Stem Cell Therapy
What is a stem cell and what is stem cell therapy? Stem cells are unique among the approximately 200 different types of specialized cells in your body. While there are many types of stem cells, their importance in growth and renewal in your body is impossible to overstate. They are ultimately the origin for every kind of differentiated cell in your body. When they divide, they either create more stem cells or they become all of the other types of cells found in your body. They also interact with and conduct surrounding cells functioning.
Stem cell therapy has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. Two common stem cell therapies are bone marrow and adipose (fat) tissue. Stem cell therapy treatments involve the harvesting and reintroduction of cells from the patient's own body (or cells from a close family member). Our doctors do not do stem cell therapy. Instead, we prefer an alternative, regenerative cellular treatments.
Types of Stem Cells
While stem cell therapies are a natural medicine approach that has tremendous potential, there are a few things to be aware of when using adipose tissue and bone marrow stem cells. The main concern regarding the use of an adult’s own stem cells result from the problems associated with growing older.
Adipose tissue stem cells used in stem cell therapy from the patient’s body can contain toxins and have sustained damage from the normal wear and tear of growing older. Similarly, the procedure for withdrawing bone marrow is incredibly painful and can create vulnerability to infection, just to harvest cells that are likewise degraded and mutated from simply being alive. Because of this, our doctors prefer to use young, donated cellular treatments derived from Wharton’s Jelly.
Treatments Containing Stem Cells
An exciting recent development is the use of Wharton’s jelly derived treatments in treating other chronic issues, like pain. This would be the treatment you would receive here, not stem cell therapy with your own aged cells. The regenerative cellular tissue in our treatments are derived from the soft, gelatin-like tissue found in the umbilical cord - These treatments use the fundamental raw material of your body’s growth and renewal to address tissue damage.
This personalized medicine approach consists of injections containing growth factors and mesenchymal stem cells, which, once they are in your body, replace and regenerate the parts of you that are broken and causing pain. Because these cells are harvested from the Wharton’s jelly immediately after birth, they retain their robust strength, without the damage from the passing of years and the mileage adults have put on their bodies. You don’t replace tires with those that have thousands of miles on them and patches from damage, and in the same way it makes sense that you would want the cells used to treat you to be robust and new.
Regenerative Cell Therapy for Pain
You may be a good candidate for regenerative cellular treatments if you suffer from any of the following:
- neck or shoulder pain
- including rotator cuff tears
- joint pain
- such as in your knee
- hip pain
- back pain
- disc problems
- cartilage damage
- torn ligaments
- bone problems
Unlike costly invasive surgery involving replacing your knee or your hip, a regenerative medicine approach such as regenerative cellular injections can be the catalyst for your body to heal itself, naturally. Imagine it - the same cells that can grow an entire human in one month working inside you to grow new tissue to replace what time and life have worn down, inflamed, or damaged.
If you have been researching stem cell therapy as an option to relieve your pain, know all your options. Learn more about our innovative approach using regenerative cellular treatments. Our doctors are here to answer any questions you may have and educate so you can feel empowered to make the best health care decisions for yourself.