Why Men and Women Are Turning to Regenerative Medicine to Treat Chronic Conditions

According to AABB, an organization dedicated to leading in the area of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies, approximately one in three people in the United States could benefit from regenerative medicine. Imagine if it were possible to regenerate damaged human cells, tissues, or even organs! That dream is rapidly becoming a reality.

Regenerative medicine stimulates your body to repair and heal itself, sometimes with biomaterials designed and grown in laboratories, sometimes taken from one part of your body and injected into another, or sometimes taken from another source and injected into your body.

This post explores some of the chronic conditions that regenerative medicine is already being used to treat successfully.

Chronic low back pain

Low back pain is one of the most widespread and pervasive health issues in the United States. More than 80% of adults experience some low back pain symptoms each year, and a certain percentage of those people develop chronic low back pain, where the pain lasts for more than six weeks.

If you have chronic low back pain, regenerative medicine may be an appropriate treatment. Recent studies have shown that two particular regenerative medicine procedures may be effective in managing chronic low back pain that arises due to either a problem with the discs between your vertebrae or a problem with your sacroiliac joint.

The two procedures are the injection of medicinal signaling cells into the affected area and the use of platelet-rich plasma. Although the scientific evidence that these treatments can be effective is still emerging, the amount of anecdotal evidence is compelling.

Repetitive use injuries

Injuries to your ligaments, tendons, and other soft tissues due to overuse are sometimes difficult to treat. The process can be long and slow, which means that you can’t participate in your normal activities. Many repetitive use injuries are sports-related -- tennis elbow and runner’s knee are examples.

Regenerative medicine techniques have been especially successful in treating such injuries. If you’re dealing with a difficult to treat problem, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or an Achilles tendon injury, you may want to investigate regenerative medicine.

Arthritis

One of the most exciting areas of research in the field of regenerative medicine is in treating arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a particularly interesting area, and there’s been both astounding progress and heavy investment into research.

Around the world, scientists are working to find out if it’s possible to inject specialized cells into joints damaged by arthritis to stimulate them to produce new, healthy tissue. In other words, regenerative medicine may hold the cure for arthritis.

Although arthritis can’t be cured -- yet -- many patients at Revive Medical have found that treating arthritis through regenerative medicine approaches can slow the progression of the disease and help alleviate pain.

If you’d like to learn more about how regenerative medicine is being used to successfully treat chronic conditions, book an appointment online or by phone at Revive Medical. We have two offices located in San Diego, California, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. We’re happy to evaluate your condition and determine whether or not this treatment approach could be beneficial for you.  

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