What is Regenerative Orthopaedics?
I feel like I just went back to biology class! Recently, I attended a scientific meeting in Miami, Florida on cell-based regenerative therapies. Regenerative medicine is a hot topic now — and not only in the Sunshine State. I give stem cell injections to patients with arthritis and tendinitis, so I am already informed about the basic technology of regenerative medicine. But now I realize that what we currently know about placental tissue and amniotic fluid used in orthopaedics is only the tip of the iceberg.
I had forgotten how many kinds of RNA there are! And now I know how this messenger molecule is instrumental in the process of initiating repair and restoration of damaged human tissues. It was very enlightening to have breakout meetings with the researchers as well as other clinicians. In one session, the researchers showed us new science about cell-based regenerative therapy. Then the clinicians weighed in on new techniques for enhancing our results from injection therapy. All good knowledge to bring back to my patients, with the goal of maximizing the benefits of these injections.
Regenerative orthopedics is a new science. Orthopaedics is a one of the new directions in this growing field of regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine involves treating diseases with cell-based therapies. In the field of orthopaedics, regenerative cell-based therapy means injections containing placental tissue and amniotic fluid. These are both rich sources of healing elements that restore and repair damaged human tissues, such as joints and tendons.