Regenerative Medicine Q & A
What is regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine is an alternative to invasive surgery, cortisone shots, and pharmaceutical pain relievers. It uses natural methods to manage your pain and ward off chronic disease.
It includes stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma therapy, which are minimally invasive and can jumpstart your body’s own natural healing processes.
What types of conditions can be treated with regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine is effective in treating many soft tissue issues, including:
- Tendon injuries
- Muscle strains or sprains
- Spinal disk injuries
- Low back pain
If you have knee osteoarthritis, Achilles tendinitis, rotator cuff issues in the shoulder, or tennis elbow, for example, regenerative medicine is a possible solution. Regenerative medicine also holds promise in delaying many of the ailments associated with aging.
What are the medical properties of stem cells in regenerative medicine therapy?
Stem cells are an integral part of regenerative medicine therapy. They can become many different types of cells as they mature and thus, have healing value. Stem cells serve as an initial repair system in most tissues, including cartilage, tendons, muscles, and organs.
When injected into areas that need healing or rejuvenation, stem cells help healthy tissues repair themselves. The therapy can eliminate or delay the need for invasive surgery, such as joint replacement, for issues such as osteoarthritis.
What is platelet-rich plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is one of the most effective natural treatments to promote your body’s own healing when it comes to traumatized joints or injured muscles. The therapy uses the platelets from a sample of your own blood.
PRP is made right in the office. First, a small amount of blood is drawn from your arm and spun down in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelet count.
Then the platelets are mixed with plasma, the liquid portion of blood. The platelets help heal injured tissue and release growth factors to lay down new fibroblasts and collagen.
By injecting PRP directly into a damaged joint or muscle, your body’s healing ability is accelerated as new tissue forms. Damaged tendons and ligaments become stronger and thicker, pain decreases, and their function returns.
Call Lipogenex Anti-Aging Center or book an appointment online to learn more about regenerative medicine techniques and how they can help you heal naturally.