Understanding Regenerative Cells
What are regenerative cells?
Regenerative cells are cells that can successfully replicate themselves and transform into various tissue forming cells. These cells can form bone, muscle, cartilage, and other connective soft tissues.
What basic types of regenerative cells are there?
There are two primary types of regenerative cells – adult and embryonic.
Embryonic regenerative cells are obtained from an embryo during the very early stages of embryonic development. Their use is quite controversial due to concerns about their safety and ethics of use. Greater Austin Regenerative Medicine & Wellness does NOT use Embryonic cells.
Adult regenerative cells are your own cells. These adult regenerative cells can be found throughout your body, and your body uses these stored cells for tissue repair and regeneration – they are the reason why our bodies can heal properly. The regenerative cells your physician will be injecting are a concentrated supply of your own cells! Adult regenerative cell use is not controversial because of their safety and renewable nature.
Where are adult regenerative cells found?
Adult regenerative cells are found throughout your body. They orchestrate the formation of tissue such as bone, cartilage, fat, blood vessels, and more. One of the richest sources for these cells is your bone marrow. Bone marrow is of course found inside your bones, and using a small needle, your regenerative medicine physician will aspirate a small amount of your adult regenerative cell rich marrow to obtain the cells needed for your injection procedure.
Why do we use regenerative cells?
Adult regenerative cells have been shown to transform into site-specific tissue. As we grow older, some of these cells decrease in number. Your physician will use a specialized device to concentrate your own cells, harnessing and enriching your body’s own ability to heal injured tissues. In other words, this procedure allows us to tap into the healing power of your younger self.
What conditions can concentrated regenerative cells help?
- Degenerative Disc Disease in the Spine
- Mild to Moderate Osteoarthritis in any Joint
- Partial Tears of any Tendon, Ligament, or Meniscus
- Chronic Muscle Strain or Sprain
- Avascular Necrosis
If you’d like to know more about regenerative cells, please feel free to contact us at any time.