Regenerative medicine is among the most exciting areas of medical research and practice. SM Medical Group @ The Regenerative Health & Wellness Center strives to remain at the forefront of regenerative treatments and uses these tools to improve the lives of the men and women of Voorhees, New Jersey. If you’d like to explore all that regenerative medicine has to offer, call or schedule an appointment online today.
The term regenerative medicine refers to practices and applications that replace or regenerate human organs, tissues, or cells. Once firmly in the realm of science fiction, regenerative medicine is a viable treatment option today.
Stem cells are at the heart of regenerative medicine. These cells are only in certain tissues of the human body, including your bone marrow, blood vessels, fat, skin, brain, and liver. Another potent source of stem cells is umbilical cord blood.
Researchers have not identified safe and effective ways of extracting stem cells from every potential source. However, extracted fat and bone marrow stem cells currently have many applications.
Stem cell injections can prompt your body to create new cells to repair damage or degeneration. This approach is often put to use when treating joint pain. Because stem cells originate from your body, there is a very low risk of complications, making this a less invasive yet powerful treatment option.
Another cornerstone of regenerative medicine is platelet-rich plasma (PRP).
Platelet-rich plasma is one exciting area of regenerative medicine available at SM Medical Group @ The Regenerative Health & Wellness Center. This treatment uses a solution made from your blood to boost cellular turnover and speed healing.
PRP is a concentrated preparation of the platelets and plasma within your blood. Platelets enable blood clotting and contain growth factors. When injected into the body, PRP can dramatically improve your innate healing abilities and provide pain relief.
PRP is currently used to treat a wide range of joint, muscle, and bone conditions. While this approach is not the right choice for severely damaged joints, it can make a big difference if introduced when joint damage is relatively minor, and new cell production can strengthen or repair existing tissues.
Did you know that transplants of corneas, bone, and soft tissues have been in use since the early 20th century? The 1960s brought transplantation of the liver, pancreas, kidneys, and heart.
Today, advancements in tissue-engineered organs are on the verge of transforming organ donor waiting lists. Future regenerative medicine applications might include a cure for diabetes, better treatment for heart disease, and eventually the ability to simply replace worn out or diseased body parts, including skin, with new, fully functioning engineered tissue.
If you’re struggling with joint, bone, or muscle conditions and want to explore all available treatment options, visit SM Medical Group @ The Regenerative Health & Wellness Center for a consultation and a discussion of regenerative medicine tools. You can book an appointment online, or call the office to speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff.