Regenerative Medicine

Santa Cruz Osteopathic

Richard Bernstein, D.O.

Osteopathic Physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation located in Capitola, CA

Regenerative medicine is a cutting-edge approach to recovery and wellness. At Santa Cruz Osteopathic in Capitola, California, your recovery can be faster and easier with regenerative medicine treatments like stem cell therapy. With these treatments, expert osteopathic physician Richard Bernstein, D.O., helps stimulate your body’s own healing powers in a nonsurgical way. Book your consultation online or call today.

Regenerative Medicine Q & A

What is regenerative medicine?

Regenerative medicine is a natural approach to recovery when you have an injury, damage from wear-and-tear, or another kind of musculoskeletal damage. Your body has a natural ability to heal itself, but normally this healing occurs quite gradually. 

If you have an injury or tissue damage, your body may struggle to heal as efficiently as it normally would. That’s where regenerative medicine can come in to help. 

Dr. Bernstein uses regenerative medicine like stem cells to infuse your damaged tissue with a huge amount of the most powerful healing cells at once, encouraging faster and more effective recovery. 

If you’ve been told that you have bone on bone, you need a joint replacement, or that surgery is the only option for you, don’t lose hope. In many of these seemingly hopeless cases, regenerative medicine can help. 

What conditions can regenerative medicine help with?

Regenerative medicine is a highly effective nonsurgical treatment approach for many kinds of pain and dysfunction, such as:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Sports injuries 
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Asthma
  • Tremors
  • Multiple sclerosis

If you have chronic pain or have acute pain following an injury, the best way to eliminate the pain is to bring on rapid healing. Regenerative medicine is often one of the most powerful treatments in terms of both fast healing and lasting pain relief. 

Where do regenerative medicine products come from?

At Santa Cruz Osteopathic, Dr. Bernstein uses regenerative medicine products from industry leader Predictive Biotech. All Predictive Biotech products come from allogeneic sources, which means they're donated after healthy, full-term births. 

All donor tissue is tested for both infectious diseases and genetic abnormalities. Only placental tissue is used, no fetal tissue or embryonic tissue is included. 

What is in a stem cell injection?

Dr. Bernstein administers stem cell injections at the site of your injury. The injected substances include:

Mesenchymal stem cells

Mesenchymal stem cells are placental cells that alleviate inflammation, stimulate healing, and sometimes produce brand-new tissue. Stem cells are so powerful because they’re transformable according to your needs. If you need any specific kind of cells, stem cells can become the cells to help you heal.

Growth factors

Growth factors stimulate tissue growth in several ways. Important growth factors include collagen, which plays a big role in joint and connective tissue support, and amino acids, which boost protein production and increase nourishment. 


Cytokines direct both the stem cells and the growth factors, routing them to the places where you need to heal and regenerate tissue.  

When you have regenerative medicine treatments at Santa Cruz Osteopathic, Dr. Bernstein injects stem cell-rich products where you need them, triggering rapid tissue regeneration and pain relief. 

For safe and highly effective regenerative medicine treatments, call Santa Cruz Osteopathic or book an appointment online today.