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Is regenerative medicine alternative medicine? I don’t believe it is. For now it may be an alternative to the present standard therapies that are offered but I predict these treatments will be the new standards and intermediary therapies. There may even be a new specialty in medicine dealing just in Biologics. For example, right now the current treatments for Osteoarthritis are medications, steroid injections, hyaluronic acid injections, acupuncture, behavioral therapy, and when all else fails surgery.

Currently the rheumatologist or orthopedic surgeons must prescribe a pain medicine until the pain or immobility becomes too great and surgery is the next option. Also, these treatments do nothing to change the course of the disease. Biologics can fill that gap of time between the onset of arthritis and the need for a joint replacement. At this point in time many people have postponed surgery 4 to

5 years, maybe indefinitely. Personally I am not going to wait until I am “bone on bone.” I am going to get treated in the very early stages.

Stem Cell Breakthrough

For the new study, a method that more closely resembled the normal development of the skeleton was utilised. As such, the team allowed the mesenchymal stem cells to undergo a condensation stage – just as they do in the body – before starting to make cartilage.

Subsequent tests using the material showed its lubricative property and compressive strength approached those of native cartilage. The researchers were then able to regenerate large pieces of anatomically-shaped and mechanically strong cartilage over the bone, knee pain sarasota with the aim of repairing cartilage defects. Regenerative Medicine has been catching on in the last few years with the increased use of Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP. With PRP we can use messengers

(growth factors and cytokines that are present on the platelets of our own blood) that tell our own stem cells and regenerative cells to go to work.

These messengers initiate healing and treat pain in arthritis, ligament and tendon injuries, chronic neck and back conditions, to name a few. But there are so many forms of PRP and not all are good and effective. Address: 1990 Main Street, Suite 700 Sarasota , FL 34236 Call Us : 941-952-3300 Visit My Website :

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