What Is Regenerative Medicine?

What Is Regenerative Medicine?

by Shearly (SU)

Can you imagine taking the human body’s power to heal, and using that power to heal your own body in a better or faster way?

The human body has natural abilities to heal when disease or injuries happen. This ability is what stops bleeding when you get a paper cut and what helps heal a broken bone. This healing process has a lot of power that can fix many health issues. 

Regenerative Medicine Heals Naturally

While other forms of medical treatments focus on reducing symptoms, regenerative medicine focuses on actually healing the underlying cause of the symptoms. Regenerative medicine, therefore, attempts to heal the body in a more efficient way by using the body’s natural healing factors.

Through regenerative medicine, we can create ways to heal the body when it cannot do so on its own – or not quickly enough. Regenerative medicine refers to “regenerating” human tissue and cells to fix a bodily function or condition.

While many advances have already been made in this field, there is a tremendous number of regenerative medicine applications that scientists and doctors are exploring every day. Two of the most popular regenerative therapies used today are stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, and they are explained in detail below.

What Is Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cell therapy involves using stem cells to replace missing or damaged cells. Stem cells are dormant and unspecialized cells that can be found stored in bone marrow and fat but in relatively small quantities. Scientists are now able to transform stem cells into specialized tissue cells that the body needs to generate new and healthy tissue.

Doctors start by extracting stem cells from the patient who needs treatment. The stem cells are then sent to a lab and are specialized into the specific type of cells the body needs. Once this is done, the cells are injected back into the patient in the specific location where they are needed.

Once inside the injured location in the body, the newly specialized cells use their repairing abilities to generate new and healthy tissue.

What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy? 

Human blood is made up predominantly of white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Platelets have special properties that help the body heal. 

PRP therapy involves using a patient’s own blood to speed up the body’s healing process. Whereas stem cell therapy is used to regenerate missing or damaged cells, PRP therapy is used to heal tissue that’s injured. 

PRP therapy became popular initially in sports medicine because athletes were able to return to their sport quicker when using PRP therapy to heal their injuries and after surgeries.

PRP therapy became mainstream afterward because of its successful ability to heal the injuries faster. While the body can heal a plethora of issues on its own, sometimes it does not heal injuries completely. When this happens, individuals can be left with unwanted lingering symptoms, such as pain. 

An example of this is an individual who experiences knee pain after injuring a knee several years ago in an accident or while playing sports. A physician can use PRP therapy to help relieve the person’s pain.

To perform PRP therapy, a doctor withdraws blood from the patient. A centrifuge is used to isolate the platelet-rich plasma from the blood. Once isolated, the doctor reinjects the plasma into the patient’s desired area. The plasma signals the body’s healing system to heal the injury in that location. 

Sports and Regenerative Medicine in Wilmington, DE 

Regenerative medicine has the ability to change millions of lives for the better. A variety of diseases and conditions can be treated using regenerative therapies. 

Because of the incredible ability to harness the body’s healing factors to perform targeted treatments, physicians and scientists see a lot of potential in the future of regenerative medicine applications. 

If you are interested in exploring regenerative therapy to treat a health condition or a pain you are experiencing, talk to a physician who has experience in the field. Regenerative therapies may be able to help you where other treatments have failed.

Dr. Vic Kalman has a wealth of knowledge and experience in regenerative therapies. To explore how our team can help you, call us at (302) 529-5500 today for more information or make an appointment. We look forward to helping you regain that active lifestyle you love.