Regenerative Rehabilitation

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 practice-dept@apta.org.

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Related Resources

  • International Society for Stem Cell Research

    The ISSCR is an independent, nonprofit organization formed in 2002 to foster the exchange of information on stem cell research. With more than 3,500 members worldwide, the ISSCR has become the voice of the stem cell research community.

  • McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

    A program of the University of Pittsburgh and UMPC, the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine their primary focus is on the development of technology to address tissue and organ insufficiency.

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