What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine comprises methods intended to stimulate and aid the body’s natural healing and recovery responses. The “regenerative” portion of the term refers to the body’s own capability to repair and create new cells – which is what naturally happens when the body is healing.
Regenerative medicine techniques have several benefits, including:
- They incorporate natural elements already familiar to the body, meaning that the risk of rejection or negative reaction is extremely low.
- They can apply to a variety of injuries and conditions, typically involving soft tissues.
- They have the potential for both accelerating recoveries from recent problems as well as restarting the healing process for sources of chronic pain.
Regenerative medicine can take different forms. Here are two that are used within our practice.
Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Laser Therapy
MLS laser therapy applies specific wavelengths of light to areas of injury and damage to stimulate several beneficial responses from the body, including:
- Increasing (or restarting) cellular repair activities.
- Increasing blood flow to the area, bringing more of the growth factors and nutrients cells need to repair.
- Improving immune response and function.
- Reducing swelling.
- Relieving pain.
The light energy emitted by MLS reaches the site of soft tissue injury without causing any additional harm or damage to the skin or surrounding healthy tissues. It doesn’t cause any pain of its own, although some patients report a warming sensation.
The lasers can be adjusted to meet specific cases and needs, and a full course of treatment typically comprises several short sessions scheduled out over a period of time.
We might recommend MLS laser therapy as a primary or secondary treatment for conditions such as:
Amniotic Allograft Injection Therapy
For amniotic injection therapy, components from amniotic tissue are processed into an injection administered at the site of an injury. This provides a concentration of growth factors, proteins, and other beneficial natural components that can aid in recovery and pain relief.
The components for this treatment are obtained safely from the amniotic sac after a successful C-section birth – which would otherwise be discarded. Mothers volunteer to have these components collected, and doing so in no way puts the newborn child or mother at any risk.
Only one injection is required in most cases, although full results may take some time to experience. However, unlike a cortisone shot, the results are long-lasting.
We might recommend amniotic injection therapy for:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Ligament strains or tears