What is regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine is a novel branch of medical therapies focused on promoting the restoration and regrowth of our body tissue. When prior interventions have only been able to provide temporary, short-term relief, regenerative therapies can be utilized to aid our body in its natural process of healing by promoting self-repair. These therapies target the previously damaged structures and can spark new growth and healing. At Aether Medicine in Wayne, PA, Dr. Asare Christian offers a number of modalities and interventions to address your needs. Learn more about some of our treatment options below:
Orthobiologic therapies use naturally derived substances that focus on healing broken bones, regenerating cartilage, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Examples of orthobiologic therapies include platelet-rich plasma, stem cells, bone marrow concentrate, fat grafts, and autologous conditioned serum. The evolution of orthobiologics has greatly impacted modern orthopedic surgical practice to help heal injuries faster and treat many chronic musculoskeletal ailments.
Peptides are small amino acids that exist naturally within our bodies. They contain messages for our body's cells, often signaling them to grow, excrete substance, and initiate the body's healing process. Peptide therapy is appealing because, unlike medications, peptides are biodegradable and can easily be broken down and absorbed in our bodies without unwanted side effects. Peptide therapy is potent, with low toxicity, high biological and chemical diversity, and has shown a proven boost to cell growth. Some areas peptide therapy is showing effectiveness include:
- Tissue repair
- Post-surgery healing and recovery
- Boosting immune function
- Pain reduction and management
- Stimulating hair growth and regrowth
- Wound healing
- Mood improvement (anxiety and depression)
- Mental and cognitive improvement
- Improving skin health
- And more...
Combing the terms "nutrition" and "pharmaceuticals" brings you to a category of treatments that are reported to boost the health of your brain, nervous system, bones, cartilage, and tissues and are showing promise in treating certain diseases. Neutraceuticals include antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, natural foods, dietary supplements, and others. While not intended by the FDA to treat, prevent, or cure disease, neutraceuticals have been argued to improve health, strengthen the immune system, help with chronic disease, slow the aging process, and support the overall healthy functioning of the body and its systems. Some of the diseases and conditions neutraceutical therapies are being used to help include:
- Chronic diseases (diabetes, heart disease, etc.)
- Alzheimer's disease
- Parkinson's disease
- Renal disorders
- Gastrointestinal disorders
If you suffer from joint or back pain, you know how disrupting it can be to your work, hobbies, sleep, and overall quality of life. Prolotherapy is an intervention more than 100 years old that injects a natural irritant into the soft tissues of an injured or painful joint. This irritation works as a catalyst to jump-start the body's immune response activating the healing process and promoting new tissue growth by flooding the irritated area with blood and immune cells. While mainly used to treat pain in joints and ligaments, prolotherapy can also be used for:
- Degenerative disc disease
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) therapy is a rapidly growing and evolving therapy being used for a wide variety of health issues and aesthetic concerns. PRP therapy takes your own blood, separates out the platelet-rich plasma, and then reinjects it back into the treatment area. Once injected the plasma works to promote healing and the growth of new tissue. Platelets are an essential part of your blood, with a major role in wound healing, clot formation, and supporting cell growth. Recent research has suggested that injecting PRP into an area with tissue damage or inflammation can promote cellular healing and regeneration. Some therapies PRP is being applied to include:
- Tissue and wound healing
- Treatments for hair loss
- Reducing inflammation
- Joint pain and arthritis
- Improving sagging skin, wrinkles, and fine lines
"I see Dr. Christian every three months or so when I get Botox injections, so I’ve become a regular and seeing him is like visiting a good friend. We always share laughs during the painful process and he makes it better with his friendly manner. I can tell that he is incredibly knowledgeable about the human anatomy and he makes me feel like I’m in very good hands. I would recommend Dr. Christian to anyone that has been everywhere else without success."- J.R. / Google / Sep 15, 2021
"Dr.Christian is the Doctor you dream of. He is caring, compassionate so knowledgeable. He is so humble and respectful to alternative modalities. He is truly a gift to the world of healers. He REALLY cares and is intuitive to look into your soul and provide you with what you need. This is almost unheard of in medicine, unfortunately. I can't say enough of the Man and Doctor he is. He should have 100 stars."- D.T. / Google / Jun 28, 2021
"Dr Christian is a fantastic pain management doctor. He looks a you holistically and is very compassionate and understanding. He listens to you and works with you to come up with the best treatment plan for you. Even if it requires referring you to another doctor. I have had 3 spine surgeries with constant epidurals and rhizotomies in between them. My last surgery was 3.5 years ago and afterwards Dr Christian came up with a new plan for my muscle spasms. It has been a life saver for me, as my falls had been less frequent for me and I haven’t needed any additional therapy besides what I do at home. Plus the best part is, I do not want to be on narcotics yet and he respects that and treats me without ever needing to use a narcotic! He truly listens to you and works with you, to care for you! I wish there were more doctors like him!"- P.D. / Google / Jun 10, 2021
"One of the most talented physicians I’ve ever met and one of the most caring! Thank you, Dr. Christian and Good Shepard."- F.R. / Google / Jun 03, 2021
"Dr. Christian was very kind and thoughtful. His exam was thorough. He listened to my concerns and offered modalities to improve my condition that make good sense."- L.K. / Google / May 20, 2021
What to Expect In Treatment
Dr. Christian will evaluate your condition and recommend the appropriate therapy for you. He may recommend one therapy or a combination of therapies to best treat your condition. Aether Medicine offers nonsurgical treatments, complementary and alternative medicines, and much more for our patients, such as:
- Hormone therapy
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
Most regenerative medicine therapies are not covered by insurance. You may need to pay out of pocket for these treatments, but Aether Medicine offers affordable financing options to help ensure you get the care you need.
Regenerative Medicine faq
Am I an ideal candidate for regenerative medicine?
Candidates for a regenerative medicine procedure may be those that are suffering from chronic pain related to an injury, a degenerative disease, or significant mobility issues. With regenerative medicine, these issues cannot be cured, but symptoms can be effectively managed. During a thorough consultation, Dr. Christian and his team will be able to determine if regenerative medicine is the appropriate approach for you.
What can I expect after regenerative medicine?
After your regenerative medicine treatment, Dr. Christian will provide you with the appropriate aftercare instructions to ensure your best possible results. In some cases, it may take a few days to experience the full outcome of your treatment. You may also need to attend additional follow-up appointments so that the progress of your treatment can be effectively monitored.
Will I need additional regenerative medicine treatments?
Depending on the exact treatment performed, a series of additional treatments may be needed for optimal results. During your initial consultation and diagnostic, Dr. Christian will curate a personalized treatment plan that best fits your needs and healthcare goals.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- Varies by treatment
- How Long It Takes
- Varies by treatment
- Procedure Recovery Location
Revitalize With Regenerative Medicine
Our goal at Aether Medicine is not just to assist you as you heal but to help you thrive in mind, body, and spirit. Regenerative medicine offers many benefits as a complementary treatment or as an alternative to a failed therapeutic approach. Book online or call for a consultation at our office in Main Line and Greater Philadelphia, PA areas at your convenience.