Advances in regenerative medicine allow for the restoration of injured, diseased, or degenerated tissues to a more functional state. These therapies are particularly important to the field of physical therapy as we strive to improve an individual's functional capacity, which is often limited by persistent deficits stemming from processes such as scar tissue deposition, reduced muscle mass or loss of innervation. By partnering with technologies that regenerate tissues (including bone, muscle, cartilage, ligaments, and nerves), therapists—through rehabilitation—may be able to increase the functional gains made by patients following injury or disease, and ultimately improve their quality of life.
Toward that end, regenerative rehabilitation is the integration of principles and approaches from rehabilitation and regenerative medicine with the ultimate goal of developing innovative and effective methods that promote the restoration of function through tissue regeneration and repair.
The resources below are intended to help provide background information to this emerging field that is relevant to physical therapist practice. More content will be posted here as it becomes available. If you have any questions, or suggestions for this webpage, please e-mail at email@example.com.
Regenerative Rehabilitation and the FiRST Council
Regenerative rehabilitation is part of APTA's Frontiers in Research, Science, and Technology (FiRST) Council. FiRST grew out of identification of high priority areas to advance science and innovation that our profession needs to understand and incorporate into our practice, education, and research.
FiRST is intended to serve as a community for interested stakeholders. Ideas generated by the council may be implemented by participants' stakeholder groups (sections, academies, external groups, APTA, etc) at the discretion of each entity's governing body.