Regenerative medicine is an expanding field that specializes in harnessing the body’s natural ability to regrow tissues and using its restorative cells to heal sports injuries and degenerative disease. Nithya Mathai, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, at Lighthouse Medical Center has extensive experience providing today’s top regenerative therapies, like mesenchymal stem cell and platelet-rich plasma injections, as part of an integrative treatment plan customized to meet your health needs. To learn if you’re a good candidate for regenerative medicine, call the office in Pompano Beach, Florida, or schedule an appointment online.
Your body stays strong and healthy through regeneration, a process in which it continuously produces new cells to replace old tissues and heal diseased and injured body parts.
Thanks to medical advances, it’s now possible to extract the cells and biochemicals responsible for ongoing tissue regeneration, then use them to heal a range of health problems by injecting them at the site of damaged tissues.
Dr. Mathai at Lighthouse Medical Center offers two key types of regenerative therapies: mesenchymal stem cell and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections.
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are often called the body’s building blocks. MSCs have the extraordinary ability to self-replicate as often as needed, creating a new cell that’s capable of developing into many different types of tissues.
The MSCs used for regenerative medicine come from umbilical cord tissue that’s freely donated by mothers after giving birth. Cord tissue is a rich source of MSCs, which are harvested, screened, and approved for medical use.
Although your body has its own supply of MSCs that stay active throughout your life, their activity slows down as you get older, which affects healing. Your healing can also be slow and inefficient if you have tissues that are extensively damaged. In both cases, an injection of concentrated MSCs helps to support your body and boost healing.
Regenerative medicine may sound like it’s new or experimental, but MSC therapy is well-grounded in mainstream medicine. For example, it’s often used by orthopedic specialists during surgery to help stimulate healing.
MSCs have established roles in your body, where they:
In your body, the activity of MSCs is supported by growth factors. As a result, MSC therapy is often combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which is an exceptional source of growth factors.
Your blood naturally contains platelets, which are packed with proteins called growth factors.
Any time you’re injured, platelets immediately go to the site of the problem and secrete their growth factors, which increase MSC activity and accelerate healing. PRP contains concentrated platelets that are obtained from a sample of your blood in the office.
To learn whether you’re a good candidate for regenerative medicine, call Lighthouse Medical Center or book an appointment online.