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The innovative field of regenerative medicine allows physicians to replace or repair damaged and missing tissue or organs in the human body through a combination of medical technology and cellular therapy. Together, these approaches magnify your body’s ability to heal itself or take over the essential functions of a permanently damaged organ. Although it is a relatively new area of practice in the medical industry, regenerative medicine is quickly gaining traction for its ability to naturally repair damage to the human body without the need for invasive surgery.
Organs control vital processes in your body, which means defects and damage can result in life-threatening complications. Recently, regenerative medicine has had success in replacing organs in children and young adults using cells taken from their own bodies. The first organs grown in a laboratory and transplanted into living patients were bladders, and now regenerative medicine is working to synthesise other parts of the human body for use in treatment. One of the main benefits of using a patient’s own cells is that the chance of the body rejecting replacement organs is effectively eliminated. In cases where an organs cannot be grown, regenerative medicine can also improve patients’ quality of life by sustaining them during the wait for a replacement from a donor.
As the field of regenerative medicine continues to expand and grow, organ transplants may one day be a thing of the past. Currently, stem cells can be extracted from bone marrow and injected into damaged tissue, ligaments, and joints to promote quick and natural healing. In the future, physicians hope to be able to create more specific or advanced parts of the human body, such as heart valves, for those that suffer from heart disease. By replacing the damaged tissue, entire organs may be saved without the need for invasive surgery or the risk of complications arising from transplants.
When cells become cancerous, the current go-to treatments aim to eliminate them. Unfortunately, this also results in the destruction of healthy cells as well, which in turn weakens and deteriorates the human body. In most cases, replacement cells come from the bone marrow of compatible donors. Cellular therapy’s goal is to replace lost cells by collecting, storing, and replicating healthy stem cells from the patient. These cells can then be reintroduced to the human body, assisting in the repair and healing of damaged tissues and organs.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
Perhaps today’s most widely used form of regenerative medicine, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy has had great success in a variety of settings, including non-surgical orthopedics, cosmetology, plastic surgery, and sports medicine. PRP injections can be used to repair damage to joints, ligaments, and tendons by administering concentrated plasma extracted from the patient’s body. After extraction, a small vial of blood is spun in a centrifuge and the red blood cells are discarded. The remaining solution, which consists of concentrated platelets, cytokines, and growth factors, is this injected into the injury site to relieve pain and expedite recovery.
What Conditions Can Be Treated?
While there are many illnesses and injuries that can be treated through non-surgical orthopedics and regenerative medicine, CORE Medical & Wellness specializes in the treatment of:
- Tendinitis or Tendinosis
- Kneck, Back, Knee, Hip, Hamstring, Feet, and Groin Injuries
- Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Tears
- Tennis Elbow
- Runner’s Heel and Plantar Fasciitis
- Neuropathic, Facet, and Nerve Pain
For more information on how regenerative medicine can help heal your injuries both now and in the future, visit https://coremedicalwellness.com/services/non-surgical-orthopedics-spine-and-sports/.
Ready to Get Started?
CORE Medical & Wellness is committed to your recovery without the use of surgery whenever possible. As one of the foremost non-surgical orthopedic practices in the area, we’re here to improve your quality of life through the use of regenerative medicine. Call 888-521-0688 or contact us online to set up your appointment or to learn more.
Dr. Jag Desai, M.D. is double board certified in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He specializes in preventing and treating degenerative processes that can lead to conditions such as: back pain, musculoskeletal pain, cancer pain, neuropathic pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), minimally invasive spine procedures, and muscle spasticity. Read his full bio here.