Have you recently been experiencing symptoms of arthritis or musculoskeletal pain? Cell therapy with us might just be what you need for overall wellness. Here’s what you should know about genomics and its applications in regenerative medicine.
What is Genomics?
Genomics is a field of biology that involves the study of all the genes present in an individual, including how the genes react with each other as well as how they express themselves in different environments. A genome consists of all the DNA molecules within an individual.
What Are the Benefits of Genomics?
There are multiple potential benefits to genomics and its application in regenerative medicine. Through the use of genetic tests, genomic research has allowed for healthcare professionals to develop treatment plans that focus on detection, diagnosis, and effective therapies based on genes present in individuals.
It has also helped determine:
- the function of genes in the body
- the incidence of disease in patients — patients with genetic variations may be more or less predisposed to certain illnesses or disease, such as cancer, heart disease, or diabetes if they carry a particular gene
- responsiveness to medication
- prevention of certain genetic diseases
Another use of genomic techniques is in the use of cells in regenerative medicine. Cell therapy utilizes cells acquired from different parts of the body to treat a variety of illnesses, including:
- Parkinson's disease
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Multiple sclerosis
- Type 1 diabetes
What to Expect During a Regenerative Cell Therapy Session
If you’ve never had cell therapy before, you might wonder what to expect during the appointment. A certified physician at Cary Disc Center will ask you questions to determine your current health status, including current symptoms. From there, you might be required to take a genetic test to determine your family history of illness, including if you have any medication allergies or are predisposed to any illnesses or diseases.
Depending on your symptoms and results, cell therapy may be prescribed. During the actual cell therapy, cells will be collected from your body—this session can last up to two hours in length.
The collection site is typically your bone marrow in the pelvis. The length of treatment will differ from one patient to the next. It primarily depends on your body's innate healing response and the extent of your symptoms. It may take several weeks of the cell treatment before you may experience a difference.
For more information about regenerative therapies and genomics, contact Cary Disc Center at (847) 639-0010.