What is Regenerative Medicine? [Video]

Ask the Expert: Regenerative Medicine Video Series

About the video: What is regenerative medicine?

Summit Orthopedics’ regenerative medicine specialists Kirk Scofield, M.D., Steven Stulc, D.O., and Andrew Clary, D.O., discuss how this emerging treatment works with our bodies’ natural healing process, as well as the kinds of conditions it is most commonly used to treat.

Meet Kirk Scofield, M.D.

Dr. Scofield’s education: Dr. Scofield completed his undergraduate studies at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. He attended medical school and received his degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington. His residency was at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colorado. He completed his fellowship in primary care sports medicine from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A fellowship is the highest level of advanced professional training for physicians.

Meet Steven Stulc, D.O.

Dr. Stulc’s approach: “My goal is to treat patients with a comprehensive approach to their spine related disorders, understanding that improving pain and function can have a tremendous impact on quality of life.”

Dr. Stulc’s education: Dr. Stulc studied at Southwestern Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN for his undergraduate degree, and he completed his medical degree at Des Moines University in Des Moines, IA. Following his residency in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program at Mayo Clinic, he completed advanced fellowship training in Interventional Pain Medicine at Penn State University’s Department of Anesthesiology in Hershey, PA.

Meet Andrew Clary, D.O.

Dr. Clary’s approach: “I want to learn about you, your interests, and help you get back to the life you want to live.”

Dr. Clary’s background: Dr. Clary completed his undergraduate studies in Cleveland, OH at Case Western Reserve University. After earning his medical degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA, he attended the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for both an Anesthesiology-focused residency and an Interventional Pain Medicine fellowship.

Expert care

Summit’s team of experts provide innovative regenerative medicine therapies for those looking for an alternative to traditional treatments. They can treat arthritic joint pain, sports injuries, neck and back conditions—creating an environment to trigger tissue repair and healing.

Start your journey to better function and less pain. Visit our regenerative medicine services hub and find your expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a consultation.

Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MNPlymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.

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Video Transcription

Regenerative medicine is the process by which we take the healing parts of your own body in the form of cellular components, proteins, signaling molecules. We take ’em and we isolate ’em, concentrate ’em, and then we take that healing potential and we either put it in a place where there is an injury in the form of a graft in surgery. Or we actually inject that right into a joint, or tendon, or ligament that’s been injured to start or accelerate a healing process that is going on there after an injury. – Some of the most common applications for these regenerative therapies being platelet-rich plasma and bone marrow aspirate concentrate are for osteoarthritic problems, arthritic knees, hips, and shoulders. For chronic tendon problems or tendinopathies are painful, most likely in the elbow, the common extensor tendon also known as tennis elbow, or in the knee tendon, called patellar tendinopathy. Other soft tissues such as muscles or ligaments can also be addressed. In the spine, it can be into the spine joint. It’s called the facet joints. Sacroiliac joints, there are some studies looking at both platelet-rich plasma and bone marrow aspirate concentrate be put into a disc that’s causing pain. And those are some of the main applications for these products. – With regenerative medicine, the expectations usually are to relieve pain, increase function. If you do these regenerative treatment options, you usually don’t see any major structural changes, but you see functional improvements and pain relief, and that’s again our major goal at Summit is to give you more function, have less pain, treat the underlying problem.

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