What is Regenerative Medicine?
The twenty-first century has seen the rise of medical innovation and advancement, one of the most promising fields is Regenerative Medicine. You may have seen reports about regenerative medicine on the news, or perhaps know someone who has been treated using this type of medicine, but you are still unsure about it. It may be that you want to avoid surgery, but you don’t know much about regenerative treatments. It seems to you as if it the concept came from a science fiction novel. You are not alone, everyday people seek out information on what is entailed in the treatment and just like you, they are seeking the facts.
The fact is that regenerative medicine is a growing, dynamic field used by everyone from professional athletes to senior citizens. There is no great mystery to this new option; it is a very straightforward process. It is our goal at Integrated Pain Relief that patients understand what regenerative medicines is as well as how they benefit from the process. To fully understand regenerative therapy let’s take a closer look.
How Do Regenerative Treatments Work?
Although complex in its biochemical reactions, the overview of regenerative therapies and medicine is quite simple; it does not require a medical school to understand. This form of medicine is the practice of returning the human body to its normal functions through the use of stem cell therapy.
Mesenchymal stem cells taken from the umbilical cord of an infant delivered by c-section are used in the treatment. All stem cells meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and are approved for use in repairing tissue. The stem cells are introduced into the body via an injection and immediately go to work.
What do the Stem Cells do?
Damaged cells, tissue, or organs are replaced or restored to achieve a working state. Stem cells aid the body in healing, and young stem cells like Mesenchymal stem cells, accelerate the process. In this way, stem cells fulfill their purpose by helping the body heal. Here are some incredible things stem cells can do:
- Stem cells can recognize what type of tissue cell has been damaged and then change itself (or differentiate) into that type of cell and replace the dying tissue.
- Some of the types of tissue that stem cells replace include: organ, muscle, tendons, ligaments, and fat.
- Stem cells can help people who suffer from arthritis, ligament damage, knee injuries, repetitive motion injuries, torn or damaged rotator cuffs, hip injuries, bursitis, and even tendonitis.
What are Some Benefits of Regenerative Therapy?
There are numerous reasons to choose regenerative therapy to heal damaged tissue over more old fashioned treatments. Here are some of the clear benefits of using regenerative medicine over some of the more antiquated therapies available today.
- Receiving stem cells does not require surgery.
- No pre and post operation meetings.
- There is nearly no risk from infection with stem cell injections.
- Recover time from treating damaged tissue with stem cells has a shorter recovery time than surgery. Typically four to six weeks.
- Stem cell injections do not require a hospital stay.
- Nor do stem cell injections require general anesthesia.
- There is no mental fuzziness related to being unconscious during surgery.
- Any age group is able to receive the benefits of stem cell treatment with no variation in recovery time.
- When completed you will be able to return to your favorite activates.
- Reduction of pain through stem cell therapy means that you may not need addictive pain pills or expensive therapeutic patches.
Do Stem Cell Treatments Hurt?
Understandably, most people want to avoid painful procedures if they can. Because stem cell treatment is on the cutting edge of medicine, there are some misconceptions as to what types of stem cell treatment are painful and which are not. Mesenchymal stem cells are harvested from umbilical cords, and there are no stem cells extracted from the patient’s body. With other types of stem cell therapy require the taking of blood and bone marrow.
Extraction of bone marrow from the patient requires boring into the bone with a drill, which can leave a patient in pain afterward. With mesenchymal stem cells, patients only feel a slight pinch during injection, and in some cases may not even be felt. Unlike surgery where recovery can take weeks, patients who receive stem cell injections may be able to return to work as early as the following day.
Why are Mesenchymal Stem Cells Better than Your Stem Cells?
You may be thinking “why aren’t my body’s stem cells able to regenerate?” As you age, so does your DNA; viruses which damage DNA and oxidation over time make your stem cells less desirable. Because mesenchymal stem cells come from newborns, the stem cells don’t carry the damage that older ones have. Adult stem cells also lack the ability to differentiate into multiple types of cells. Mesenchymal Stem Cells are pluripotent (or iPS cells) which means they have the ability to make all adult cell types. With mesenchymal stem cells, you receive the same biochemical benefits that turn a ball of cells into a human baby.
If you are suffering from pain and are told requires surgery, you have another option. Contact Integrated Pain Relief at 940-566-3599 or fill out our easy online contact form.
One of our knowledgeable and caring staff will answer your questions and set up a time for you to come in. We care about each of our patient’s individual needs and how our stem cell treatments can best heal them. We will also provide you with a step by step plan for your treatment and recovery. When you have completed your mesenchymal stem cell treatments, you will feel better and may have increased functionality. Why put up with a nagging shoulder or trick knee? Don’t wait a minute longer contact us today and start your journey to healing.