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When you age, you can see the effects on the outside of your body. Sometimes, however, your joints, ligaments, and bones are affected much earlier than your skin. Is there anything you can do to keep your body from getting older? Regenerative medicine may be just the ticket to halting the aging process.
At Mehling Orthopedics, our team specializes in a number of orthopedic treatments, including regenerative medicine. Our orthopedic specialists, Dr. Brian Mehling and Dr. Pavel Yufit, help you keep your musculoskeletal system feeling young through stem cell therapy and PRP injections.
Regenerative medicine is a type of therapy that uses your own cells to heal or regenerate injured areas of your body. Among several types of regenerative medicine, the most common are stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma therapy.
Stem cell therapy harnesses your body’s stem cells to regenerate tissues that need help healing. Stem cells are basically your body’s blank cells — they can turn into any other cell that your body may need.
Your stem cells are harvested through an easy procedure that’s done in the office, and then they’re prepared by our team. Dr. Mehling or Dr. Yufit then injects them into the area that needs attention.
For example, if your tendon is injured, our team injects the stem cells into the tendon, where they’ll turn into more tendon cells to repair the damage in the area.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) also uses your body’s platelets to speed up the healing process. Platelets are blood cells that help with clotting. However, they also contain growth factors that aid in healing and regenerating tissues.
Your blood is drawn in the office and then placed in a machine known as a centrifuge. This spins your blood at high speeds, separating the platelets and plasma from the rest of your blood. This mixture is then injected into your body to enhance healing and regeneration where you need it most.
Your body naturally ages over time ― especially the areas that take on a lot of your weight and strain day in and day out. This includes not only important organs, but your joints and bones.
Along with normal wear and tear and degeneration, some conditions also cause your musculoskeletal system to prematurely act older than it should. Some of these conditions include:
All of these conditions may also lead to problems in your muscles, tendons, and ligaments as a result of the degeneration. This can cause pain and other issues, like muscle wasting and cartilage loss.
If you’re a woman going through menopause, it also greatly affects your bone and joint health, due to the drastic change in your hormones. This can lead to a decrease in your overall bone mass and density.
But how can you stop your body from breaking down as you get older? Dr. Mehling and Dr. Yufit provide regenerative medicine to keep your body in the best shape possible.
Stem cells have the ability to form any cell your body needs. This means that when your cartilage is degenerating due to osteoarthritis, for example, stem cells have the power to restore that cartilage by converting into cartilage cells and forming new tissue.
The same is true when you’ve suffered an injury that’s aged your ligaments or tendons. Injuries cause damage that can wear tissues down more quickly than normal. Stem cells injected into the injury speed up the healing process, and also cut down on long-term damage and problems down the road.
Platelet-rich plasma works similarly. The platelets that are harvested from your blood are injected into areas that need help getting better. This may be an arthritic knee joint or a bone fracture. The platelets heal the area using specialized growth factors, which in turn helps to prevent aging in that area that typically occurs with injury or surgery.
If you want to get a jump on preventing your body from acting its age, don’t hesitate to call one of our offices in Hackensack, New Jersey, or West Islip, New York, to make an appointment with our team today.
You can also send the doctors a message here on our website.
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