Why Regenerative Medicine Could Be a Great Alternative For You

What would you say if we told you that there’s a medical field dedicated to repairing damage or disease in your body instead of treating your symptoms alone? That’s exactly how regenerative medicine works. 

This may seem like a new and radical approach, but it’s actually been the focus of study for well over a thousand years. However, regenerative medicine started gaining mainstream attention as a medical field in the mid-1950s and 60s when the first surgeries involving transplantation began — including bone marrow transplants for leukemia patients.

Now, all these years later, there are even more forms of regenerative medicine therapies. Although the therapeutic approaches may vary, the universal goal is always to heal or repair damage to restore your body and health.

At Scott Wagner Integrated Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia, our team of chiropractors offers two types of regenerative medicine to address a wide range of health issues. 

How regenerative medicine works

Regenerative medicine works by using powerful human cells to trigger the natural healing process in the body. There are different cells used in regenerative medicine treatments, but we rely on mesenchymal stem cells and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) through therapeutic injections.

Mesenchymal stem cells

A mesenchymal stem cell can transform into different kinds of specialized cells in your body, including cartilage, bone, and fat. We refer to these stem cells as “multipotent” because they can make more than one kind of specialized cell, which makes them a valuable tool because of the role they play in the healing process.

We use mesenchymal stem cells harvested from prescreened, pre-approved umbilical cord tissue and Wharton’s Jelly. This tissue comes from donors after the birth of live and full-term, healthy babies.

Platelet-rich plasma therapy

PRP describes a regenerative therapy treatment created using your own blood. To perform PRP, we draw a sample of your blood and concentrate the healing platelets, unique proteins, and growth factors that help heal wounds.

When concentrated for use in regenerative medicine, PRP delivers these vital healing agents directly to the area where you need them most. Once in place, they support and accelerate the healing process, which reverses disease and damage in the site.

When to consider regenerative medicine

Our regenerative medicine therapies can help address numerous types of joint, muscle, or other soft tissue pain, including:

We can also use regenerative medicine therapies to support a physical rehabilitation program or the healing process after surgery.

What to expect from regenerative medicine

Having stem cell or PRP treatments is quick and easy, often taking between 30-60 minutes during a simple office visit. Each treatment involves an injection directly into your pain site, so you may have minor discomfort from the needle.

Otherwise, regenerative medicine treatments are typically well-tolerated and come with few side effects or risks. You may have mild inflammation or redness in the area, but this is completely normal and indicates your treatment is activating the healing process. You can usually return to regular activity immediately, but we provide personalized recommendations based on your condition.

Because of the healing nature of regenerative medicine treatments, you shouldn’t expect to see immediate results. Instead, changes occur gradually as healthy tissue returns to the area over the weeks and months following your appointment. 

To get the best benefits from regenerative medicine, we might recommend a series of injections.

Ready to see if regenerative medicine is right for you? Call our office at 434-978-04888 to schedule an appointment, or request a consultation online today.

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