Regenerative medicine is growing as a means of therapy for healing damaged and injured tissue throughout the body. This type of therapy is important because it allows the body to initiate a natural healing process. People who choose regenerative medicine may enjoy benefits such as faster healing time, reduction of joint inflammation and regeneration of damaged tissues. There are two types of regenerative therapies to consider if you have orthopedic injuries or need healing of your skin or musculoskeletal tissues.
What are Stem Cells and How We Use Them
A stem cell comes from umbilical cord blood and placenta during childbirth. They can also be collected from an adult for an autologous procedure. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the collection of these cells in order to ensure their safety and purity. This type of cell is omnipotent. It can travel to different parts of the body. As an unspecialized cell, it can reproduce itself after a long time of inactivity. It typically has a longer lifespan than other cell types. Under certain physiologic conditions and environmental triggers, this cell can turn into a specialized type of cell.
Stem cell therapy is of considerable importance for orthopedic services. Many orthopedic disorders and conditions are related to a loss of cartilage or collagen. Orthopedic problems can also result from damaged blood vessels in and around a joint. With stem cell therapy, the body may be able to regenerate damaged or destroyed cartilage and collagen. The therapy promotes healing of blood vessels. It is possible for a person to avoid a more invasive surgical procedure with successful therapy using these cells.
Exosomes are cell-derived vesicles that contain important proteins and micro RNA. When they are injected into an area of the body that has injured or damaged tissue, they promote the deposition of collagen and reduce inflammation. In addition to their use in healing wounds and decreasing joint inflammation in the hands, wrists, shoulder and other joints, exosomes are an emerging therapy for aesthetic purposes.
If you have collagen loss on your face or neck, this causes you to have a gaunt or sunken appearance. Exosomes promote the restoration of ideal amounts of collagen, which restores your natural look. This type of therapy may help you look younger and feel better.