Understanding Regenerative Medicine

Medical science typically focuses on addressing symptoms and eliminating illness, but the healing itself is left up to your body. Doctors can do a lot to facilitate healing, such as immobilizing broken bones and introducing antibiotics to give your immune system a hand, but damaged and degenerated tissues have been in a league of their own — until regenerative medicine.

If you’ve experienced musculoskeletal damage, you can either wait for your body to gradually remake the cells needed to replace the damaged ones, or you can come to Santa Cruz Osteopathic in Capitola, California, and discover regenerative medicine, which stimulates your body to accelerate the process. 

Dr. Richard Bernstein, our experienced osteopathic physician, specializes in regenerative medicine and has a deep understanding of how your body’s individual systems work together in harmony to facilitate health and healing. He takes a holistic approach to your health care and looks at every aspect, both internal and external, that may affect you. 

Regenerative medicine aligns with this philosophy by marshalling your body’s power to heal itself without surgery and without drugs. Here’s what you need to know.

How tissues regenerate

The human body was designed to be self-sufficient, containing everything it needs to heal itself. When you cut your finger, your body sends platelets to the site to stem the bleeding. These platelets then release growth factors that call upon other resources, such as stem cells, to rebuild and repair the breach. Over time, the cut heals and your body is once again protected.

This process, however, takes time, and your body works at its own pace. Under ideal circumstances, your damaged bones or soft tissues eventually knit themselves back together. But sometimes, the damage is too extensive for your regenerative systems, especially as you age, and healing is either ineffective or incomplete.

Stem cells, the key building blocks that form other cells, become less plentiful and less potent the older you get. And that’s unfortunate because stem cells have the amazing ability to convert themselves into different types of cells and multiply. Stem cells are most powerful and numerous during embryonic development, which makes sense because they’re tasked with creating a human body.

Through regenerative medicine, we introduce stem cells and other healing elements into your body to replenish your supply and equip your body to quickly repair and heal on a cellular level.

How regenerative medicine boosts your own resources

Although there are several types of regenerative medicine, Dr. Bernstein focuses on stem cell therapy at Santa Cruz Osteopathic.

Because the most powerful stem cells are found in amniotic tissue, we partner with Predictive Biotech, a trusted industry leader, for tissues from full-term healthy babies donated with full consent of the mother. This is not fetal or embryonic tissue, just the placental tissue that’s discarded after birth. 

When we introduce stem cells into a damaged area, they transform into specialized cells to help boost the repair of your damaged or diseased tissue. These healthy stem cells go straight to work reducing inflammation, flooding the area with growth factors, and regenerating cells.

Regenerative medicine promotes natural healing, and it can help you avoid surgical procedures or reliance on medications. To learn more about how regenerative medicine can accelerate your healing process, contact us by phone or request an appointment online today.  

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