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Regenerative Medicine: New Treatments for Arthritis

Regenerative Medicine is a field of research and clinical application that focuses on the process of replacing or producing normal functioning cells, organs or tissue. There are three general types of regenerative medicine that are available to people who suffer from the most common cause of chronic knee pain.

These include: Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP), Stem Cell Therapy and Cytokine Therapy.

These treatments are being utilized successfully across a wide array of medical specialties, including: Neurology, Ophthalmology, Plastic Surgery, Rehabilitation Medicine, Urology, Orthopedics, Endocrinology and Dermatology to name a few. There has been significant progress and success under laboratory conditions and with direct patient applications. Specific examples include:

  • Faster tissue healing in plastic surgery patients
  • Improved neurologic function in patients with Parkinson’s disease
  • Decreased pain and improved function for people who suffer from
    osteoarthritis, possibly reducing the number of knee replacements needed

In PRP Therapy, a patient’s own blood is drawn and spun down to our body’s most potent healing factors. These growth and anti-inflammatory factors are introduced into the damaged or failing tissue.

With Stem Cell Therapy, a patient’s healthy, pre-developed cells are isolated, concentrated and introduced into the damaged organ or tissue. These cells then differentiate into healthy functioning cells to improve function of the effected area.

Cytokine Therapy focuses on isolating the gene for a specific growth factor or anti-inflammatory protein. “Recombinant DNA” is utilized to produce high concentrations of a specific healing, anti-inflammatory or growth factor.

 

We hope this post is helpful for anyone who is thinking of taking advantage of the medical progress being made in the area of regenerative medicine. For your education, the Reflex Clinic will be posting an ongoing series of blogs focused on these exciting new treatment therapies.