Most medical treatments for chronic conditions are aimed at managing your symptoms. But researchers are now looking into regenerative medicine, using therapies like regenerative medicine (also known by many as stem cell therapy), to address the source of your pain. Our team Dr. Vinod Malhotra, MD, Tami Kennedy, NP, Victor Rafa, DC and Rona Palompo, DPT, and the other experienced team members at Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. in Mission Viejo, California, offer regenerative medicine treatment as a method to reduce discomfort by focusing on the underlying cause. To learn more about regenerative medicine, call the office today or book an appointment online.
Stem cells serve as your body’s resources for the healing and regeneration of tissue. Your stem cells are the blank cells in your body that have the ability to turn into whatever special cell you may need, whether you need new skin to heal a cut, new bone to mend a fracture, or new blood vessels to nourish your tissue.
Researchers are just beginning to uncover the potential use of stem cells for health and healing. However, it has been used for over 50 years in treating joint degeneration and joint pain. In the coming years, stem cells may be able to grow new tissues or organs for transplantation, or cure chronic health conditions, such as Type 1 diabetes or spinal cord injuries.
There are different types of stem cells currently being researched. These stem cells include:
Embryonic stem cells are found in 3 to 5 day-old embryos. These types of stem cells are considered pluripotent stem cells, which means they have the ability to create any type of cell the body may need. These types of stem cells can also divide into more stem cells.
Mesenchymal stem cells are the workhorse cells that can become what your body needs to aid in healing. These are the stem cells found in your bone marrow. Mesenchymal stem cells are multipotent stem cells, which means they can produce many different types of specialized cells according to what your body is in need of.
Perinatal stem cells are found in amniotic fluid and the umbilical cord. These stem cells have the ability to morph into specialized cells. Researchers are also currently working on developing techniques that could turn the mesenchymal stem cells from multipotent stem cells into pluripotent stem cells.
The specialists at Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. see the medical possibilities of stem cell treatment and may recommend it as an option to help heal the diseased or damaged tissue causing your pain. By injecting cells directly into the injured tissue, it can help accelerate the healing process and provide you with more long-term pain management.
Regenerative Medicine therapy is an innovative area of medicine with many possibilities, especially for pain management. To learn more about this and other treatment options, call Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. today or book an appointment online.