For those who don’t wish to opt for surgery or medication that can sometimes come with side effects and risks, regenerative medicine is a revolutionary alternative medicine approach to improve function, range of motion, and pain relief. The Aligned Medical Group is a team of regenerative medicine specialists dedicated to providing advanced, compassionate care. Call or book online to visit the Paoli, Pennsylvania, office.
Regenerative medicine is centered around healing yourself by introducing naturally occurring cells, growth factors or other components of human tissue prompting your body to create and regenerate your damaged cells. It also involves using research in tissue engineering, and molecular biology.
Many people opt for regenerative medicine treatments when they don’t wish to go the traditional route with medications and surgery, which can often pose unwanted side effects and risks.
An allograft is any human tissue or fluid such as a ligament, tendon, bone, or a section of skin donated from one person to another for healing purposes.
A woman’s placenta contains a wealth of basic healing components that can be isolated, purified and injected to heal an injured or painful area. Placenta also contains:
When amniotic fluid is injected into your body, it transforms your cells to repair your injury. The other components of allografts are there to decrease inflammation and assist in the regeneration process.
Amniotic tissues contain a blend of collagen, cell adhesion molecules, and growth factors that are important in healing an injured area.
As soon as your medical provider injects amniotic allograph components, they begin to work immediately and prompt cell repair and growth. Over the weeks following your treatment, your cells heal and regenerate.
You might feel a slight stinging sensation during your injection, but it’s well-tolerated. Your Aligned Medical Group provider can apply a topical numbing cream to the area to make the procedure more comfortable for you, if necessary.
The Aligned Medical Group offers amniotic allograft treatments for healing bone and soft tissue conditions, including arthritis. The injections can be used for:
UCB refers to blood that’s inside the umbilical cord after delivery of a baby. The umbilical cord is normally discarded. However, women who are pre-screened and pre-approved, and who deliver a healthy, full-term baby, can choose to donate the umbilical cord for medical purposes.
The blood retrieved from the umbilical cord is a rich source of mesenchymal stem cells, which can be removed, processed, and used in regenerative medicine. Mesenchymal stem cells continuously divide, creating a new cell that can develop into blood vessels and different types of musculoskeletal tissues, including muscles, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage.
When your medical provider injects mesenchymal stem cells at the site of injured tissues or degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis, they grow new, healthy tissues to replace and repair damaged tissues.
PRP contains platelets and plasma obtained from the patient’s own blood. Platelets are a normal component of your blood, where they stop an injury from bleeding and trigger your body’s natural healing process by releasing proteins called growth factors.
There are many different types of growth factors in platelets and each one activates specific aspects of healing. For example, some regulate inflammation, while others promote new blood vessel growth, recruit stem cells to the area, or generally accelerate cell growth and healing.
Like other types of regenerative medicine, your medical provider injects PRP directly into injured tissues, allowing platelets to go to work. PRP injections are especially beneficial when tissues are slow to heal, a problem that could arise due to a severe injury that overwhelms your body’s natural platelet count or in tissues like cartilage that lack a good blood supply.
Since regenerative medicine involves regeneration and promoting new tissue growth, how quickly you experience results depends on how quickly your body responds to the treatment.
Unlike steroid injections, such as cortisone, that only relieve pain short-term and can potentially lead to further joint degeneration, regenerative medicine can provide long-term results.
Most people experience a dramatic reduction in pain anywhere from a few weeks to three months after a single treatment. Repeat injections are exceedingly rare since 95% of patients experience significant relief with only one procedure. You might need a repeat treatment to enhance tissue growth if after several months you don’t notice a significant improvement.
If you’re interested in regenerative medicine and how it can help you, call or book your appointment with Aligned Medical Group online.
In a very small percentage of patients, we occasionally see a minor reaction of flu-like symptoms. This does not last more than 24-28 hours maximum. This actually demonstrates the cells’ anti-inflammatory and immune privilege potential.
If you are looking for a more natural solution towards regenerating the body, we recommend you consult with a Regenerative Medicine Expert to discuss your specific issues.
The cost of therapy can range widely depending on the individual and their specific goals and needs. While regenerative medicine is currently not covered by health insurance, the average costs are actually much more affordable than people imagine.
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