Regenerative medicine finds a way to stimulate the natural capability of the body for injured tissue to regenerate. Orthopaedics is centered on the development of new therapies that can promote the repairing, replacing or regeneration of injured or diseased soft/bone tissues. It also includes tissue reconstruction that cannot replace or repair themselves.
Most of these therapies have been on the early stage of development. The tendency is that the regenerative orthopaedics may complement. In some circumstances, it becomes a pharmacological and conventional surgical treatment. Regenerative orthopaedic medicine has various areas that are recently under research. One of them is tissue engineering or the use of physical stimulation (neurostimulation, magneto-therapy, shock waves, etc.). It may also involve the use of growth factors which have various clinical applications that provide exceptional results.
There are also several therapies conducted under regenerative orthopaedics. Some of them are the following:
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) – in this type of therapy, the surgeons will be using the blood cells of the patients for stimulating the natural process of healing in some orthopaedic conditions. They may use ultrasound guidance for the target placement to inject the growth factors and platelets into the injured joint/tissue. Higher concentration of platelets can attract the stem cells to this area to jump start the process of repairing.
Adult stem cell therapy – when it comes to severe orthopaedic issues like osteoarthritis (joints), the surgeons should assist the body through direct injecting of stem cells to the diseased or injured area. These stem cells have been stem cell types that are effective in treating soft tissues. Basically, there are 2 ways to get the significant stem cells from the body. These are “from bone marrow” or “from fat”.
mcRadioFrequency – mcRF or Monopolar Capacitive-Coupled Radiofrequency is the modality which stimulates the natural process of healing of the body to cure the ligament injuries and chronic tendon pain. It makes use of a technology packed with a radiofrequency energy that is powerful to deliver in pulses from the skin going to the affected tissue. RelēF can protect the skin’s outer layer by simply cooling it. On other hand, the radiofrequency energy will heat the injured ligament or tendon up to 12° F to deactivate nerve fibers which are sending pain signals as well as initiating the healing process.
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