Regenerative medicine is among the most exciting areas of medical research and advancement in recent decades. It’s also among the areas of specialty at Genesis Orthopaedic and Spine in Westfield and West Orange, New Jersey and serving serving all of Union county, Morris county, Middlesex county, and Somerset county including the surrounding towns of Cranford, Garwood, Clark, Scotch Plains, Mountainside, Springfield, Summit, Chatham, Millburn, Short Hills, Maplewood, Watchung, Berkeley Heights, Livingston, Union, Edison, Woodbridge, and Elizabeth. If you’re suffering from joint pain or looking for relief from a sports injury, come in for a one-on-one consultation and a discussion of treatment options. Online scheduling is available, or you can always call to set up your visit.

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What is regenerative medicine?

Regenerative medicine is a field of medical practice and research that explores the body’s innate healing powers. It also examines methods of replacing damaged tissue types within the body.

This area of medicine holds astounding promise. According to some researchers who focus on regenerative medicine, these treatments could one day help as many as one out of every three Americans.

One area of regenerative medicine focuses on creating tissues and organs in a laboratory for human implantation. The more common types of regenerative medicine efforts focus on prompting your body to increase cell development to repair damaged tissues.

What are some regenerative medicine applications?

Advancements in regenerative medicine research have led to numerous therapies that rely on cell regeneration. In musculoskeletal applications, these therapies focus on improving damage to the bones, muscles, tendons, cartilage, and meniscus.

Some examples include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Hamstring strain
  • Tendinopathy
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Tennis or golfer’s elbow
  • Achilles strains
  • Patellar injuries
  • Quadriceps strain
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative discs

Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a form of regenerative medicine. This specially prepared solution of your own blood is injected into damaged joints to promote new cell growth and reduce inflammation.

Mesenchymal cell therapy is another approach. These treatments use mesenchymal cells harvested from your tissues to promote new cell growth and tissue repair. At Genesis Orthopaedic and Spine, the team sources mesenchymal cells from your adipose (fat) cells and also creates bone marrow aspirate concentrate from bone marrow cells.

Lipogems® is another example of regenerative medicine. This technology harvests fat cells from your thigh or abdomen, prepares them by rinsing away inflammatory oils and blood, then injects those fat cells into the site where you need repair.

There’s also TenJet® for chronic tendon pain that uses a high-pressure stream of saline as a blade to remove diseased tendon while not damaging healthy tissue.

What’s on the horizon for regenerative medicine?

Genesis Orthopaedic and Spine offers the latest regenerative medicine technologies. The practice is also committed to remaining on the cutting edge of regenerative therapies.

Clinical trials in musculoskeletal regeneration focus on the following applications.

  • Ligament repair
  • Living cartilage transplant
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Osteonecrosis of the hip
  • Orthopedic implant failure
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • BMAC

As new treatments become available, you can count on the team at Genesis Orthopaedic and Spine to bring you the very best in regenerative therapy.

If you’d like to explore any of these treatments in more detail, schedule a personalized consultation today at Genesis Orthopaedic and Spine. Online scheduling is available, or you’re always welcome to call the practice to set up your visit.