Through the new specialty of Regenerative Medicine, back pain and joint pain can now be relieved nonsurgically by concentrating the body’s own natural healing power onto injured disc tissue or joints.
Platelet rich plasma, commonly referred to as PRP, is the patient’s own human blood that is spun down in a centrifuge. This concentration of platelets is then injected into the injured tissue or joint where normal healing has not taken place. Research has shown PRP boosts the healing of damaged muscles, tendons and ligaments. This concentrated plasma has all the natural proteins that rebuild injured tissues and joints.
PRP is especially beneficial to those with back pain or joint pain. Many times patients under 50 years old are told to wait for joint replacement because of the lifespan of the artificial joint. PRP can be a godsend to these patients because it can relieve pain from injured tissues.
Degeneration or aging of the human body is a natural process and is responsible for many illnesses, including joint pain and back pain. Most doctors focus on managing symptoms rather than being able to address the root cause.
Regenerative medicine restores tissues and joints related to aging and accelerates healing after injury.
Regenerative medicine therapies available at Spine Group Beverly Hills include platelet rich plasma and stem cell therapy (bone marrow aspirate). To learn more about the latest medical advances for back pain and joint pain, call us at 310.881.3730 to schedule an evaluation.
(Images ©ViewMedica above help illustrate the PRP process.)
Regenerative medicine is a very broad, new approach to medicine that primarily uses the advances in stem cell technology to advance clinical care. Regenerative medicine is the science behind the potential to fully heal damaged tissues and organs, offering solutions for people who have conditions that today are only treatable for life, such as diabetes. Regenerative medicine or ‘cell therapy’ refers to the emerging field of technology and treatment of producing new cells to replace malfunctioning or damaged cells as a mechanism to treat disease and injury. Today’s focus on regenerative medicine is finding safe, fast, and cost effective methods of generative replacement cells from stem cells.
Regenerative medicine can be viewed as solutions and cures to the problems and challenges of treating chronic diseases, instead of the current method of treating chronic diseases with short-term effect drugs that need to be continued on a long-term basis for life.
Degeneration or aging of the human body is a natural process, but also creates most of the illnesses people obtain in their lifetimes. It’s normal for someone to eventually have problems with the joints, back pain, or your heart becomes weak. As anyone gets older and older, the human body is more likely to stop functioning correctly. Given our aging population, current treatments are becoming unable to keep pace with patients' needs due to the fact there are few effective ways to treat the root causes of many diseases, injuries and congenital conditions. Therefore, doctors can only manage patients' symptoms using medications or devices and NOT cure the patient directly of their root problem or disease. Regenerative medicine is the process of trying to restore (organs, joints, tendons etc.) and prevent the deterioration of aging or injury within the human body.
Regenerative medicine could be the new surgery for diabetes. Currently, diabetes can be cured with transplanting a pancreas or transplanting islets, the part of the pancreas that produces insulin and senses glucose. But diabetes is too common of a condition to consistently rely on pancreas transplants or islets available to serve the need of the population. So regenerative medicine in the process of generating islets from other cell types that are currently widely available in the human body.
Current diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, type II diabetes, heart failure, osteoarthritis, joint & tendon problems, arise from the loss or malfunction of key specific cell types in the body. Regenerative medicine involves replacing damaged or malfunctioning cells with fully functional ones derived from the patient’s own body. You could pinpoint a specific tendon or joint that has cellular structure problems, and inject the laboratory manipulated fully functionally cells into that spot, curing the patient of their injury.
Regenerative Medicine combines three interrelated approaches of rejuvenation, replacement, and regeneration.
Rejuvenation involves increasing the natural ability of the body to heal itself. Whereas a cut on your skin will heal relatively fast, your organs cannot repair themselves as rapidly. Highly specialized cells constituting the heart, lungs or brain, were once thought to be no longer able to divide (terminally differentiated). Stem cells therapies have shown those terminally differentiated cells are able to remodel and possess some ability to self-heal.
Replacement is using existing healthy cells, tissues or organs from a living or deceased donor to replace damaged cells / organs in the recipient. Regenerative medicine is trying to expand and find new opportunities to overcome donor shortage as the general population ages and the biological challenges, such as immunosuppression, with organ rejection.
Regeneration is done through stem cell-based therapy delivering specific types of cells or cell products to diseased tissues or organs, where they will ultimately restore tissue and organ function.
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