Regenerative medicine has gained some serious publicity but also successful clinical and scientific data. Regenerative medicine consists of promoting or stimulating the human body to regrow connective tissues to promote healing and long-term results. Regenerative medicine consists of stem cell therapy (mesenchymal stem cells, adipose derived stem cells, bone marrow aspiration stem cells), PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy, and prolotherapy.
The science behind regenerative medicine is extracting and injecting pluripotent or totipotent stem cells into a specific joint, ligament, tendon, or connective tissue to stimulate the body to heal oneself. These procedure are for the most part non-surgical (besides bone marrow aspiration and adipose derived stem cells). These injections are performed with a small-gauge needle and injected into specific points of dysfunction or pain in the body.
Why You Should Get A Second Opinion To Avoid Knee Surgery.
Joint replacements are common in the USA. 1 million per year is estimated and increasing to approximately 4 million in 20 years. Total hip joint replacement places a 10 year life expectancy of patients due to the immobility and sedentary lifestyle post-surgery. There has to be a better option, right?
Orthopedic surgeries are indicated for a select amount of individuals but regenerative medicine should be a consideration before any major joint surgery.