Regenerative medicine has been used widely within the world of sports medicine and Orthopaedics. But it is still not completely understood by the general public. In order to make clear the practice of regenerative medicine, we are welcoming Trent Christensen, MD to The Marsh this November. He will be explaining various types of regenerative options for all kinds of physical limitations. We wanted to give you a sneak peek into the healing power of regenerative medicine before this upcoming event. Read on to better understand regenerative medicine as a practice and a healing method.
What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative Medicine is a practice within the medical field that uses non-invasive and non-surgical treatments to stimulate a natural healing process. The practice harnesses the body’s natural ability to heal itself when injured or diseased. The field uses our own human bodies to create treatments and solutions to aid in curing injury and disease. There are many different types of regenerative medicine options, the following are perhaps the most prevalent.
Types of Regenerative Medicine
Stem cells occur naturally in the body as cells that can turn into other types of cells and create a repair response. In regenerative medicine, they are used to replicate and replace cells in the body that have been damaged or diseased. Stem cell research has been long debated on a public scale, but since 2006 when scientists learned to extract stem cells from one’s own body rather than an embryo there is much less debate. Stem cells from one’s own bone marrow have shown excellent outcomes for treating both degenerative and inflammatory orthopedic injuries causing pain to the hip, knee, shoulder or back.
PRP is an acronym meaning Platelet-rich plasma. This form of regenerative medicine uses a patient’s own blood to isolate and concentrate the platelets in the blood in order to then inject those platelets into an injured area of the body. PRP is typically used in sports medicine for specific physical injuries and has proven especially useful on tendon injuries and spinal ligaments and joints.
This kind of regenerative medicine is specifically designed for those who are suffering from tendon damage, oftentimes from a sports injury. Tenex is a procedure that is considered minimally invasive and utilizes ultrasound imaging to view and then remove damaged tissue. The procedure is most commonly used for tendon damage caused by a sports injury.
To discover more about regenerative medicine, join us for an informative physician’s lecture with Dr. Trent Christensen this November.