The human body is amazing. Did you know that your body has the resources to heal itself? But as we age, the body’s ability to self-heal slows down.
Health issues arising from wear and tear, such as osteoarthritis, can begin to impact your life. Fortunately, that ability is still there. It’s possible to boost your body’s natural ability to heal itself through something called regenerative medicine.
What is regenerative medicine?
Most medical treatments are designed to facilitate healing. Surgeons use sutures to close wounds or prescribe antibiotics to destroy dangerous bacteria. Likewise, damaged joints and body parts might be replaced with manufactured devices. Some of these medical treatments are necessary, but their results might be less than ideal or their potential complications may lead to additional medical issues.
Regenerative medicine is an exciting area of medicine that may bring health and relief by boosting the body’s ability to heal itself. For example, rather than opting for an invasive joint replacement surgery or cortisone injections to deal with the pain and dysfunction from arthritis, regenerative therapies can accomplish the same goals in a safer and less invasive way.
How regenerative medicine works
Regenerative medicine uses the cells and substances derived from cells naturally found in your body to promote healing. By concentrating them and delivering them to the area most needed, they can help stimulate the healing process.
One type of regenerative medicine is called platelet-rich plasma or PRP. PRP uses the healing properties of your own blood to work to repair damaged muscles, tendons, and joints. After having your blood drawn, the PRP is made in a concentrating process in the office that increases the concentration of platelets by a factor of 4x - 20x over what is normally found in your blood. The PRP is then injected into the region that needs treatment.
Boosting your body’s ability to heal itself
Cells heal themselves through replication when they become damaged or unhealthy. When your skin is cut, or you break a bone, your body gets to work producing new cells to repair the damage.
While the body has a tremendous ability to heal itself, sometimes it needs a bit of help and direction. But the good news is that you don’t always have to consider invasive options like surgery to get pain relief and restored function.
Low risk and effective regenerative medicine therapies
Regenerative medicine treatments like PRP injections and bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) treatment are low-risk, minimally invasive procedures. Unlike other treatment options, regenerative medicine allows you to return to your routine quickly and with less pain and discomfort.
Dr. Don Buford of Texas Orthobiologics is the leading provider of regenerative medicine in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. If you are experiencing pain, discomfort, or reduced function, you owe it to yourself to investigate your options. Contact us today to find out if this cutting-edge therapy is right for you.