7 Ailments That Can Be Treated With Regenerative Medicine

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In recent years, regenerative medicine has emerged as a safe and effective treatment for a wide array of medical conditions, promoting natural healing and tissue regeneration to help the body repair itself. As a regenerative medicine specialist, Dr. James Sheehan helps patients at Advanced Medical Physicians tap into the benefits of stem cell treatment using state-of-the-art techniques for optimal healing and recovery.

7 conditions treated with regenerative medicine

Stem cells are special cells that can be “programmed” by your body to grow into any type of cell. In regenerative medicine, the cells are extracted from your own tissues typically bone marrow or fatty tissue  or taken from donor material, then processed and injected back into your body, directly at the site of injury. Once the stem cells are injected, other cells and chemicals in your body act on them, helping them “transform” into new healthy cells that can be used to replace or repair damaged tissues. Here are seven medical conditions Dr. Sheehan can treat using regenerative medicine:

Arthritis

Millions of men and women are affected by osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease that causes joints to break down. Osteoarthritis most commonly occurs as we get older and years of wear-and-tear take their toll on the protective cartilage linings of our joints. But sometimes, arthritis can occur after a traumatic injury or even following joint surgery. Arthritis typically causes symptoms like joint pain and stiffness that can make even everyday movements and activities very painful. regenerative medicine helps treat arthritis by helping repair damaged joint cartilage and by reducing joint inflammation, a major component of arthritis.

Joint pain

Joints comprise an array of structures and tissues, including bones, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. Regenerative medicine works to repair damage to any of these structures, promoting the growth of new, healthy tissue to replace tissue that’s been damaged by trauma or disease. As with arthritis treatment, stem cells used to treat joint pain can also help reduce inflammation, helping to restore normal function and range of motion in the joint.

Bone or cartilage degeneration

Although both bone and cartilage are living tissues, they have a limited blood supply compared to other types of tissues. That means healing can be much slower, and sometimes, the tissue repair process can be severely hampered. Regenerative medicine for bone and cartilage damage works by promoting the growth of new, healthy bone and cartilage cells which can then be recruited by the body to replace cells that are damaged or destroyed.

Sports injuries

Sports injuries are common, especially now that more and more people remain active as they get older. Most sports injuries affect components of the musculoskeletal system, including bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and cartilage. And while some injuries are directly related to a specific event like a fall or other type of impact, many sports injuries are wear-and-tear related, caused by strains or sprains associated with repetitive use. Stem cells are relatively unique in that they can be used to treat all these types of injuries, either on their own or in combination with other types of treatments. And because they’re delivered right to the site of injury, they can be very effective in promoting site-specific healing for faster recovery and a faster return to an active lifestyle.

Tendon damage

As with other types of musculoskeletal injuries, tendon injuries can take a long time to heal. Regenerative medicine can improve the body’s natural healing processes by stimulating the growth of healthy tendon tissue to repair areas that have been damaged. Plus, by decreasing the damaging effects of inflammation, stem cell injections create an environment that’s more conducive to rapid, long-lasting recovery.

Muscle tears

Muscle tears can be very painful, and they can take a long time to heal. Regenerative medicine helps “speed up” the healing process by promoting the growth of new, healthy muscle tissue that can be used to repair torn or damaged areas. Plus, the stem cells help reduce inflammation that often occurs along with muscle injury, giving your body the help it needs to facilitate a quick and complete recovery.

Inflammation

Stem cells don’t just promote the growth of new, healthy tissue. They also help reduce the negative effects of inflammation that can contribute to tissue damage and cause symptoms like pain and stiffness. Inflammation plays a critical role in the body’s healing processes, but when it goes on for too long, it can cause long-term and even permanent damage. Regenerative medicine helps control the inflammation process, working to reduce the potential negative effects caused by prolonged inflammation while also promoting circulation and other healing processes.

Learn how stem cells can help you

Stem cells have revolutionized the way many types of injuries are treated, especially injuries to the musculoskeletal system. If you’re suffering from any of these ailments, regenerative medicine could be just what your body needs to repair and rebuild itself. To learn more about regenerative medicine at Advanced Medical Physicians and how therapy could help you improve your health, book an appointment online today.

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