Regenerative Medicine in the area of orthopedics is a new field of medicine that enables a patient to amplify their own body’s ability to heal itself using concentrated regenerative cells and growth factors. Growth factors are naturally occurring molecules in the body that communicate with other cells to facilitate new cell growth and stimulate healing.
Regenerative Medicine consists of two primary treatments:
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cells are at the center of regenerative medicine and their use has continued to expand and gain mainstream exposure over the past few years. Many people think stem cells are only found in growing embryos or other birth related tissues, but this is not true. While these tissues do contain stem cells, adults also have naturally occurring stem cells already in their body that can be found in bone marrow and even belly fat.
Most cells in your body perform a very specific task. A stem cell is simply a naturally occurring cell in your body that has the unique ability to produce other cells, or become a different cell, based on the task the body requires.
Stem cell therapy delivers concentrated cells and growth factors right to the point of injury stimulating a powerful healing response capable of regenerating and repairing tissue.
Platelet Rich Plasma Injection Therapy
Platelet Rich Plasma Injection Therapy is a similar procedure that uses the healing properties of your blood platelets to turbo-charge your body’s ability to recover from injuries. When injury occurs in the body, blood flow is needed to supply the necessary cells and nutrients to drive the healing process. But when some areas of the body are injured, such as tendons and cartilage tissues like the meniscus, blood flow is not sufficient enough to stimulate significant healing. Injecting concentrated platelets delivers high volumes of growth factors and proteins to the area of injury that signals and drives your body’s healing response.