either can be injected with the aim of stimulating the body’s ability to regenerate tissue. These treatments were just a possibility in 1999 when the term regenerative medicine was first coined. Since then, the breakthroughs have been remarkable.
Stem cell therapy utilizes undifferentiated cells. These don’t have a specific function inside the body, but rather are capable of mimicking nearby cells. When these are injected into the site, cellular activity starts back up. The body can start to regrow cartilage, tissue, muscles and bone.
PRP injections have been shown to stimulate the regrowth of damaged tissue. This type of repair is more meaningful because it harnesses the body’s ability to regenerate tissue. Plasma is, of course, a natural substance, and it’s safe to use in a variety of areas.
For those who are aging, these treatments offer the promise of a more active lifestyle. For those with chronic problems, they offer to slow deterioration. For anyone with a troubling injury, this treatment can speed up recovery.
You won’t know if regenerative medicine can help you until you get an expert opinion from Dr. Randall at Innovative Family Health. His expertise in this area is matched by his careful consideration and concern for each patient’s individual needs.