Helping painful knees doesn’t necessarily mean surgery. Cells from your own body can help It’s called regenerative medicine.
What is Regenerative Medicine?
It’s not new since doctors have performed bone marrow and organ transplants for decades, but the entire field is evolving. Think of the three Rs, rejuvenation, replacement, and regeneration.
Rejuvenation is when the body gets some help to heal itself. It’s like when you cut your skin, it heals on its own, but ointments and creams can help. Some other cells within the body can do the same thing.
The replacement portion is when healthy cells, tissues, or organs replace damaged ones. Think of a heart or kidney transplant.
Finally, regeneration comes when the goal is for specific types of cells or cell products to go directly into a diseased or damaged tissue or organ with the hopes of restoring tissue or organ function.
Using Stem Cells
Stem cells can develop into many different types of cells, so they’re a key to regenerative medicine. Adult stem cells from a patient’s own body can help treat all kinds of things. Their main function is to repair any damaged tissue nearby. Another name for them is somatic stem cells.
For many treatment purposes, the stem cells either come from fat or bone marrow. The cells that come from fat are called adipose-derived stem cells. For both kinds of cells, treatment professionals take the blood that contains the stem cells and put it in a centrifuge which spins the blood. That action concentrates the stem cells. Then, the stem cells go back into the body at the injury site.
The adipose stem cells are often easier to get to since they come from fat just under the skin rather than in bone marrow.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) also has the ability to initiate a healing process that can both repair and regenerate tissue.
How to Repair Injuries?
When the stem cells go back into the body at the injury site, they can repair torn tendons, ligaments, muscles, or joint tissue or regenerate cartilage.
Flexogenix is a leader in regenerative medicine because our doctors focus on non-invasive treatment procedures. Using the Progeni-Flex™ method, doctors can determine which type of regenerative technique is best for each patient. Almost anyone who suffers from chronic joint pain can benefit from the treatment. Contact us for a consultation today