Regenerative Medicine Specialist

Innovative Medical Centers

Integrative & Functional Medicine & Wellness Practitioners located in Worthington, OH

Regenerative medicine is an incredibly exciting field that has the potential to change how medicine is practiced. While not a new approach, regenerative medicine is moving forward at an astounding pace as researchers learn more about the body’s natural regenerative capabilities. At Innovative Medical Centers, regenerative medicine is a cornerstone of the practice, and it is the starting point for many of the therapies and treatments provided to men and women from throughout the greater Columbus, Ohio area. Schedule an appointment online or call the office to learn more.

Regenerative Medicine Q & A

What is regenerative medicine?

Medicine primarily focuses on managing the symptoms of disease and trauma. Regenerative medicine, however, harnesses the body’s natural healing abilities to treat the causes of medical problems.

Regenerative medicine focuses on using naturally occurring cells to boost your body’s natural healing process. When a combination of regenerative cells, cytokines, and hyaluronic acid is introduced at the site of cellular damage or inflammation, your body responds by making more cells. That results in more healthy tissue.

Many men and women turn to regenerative medicine as a source of pain relief and healing that doesn't rely on pharmaceuticals or invasive surgical procedures.

What are mesenchymal cell treatments?

Mesenchymal cell treatments use the regenerative powers of amniotic tissue, cord tissue, Wharton’s jelly, or cord blood to encourage your natural healing response. These injections reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and promote swift healing.

This tissue is donated by mothers of newborns. The selection criteria for donors are demanding, which ensures a final product that meets the highest medical standards.

What type of medical issues can benefit from mesenchymal cell treatments?

Mesenchymal cells can treat a wide range of medical problems. Because they have both anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties, they can reduce pain and accelerate healing in the following areas:

  • Elbows and wrists, including repetitive motion injuries
  • Shoulders, including muscle tears and nerve inflammation
  • Hips, including soft tissue injuries
  • Knees and ankles, including plantar fasciitis
  • Degenerative disease of the spine
  • Neuropathy
  • Hair loss
  • Signs of aging

Are there anti-aging benefits of regenerative medicine?

According to researchers, inflammation really taxes the human body. It causes you to show signs of aging far too early and increases your chances of developing age-related diseases and disorders.   

Regenerative medicine offers powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, and that goes a long way toward helping you feel and look your best.

The team at Innovative Medical Centers is committed to staying abreast of current research and treatment options, and to helping you harness the power of regenerative medicine to restore normal, healthy function. Call today to schedule an appointment and learn what regenerative medicine has to offer.

Are there any side effects of mesenchymal cell therapy?

The therapy can elicit an inflammatory response, which in fact is a good thing—this means that you may have increased pain in the area of treatment. We view inflammation as a significant step in the healing process.

How fast will a patient see results?

This is specific to an individual. Many people see positive results. The cells replicate every 28 hours for 65 generations; patients see results on average between three to six weeks after the treatment.

What is the history of stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy has been around for a long, long time. We now know every organ in the body has stem cells which means skin grafts, bone marrow transplants, and heart transplants are all forms of stem cell therapy. Blood transfusions, done as early as World War I, are a form of stem cell therapy.

Where do you see the future of mesenchymal cell therapy going?

We are seeing remarkable results in inherited, genetic, environmental, and lifestyle diseases. Mesenchymal cell therapy can help people live a longer, healthier, pain-free life.

How many treatments will a patient need?

This is specific to an individual. Many people find one treatment is all that is necessary for their degenerative condition, but this is dependent on the individual.

Is this covered by insurance?

Regenerative cell therapy is not covered by insurance, because insurances do not normally cover natural treatments. It is considered very affordable in comparison to treatments covered by health insurance.

How long does a treatment take?

Treatments range between five to twenty minutes. It is often a simple injection.

Is this FDA approved?

The FDA does not approve natural treatments; they approve drugs. However, while the stem cells are not FDA approved, the blood bank in which they are housed and processed is FDA regulated. These are highly screened and rigorously tested. The cells are also overseen by the National Institute of Health, the American Association of Blood Banks, and the American Association of Tissue Banks. These cells are not grown.

Do they multiply in the human body; and is there research that shows this process?

Yes, they do. There are studies that show this process through the use of dyes in the cells. The research follows the cells as they divide. This is continually researched and evaluated. On average, it shows every 28 hours for 65 generations. These will differentiate ongoing, and the T-cells will clean them up. They are transient cells that come in, clean up, and then get out of the way.

What is the difference between PRP and mesenchymal cells?

In the new and rapidly advancing field of regenerative medicine, many promising treatments are emerging. As this field is very cutting edge, it can be difficult at times to differentiate between some of those therapies. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) and mesenchymal cell therapy are two very promising therapies that are being used more frequently and gaining more widespread acceptance recently. Given this, it is very important to understand what each is and what their respective roles are in the regenerative process for our patients.

PRP is obtained by taking out some of the patient’s own blood and centrifuging it down to concentrate the platelet portion of their blood while discarding the rest. We now know that platelets play a vital role in the healing process and are not simply passive agents for blood clotting as many of us were taught in our training. This concentrate is then injected into areas of acute injury, and the various factors they secrete aid in the healing process.

Mesenchymal cell therapy is obtained via donation from healthy, live births. They are likewise injected into areas of generally subacute to chronic degeneration and injury. Once injected, they are thought to locally engraft into damaged tissue and begin aiding the process of repair and regeneration. They are known to secrete their own growth factors and support the patient’s own mesenchymal stem cells (MSC’s) to aid in tissue repair. They are also immunomodulatory in that they seek out areas that are inflamed and inform the body’s immune system in such a way that the inflammatory response is suppressed and aids in the repair of tissue rather than being detrimental or causing symptoms such as pain. In essence, MSC’s tell the immune system exactly what needs to be done and where.

Both PRP and MSC’s show great promise. They are distinct therapies and should be used appropriately as such. An apt analogy would be an automobile repair shop. PRP might be like bringing in extra tools to the mechanic so that he has everything he needs to get the job done. MSC’s would be like bringing in 3 more mechanics with their tools to help the process.

Patients and their situations are all unique, so we want offer the most appropriate treatment for their individual situations.