STEM CELL THERAPY
Stem cells are unique cells that have the ability to rebuild and regenerate joint damage in the body – including damage from osteoarthritis. The foundation cells for every organ and tissue in the body, stem cells continue to self-renew throughout your lifetime.
Clinical research regarding stem cell therapy benefits has grown dramatically in recent decades. With new technology patients can use the mechanisms found in their own stem cells to accelerate healing and get relief from pain.
Stem cell injections are most commonly used for the treatment of conditions that have failed or responded incompletely to other more conservative treatments.
Researchers discovered that certain cells contained within our bone marrow have the ability to perform a number of healing functions. These adult stem cells are in a stage where they have not yet decided what type of cell to be. They may:
Q: Are there different types of adult stem cells?
A: Yes, there are many types of adult stem cells found in the body, which have variable differentiation potentials. The multipotent, mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) is one of the adult stem cells that support the repair of damaged tissue.
Q: Where do adult stem cells come from?
A: In adults, stem cells are present within various tissues and organ systems, but the most accessible locations for MSCs are the bone marrow and adipose (fat) tissue. Other sources include the liver, epidermis, retina, skeletal muscle, intestine, brain, placenta, umbilical cord and dental pulp.
Q: How are adult stem cells used in therapeutic procedures?
A: Adult stem cells are used to treat patients with damaged tissues due to the aging process or trauma. During a procedure, stem cells are isolated from the patient, concentrated and delivered back to the site of injury to assist in the healing process.
Q: How do stem cells know what type of tissue to develop into?
A: The differentiation of stem cells is dependent on many factors, including cell signaling and microenvironmental signals. So, the stem cells are very sensitive to the microenvironment in which they are placed. Based on these cues, the stem cells will respond as appropriate, including the potential to develop into healthy tissue needed to repair damaged tissue. For example, multipotent stem cells delivered to damaged bone will promote the development of bone cells to aid in tissue repair.
Q: Will my body reject the stem cells?
A: No, since the cells are obtained from your own tissue (autologous), they do not represent an immunogenic threat. In addition, the possibility of disease transmission from the use of donor material is avoided.
Q: Is stem cell therapy safe?
A: Yes, and ask your doctor what clinical studies have been done to show that stem cells are safe and effective.
Q: What is the cost of regenerative medicine?
A: The cost of the stem cell portion of the therapy isn’t covered by insurance companies and vary based on the procedure, so ask your doctor for payment options.
Q: How long will the stem cells last?
A: It will depend on your injury, the area that is treated and your response to the therapy.
PRP injections are becoming an increasing popular alternative to surgery. You may have heard stories of professional baseball and basketball players flying around the globe to receive PRP therapy so they can get back in the game faster. PRP are getting great results for patients of all ages. This technology is now offered here at Pain & Wellness Institute, and you do not have to be a professional athlete to experience the benefits.
The philosophy behind PRP is to merge cutting edge technology with the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Platelet-rich plasma is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets. As a concentrated source of these platelets, PRP contains an abundance of growth factors that can stimulate the healing of soft tissue. PRP Therapy involves using a portion of the patient’s blood enhanced with platelets to promote the healing and helps patients return to normal function quickly and, potentially, without surgery. This therapy accelerate the healing naturally without any serious risks or downtime.