What is Regenerative Medicine?

If you have heard of stem cell injections then you have heard of regenerative medicine. Most people assume that stem cell injects are in a class of their own but realistically there are several different categories of what we call Biologic Injections aka Regenerative Medicine. Regenerative Medicine utilizes cellular therapy to repair and/or replace damaged tissue resulting from trauma and age related wear. Osteoarthritis, for example, is a degenerative process of cartilage destruction eventually leading to bone on bone arthritis. Current non-biologic injection treatments, such as corticosteroids and gel injections, do not alter the course of the disease, but rather manage symptoms. The goals of Regenerative Medicine in arthritis is to slow, stop and possibly reverse the degenerative cascade. These treatments may allow patients to avoid the need for surgery. Below are the various forms of regenerative biologic injections that JIS offers inlcluding what seems to be the most news friendly, stem cell injections.


Platlet Rich Plasma

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP): PRP is obtained by drawing the patient's blood, which is then highly concentrated into a solution of healing proteins. These proteins help combat the inflammation of arthritis as well as promote cell growth and increase blood flow.

Autologous Mesenchyma Stem Cells

Autologous Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MS Cs): Autologous MS Cs are obtained from drawing stem cell fluid from the patient's pelvic bone. This fluid is then concentrated to isolate cells with the potential to differentiate into many different types of tissue including cartilage. MSCs also exhibit anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce pain associated with arthrritis.

Amniotic Fluid

Amniotic Fluid: Amniotic fluid is obtained from donated tissue at the time of full term c-section deliveries. Amniotic fluid is rich in proteins, hyaluronic acid, cyto­kines, and growth factors which have similar properties to synovial fluid in joints. Amniotic fluid has lubrication and anti-inflammatory properties.

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