Regenerative medicine is a new field of medicine that unites experts from across the medical sciences, including biology, chemistry, and genetics, with other, more cutting-edge sectors like robotics, computer science, and engineering, in order to pioneer solutions to long-standing medical challenges and problems.
In other words, regenerative medicine seeks to create better ways to address the entire healing environment contained within the human body. When the body is injured or invaded by disease, it has an unparalleled ability to defend and heal itself. The aim of regenerative medicine is to restore both structure and function to damaged organs and/or tissue — and in doing so, discover ways to cure injuries and diseases that had previously been considered untreatable.
Three Main Focuses of Regenerative Medicine
There are several main areas that regenerative medicine concentrates on:
- Cellular Therapies
The human body is excellent at repairing itself. One of the ways in which regenerative medicine explores this facet is through creative cellular therapies that harvest and inject healthy tissue from blood, marrow, fat, and muscle sources to aid in the reconstruction of unhealthy, damaged, or diseased tissue, which then catalyzes soft tissue regeneration.
- Artificial Organs and Devices
When human organs fail, the usual strategy is to either transplant a replacement from a real-life donor, or to use a suitable medical device or artificial organ. In all three of these scenarios, there is often a need to supplement or replace the function of many of the body’s systems like that of the heart, lung, liver or kidney, which can be augmented with regenerative medical applications.
- Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials
While in more nascent stages of research, tissue engineering is a concentration that deploys soft tissue regenerative tools to engineer the creation of new tissue through compatible scaffolds that are implanted and grown in the body.
Applications of Regenerative Medicine
Many medical conditions simply don’t respond to regular approaches, or individuals are looking for ways to avoid surgery when it comes to tissue repair and recovery. With aging, injury, or disease, healing times can also elongate. That’s why many people are turning to the power of regenerative medicine.
Several examples of applications are as follows:
- Back pain
- Knee pain
- ACL tears
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Bulging Disc (slipped/protruding disc)
- Rotator Cuff tears
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
- Compression Fractures
- Spinal Stenosis
The Many Benefits and Beyond
The benefits of this type of medicine rely on the ability to create ideal regenerative environments through non-invasive or disruptive means. Many of the above conditions use allografting procedures to encourage tissue healing in order to combat symptoms, provide pain relief, and promote the restoration of the body. Counteracting inflammation is critical to preventing the perpetuation of tissue damage and deconstruction.
At Progressive Medical Center, over 80% of our patients come to us after experiencing failure and frustration with other medical providers. Our approach combines a comprehensive personal profile with advanced diagnostics and comprehensive solutions like regenerative medicine to help those in need feel better faster.