NorTex offers Regenerative Medicine therapy to treat a number of chronic pain conditions.
What is Regenerative Medicine Therapy?
Regenerative Medicine is called so Because cells with the capability of reproducing through dividing have the ability to develop into cells specific to a particular organ or tissue, we can designate them to work on a specific area of the body. Once designated to a specific body part, the cells perform special functions for that part. Regenerative Medicine therapy is the use of cells to treat or prevent a condition through producing cells to replace damaged or older cells. Doctors harvest the cells from tissue, blood or bone marrow, with bone marrow being the most common cell source. These healthy harvested cells divide to maintain general cell numbers, or become progenitor cells. In adults, these progenitor cells migrate within the brain and function primarily to maintain neuron population. They can also help induce recovery for those who suffer from various painful disorders.
Benefits of Regenerative Medicine
Stem cells are thought to trigger the repair functions of the body via five primary mechanisms:
Before the regenerative medicine therapy can trigger the repair functions of the body, a source of the cells must be isolated. Bone marrow is the most common location of cell extraction, and it is achieved by the insertion of a thick needle through the skin into the marrow cavity of the hipbone. Two or three punctures are made on each rear hipbone for adequate extraction levels. Should extraction of stem cells be used using adipose tissue, they will require processing prior to therapeutic use and might not be as extensively used as the bone marrow cells.
Once extraction and possible processing has concluded, the cells are ready to be used for therapy. Depending on the patient’s needs, the cells can be programmed to go to work for a specific part of the body and to perform a specific job. These can include hard tissue repair, orthopedic repair, neurological repair, joint repair, bone defect repair, muscle repair and more.
Physicians have begun to regard regenerating cells as normal as the practices of administering drugs or performing surgery. The first successful bone marrow transplant was achieved in 1968, and since then, doctors worldwide have been expanding the use for the cells contained in the marrow. New evidence suggests that bone marrow and adipose tissue cells may have the ability to differentiate into cells that make tissues outside of the blood, and scientists are exploring the new uses for stem cells that go beyond diseases and disorders.