What Is Regenerative Medicine?

Regenerative medicine can be defined as a process, performed by trained professionals, that helps replace or “regenerate” human cells, tissues, or organs to restore or establish function. It works in a way that stimulates the body’s own abilities to repair and heal the affected tissues and organs. Regenerative medicine often utilizes non-embryonic (adult) mesenchymal cells or platelet-rich plasma to regenerate bone and cartilage cells. Most procedures within this branch of medicine are considered to be non-invasive and can offer valuable healing support after surgery. In some cases, regenerative medicine can be used to delay or even eliminate the need for surgery.

What Can Regenerative Medicine Provide?

The use of regenerative medicine in orthopedic practices assists the natural healing process by stimulating the regeneration of cells in the musculoskeletal system. With increased age and injury, sometimes your body does not deliver the optimum amount of cells to the affected area to maintain a healthy function. It’s our main goal here at Hecker Sports & Regenerative Medicine to amplify the natural repair system to keep up with the body’s demand.

Advantages of Regenerative Medicine

The practice of regenerative medicine is increasingly recommended to treat an array of orthopedic conditions thanks to its diverse benefits.

  • It uses natural body tissue components, which reduces the possibility of adverse reactions or infections.

  • It provides pain relief and helps the body regenerate tissues.

  • Some degenerative conditions and injuries that used to be treated by surgery alone may now show significant improvement with regenerative medicine, delaying or eliminating the need for surgery altogether.

  • It is particularly beneficial for those people for whom a surgery could mean a bigger complication.

  • Regenerative medicine, combined with surgery, enhances healing and can reduce recovery time.

  • These procedures take a fraction of the time that a surgical intervention would, allowing you to return to your normal activities in less time.

  • The effects of these treatments usually work for extended periods and can be repeated if necessary.

Do Regenerative Medicine Procedures Hurt?

Some of the biggest concerns revolving any medical procedures are related to postoperative recovery and pain. Most regenerative therapies are non-surgical and are minimally invasive, which should minimize discomfort.

Could I resume activities shortly after I have the procedure?

The recovery times of non-surgical procedures are significantly shorter when compared to surgery. Some regenerative medicine treatments allow the patient to resume normal activities soon after the procedure is done.

What Are the Common Applications of Regenerative Medicine?

Conditions that respond positively to these procedures include:

  • Partial muscle tears, such as hamstring strains

  • Partial rotator cuff tears

  • Persistent partial tendon tears and injuries, such as plantar fasciitis, quadriceps, and patellar tendon tears

  • Chondromalacia patella, also known as patellofemoral syndrome or runner’s knee

  • Osteoarthritis of the joints

Is Regenerative Medicine Safe?

These practices are rigorously tested to FDA (Food and Drug Administration) guidelines. Thousands of patients have used these regenerative therapies with no adverse effects.

What Are Hecker Sports & Regenerative Medicine’s Areas Of Focus?

Dr. Thomas Hecker is a foot and ankle specialist and an expert on musculoskeletal disorders and advanced non-surgical care and treatments. His clinic focuses on feet and ankles, but they are able to help with legs and knees as well.

Does Hecker Sports & Regenerative Medicine Offer Stem Cell Therapy?

We provide our patients with an array of therapies and procedures. However, we DO NOT provide stem cell therapy.



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