WILLAMETTE VALLEY'S HOME FOR

REGENERATIVE
MEDICINE

WILLAMETTE VALLEY'S HOME FOR

REGENERATIVE
MEDICINE

What is Regenerative Medicine?

Regenerative medicine is a branch of medicine that seeks to improve or augment existing human cells and tissues. This method commonly utilizes the body’s own cells and tissue to help with pain and facilitate recovery. When applied to conditions such as osteoarthritis, regenerative medicine has been shown to provide significant pain relief without the detrimental effect on existing tissue. Compared to traditional treatments, regenerative medicine attempts to assist natural healing process rather than to mask the symptoms.

Traditional Medicine

Traditionally, corticosteroids have been commonly used to treat painful, degenerative conditions. Injections of these steroids can provide good temporary relief. Corticosteroid injections are typically combined with an anesthetic which provide immediate relief. Steroids provide pain relief through decreasing the inflammatory response. Unfortunately, there has been research showing detrimental effects on the cartilage and bone health from these medications. It also well known now that corticosteroids injected into areas affected by tendonitis (Tennis Elbow) cause worsening of symptoms down the road when compared to no treatment.