Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that have the potential ability to help the body heal and regenerate. They contain agents that help the body heal itself, making them a natural, surgery- and drug-free way to heal.
Where Are Stem Cells Found?
There are three main sources of stem cells. The first two are harvested from a patient’s own body or from a close relative and reintroduced in a concentrated form.
Adipose tissue stem cells are harvested from the patient’s own fat, or adipose tissue. The stem cells within are isolated and injected into the target area of a patient’s own body. There are several downsides to adipose tissue stem cell therapy: the cells age with the patient, which means their potency and number decrease over the years. More importantly, fat is a prime storage area for environmental toxins.
Bone marrow stem cell therapy, first developed half a century ago, extracts stem cells from a patient’s bone marrow. This process is painful, as a doctor must drill through bone to get to the marrow. These cells, too, age with the patient and may lose potency over time. While the procedure has specific applications, overall it takes a great deal of effort and recovery time.
A third type of cell therapy, often confused with stem cell therapy, utilizes umbilical allografts. These types of cells, known as mesenchymal cells, are derived from the umbilical cords of healthy newborns and donated by carefully screened, consenting mothers.
A substance found within the cord, Wharton’s jelly, is one of the richest sources of regenerative compounds available in the medical field. These young cells contain a rich broth of growth factors, proteins, cytokines, collagen, peptides and other agents needed to regenerate damaged or missing tissue. When injected into an ailing body part, they act in a way that is similar to turning back a biological clock. They direct a patient’s own cells to begin the healing process.
This is the type of cellular therapy that is preferred and administered by our doctors.
How Are Stem Cells Used?
Stem cell therapy involves extracting and isolating cells and then injecting them into the source of pain. In this way, they reinforce cells in the target area and flood them with healing agents.
Cellular therapy derived from Wharton’s jelly has shown to be greatly effective in treating many pain conditions. Regenerative cell therapy should strongly be considered before resorting to the infection risk and downtime associated with surgery.
Cellular therapy is also a safer alternative to long-term use of opioid painkillers and other medications that carry unwanted side effects.
Our doctors have successfully treated many ailments with regenerative medicine, including:
- Joint pain
- Knee pain
- Neck and back pain
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Shoulder pain
- Hip pain
- Herniated discs
- Torn discs
- Migraine headaches
The applications for regenerative cells continue to grow for a natural, low-risk alternative to invasive procedures and medication. Call our office for a consultation and learn more about the best regenerative cell therapy options for you.