5 Reasons Why DB2 Regeneration uses Regenerative Medicine Therapy
instead of more traditional methods.
What is Regenerative Medicine? Despite being widely available for over a decade, and its popularity being at an all-time high, it still seems that the majority of the general public doesn't know what it is, or how it can benefit them.
Simply put, Regenerative Medicine uses human cellular tissue products (HCT/P), natural growth factors or cellular signaling components that represent how the immune system communicates with the body to stimulate healing and reduce inflammation. These products can either be harvested from the patient themselves in the case of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), or from
voluntarily donated umbilical tissue, in the case of Whartons jelly to restore (regrow, or replace) tissue damaged by age, chronic disease, trauma, or osteoarthritis. Regenerative Medicine offers options for patients other than steroid injections or surgically replacing joints like the Knees, Hips or Shoulders thereby altering the body's natural structures. Please keep in mind that there is a time and place for both Regenerative Medicine and surgical treatments, often the best
results come from a combination of the two.
Most conditions or injuries that cause back pain, knee pain, hip/shoulder/joint pain, come from
either an acute injury, or wear and tear type injuries over the years culminating in tissue damage and loss. This damage or loss of tissue is the paramount reason why conservative treatments like physical therapy, chiropractic care, and even medication management have ceilings to their effectiveness, especially in the long term. It is also the reason why surgical treatment
options often bring their own challenges, even after a successful surgery, because regardless of the modality used, the affected soft tissue is severely damaged and cannot be undone by any of the traditional treatments we are accustomed to, this is where the addition of regenerative
medicine can make all of the difference.
As stated earlier, there are currently two main sources of where Doctors can obtain the cells or growth factors to properly treat each condition. The types that come from the patient themselves are called “Autologous” cells, and they include: Platelet Rich Plasma, and Adult Mesenchymal
Stem Cells (aka Adult Mesenchymal Signaling Cells). Or a Doctor may choose to utilize “Allogeneic” products from voluntarily donated umbilical or amniotic tissue following c-section births. The choice on which type to use depends on the type of damaged tissue being treated, as well as its severity.
The experienced Dr and Nurse Practitioner at DB2 Regeneration Clinics have more than 8 years of personal experience in the field of regenerative medicine, and these are the top 5 reasons why we utilize Regenerative Medicine as one of our main treatment modalities.
1. It’s Conservative.
When compared to drugs or surgery, regenerative medicine is an extremely conservative approach. Whether utilizing a patient’s own tissue, or donated tissue, the procedures to procure and deliver the treatments are straight forward, minimally invasive, and typically only require simple injections to administer the treatment itself.
2. It’s Convenient.
Due to the minimally invasive nature of regenerative medicine, most procedures are able to be performed in the office, and often in less than an hour. Very rarely will a patient need to take time off work to receive the treatment.
There is no extended recovery period. Unlike surgery that requires weeks or sometimes months of rehabilitation in order to allow the tissue to heal from the surgery, regenerative medicine does not require this, allowing you to get back to your normal life as soon as possible*. i. *Most regenerative medicine treatments are done in conjunction with rehabilitation, at the same time. Any restrictions on activity are based on the restrictions inherent in the rehabilitation process and to allow healing, but not due to the regenerative medicine treatment.
3. It’s Cost-Effective.
Although regenerative medicine treatments are not currently covered by any insurance in the United States, when compared to the overall cost of surgery or long-term pain medication including deductibles, co-pays, prescription prices, loss of time at work, etc. Regenerative Medicine is most often a fraction of that overall cost.
4. It’s Continuous.
Most regenerative medicine treatments continue to work long after the treatment was administered. Some continue working for over a month, while others continue working for 6 months to a year.
And keep in mind, by “working” we mean “reducing inflammation and providing for natural healing” and is referring to the amount of time the cells that were administered are going to help your body or restore the damaged tissue.
5. It’s Collaborative.
Physical therapy, chiropractic, pain management, and orthopedic surgery are all effective and needed for many cases. But the one thing none of the options can offer is the ability to restore the damaged tissue itself. When regenerative medicine is used in combination with these other modalities, all of them are more effective as a result.
Due to the conservative nature of regenerative medicine, it is rare to find any contraindications to using these multiple treatments, as it can only enhance, not contradict the effectiveness of other treatments.
There are even more applications for regenerative medicine than listed above. The restorative properties help reduce the ravages of aging in a variety of ways leading to breakthroughs in wound care, anti-aging, immune function, and cosmetic applications just to name a few.
So, it is easy to see why we love to utilize these treatment options at DB2. There is very little risk compared to the reward it can provide. But we also understand that it is only one piece of the puzzle that comprises your overall health and wellbeing. If you would like to learn more about how our regenerative medicine options at DB2 might be able to help you, make an appointment today! Referrals are not required, and we are able to schedule your evaluation by phone at 636 265-2822 or on line at db2regeneration.com
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