Regenerative Medicine is a very effective technique used to repair, regrow, or replace damaged organs or tissues. There are multiple approaches to regenerative medicine as well as commonly used products.
Common products that work with the body to assist in organ and tissue replacement are Exosomes, Stem Cells, Cord Blood, and Structural Tissue. Each of these products is used for certain situations and not one product is fit for all repairs and replacements. Exosomes are used for cell-to-cell communication as extracellular vesicles. Stem cells are also known as ‘master cells’ and live within the brain, blood, bones, and organs. Stem cells are used to restore, replace, and regenerate old or damaged cells. Cord blood contains a certain type of stem cell that is blood-forming and can be used in treatment for blood cancers and many other diseases. Lastly, structural tissue is used as a barrier to support cell growth and repair.
Regenerative medicine has many methods and all serve a different purpose to help the problem at hand which includes prolotherapy, the use of stem cells, and platelet-rich plasma. All of these techniques will enable patients to heal within.
Over time ligaments and tendons in your body are stretched and maybe torn from high impact movements which can cause weakness and pain in the tissue. Prolotherapy is an injection-based, non-surgical treatment to help the injured or inflamed ligaments and tendons to heal. Areas of the body that are prone to this issue are the neck, back, knees, ankles, wrists, elbows, shoulders, and other joints. With prolotherapy, it also strengthens and restores the tissue in addition to relieving pain.
Stem Cell Therapy
Cells in the body can be damaged by diseases and injuries such as cancer, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease, osteoarthritis, and more. Utilizing stem cell therapy can target specific cells to help with particular new cell growth to replace the hurt and diseased cells.
This therapy is important to accelerating the healing process of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. When using platelet-rich plasma, this is done with the use of the patient’s own platelets and injected into the problem area. Trauma and joint injuries are best healed using platelet-rich plasma.