The body has over 200 types of cells, each one performing a specific function. Among them, specific cells have the potential to make copies of themselves (self-renew) and develop into more specialized cells. These are the cells utilized in regenerative medicine.
These cells are lab-grown so they can be carefully molded into specific types, such as blood or nerve cells, and implanted into a person. The healthy cells then regenerate and repair damage in organs or tissue. Using regenerative medicine is a promising methodology that continues to evolve as more research is conducted.
How Pain and Injuries Can Be Helped with Regenerative Therapy
Knees, shoulders, and other areas in the body are full of articular cartilage, smooth white tissue that covers the ends of bones and allows them to glide together when forming joints. Tendons, muscles, and ligaments of the knee are all centered around the cartilage.
Tendons and ligaments in the knees, elbows, shoulders, and other areas can loosen for a variety of reasons, causing the area to become unstable. The instability causes wear and tear on cartilage causing swelling, bone overgrowth, and pain. Common tendon, ligament and bone injuries, arthritis, and other degenerative conditions are culprits for immense pain.
When the cartilage degenerates or becomes damaged, its complicated structure can make treatment, repair, and restoration extremely difficult. Because those areas have low blood supply, it is difficult for the body to produce the type of cells needed to heal itself in those particular areas. Current treatments usually include arthroscopic surgery to repair ligament tears, knee replacements, meniscectomy, and other invasive and often expensive methods.
Regenerative Therapy Offers Several Advantages Over Surgery
Turning to regenerative therapy and regenerative medicine offers a host of benefits over traditional surgery as the only answer for treating pain related to injuries of the ligaments, tendons, bones, or cartilage:
- Many procedures occur in a single day
- Patients avoid a lengthy recovery and rehabilitation
- Risks of surgery, such as infection or blood clots, are avoided
- Procedure is less complicated than surgery
- The body heals itself rather than relying on outside substances
Cells utilized in regenerative medicine are usually extracted from a patient’s own bone marrow, cultivated, and injected into the affected site, where cells can then regenerate and maintain healthy tissues by acting as repair cells or to reduce inflammation. And paired with certain therapies and protocols to stimulate and “wake up” the receptors in the joints, healing can occur faster than traditional treatments with dynamic effects.
The regenerative therapy arena is extremely promising. Regenerative therapy has been used for over 20 years in oral maxillofacial surgery. It wasn’t until the last few years that other areas have also been exploring the benefits of harnessing regenerative therapy’s power to heal.
More research needs to be conducted to fully leverage the power of regenerative therapy. Currently, research standards are being formulated to move forward with work on the use of regenerative therapy in areas that traditionally have no known way of stopping or slowing down degeneration, such as degenerative osteoarthritis or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Regenerative Therapy at Dynamic Health & Pain Management
If you suffer from knee pain, shoulder pain, sports injuries, or other pain centered around joints or tendons and want relief, Dynamic Health will give you a free consultation, including x-rays (if needed). We would love to discuss how regenerative therapy can be a great non-surgical alternative to healing.
Read success stories of how we have helped Charlotte area residents manage pain.