Regenerative Medicine Specialist
Regenerative medicine harnesses your body’s natural healing ability, using the same cells to restore and heal damaged tissues. The professional team at Advanced Medical Centers in Jacksonville, Florida, specializes in regenerative medicine, using their training and experience in mesenchymal stem cell and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to accelerate healing of soft tissues and joints throughout your body. To learn more about regenerative medicine, call one of the offices in Jacksonville or schedule an appointment online.
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Regenerative Medicine Q & A
What is regenerative medicine?
Throughout your life, your body stays strong and healthy using different types of specialized cells: platelets that trigger healing and mesenchymal stem cells that regenerate new tissues. Regenerative medicine treatment takes advantage of these natural cells, injecting them at the site of injured and diseased tissues so they can accelerate healing.
What is mesenchymal stem cell treatment?
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are one of your body’s natural builders. They can continuously self-replicate, creating a new cell that develops into a variety of tissues. When you’re injured, MSCs travel to the area and regenerate the cells you need to repair the damaged tissues.
The medical professionals at Advanced Medical Centers obtain MSCs from umbilical cord tissue that’s donated by mothers after they give birth to full-term, healthy babies. Umbilical cord tissue is packed with MSCs, which are removed, processed, and approved for medical use.
MSC therapy consists of an injection of concentrated mesenchymal stem cells. When your medical provider at Advanced Medical Centers injects MSCs directly into the damaged area of your body, the cells regenerate new tissues.
What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?
Your blood contains platelets, which carry specialized proteins called growth factors. When platelets release growth factors near injured tissues, they trigger a wide variety of healing activities, from increasing MSC activity to regulating inflammation and accelerating new tissue regeneration.
PRP is plasma mixed with a high concentration of platelets. PRP is produced in the office by processing a sample of your own blood to separate and concentrate the platelets. Then your PRP is injected — alone or with MSCs — directly at the site of your injury or degenerative disease.
How might I benefit from regenerative medicine?
Regenerative therapies were originally used in bone marrow transplants, which work by infusing mesenchymal stem cells that regenerate blood cells. More recently, MSCs and PRP are widely used by orthopedic specialists to stimulate healing following surgery and in orthopedic injuries.
When they’re injected, mesenchymal stem cells can:
Regenerate new blood vessels
Protect healthy tissues
Regenerate new cartilage, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and fat
Regenerative medicine is often recommended for healing a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions affecting your soft tissues and joints. MSC and PRP injections are especially beneficial if you suffer an injury in tissues that don’t have a good blood supply or when your injury is so extensive it overwhelms your body’s own regenerative abilities.
To learn if you’re a good candidate for regenerative medicine, call Advanced Medical Centers or schedule an appointment online.