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12/19/19

What is Regenerative Medicine?

Precision, we practice Regenerative Medicine. This means enabling and catalyzing the body’s ability to heal itself. The ways in which we do this are the future of medicine, and happen on core two levels:

1. Anatomic Level

2. Whole Person Level

These two levels are interrelated, and both have to be considered to heal injuries. Most importantly, Regenerative Medicine is utilized to prevent future injuries and increase longevity.

Anatomic Level

At the anatomic, or cellular, level we use various types of regenerative cells, including platelet rich plasma (PRP), bone marrow stem cell, fat tissue stem cells, or growth factors and RNA vesicles derived from perinatal tissues, called exosomes. These cells can be collected from your own body or from placenta or amniotic fluid donations. They are then precisely transplanted into the injured tissue itself using radiological guidance: either live fluoroscopy (X-ray) or ultrasound.

Now, when you search this on the internet, you will come across all sorts of “stem cell specialists” who claim to do exactly what I just described. Seems easy enough, right? The problem is, if you only do that, your success rate will be modest at best. More importantly, you will miss the whole point of what Regenerative Medicine is. Stem cells are not a cure-all, and Regenerative Medicine is more than regenerative cells or the laundry list of procedures that can be done with anyone indiscriminately.

When you have an injury, the first priority should be to understand what exactly is injured. This may seem obvious, but most of the time your doctors don’t know, or even worse, don’t care about the actual diagnosis or its implications. Getting to a correct conclusion requires patience, detailed work, and time.

Once a diagnosis is (hopefully) made, there are usually many choices for treatment. Partnering with a physician who has the expertise and the range to offer you a correct choice of treatment is absolutely essential. It is crucial to collaborate with a physician who commits to your best outcome. This should prevail even if that means referring you to somebody else who will most suit your needs. A sincere physician refuses to perform a certain procedure if it is not appropriate for the patient’s condition. This is imperative regardless of any pressure from the patient or financial interest.

Moreover, Regenerative Medicine has to operate in an individualized way. This means treating everyone that walks in the door as a person, not only a patient. A true individualized patient-doctor relationship has two essential ingredients: time and advice. You need a doctor who gives you time to understand your options, and the advice that best serves you and your long term goals.

Whole Person Level

In our practice, we not only analyze your problem anatomically and radiologically, but also as a whole. Regenerative Medicine is about giving the body what it needs to heal itself in the most effective way possible. This can only be done with a team-based approach, in a longitudinal care pathway.

What deficiencies will stand in the way of your healing? Sleep? Stress? Nutrition? Hormones? Once we detect what is lacking, we can provide you a comprehensive path to health that includes a detailed analysis of relevant genetics, biomarkers, and more. When this is combined with corrective physical therapy or a physical training program, those stem cell or PRP injections can be applied in a way that makes them most ready to be received. But more on the specifics of that in future posts.

Whole person Regenerative Medicine then becomes preventative and performance enhancing. Once you understand the pillars of our philosophy, your body will function optimally and, if necessary, heal itself. We are truly successful in what we do when you don’t need us anymore.

If this piqued your interest, I encourage you to visit my blog where I go more in depth into the benefits of Regenerative Medicine or follow us on Facebook.

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