Regenerative Medicine, What Can It Do For You?

Regenerative medicine is a form of treatment whereby the body uses its own resources to heal itself, and is a type of therapy that combines the study of science and medicine to find new sources of healing. There are three major types of regenerative medicine. Rejuvenation, which boosts the body’s own ability to heal itself; replacement, which uses healthy cells to replace damaged cells in the body; and, regeneration, which uses a specific type of cell to restore damaged tissues. There are various ways that regenerative medicine can help you, depending on the injury or disease you might have.

Stem cells are used in regenerative medicine as they have the ability to divide, multiple and specialize to become a variety of cells. They are undifferentiated cells found in the body that can then form into tissues, organs, or whatever the body needs in the injured area. They are pulled from one area of the body and relocated to the area of inflammation or disease. They may form into muscle, bone, tissue or more.

PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma, is another type of regenerative medicine that can help you. This form of treatment uses the bodies’ own blood plasma to heal injured areas. The plasma is taken from the body, the platelets and plasma are then separated out, and the plasma is injected back in to the body. PRP helps by accelerating the healing process and encourages cell growth.

By using the bodies’ own resources to heal, the patient has more of a chance of fighting a disease or illness. This also provides endless resources for the body to use, rather than finding resources elsewhere. Not only can regenerative medicine heal organs, muscles and tissue, but it can also fight infection and potentially reverse the effects of a disease.

What is Prolotherapy used for?

Prolotherapy, also known as proliferation therapy, relieves chronic pain through an injection of an irritant solution, often a sugar called dextrose. This solution is deposited around an injured or diseased area of the body. Prolotherapy follows the notion that the body can heal itself, and the solution acts as a stimulant for the body to begin regenerating new tissues. The solution increases blood flow and inflammation, jumpstarting the healing process. This is a non-invasive, drug-free and safe procedure that takes about 2-8 sessions to work effectively. At each session, which are spread out between 2-6 weeks over a span of several months, expect to receive multiple injections of the irritant solution.

Prolotherapy is used to heal damaged tendons, ligaments, joints or injury from aging or sports. It can also be used to alleviate back pain, tendonitis, joint pain, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease and many more. The increase in inflammation in this process increases the blood supply to the area which causes nutrients to start flowing, this then stimulates tissue and repairs the body. New collagen fibers are created and growth factors are deposited in the area, as well.

Prolotherapy is great for strengthening weak joints and creating heightened muscle functionality, such as increased movement and flexibility. If you think you might be interested in Prolotherapy, give us a call and we can set you up with a consultation to go over all the pros, cons and any questions you might have. After that, we’ll get you scheduled for your first appointment.

Pros and Cons of Stem Cell Therapy

Stem Cell Therapy is a safe, minimally-invasive, non-surgical procedure that uses the body’s own resources to heal other areas of the body. By using the body’s own renewable resources, you get a natural and simple way to relieve chronic pain. If you’re experiencing chronic pain, have an injury or are suffering various diseases, this therapy might be the right choice for you – learn the pros and cons to this treatment below.

If you opt for Stem Cell therapy, you’ll go through the following process: your doctor will put you under anesthesia and isolate cells from one area of the body, typically from fat tissue or bone marrow, and will inject it into the area of disease or injury. The unspecialized cells will then multiply and differentiate to become the type of cell that is needed in the area of injury. Stem cells can form into joint, muscle, cartilage or tissue. By increasing inflammation in the area, the cells recreate the healing process to help the area heal correctly and potentially reverse the effects of the disease. These stem cells may be injected via IV, through the joint or muscle, or lumbar puncture. You will have one session that lasts a few hours.

There are many pros and a few cons to stem Cell Therapy. This therapy can be beneficial for numerous diseases and injuries, some of which are COPD, sports-related injuries, neurological disorders, tendonitis, arthritis, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease and more. It helps to increase functionality of muscles and joints, decrease nerve damage and regenerate tissue in the area of need. Most importantly, it relieves chronic pain without the use of prescription pills or major surgery.  Unfortunately, due to the nature of the unspecialized cells, stem cells have the chance of forming tumors and the body may end up rejecting the cells used.