Regenerative Medicine: Restoring Cells to Optimal Health
Perhaps the most quoted definition of Regenerative Medicine was provided by Chris Mason, a Professor of Regenerative Medicine Bioprocessing, and the late Peter Dunnill, a pioneer in the field of biochemical engineering, in a lengthy treatise ironically entitled, A Brief Definition of Regenerative Medicine, first published online on Dec. 21, 2007:
“Regenerative Medicine replaces or regenerates human cells, tissue or organs to restore or establish normal function.”
Nevertheless, there is nothing brief or simple about the scope of Regenerative Medicine. Its fundamental purpose is restoring impaired bodily functions through the regeneration of cells, tissues, nerves and muscles. It is an alternative to surgical transplantation, replacement and repair and, in its purest form, stimulates the the body to heal and repair itself. Technical testing protocols are utilized to determine the cause, whether from defect, disease, trauma or aging, and the culprit in the communicative process between the brain and the cells of nerves, muscles and tissues themselves.
Montvale Health Sport + Spine’s Commitment to Regenerative Medicine
Montvale Health Sport + Spine is actively committed to regenerative medicine, much of it through the efforts and expertise of Physiatrist Dr. Shahrokh Bemanian, MD, a doctor specializing in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Physiatrists, according to the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, “treat a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons.”
Dr. Bemanian relies on diagnostic and testing approaches and nonsurgical alternatives such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and stem cell therapy. His “clinical interests” include autologous bone marrow and adipose derived stem cells, musculoskeletal ultrasound, as well as disorders of the spine.
Regenerative medicine continues to merge with other disciplines and expand, but its focus is almost always on the human cell. The broadening field takes some of its pre-history from surgical implants, knee and hip replacements, bone marrow and organ transplants and even laboratory processes like the growth of tissue and organs outside the human body.
So don’t be confused about what we bring to the table within the realms of sports medicine and physical rehabilitation.
- Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy — This is an injective procedure that helps spur cell growth with blood plasma rich in protein. It targets damaged cells, stimulating the healing of damaged cells and the growth of healthy new cells.
- Stem Cell Therapy — Our bodies are repositories for millions of adult stem cells, which can be harvested and then injected to heal damaged or diseased tissue. It is another example of the body repairing itself, even reconstructing tissue, that we offer as part of Regenerative Medicine.