Regenerative medicine is a field of therapy that harnesses the regenerative properties of certain cells in your own body to help heal diseased or damaged tissues and organs. It uses the body’s tissue components to replace lost tissue, accelerate healing and recovery, and pain relief.
Regenerative medicine focuses on 3 areas:
- Improving the body’s ability to heal
- Replacing lost organs and tissue with a healthy tissue from a donor
- Using stem cells, which have the capability of transforming into any type of tissue, as well as cell products such as growth factors to restore tissue and organ function.
Regenerative medicine is useful in the treatment of bone, cartilage, tendon, muscle, nerve and soft tissue injuries as well as chronic wounds that were previously thought to be irreparable.
Why Regenerative Medicine
Regenerative medicine-based therapy is increasingly being recommended in the management of various conditions due to its diverse benefits listed below.
- It uses natural components of your body tissues, thus reducing the risk of adverse reactions or infection.
- In addition to regenerating tissues, it also provides pain relief.
- Certain degenerative conditions and injuries which were previously only treated by surgery, may now show significant improvement with regenerative medicine, delaying or altogether avoiding the need for surgery. This is particularly beneficial for the aged and those with health conditions in whom surgery is not recommended.
- In combination with surgery, it enhances healing and recovery.
- Regenerative medicine procedures take no more than 2 hours and you can return to your activities in a day or two, making it ideal for sports professionals and those who do not wish to be disabled by a surgical procedure and a long recovery period.
- The effects of treatment are usually long lasting and may be repeated if necessary.
Regenerative Medicine for Musculoskeletal Pain
Regenerative medicine focuses on regeneration of lost tissue, acceleration of healing, and pain relief to treat musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis, tendonitis, lower back pain, joint injuries, ligament injuries, sprains and strains, etc. Regenerative medicine uses:
- Stem cells: Undifferentiated cells that can transform into any type of tissue. These are usually obtained from the bone marrow or fat.
- Platelets: Platelets obtained from blood that help activate stem cells.
- Growth factors: Proteins obtained from blood that are essential for tissue repair and regeneration.
Some of the conditions that can be treated with regenerative medicine include many common conditions such as osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis), lower back pain, strains and sprains, nerve injuries, and tendon and ligament tears.
Regenerative medicine is used to avoid or delay surgery, accelerate healing after surgery or injury, or when surgery or other therapies have failed. Recovery after treatment is quick and you may return to normal activities in 72 hours and to sports in 2 weeks.