WHAT IS REGENERATIVE MEDICINE?
Regenerative Medicine is a form of tissue engineering and molecular biology which deals with the “process of replacing, engineering or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function”. When injured or invaded by disease, our bodies have the innate response to heal and defend. Harnessing and enhancing the body’s own regenerative powers is a medical practice at the frontier of present day advancements whose properties can seem miraculous to those who benefit from them. The miracle, however, is the result of scientific exploration that has begun to unlock and utilize the body’s extraordinary ability to heal and restore itself.
WHAT ARE STEM CELLS?
A stem cell is a cell that has the potential to change into a very specific kind of cell. A stem cell, for example, might turn into a blood, skin, bone, or nerve impulse-transmitting cell. As highly adaptable, self-dividing cells, stem cells have an essential role in the body’s growth and repair processes. Because stem cells are full of so much potential, they are extremely helpful in healing patients who are suffering from injury. Some even go far as to say stem cell therapy is the holy grail of regenerative medicine.
HOW ARE STEM CELLS USED FOR TREATMENT?
There is research that shows stem cells show encouraging results in regenerative medicine. As these cells differentiate, they have the ability to grow into muscle, cartilage and other forms of tissue and to enhance the body’s natural ability to heal. Their ability can provide positive outcomes for conditions such as arthritis, tendinitis, tendinopathies and many other painful issues.
WHERE DO STEM CELLS COME FROM?
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) can be collected from the patient’s adipose tissue (fat) in the abdomen or bone marrow (aspirated from the hip bone) but efficacy is greatly dependent on the age of the patient.
As there are controversial and ethical issues surrounding the use of embryonic stem cells, science has now turned to stem cells obtained from amniotic tissue and umbilical cord which allows no harm to the mother or her newborn.
HOW DOES REGENERATIVE MEDICINE WORK?
Cells are the building blocks of tissue, and tissues are the basic unit of function in the body. Generally, groups of cells make and secrete their own support structures, called extracellular matrix. This matrix, or scaffold, does more than just support the cells; it also acts as a relay station for various signaling molecules. Thus, cells receive messages from many sources that become available from the local environment. Each signal can start a chain of responses that determine what happens to the cell. Through medical technology we can now understand how individual cells respond to signals, interact with their environment and organize themselves into a healing process. Scaffolds are created utilizing various Regenerative Medicine therapies allowing for the tissue “self assemble”.
WHAT CAN REGENERATIVE MEDICINE BE USED FOR?
Regenerative medicine can be used for a multitude of conditions including, but not limited to pain management, arthritis, sports injuries, spinal condition, podiatry, wound care, aesthetics, anti-aging, hair restoration, the list goes on and on.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT THERAPY WORKS BEST FOR ME?
Based on your condition or injury your physician will customize a treatment plan for you and determine what therapy, or combination thereof, will work best for you
WILL THE PROCEDURE BE PAINFUL?
In most cases the procedure involves a simple injection and takes very little time. Guided imaging may be used depending on the area of the body being treated.
WHAT IS MY RECOVERY TIME?
Most patients experience little, if any, recovery time from the procedures? Your physician will provide you with the aftercare instructions prior to your returning home.
WILL MY INSURANCE COMPANY PAY FOR MY TREATMENTS?
Insurance coverage varies by state but in most cases no, your treatment is not covered. We will provide you with an itemized statement so you may personally file a claim to your insurance provider.
WHAT IS THE COST OF TREATMENT?
The cost for regenerative medicine therapy is based on the procedure and type pf product needed. Our staff will sit down with you prior to your procedure and explain the cost as well as finance options if required.
Common Conditions Treated: Muscle tear, Meniscus tear, Rotator cuff injury, Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow, Plantar Fasciitis, Arthritis