“All-natural.” It’s a term that holds increasingly significant importance as science continues to reveal the dangers associated with many synthetic materials. Not only can these artificial substances (such as man-made fabrics like nylon and polyester) pollute our physical environment with non-biodegradable by-products and waste, they can similarly contaminate our bodies with ineffective and often toxic chemicals (such as those seen in many drug, implant and prosthetic applications).
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Of course, not all man-made devices or ingredients and chemicals are “bad;” there are advantages and disadvantages that have to be weighed against each other in order to determine whether the risks of producing and using them are worth the rewards. But in those instances where “all-natural” is possible and beneficial, there leaves little doubt that it is the superior option for supporting both human health and environmental well-being.
In the medical world, for instance, more and more physicians are turning to the body’s own natural processes to facilitate bodily repair through the use of regenerative medicine. Indeed, research begun over 60 years ago continues to verify the efficacy of using autologous stem cells as a catalyst for cellular restoration. A variety of orthopedic conditions, in particular, have been shown to benefit from the application of all-natural stem cells as a way to regrow and repair cells in damaged tissue. In this way, natural spinal disc regeneration has become not only possible, but feasible, a likely way to make use of the body’s own natural processes and defenses. Here’s how it works:
- Stem cells are the body’s original construction blocks, capable of building different kinds of tissues from a single cell. They exist in both embryonic and adult tissues.
- Stem cells have been shown to reduce inflammation; signal “help” from other cells to repair damaged tissue; provide structure for new cell growth; control cell death; and initiate specific cellular replication.
- Healthy spinal discs separate our vertebrae, acting as cushions between the bones of our back and allowing us to bend and twist. As we age, however, these discs start to deteriorate from normal wear and tear and/or trauma and disease. They become less hydrated and, thus, lose volume, causing our vertebrae to rub against each other; the outer wall of the disc to crack or tear; the inner contents of the disc to leak out; and/or the disc to bulge or move. This often causes pain.
- When stem cells are harvested from a patient’s body, they can be mixed with additional growth factors and platelet-rich plasma to make a concentrated aspirate that is then injected into the patient at the point of that pain. There they naturally begin to do their job: in this case, hinder the chemical signals that regulate inflammation, summon aid from other cell types and ultimately control spinal disc regeneration.
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Stem cell therapy is a legitimate, safe and natural option for spinal disc regeneration. If you would like to learn more about the procedure and its benefits, please contact our office here at ThriveMD. Our team thoroughly reviews the case histories of all our patients to determine the best treatment plans with the most chance for success.