About regenerative medicine
Regenerative medicine in simple terms is a type of tissue engineering and molecular biology that deals with the replacement, engineering or regeneration of tissues, cells or organs in humans. This process helps restore the normal function of the human body. Such as we can see in cases of chronic pains, major injuries, aging, and even aesthetics.
Regenerative medicine is a kind of miracle, a massive breakthrough that helps patients manage chronic pain. It is also more affordable, non-invasive, non-toxic and very effective. There are diverse types of regenerative medicine. Some of which include;
- Amniotic membrane-derived stem cells
- Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) - Stem cell therapy
These therapies have been lifesavers for patients when it comes to managing pains and getting their lives back.
How regenerative medicine works
The plain meaning of regeneration is growth. And in this case, it is the regrowth of damaged or missing organs from the remaining tissue. These tissues are the basic unit of function in all living things (humans) made out of cells. These groups of cells secrete a supporting structure called the extracellular matrix which doesn’t only support but also relays signals to the cells. These signals when gotten, can fire off a chain of responses.
Now, regenerative medicine uses diverse therapies to create this extracellular matrix, which fires off signals to the appropriate regions. Thus getting the cells to self-assemble. This is because with the help of technology in medicine, we have a better understanding of how each cell type responds to signals. How they also adapt and interact with their environment, thereby organizing themselves to begin the healing process.
But of all therapies in the market at the moment, stem cell therapy happens to be the face of regenerative medicine. This is because it has proven very effective for reversing osteoarthritis. A leading degenerative joint disease. It has also been used along with PRP to help peripheral neuropathy.
Regenerative medicine and osteoarthritis
Stem cell therapy, a type of regenerative medicine has demonstrated its potency by inducing such profound healing activity in humans plagued with osteoarthritis. We collect and use stem cells recovered from donated umbilical cords that come through healthy births.
We inject the stem cells into the joint with the problem. This brings about huge relief to symptoms associated with osteoarthritis, such as pain, swelling, and stiffness or loss of joint movement by growing new cartilage tissue.
Potential treatment areas include: chronic neck and back pain, cartilage damage, degenerated joints, knee injuries, ligament tears, meniscus damage, muscle tears, nerve injury, rotator cuff injury and tendon tears.
Typical success rates would be as follows:
- Hip arthritis: 80%
- Plantar fasciitis: 90-95%
- Arthritis of the knee: 85-90%
- Chronic shoulder injuries: 80-85%
- Chronic neck and low back pain: 75-80%
- Carpal tunnel syndrome: 80%
- Chronic epicondylitis (tennis and golfer’s elbow): 90%
- Neuropathy of the arms or legs: 75%
Drugs can relieve pain but don’t stop the degeneration. In fact, anti-inflammatories, especially steroids like cortisone, destroy cartilage, bone, ligaments and tendons over time which ultimately increases the need for a joint replacement which has only a 50% success rate. This is why cortisone injections should only be done 3 times in a lifetime.
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