Understanding How Regenerative Medicine Works

“Regenerative medicine” may sound like it belongs in an episode of Star Trek, but this innovative field has played an essential role in Western medicine since the 1950s and 60s. And its use dates even further back when you look at ancient civilizations.

You’re probably familiar with some specific forms of regenerative medicine. For example, the bone marrow transplants used in cancer treatment are a form of regenerative medicine. But you don’t have to have a major illness to reap the benefits of regenerative medicine.

Terry L. Franklin, MD, brings a holistic, whole-body approach to our practice in Monterey, California. Part of our Appreciative Medicine™ approach involves fostering a partnership with our patients to help them achieve ultimate health. 

Here are a few reasons why we rely on regenerative medicine when treating a variety of health issues.

What sets regenerative medicine apart

Traditional medical therapies tend to focus on your symptoms. For example, if you have pain, the doctor writes you a prescription for a pain reliever. 

Regenerative medicine takes an entirely different approach. It works by healing the damage or disease inside your body that’s triggering your symptoms.

As we mentioned above, there are several types of regenerative medicine therapies. What they have in common is harnessing powerful cells in the human body to activate the healing process. Dr. Franklin uses stem cells for his regenerative medicine treatments. 

Using stem cells in regenerative medicine

When it comes to healing agents in your body, nothing compares with stem cells. You often hear these cells referred to as building blocks because they can transform into almost any kind of tissue, including cartilage, bone, muscle, and fat.

You have stem cells all over your body, and they’re also present in amniotic fluid or umbilical cords. But the source of the stem cells significantly affects their potency when used in regenerative medicine therapies.

Dr. Franklin uses stem cells derived from amniotic membranes for his regenerative medicine treatments. Amniotic membranes contain high concentrations of very powerful stem cells. When Dr. Franklin injects these stem cells into the area of your body with damage or disease, they get to work repairing and rebuilding the tissue on a cellular level.

What to expect from regenerative medicine

This healing and restorative approach can offer relief for numerous health conditions affecting your joints, muscles, or other soft tissue, ranging from broken bones and arthritis to faster recovery from surgery. 

Because regenerative medicine works by healing your body on a cellular level, you can’t expect immediate results after your appointment. Instead, it can take a few weeks and even months for your symptoms to subside as healthy, new tissue returns to the treatment site.

While you may not get instant relief, regenerative medicine therapies are usually well-tolerated and come with few side effects. You may have minor tenderness, redness, or inflammation after your injection, but you can consider this part of the normal healing process. And in most cases, you can return to regular activity immediately.

Are you ready to see if regenerative medicine is right for you? Contact our convenient location in downtown Monterey, California, by calling 831-647-3190 today.

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