regenerative medicine is defined as the branch of medicine that deals with the process of regenerating and replacing damaged tissues by stimulating the body’s own repair mechanisms to functionally heal previously irreparable tissues or organs.
And for chronic knee pain sufferers, the regenerative options available today are literally game changers. Let’s have a closer look at each.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) (also known as blood injection therapy) is a medical treatment being used for a wide range of musculoskeletal problems, including osteoarthritis of the knee. Platelet-rich plasma refers to a sample of blood plasma that has as much as four times more than the normal amount of platelets. This treatment enhances the body’s natural ability to heal itself and is used to improve healing and shorten recovery time from acute and chronic conditions.
The main purpose of PRP injection is to foster healing where it has not otherwise occurred or enhance tissue regeneration and healing. For example, studies show that after using PRP for treatment of cartilage damage in the knee, new cartilage cells begin to form.
Growth factors that help build new blood supply to the area are also increased in number. This healing response may help restore strength faster than normal but more research is needed to prove this.
When combined with viscosupplementation, PRP will aide in the improvement of joint lubrication, reduce inflammation, decrease pain, and slow the progression of osteoarthritis.
Recent medical research has identified the destructive enzymes responsible for the cartilage breakdown associated with osteoarthritis. More importantly, this same research has identified a natural solution for removing these destructive enzymes, Alpha 2 Macroglobulin or A2M.
A2M is a naturally occurring molecule that is found in your blood and functions to remove the destructive enzymes associated with cartilage cell and tissue breakdown within the knee joint.
A2M captures these enzymes like a little pac men. Once captured, the A2M and captured enzymes are eliminated from the joint through your body’s natural processes.
Stem Cell Therapy
Over the past few years, studies from some of the world’s leading research institutions have shown the effectiveness of using stem cell injections for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis. In the laboratory and in clinical observation, doctors are showing it is possible through regenerative medicine to repair even severely damaged knees and avoid joint replacement surgery.
The majority of complications in osteoarthritis patients are related to the deterioration of cartilage that cushions the ends of bones in your joints. Cartilage is a firm, slippery tissue that permits nearly frictionless joint motion. In osteoarthritis, this surface becomes rough. Eventually, if the cartilage wears down completely, patients will be left with bone rubbing on bone.
Stem cell treatment is designed to target these areas within the joints to help with the creation of new cartilage cells. Stem cells, harvested from the bone marrow of your pelvic bone, have the ability to differentiate into cartilage cells. The goal of each stem cell treatment is to inject the stem cells into the joint to accelerate healing and the potential regeneration of new cartilage.
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