Regenerative medicine is a rapidly growing area of medicine that focuses on a more natural approach to healing. These treatments involve injections that contain growth factors, mesenchymal stem cells, and proteins that are injected into the injured area in order to promote the body’s natural healing process. Regenerative medicine is able to repair or alleviate pain without the
use of traditional medications and has a lower recovery time than surgery.
Regenerative treatments that are used here in our St. Petersburg office, incorporate healing tissue from Wharton’s Jelly (comes from umbilical cords with consent from the mother). This healing tissue contains many growth factors, cytokines, collagens, proteins, peptides, mesenchymal stem cells and numerous other components. There is also platelet rich plasma (PRP injections) where the patient’s own blood is used and processed to concentrate the platelets, which are abundant with growth factors and proteins.
Regenerative medicine can be used to treat a variety of pain and injuries including:
- Joint pain
- Shoulder pain
- Knee Pain
- Back Pain
- Rotator cuff tears
- Carpal Tunnel
- And many more
What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells can come from a variety of sources and are used in many treatments. Stem cells can come from tissues in your body, a family members body, and are even found in Wharton’s Jelly.
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells. This means they have the ability to change into many different types of cells. For example, a stem cell could potentially turn into a cartilage cell, muscle cells or bone cell, etc. When injected into an area, stem cells are attracted to and hone in on inflammation. They then dock in this area and go to work repairing, reconstructing and directing surrounding tissues.
Our doctors believe cells that are youthful and strong are very effective at relieving pain and healing injuries. This is why our doctors use Regenerative treatments with growth factors and mesenchymal stem cells that are harvested from Wharton’s Jelly. This is a gelatinous substance found in the umbilical cord of babies born from cesarean section. The collection of this tissue, that is traditionally disposed of, causes no harm or side effects to the mother and child. The cells that are obtained from the Wharton’s jelly and then injected to the area
that needs healing. These youthful, potent cells are effective because they are rich in growth factors and proteins that the body needs in order to heal itself.