Am I a Good Candidate for Regenerative Medicine?

Have you heard of regenerative medicine? It’s a branch of medicine that explores ways of stimulating your body to heal itself. 

At Reno Regenerative Medicine, we offer several different treatments that fall into the category of regenerative medicine. Dr. Lloyd Decker is dedicated to helping patients by delivering the highest possible quality of care. If you have a degenerative condition, you may be a good candidate for regenerative medicine

Regenerative medicine defined

According to AABB, an organization dedicated to making cellular therapies available worldwide, regenerative medicine is defined as “the process of replacing or ‘regenerating’ human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function.” In other words, regenerative medicine stimulates your body to use its own repair mechanisms to heal damaged tissues. 

There are several different types of regenerative medicine treatments. Depending on your condition, Dr. Decker may recommend a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment, in which material from your own blood is harvested and injected in the area you need healing, or he may recommend a different type of regenerative medicine that involves using mesenchymal stem cells harvested from umbilical cord tissue to stimulate healing. 

Uses for regenerative medicine 

Regenerative medicine is used in sports medicine, especially to help repair torn or ruptured tendons and ligaments. Tennis elbow, Achilles tendinitis, and many other similar conditions can be successfully treated using regenerative medicine. 

It’s also being used extensively to treat conditions like arthritis where the tissue of joints degrades slowly. The Arthritis Foundation has funded research into how regenerative medicine can be used to treat osteoarthritis. 

Regenerative medicine is also used in transplants. Eventually, regenerative medicine techniques may be able to produce artificial organs, eliminating the need for donors, reducing wait times for transplants, and saving thousands of lives.

Currently, regenerative medicine is used in treating burns, diabetic leg and foot ulcers, people with bladder disease, and in some vascular grafts.

In our office, regenerative medicine is used to treat chronic joint pain, muscle pain, inflammation, muscle strains, ligament tears, and cartilage damage. 

Good candidates

Though regenerative medicine is beneficial for many people, some types of regenerative medicine may be more suitable for you than others, depending on your condition and medical history. The doctors at Reno Regenerative Medicine aim to provide treatments that deliver the best clinical results with the lowest risk.

PRP therapy is a type of regenerative medicine that carries fewer risks than some other regenerative medicine treatments. That’s because when PRP therapy involves using cells extracted from your own blood, which means it’s very unlikely you’ll have difficulty tolerating the treatment. 

Other types of regenerative medicine involve injections of stem cells, which are specialized cells that can transform into whatever they need to be. For example, stem cells injected into an arthritic knee can transform into cartilage cells and begin to generate new cartilage cells, leading to less tissue loss. This type of regenerative medicine carries a slightly higher risk. 

One of the most important factors when it comes to regenerative medicine is getting treatment from a practitioner who is well-trained and experienced. Dr. Decker and his team exceed that standard, and you can rest assured that the treatment you receive at Reno Regenerative Medicine will always be of the highest quality.

If you’d like to learn more about regenerative medicine, and whether you’re a good candidate for these futuristic procedures, book an appointment at Reno Regenerative Medicine today. You can use our online tool to request an appointment, or you can call 775-234-2411 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.

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