Have you been diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease, and none of the forms of conventional therapy have worked for you? Or have you been in pain for quite some time, found no relief from treatment, and just want to feel better? A tissue engineering appointment with us may be just what you need for overall wellness. Here’s what to know about tissue engineering for regenerative medicine.
What is Tissue Engineering?
Tissue engineering is a practice in regenerative medicine that works to repair or regenerate tissue that’s been damaged by chronic disease, injury, or aging. Living cells, most commonly stem cells from the patient’s own body, are used to kickstart the body’s innate healing abilities. Tissue engineering combines these cells with other biologically active molecules and scaffolds to form functional tissues that can be then be injected into your body to restore damaged tissue.
There are several different types of stem cells that can be used in regenerative medicine and can come from within your own body or from other patients and even animals. These include:
- Mesenchymal stem cells
- Neural stem cells
- Hematopoietic stem cells (from the blood)
- Epithelial stem cells
- Skin stem cells
What Are the Benefits of Tissue Engineering?
There are multiple benefits to tissue engineering in regenerative medicine for patients with bone and soft tissue injuries, as well as patients with cancers, lung diseases, and neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer's. Tissue-engineered stem cell injections can heal:
- Cartilage injuries, especially in the case of knee osteoarthritis
- Wounds and burns on the skin
- Small arteries
- Kidney diseases, by regeneration of healthy kidney tissue
- Musculoskeletal disorders
What to Expect During a Chiropractic Adjustment
If you’ve never been to a regenerative medicine appointment for tissue engineering, you might be wondering what to expect. Cary Disc Center will begin by asking you questions about your current health, including conditions and pain that tissue engineering can help alleviate. Depending on your injury, your physician may also request a series of tests such as MRIs and x-rays to help determine the severity of your symptoms and illness.
While some patients report relief after just one treatment, it may take up to six to eight weeks before you can see any improvement in your symptoms. It just depends on how your body responds to the regenerative treatment. Depending on how quick your body's response is, you might just need one treatment session or may require multiple. It’s common for follow-ups to be conducted after several months to see what progress has been made or if repeating the treatment is necessary to further stimulate healthy tissue growth.
For more information about tissue engineering, contact Cary Disc Center at (847) 639-0010.