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
What are the benefits of regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine has a number of benefits over traditional treatments, pharmaceutical medications, and surgeries, including:
- Improved, faster healing — regenerative medicine improves your body's ability to heal itself more quickly to help regrow cartilage, repair ligaments and tendons, repair spinal disc degeneration, injured joints, and more
- Less recovery time — regenerative therapies have little to no recovery time, allowing you to get back to your normal routine faster
- Reduced pain — regenerative medicine targets and addresses the root causes of pain rather than only managing the symptoms
- Less risk — because regenerative medicine is using your body's own cells, stem cells, substances that occur naturally in the body, and other more natural treatments, it can avoid the risks and side effects associated with pharmaceutical medications and surgeries
- Reduced inflammation, naturally — instead of using medications with possible side effects to reduce inflammation from arthritis and injuries, regenerative medicine does it naturally
- Increased function — regenerative medicine can strengthen ligaments and tendons while helping to regrow cartilage for increased overall function in joints to reduce pain and increase range of motion
- Treat the cause, not the symptoms — regenerative medicine addresses the root cause of injuries, chronic disease, age-related conditions, and more rather than only masking symptoms with medications
Am I A Candidate For Regenerative Medicine?
Ideal candidates for a regenerative medicine treatment plan at Aether Medicine include a wide range of people. These may be patients living with chronic pain related to an injury, a degenerative disease, have significant mobility issues, or want to rejuvenate their look and boost their overall health. With regenerative medicine, these issues cannot be permanently cured, but symptoms can be effectively managed, and quality of life improved. During a thorough consultation at our Wayne, PA office, Dr. Christian will explain the benefits of regenerative medicine and determine if it is the right treatment for you.
Regenerative Medicine Reviews
"I could not be more impressed with Dr. Asare Christian and Aether Medicine, their state of the art facility, and his dedication and desire to make his clients healthier humans. Finally I found a doctor doing medicine the right way. He takes his time with you on your visits and he does not sacrifice the quality of care that you receive no matter what. I could not recommend him more!!"- B.S. / Google / Oct 05, 2022
"Initially sought out a physiatrist to treat my dystonia after a relocation to PA and Dr Christian was geographically the closest to where I lived. Dr Christian immediately impressed me with his knowledge of my condition and prior treatments. In addition, I am now working with him on healthy aging programs that are changing my life at 64!!!"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Oct 27, 2022
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
Do regenerative medicine injections hurt?
No, most patients don't find these injections any more uncomfortable than other types of injections. If you are concerned about pain, talk to Dr. Christian during your consultation so he can go over your treatment options and ensure your utmost comfort during the procedure.
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.
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- Recovery Time
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- How Long It Takes
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- 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.
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