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Phys Ther. 2010 Dec;90(12):1807-14. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20100030. Epub 2010 Oct 28.

The emerging relationship between regenerative medicine and physical therapeutics.

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Cellular Rehabilitation Laboratory, W1453 Biomedical Science Tower, 200 Lothrop St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA.


Dramatic changes in the health care landscape over the next few decades undoubtedly will affect rehabilitation specialists' practice. In the multidisciplinary field of regenerative medicine, cell, tissue, or organ substitutes are used to enhance the healing potential of the body. Given that the restoration of normal functioning of injured or diseased tissues is expected to be the ultimate goal of these therapies, the future of regenerative medicine is, undeniably, tightly intertwined with that of rehabilitation. Rehabilitation specialists not only must be aware of cutting-edge medical advances as they relate to regenerative medicine but also must work closely with basic scientists to guide the development of clinically relevant protocols. The purposes of this article are to provide a current perspective on biological approaches to the management of musculoskeletal disorders and to highlight the needed integration of physical therapeutics with regenerative medicine.

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