Regenerative Medicine (Stem Cell & PRP)

Regenerative medicine has evolved with recent advances in tissue engineering technology

Regenerative medicine deals with the process of restoring the normal function of the body by replacing, engineering or re-engineering human cells, tissues or organs. This is accomplished by introducing new, young, healthy tissue from allografts – donated tissue – to boost your body’s natural ability to heal.

This highly effective treatment may include stem cells and platelet rich plasma (PRP) options to heal and restore your body’s tissue, bone, discs, cartilage, or cells to provide relief from injuries and chronic pain, and even help combat the effects of aging.

Our team of doctors will customize a treatment program for you to effectively heal your body rather than simply mask your symptoms.

Conditions Treated with Regenerative Medicine Therapies

  •  Joint pain – knee, hip, back, elbow
  •  Osteoarthritis
  • Damaged or degraded cartilage
  • Torn ligaments
  • Arthritis
  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Neuropathy
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Disc problems
  • Bone issues

Regenerative medicine can help reduce knee pain

Among Americans, more people experience knee pain than any other type of
joint pain. Many doctors are sometimes too quick to recommend knee replacement
surgery or dictate year-round consumption of painkillers for relief. There may
be no need for surgery. We offer many treatment options that provide relief and
healing that are non-invasive.

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that can reproduce or renew themselves through cell division into the exact cells your body needs to reduce inflammation and heal itself. When introduced into an injured or damaged area, stem cells accelerate and enhance your natural healing process.

Stem cells are the only cells in the human body capable of generating new cell types. “Mother cells" generate all other cells, dividing into what are known as "daughter cells" under the proper conditions inside the body or in a laboratory.

Stem cells

Your own body grows stem cells, but as you age, the fewer of these cells
you generate and the less effective your natural stem cells become

Daughter cells become new stem cells in a process called “self-renewal.” They also can become specialized cells in a process called “differentiation.” These specialized cells have a more specific function within the body, including transforming into brain cells, heart muscle cells, or blood cells.

There are different types of stem cell sources, including amniotic, cord blood-based, bone marrow and adipose tissue (fat tissue). At MD Health & Wellness, we utilize Mesenchymal stem cells – harvested from the Wharton Jelly of the umbilical cord following a cesarean birth – which offer the most potent and effective healing power as well as an extremely high rate of replication. The harvesting of these cells has no negative impact on the baby or the mother.

There is virtually no chance of rejection or adverse reaction with this type of regenerative treatment. These young stem cells are naturally more favorable than those in our own bodies since our own stem cells have aged as we have aged and are therefore less effective with each passing year. Just think how much more quickly children heal from injuries than do older people. This is due to their young, healthy stem cells.

Mesenchymal stem cells – harvested from the Wharton Jelly of the umbilical cord following a cesarean birth

Your body can use Mesenchymal stem cells to repair torn cartilage, heal
strained ligaments and actually regrow or repair the damaged joint space,
muscle tears, cartilage and synovial fluid.

Mesenchymal stem cell therapy is an intervention that recruits “rescued” stem cells from inside the body and literally regenerates damaged tissues.  Where the stem cells are injected at the damaged tissue site, inflammatory markers, called chemokines, attract the cytokines in the stem cells. Several of the growth factors found in cytokines are interferon and interleukin which help regulate the immune system’s response to inflammation. Together, the growth factors and protein released by the stem cells accelerate the natural healing process and release your own trapped healing potential. Imagine worker cells layering scaffolding to literally rebuild damaged tissue.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

The most active healing cells contained in your blood are called platelets. When your body is injured, platelets go to work repairing that area. To focus this healing power on your injury, we extract a small quantity of your blood, process and isolate the platelets in clear plasma. This platelet-rich plasma is injected into the injured area, with the fastest relief coming from the anti-inflammatory properties of the injection. The longer-term results come from your body healing itself and restoring the damaged tissue. These cells then aid with needed cartilage and tissue regeneration. PRP is often administered in conjunction with stem cell therapy for the most effective results.

What to Expect from Regenerative Cell Therapy

Regenerative cell therapy encourages the repair response of injured, diseased, or dysfunctional tissue using stem cells or stem cell derivatives. Also known as regenerative medicine, it has the potential to treat a wide range of health conditions.

For spinal injuries and joint conditions like osteoarthritis, injections containing stem cell and growth factors can reduce inflammation, support soft tissue repair, and minimize the formation of scars. When combined with complementary therapies, regenerative cell therapy for pain relief can have profound results. Regenerative therapy can help in recovery times and the quality of your daily life.

Masking symptoms with pain killers doesn't heal your body

The best kind of pain relief comes when your body is actually healed.
Masking symptoms with pain killers doesn't heal your body.

Selecting regenerative medical treatment helps your body tap into its youthful healing potential. If you want to feel better while avoiding surgery and drugs, call us today to learn more about regenerative medicine. 

Athletes Who Have Used PRP

Before & After

Shoulder Joint Before/After Regenerative Medicine

Hip Joint Before & After Regenerative Medicine

Knee Joint Before/After Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative Medicine Research Articles:

Advances in Regenerative Medicine: High-density Platelet-rich Plasma and Stem Cell Prolotherapy  For Musculoskeletal Pain

Comparison of molecular profiles of human mesenchymal stem cells derived from bone marrow, umbilical cord blood, placenta and adipose tissue

Umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells are best suited for cartilage and bone regeneration

Emerging technologies – Advances in tissue engineering using mesenchymal stem cells and scaffolds in rotator cuff repair

Chrondrogenesis of Mesenchymal Stem Cells for the Treatment of Osteoarthritis

Umbilical cord as a mesenchymal stem cell source for treating joint pathologies

Treatment with Umbilical Cord Stem Cells Safe with Sustained Benefits for MS, Trial Shows

National Institutes of Health: Stem Cell Basics

Stem Cell Translation Medicine: Mesenchymal Stem Cells - Time to Change the Name!

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