Regenerative medicine offers exciting possibilities in the realm of orthopedic medicine, in addition to many others. No one wants to go through surgery if they do not have to, but sometimes it can seem that surgery is unavoidable.
With regenerative medicine, though, it may be possible to achieve desired health outcomes without the need for an operation. Even if an operation is ultimately necessary, regenerative medicine holds the possibility of improving surgical outcomes, making surgery less invasive, and accelerating and improving the healing process.
Why Regenerative Medicine Is Important
Physical therapy and other orthopedic treatments have proven time and again to be effective at helping patients recover from musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. But even the most advanced treatments — including surgery — run up against the same basic difficulty: Not every part of the human body can heal quickly or heal in a significant way. While some things, like the long bones of the human skeleton, heal remarkably well, other things, like cartilage, have extreme difficulty healing. Consequently, injuries that affect the parts of the body that do not heal well are much more difficult to treat, and often exercises, chiropractic treatments, and even surgery are relatively ineffective.
That’s a major reason why regenerative medicine is so exciting; it offers a potential way to encourage the body’s own healing mechanisms — even in areas that were previously assumed to be nearly impossible to heal. These treatments are not at the point where they can necessarily be considered “miracle cures,” but they do hold the potential to become such cures in the future. Some treatment providers are able to utilize treatments like stem cell therapy. At Legacy Medical Centers, we use mesenchymal stem cell derived exosome therapies to encourage the body to heal the previously unhealable or areas that are prone to only partially heal, the more likely it will be that patients can make a full recovery from injuries that were once assumed to be permanent.
Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine
There are a number of exciting developments in regenerative medicine, including:
- Stem cell therapy
- Stem Cell derived Exosomes
- Plasma therapy
- Ultrasound-guided injections
- Tissue engineering
Some of these therapies have become more mainstream than others, but all hold significant promise for the future of orthopedic treatments. There are still challenges that remain in the use of regenerative medicine, but these challenges are looking like less and less of an obstacle as time advances and research continues. As this ever-changing field advances, we here at Legacy Medical Centers advance along with it. As such, we have stopped utilizing stem cell therapies and moved to the new generation of regenerative medicine: stem cell derived exosome therapy.
Avoiding the Need for Surgery
At times, surgery offers options for repairing injuries that can be extremely effective for patients. However, there is no denying the challenges surgery can present those who are seeking improved health outcomes. Invasive procedures present a certain level of risk, may involve long recovery times, typically require the use of prescription medications, and may not result in the kind of overall improvement that patients are hoping for. That is why surgery should be a last resort whenever possible.
It has become common knowledge among most medical practitioners that if there is another way to help a patient minimize pain and regain mobility, it should be attempted before trying surgery. That is why treatments like chiropractic care, physical therapy, and other related therapies are so popular. They offer a potential path to healing that does not carry the many risks of surgery.
With regenerative medicine, these alternatives to surgery become even more viable. From ultrasound-guided injections to stem cell derived exosome therapy, it is often possible to get improved results without resorting to the final extreme of surgery.
Aiming to Minimize Invasive Procedures
Regenerative medicine is one area where many different treatment providers can come together to share a common goal — to minimize the need for invasive procedures. Our team at Legacy Medical Centers is committed to providing the best medical care possible, including cutting-edge regenerative therapies to treat a wide range of injuries, musculoskeletal conditions, and chronic pain issues. If you would like more information about our whole-body, non-invasive approach to wellness, please contact us today! We are standing by to answer your questions.