Are you familiar with the term “regenerative medicine” but don’t know much about what it is or how it works? Don’t worry – you’re not alone. Our pain doctors in Bedford TX Comprehensive Pain Institute (locations also in Benbrook and Lewisville) believe that our patient’s understanding of potential treatments is just as important as understanding their condition. That’s why today we’re going to be talking about the basics of regenerative medicine. Read on to learn about what it is and why it might be worth talking to your care team about.
What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine is a category of therapy which focuses on developing and applying new treatments to heal tissues and organs and restore function loss due to aging, disease, damage or defects. It differs from other treatments by going beyond disease management to discover therapies that support the body in repairing, regenerating and restoring itself to a state of well-being.
In simple terms, it’s the process of trying to apply the body’s own ability to heal a cut to other chronic conditions that do not resolve on their own. Regenerative medicine therapies prompt the body to enact a self-healing response.
How Does Treatment Work?
Our regenerative medicine Bedford TX team (locations also at Benbrook and Lewisville) has developed several techniques and applications for its use in the clinical orthopedic setting. Some of the most common types of treatments fall under the umbrella of stem cell therapy.
Stem cell therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that harnesses your body’s natural healing powers. Your stem cells, which are found in your bone marrow and fat tissue, serve as the body’s raw material for rebuilding and repairing, and can transform themselves into the specialized cells your body needs to make new bone, muscle, or blood vessels. These treatments may help:
- Reduce pain
- Promote healing
- Reduce inflammation
- Improve function
- Much, much more!
In treatment, our specialists combine the stem cells from your bone marrow with amniotic tissue and inject it back into the area of your body that is causing discomfort. This combination creates a powerful healing tool that accelerates your body’s natural healing process so that the body can move on to the regeneration phase of healing a lot faster.
Conditions and Injuries that Benefit from Regenerative Medicine
Thanks to advances in medicine, doctors may be able to fully heal your damaged or diseased tissue with regenerative medicine instead of simply treating the symptoms. CPI is a leader in the area of regenerative medicine and uses it as a treatment for many conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, including:
- Partial Tendon/Ligament Tears
- Joint Repair
- Cartilage Disorders
- Chronic Sports Injuries
- Degenerative Joint & Disc Disease
- Chronic Sprains and Strains
- Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Spine Strains
- Arthritic Joints
- Shoulder Pain, Hip Pain, and Knee Pain
- Ligament Laxity or Tears
- Tendon and Ligament Injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Watch our brief videos about stem cell therapy for spinal discs and knee pain and visit our page dedicated to regenerative medicine to learn more! We are thrilled to be able to offer these cutting-edge treatments to our community. If you or a loved one is curious about how regenerative medicine could affect their chronic pain condition, call today to schedule a consultation.
When NOT to Use Regenerative Medicine
A specialist at CPI will determine if you’re a good candidate for regenerative medicine after a comprehensive evaluation. Consideration for the cutting-edge treatment may depend on your injury or diseased tissue, medical history, activity, and overall health.
You may not be considered a good candidate for stem cell therapy if you have:
- Cystic fibrosis
- Muscular dystrophy
- Tuberous sclerosis
- HIV infection
- Hepatitis B or C
- Peripheral nerve dysfunction
Your doctor will review your health history with you thoroughly before recommending any type of treatment (regenerative or otherwise). For best results, we recommend you work with a clinic that specializes in regenerative medicine for your specific condition.
If you live with pain that won’t go away, you know how frustrating it can be. Regenerative medicine is a branch of medical care that may be able to help. The pain specialists at the Comprehensive Pain Institute will work to find the cause of your pain and we’ll treat it at its source. This can give you a better quality of life and result in sustainable relief. Call today to schedule your next appointment!