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Regenerative Medicine: How It Works and What It Can Do for You

Whether it’s from a long-standing injury like tendonitis or a normal wear-and-tear condition like arthritis, living with chronic pain, limited range of motion, and reduced mobility can make daily life more challenging and take a toll on your health. 

At Santa Cruz Osteopathic in Capitola, California, our physical medicine and rehabilitation expert, Richard Bernstein, DO, often recommends regenerative medicine therapy as a way to improve chronic musculoskeletal pain, heal persistent injuries, or offset age-related joint degeneration.

Let’s explore how this groundbreaking treatment works, and how it can improve your mobility, diminish or eliminate pain, reduce your need for medication — and even help you avoid surgery. 

What does regenerative medicine do?

Much of your body is in a constant state of regeneration and renewal, at least at the cellular level. Skin tissue cells are replaced every two to three weeks, red blood cells are regenerated every four months, and the cells that line your stomach can renew as quickly as every two days. 

When you’re sick, injured, or living with a chronic disorder, your immune system shifts into high gear to speed up the cell renewal process and encourage healing wherever it’s most needed. 

Regenerative medicine uses stem cells and other natural substances to supercharge this basic cellular process with one overriding objective: to enhance and accelerate healing. 

How does regenerative medicine work?

To comprehend how regenerative medicine optimizes your body’s intrinsic healing actions, it’s important to understand how the natural cell renewal and tissue repair processes work.

When your soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage) are damaged or inflamed, local blood vessels flood the area with stem cells and healing growth factors. As these powerful agents actively repair damaged tissues at the cellular level, they also promote the regeneration of new, healthy tissues. 

Stem cells are so beneficial because they’re undifferentiated, meaning they can transform into the specific body cells that are needed to support faster, more efficient healing. For example, they can be used to regenerate fresh cartilage tissue, healthy tendon tissue, or even new muscle tissue — whatever your body requires for optimal healing.

Regenerative therapy uses carefully administered injections of restorative stem cells and potent growth factors to boost the tissue repair cycle and advance the healing process. 

Where do regenerative substances come from?

At Santa Cruz Osteopathic, Dr. Bernstein uses mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) derived from prescreened, donated umbilical cord blood, placental tissue, or amniotic fluid — not embryonic stem cells from fetal tissue — to perform stem cell injections. 

These regenerative fluids, which are rigorously prepared by industry leader Predictive Biotech, are donated by consenting mothers following healthy, full-term births. These substances are carefully screened for abnormalities and formulated for use under strict FDA safety guidelines and quality standards.

How can regenerative medicine help me?

With its ability to repair damage, renew cells, reduce inflammation, and fuel healthy tissue growth, regenerative therapy has a wide variety of potential uses in medicine. 

It can be an effective remedy for the age-related joint degeneration of osteoarthritis and persistent injuries like tendonitis or chronic lower back pain. The therapy can also be used to accelerate the healing process following disc repair surgery or joint replacement surgery. 

For as helpful as regenerative medicine can be, it’s not a cure or a stand-alone solution — it’s a complementary therapy. When combined with osteopathic manual medicine, physical therapy, and other conservative solutions, it can go a long way toward helping you achieve lasting pain relief, improved range of motion, and restored mobility.

To find out how you can benefit from regenerative medicine at Santa Cruz Osteopathic, call our office at 831-316-1493 today, or our easy online tool to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bernstein any time.

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