Technology and the field of medicine as a whole are advancing at an astounding pace. New treatments and new approaches make it possible for injuries to heal faster than anyone imagined possible.
At Valiant Life Medical, we’re dedicated to offering you the newest, safest treatments. That’s why we provide treatments using regenerative medicine. You may be surprised to learn that this branch of medicine harnesses your body’s own healing mechanisms to help you recover quickly and safely from numerous types of injuries.
Regenerative medicine refers to a branch of medical care that uses stem cells to repair damaged or injured body tissues. It works by placing cells that aren’t yet specialized in an area where they can transform into cells that will help you heal quickly.
Although regenerative medicine may seem like something out of a science fiction movie, it’s real. Researchers, scientists, and doctors have studied it to ensure that patients get excellent results and are safe. In fact, doctors have used regenerative medicine for decades, performing stem cell transplants via bone marrow.
If you decide to pursue regenerative medicine, your Valiant Life Medical care provider injects stem cells into your injured joint. Stem cells can be thought of as “blank cells.” They aren’t specialized and undergo a process called differentiation that allows them to become specialized to perform whatever function your body needs — in this case, the type of cell necessary to heal your injury. For instance, if you have a torn meniscus in your knee, the stem cells differentiate into meniscal cells.
There are three different methods of regenerative medicine. At Valiant Life Medical, we offer the “three Rs.”
When tissues are damaged, you need regenerative medicine that rejuvenates the damage. This approach helps override the harmful effects of chronic inflammation or other processes that can impede healing.
When all of the damaged tissues need to be replaced with stem cells, your provider uses the replacement approach to regenerative medicine.
When tissue is damaged and can’t function normally, your provider injects stem cells that restore normal function, including range of motion and movement patterns.
Regenerative medicine can be used to speed healing to a number of different types of injuries. It’s FDA cleared to treat the following parts of the body:
Injuries are common at your major joints, and those are the areas where regenerative medicine is most successful. Researchers hope that one day, stem cells can treat even the most complex conditions, such as spinal cord injuries and heart failure.
If you’d like to learn more about regenerative medicine, book an appointment at Valiant Life Medical. We’re happy to answer your questions and provide an assessment of your specific situation. Whether or not it includes regenerative medicine, we’ll help design a treatment plan that meets your needs!