Regenerative medicine is an umbrella discipline that focuses on the study of molecular and cellular processes and attempts to find ways for the body to heal itself. It seeks to treat diseases and injuries by using the body’s healing abilities rather than depending on synthetic medications to do the job. Let’s take a look at how regenerative medicine works, what it can treat, and why it’s a worthwhile method of treatment.
How Does Regenerative Medicine Work?
Regenerative medicine aims to heal damaged tissue and organs of the body either by stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities or by implanting laboratory-grown cells and tissue to do the job. Examples of regenerative treatments include platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and stem cell therapy. PRP therapy involves injecting a patient’s damaged part of the body with his or her own platelet-rich plasma (taken from a blood sample) to boost healing in that particular area of the body. PRP therapy can reduce joint pain caused by conditions like arthritis by encouraging natural healing in the joint. It can also bolster healing after surgery to make the recovery period shorter. Stem cell therapy involves isolating stem cells from your bone marrow or fat tissue and injecting it into the damaged part of the body to encourage faster and more effective healing. Both of these regenerative treatments use the body’s own healing mechanisms to fix damage instead of using medications from external sources.
What Conditions Can Regenerative Medicine Treat?
Regenerative medicine treatments can help treat a wide range of injuries, diseases, and conditions. They include:
- Chronic pain or strains in joints (in the knee, ankle, hips, wrist, and shoulder)
- Arthritis pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tennis elbow
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Back and neck pain
- And more
Why Regenerative Medicine?
There are many benefits of regenerative medicine treatments. They include:
- Less Risk of Adverse Reactions: Because regenerative medicine relies on the patient’s own healing properties instead of medicine, there is far less risk of an adverse reaction happening from the treatments.
- Faster Recovery: Regenerative medicine focuses on boosting healing properties in the damaged area which increases the healing activity in the area. This results in faster healing from injuries, conditions, and post-surgery pain than the body could accomplish without the regenerative treatments.
- Delays the Need for Surgery: Because regenerative medicine aims to heal the body from within, it delays the need for surgery by reducing painful symptoms. By helping heal the body through regeneration, patients see their symptoms reduce and can forgo surgery for a longer period of time.
If you are interested in learning more about how regenerative medicine could help you reduce the pain you feel or help you heal faster, call the experts at Lynx Healthcare today. Our team of experts and trained professionals have a wealth of experience using regenerative treatments like PRP therapy and stem cell treatment to reduce pain and improve quality of life for patients. Call (509) 591-0070 to make an appointment or schedule an appointment online.