Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative Medicine is a new and promising field of Medicine. It is considered to be that branch of Medicine that utilizes processed biological tissues to stimulate our bodies to heal and repair damaged tissue without surgery. There are pharmaceutical companies that have developed tissue products derived from donated placental/umbilical tissue and amniotic fluid from a normal and healthy childbirth. These tissue products are then used in the treatment of a number of musculoskeletal conditions including arthritis. The method by which this treatment works is believed to be the ability of the growth factors present in the tissues to stimulate the body’s own ability to heal. Laboratory studies show that when inflamed tissues are exposed to these factors, inflammation will decrease due to shifting of healing from the inflammatory phase to the proliferative phase of healing which then, in the correct situation, will allow the progression of normal healing. This has been demonstrated in patients where these products have been applied to chronic and difficult-to-heal wounds. It is also believed to be what happens when injectable forms of these products (i.e., amniotic fluid) are used to treat arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Bush has been using this non-surgical way of treating many conditions such as joint arthritis, rotator cuff tears, tendinitis, bursitis, plantar fasciitis and other conditions for approximately a year with very good results and overall a very high rate of patient satisfaction.

Joint Replacement Alternatives

Joint Replacement Alternatives

As the field of orthopedics continues to evolve and our knowledge increases on how joints really work, how injuries happen and how the healing process works to heal the body, alternatives to surgeries (such as joint replacement surgery) are being developed. Regenerative Medicine is a growing field with potential for bringing about a revolutionary change in how orthopedic and other conditions are treated. Less invasive surgical procedures such as joint arthroscopies are also being developed in a way to allow for the treatment of arthritis without an actual joint replacement. One such technique is known as “Subchondroplasty” and it can be offered to certain patients as an alternative to a joint replacement procedure. Many patients are looking for and choosing alternatives to surgical treatment of their musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Bush and the staff at CCOA will spend time with you to discuss options that are available and how these options can be effectively utilized.

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