Regenerative Medicine

You may have heard about stem cell therapy and want to know more about how it can help you recover from any number of sports-related or work-related injuries. That’s why we’ve provided the following list of the most commonly asked questions we hear in our practice.

If you don’t see your exact question answered below, please give us a call to discuss this non-surgical and narcotic-free treatment option.

What Is Regenerative Medicine?

Often called the “products of conception,” regenerative medicine is a field of medicine which utilizes materials  found in amniotic and umbilical tissue from sources such as amniotic fluid, placental membrane, umbilical cord tissue, umbilical cord blood, and Wharton’s Jelly, for their regenerative properties. Research on these materials has shown high concentrations of growth factors which can be used to promote cell recovery from human injury. Needless to say, regenerative medical procedures is one of the latest things and totally at hype in the medical field.

Why There Is Controversy Surrounding Regenerative Medicine

Unfortunately, controversy can surround any form of treatment. One has to merely look at vaccinations and the current measles outbreak as a topic to understand this parallel. However, in the case of stem cells, the myths from years past have been all but debunked. No embryonic stem cells are legally used in the US—nor by our practice. What this means to you in your injury recovery through Dr. Paul de Jong is that there are absolutely no ethical concerns with the materials being used in our practice.

Can Regenerative Medicine Treat Sports-Related Or Work-Related Injuries?

Yes! Although we often recommend regenerative medicine in Bellingham, WA for injuries to tendons, ligaments, muscles, and cartilage, the treatment modality has also been successfully used to treat arthritis, neurologic conditions, heart/kidney/lung failure, migraines, diabetes, fibromyalgia, erectile dysfunction, and more. If you don’t see your condition listed here, we invite you to contact our office to learn if this treatment option might be beneficial for your condition.

Are There Downsides To Regenerative Medicine?

Fortunately, the risk profile of stem cell therapy is exceptionally low. Because they do not contain steroids, there’s not a concern about adrenal glands or blood sugar. Other concerns might include infections, bleeding, and complications from needle placement, so that’s always a reason to choose a practitioner like Dr. Paul de Jong, who’ve already helped countless patients in Whatcom County with their recovery. Book an appointment with Dr. Paul de Jong today!


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