Did you know that more than 20% of adults in the United States wake up to chronic pain each day, and 8% are grappling with high-impact chronic pain? These eye-opening statistics underscore the prevalence of pain, which largely stems from musculoskeletal issues that range from acute injury to arthritis.
Unfortunately, there’s no magic bullet when it comes to resolving pain, which is largely treated through stop-gap measures like pain management. Increasingly, however, regenerative medicine is playing a significant role in helping people overcome chronic pain by helping to rebuild healthy tissue, leading to long-term relief.
At Accelerated Medical, we take an integrative and holistic approach to resolving mechanical issues within the human body. Rather than providing our patients with solutions that simply mask the problem, we offer regenerative medicine, which tackles the underlying cause of the pain for more sustainable results.
Here’s a look at how regenerative medicine works and what it can do for you.
Rebuilding through regenerative medicine
Modern medicine has made great strides in treating every manner of ailment, from broken bones to systemic diseases like arthritis. The problem is that many of these solutions are interventional, which means they work around your body, rather than with it.
Our goal is to treat you within the following definition of regenerative medicine from the National Institutes of Health: “Regenerative medicine is the process of creating living, functional tissues to repair or replace tissue or organ function lost due to age, disease, damage, or congenital defects.”
In other words, our goal is to tap the resources within the human body and redirect them for increased healing and repair.
The tools of regenerative medicine
Leading the charge when it comes to regenerative medicine are mesenchymal stem cells. These incredibly versatile cells have the unique ability to transform into other cells and then multiply indefinitely as that cell.
Mesenchymal stem cells are most potent during embryonic development, which makes sense given that they’re tasked with building a human from the ground up. Through our regenerative medicine, we use mesenchymal cells that are harvested from donor cord tissue from the birth of live full-term babies that are prescreened and preapproved.
We then take these mesenchymal stem cells and inject them into areas where you can use a regenerative boost. When they arrive on the scene, these cells quickly go to work to repair and heal, while also calling upon your own resources to help out.
Another promising tool for healing and repairing your body are platelets. Your platelets are the cells in your blood that are mainly responsible for clotting. But these cells also contain powerful growth factors that play a vital role in your healing process. By isolating and concentrating your platelets, we can redirect them into your damaged tissue to promote long-term healing.
The success of regenerative medicine
To give you an idea about the efficacy of regenerative medicine, a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic on stem cell treatments among 25 patients with bad knees found “dramatic improvements.” Interestingly, researchers injected stem cells into only one of the bad knees, but participants reported improvement in both knees. One hypothesis for this is that the introduced stem cells created a system-wide response that tackled joint pain and inflammation locally as well as in other body parts.
If you’d like to explore how regenerative medicine can help you, please don’t hesitate to give our office a call at 775-753-7387