Regenerative medicine is a powerful, new approach that harnesses the body’s ability to heal damaged tissue, offering new solutions to people with joint, tendon, and soft tissue injuries. The field of regenerative medicine includes innovative treatments, such as:
• Stem cell therapy: Involves taking stem cells from different areas of the body, which can then be utilized in the form of therapeutic stem cell injections to promote the repair or regeneration of damaged tissue; stem cells are unique in their ability to develop into many different types of cells through a process called cell differentiation.
• Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy: Uses platelets from the patient’s own blood to stimulate the body’s natural healing process.
• Prolotherapy: Involves injecting medication into injured tissues to stimulate tissue regeneration.
• Tissue engineering: The use of bio-artificial tissues and organs to repair or replace injured or diseased ones.
Harnessing the Power of the Body’s Own Healing Mechanisms
Our physicians are active in providing clinical care to patients who may benefit from regenerative medicine.
After diagnosing the damaged area, our physicians deliver specialized cells and growth factors to the site to promote cell regeneration and tissue repair. Treatment may include injections of platelet-rich plasma, as well as tissue-containing stem cells obtained from amniotic membranes.
Physicians at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City use this cutting-edge approach to treat a broad range of adults — from athletes of all levels to those with degenerative joints — as part of a comprehensive care plan tailored to each patient.