How Regenerative Medicine is Using Your Body’s Own Biologics To Aid In Recovery

How Regenerative Medicine is Using Your Body’s Own Biologics To Aid In Recovery

Conventional drugs are created non-biologically. They’re manufactured in labs from chemicals. Biologics are different. This rapidly growing class of drugs is made inside of bioreactors from genetically engineered cells. In other words, biologics are made from living organisms.How Are Biopharmaceuticals Different From Conventional Medicine?Traditional drugs are made by combining certain ingredients to create a finished product. The process can be repeated to develop a finished product that’s the same every time it’s produced.   Because a biologic is grown, it can’t always be separated into its components. Even the most thorough testing can’t always pick apart its components. The manufacturing process is regulated, though, to produce a substantially consistent product. Conventional medicines tend to disrupt some aspect of the disease cycle. The small molecules enter cells and can interact with the dysfunction. However, they may also produce off-target effects that can lead to adverse drug reactions. Biological drugs have a larger structure, and they can only bind to specific targets. When they attach to...
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PRP For Ankle Related Injuries

PRP For Ankle Related Injuries

Here at Active Pain Center we know ankle issues come about for a wide range of reasons and that is why we are here to help! The ankle joint is the location in the body where the tibia and fibula bones of the lower leg meet the talus bone of the foot. This joint is surrounded by a number of different ligaments and tendons that provide stability and assist with ankle motion. The ankles have to deal with lots of different forces as they are used every time you take a step. Ankle injuries can be difficult and slow to heal. However, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, which is a regenerative medicine technique, can help to jump start the healing process and lead to a healed tissue that is stronger and more functional than it would be otherwise.What is Platelet Rich Plasma? In simple terms, platelet rich plasma is an autologous sample of blood, meaning that it is taken from the same person that...
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Regenerative Medicine Treatments For Tennis/Golf Elbow

Regenerative Medicine Treatments For Tennis/Golf Elbow

Here at Active Pain Life Center we offer regenerative medicine to treat tennis elbow and golf elbow.  Dr. Wendi Lundquist says “The elbow is only designed to hinge in one direction, but it still takes quite a bit of abuse and absorbs force with lots of movements. It is also a common area of injury because most all of the forearm muscles and some of the upper arm muscles connect there”. Two of the most common injuries that occur to the elbow are called tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow, and both of these involve straining or damaging the tendons of either the flexor or extensor muscles of the forearm. In some cases, surgical procedures are used to repair this type of damage, but there are a number of regenerative medicine treatments that can be both more effective and less invasive.How do Tennis and Golf Elbow Injuries Occur?These types of injuries often occur due to overuse of the forearm muscles, and the...
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Stem Cell Therapy And Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatments Used For Athletes

Stem Cell Therapy And Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatments Used For Athletes

Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatments used for Athletes Dr. Wendi Lundquist, DO of the Active Life Pain Center explains how two regenerative medicine therapies: platelet rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy, have been gaining momentum in the field of injury treatments over the past decade or so. These two treatments utilize cells and other components that are found naturally in the body that are critical for the healing process. These cells are able to be isolated from the blood and bone marrow and then concentrated into a small, yet effective sample that can have huge benefits on the tissue regeneration front. While these treatments have been pushed by researchers and backed up through study results, many professional athletes have turned to these medical therapies to jumpstart their injury recovery and get them back to full health more quickly. How do Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma Work? Stem cells are naturally produced within the bone marrow, and they travel...
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Dr. Arnold Caplan PhD The Father of Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Dr. Arnold Caplan PhD The Father of Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Dr Arnold Caplan PhD: The Father of Mesenchymal Stem Cells Mesenchyme stem cell therapy is one of the biggest topics when it comes to regenerative medicine. These cells have the ability to change into a number of different cells depending on their location in the body and which tissue requires healing. This ability is referred to as multipotency. This makes these cells a great option to help with a range of different joint and tissue injuries, whether they involve cartilage, tendons, ligaments, or osteoarthritis. Who is Dr. Arnold Caplin PhD? Dr. Arnold Caplin PhD is the scientist who first discovered mesenchyme stem cells, and he is known as the father of mesenchymal stem cells. Dr. Caplan is a Professor of Biology at Case Western Reserve University, and he is also the Director of the Skeletal Research Center there. He attended the Illinois Institute of Technology to receive his bachelor’s degree in chemistry, and he received his PhD from John Hopkins University School of...
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What is the History of Platelet-Rich Plasma?

What is the History of Platelet-Rich Plasma?

What is the history of Platelet-Rich Plasma? Platelet-rich plasma, also known as PRP, contains a high concentration of growth factors and platelets. PRP that is used in regenerative medicine is autologous, meaning that it is generated from a person’s own body. About six percent of normal blood is made up of platelets. On the other hand, PRP contains about 94 percent platelets. These platelets are important in the body because they are able to improve and speed up the healing processes in the body. This is possible because of the many proteins, immune system cells, and other bioactive factors that PRP is composed of. The History of Platelet-Rich PlasmaThe concept of PRP began in the 1970s in the field of hematology, which is the study of blood. This term was coined so that hematologists could define blood that had a higher platelet count than normal blood. This platelet-rich blood was mainly used for blood transfusions for individuals who suffered from low platelet count...
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Regenerative medicine treatments used for cosmetic medicine

Regenerative medicine treatments used for cosmetic medicine

Regenerative Medicine Treatments Used for Cosmetic Medicine Cosmetics are always near the forefront of peoples’ minds because your appearance is what everyone sees right off the bat. Whether its plastic surgery, botox injections, microneedling, preventing hair loss and trying to stimulate hair growth, or even makeup, many people are always looking for a new way to increase their self-confidence, make themselves look younger, or change the way they look.Regenerative medicine is at the forefront of cosmetic treatments, and there are many treatments available that can help to rejuvenate your skin and boost your appearance. A few of the most popular treatments that Dr. Wendy Lundquist performs here in Arizona at the Active Life Pain Center are DermaFrac, the vampire facial, and utilizing PRP treatments to prevent hair loss.  DermaFracDermaFrac is a microneedling therapy that works to rejuvenate skin by reducing scarring from acne and sun damage, eliminating lines and wrinkles, improving patchy or oily skin, and strengthening skin. This treatment utilizes a...
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Why it is important to have a License Medical Physician perform Stem Treatments

Why it is important to have a License Medical Physicianperform Stem Treatments Mesenchymal stem cell therapy is a highly-promising regenerative medicine treatment that has the ability to repair and regrow damaged tissues all over the body. These cells are able to differentiate into a variety of different tissues, including bone, cartilage, connective tissue, fibrous tissue, and more.While stem cells are an effective treatment option, the specific physician that administers the injection is something to keep in mind. In order to obtain the best results from a treatment, it should be given by a licensed medical physician who is trained specifically for this procedure. Many clinics offer this treatment, but not all of them are properly trained. This can lead to inaccurate injection placement, lower quality stem cells, and diminished positive results. If you live in the Avondale or Surprise area you are just a phone call away. All treatments at the Active Life Physical Medicine & Pain Center, Innovative Surgery Center,...
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What is the history of Platelet-Rich Plasma?

What is the history of Platelet-Rich Plasma? Platelet-rich plasma, also known as PRP, contains a high concentration of growth factors and platelets. PRP that is used in regenerative medicine is autologous, meaning that it is generated from a person’s own body.About six percent of normal blood is made up of platelets. On the other hand, PRP contains about 94 percent platelets. These platelets are important in the body because they are able to improve and speed up the healing processes in the body. This is possible because of the many proteins, immune system cells, and other bioactive factors that PRP is composed of.The History of Platelet-Rich PlasmaThe concept of PRP began in the 1970s in the field of hematology, which is the study of blood. This term was coined so that hematologists could define blood that had a higher platelet count than normal blood. This platelet-rich blood was mainly used for blood transfusions for individuals who suffered from low platelet count...
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Mesenchyme Stem Cells

Mesenchyme Stem Cells and Their Roll in Regenerative Medicine The use of mesenchyme stem cells (MSCs) for healing the body is becoming more and more popular, and here at Active Life Pain Center we provide the benefits that this treatment option offers that plays a huge role in joint health here at the Active Life Physical Medicine & Pain Center, Innovative Surgery Center, and Regena Spa in Arizona. For joint problems, such as ligament injuries, cartilage breakdown and tears, and osteoarthritis, many of the treatment options available focus on reducing the negative symptoms or attempt to fix the problems through surgical procedures that usually involve joint replacement. However, mesenchyme stem cell therapy provides an alternative, less invasive treatment option that can have many positive effects.How Mesenchyme Stem Cells are Used in Regenerative MedicineMSCs are multipotent cells, meaning that they are able to change into other types of cells, such as osteoblasts and chondrocytes. These cells work to create new bone and...
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