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Stem Cell Therapy

Regenerative Medicine is Revolutionizing Pain Management and Arthritis Treatments

Who Discovered Stem Cells and What are They used For?

The phrase “stem cell” entered into the scientific nomenclature in 1868 when a German biologist by the name of Ernst Haeckel used it. Characteristics of Stem Cells are unique and useful, and in 1968, the first bone marrow transplant, Previously one of the most widely used forms of stem cell treatment, was successfully completed. Since then, bone marrow transplants have saved countless lives, and stem cell research has continued to grow. Now, stem cells are being used for a variety of healing purposes with the MOST POTENT STEM CELLS COMING FROM AMNIOTIC and PLACENTAL TISSUE.

As research and science evolved over time, studies have shown that amniotic and placenta (stem) cells can have a revolutionary effect on the human recovery process.

Regenerative (Stem) cells are the basic components (cells) of our human body. One of their most amazing characteristic is that they can become almost any type of cell, from muscle to bone or skin cell.

Placental Stem cells are obtained from the placental tissue that would normally was normally discarded, but once researchers got to understand its amazing therapeutic benefits, now it’s collected and stored because of its high concentration of pluripotent stem cells.

Placental derived stem cell fluid comes from consenting donors and is processed at an FDA regulated lab. It is checked for all sorts of diseases prior to being accepted for use in others. Although stem cells have been used for decades, regenerative therapy is fairly new. Following the use of amniotic stem cell injections, more evidence reveals exciting results in muscle repair and pain relief which has made amniotic stem cells possibly the holy grail in treatment.

Placental stem cell injections offer the ability to heal damaged tissue naturally. The tissue regeneration and repair properties of the amniotic cell fluid are anti-inflammatory effect that relieves pain and contains natural growth factors that assist in healthy tissue growth. Moreover, the hyaluronic acid that is also in amniotic fluid is an important component of the joint fluid that helps cartilage growth. Placental tissue is also a greater source of regenerative cells, found in a much higher concentration than the adult bone marrow. And just like when one uses their own stem cells, the use of amniotic fluid doesn’t cause rejection or allergic reaction when injected into a patient.

Placental stem cell injections have been getting more attention since they have been openly used by prominent athletes with impressive results and even a few saved careers! The ability to safely and effectively treat painful and debilitating injuries and conditions of the knees, elbows, and shoulders, ankles, foot without lengthy rehabilitation or recovery time isn’t just appealing to professional athletes, but to anyone who wants relief from pain and to return to their favorite activities in about 4-6 weeks. This is a customized treatment protocol designed for your body and activity level.

Stem Cell Injections Used to Regenerate and Repair:

  1. Tendonitis and Ligament Degeneration or Injuries
  2. Arthritis in the Hands, Feet, Elbows, Knees, Shoulders, Hips
  3. Spinal Arthritic Conditions
  4. Degenerative and Bulging Discs
  5. Sports Related Injuries
  6. Cartilage Defects, Tears, Aging
  7. Anterior/Posterior Cruciate Tears (ACL/PCL)

But Wait!! There is a Tremendous Difference Between Stem Cells!!!

The Difference Between Placental Stem Cells and Bone Marrow or Adipose Stem Cells

Given that there appear to be various sources of mesenchymal stem cells, an important question is how do these cells compare when they are used in experiments side by side. In a paper published this month, placental derived and bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells were compared. The scientists found that higher numbers of mesenchymal stem cells could be isolated from the placenta as compared to the bone marrow or the Adipose Fat tissue.

One of the critical features of mesenchymal stem cells is that they are able to be used without need for matching with the recipient. This is because mesenchymal stem cells are historically known to be “immune privileged”. One of the experiments that the scientists did was to examine whether there is a difference between the bone marrow and placentally derived mesenchymal stem cells in terms of immunogenicity.

One of the main differences between using your own bone marrow stem cells, processed from your own blood and placental stem cells is that the placental stem cells are much more densely represented in the same amount of stem cell fluid and they are also more active due to the source. Stem Cells taken from your own bone marrow may be closer to the end of their useful life cycle.

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Platelet activation plays a key role in the process of wound and soft tissue healing. The use of platelet rich plasma (PRP), a portion of the patient’s own blood having a platelet concentration above baseline, to promote healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints, can be applied to various musculoskeletal problems. It was used as early as the 1990s in maxillo-facial and plastic surgery. PRP injections are prepared from one or several tubes of the patient’s own blood with strict aseptic technique. After being centrifuged, the activated platelets are injected into the abnormal tissue, releasing growth factors that recruit and increase the proliferation of reparative cells. Ultrasound imaging may or may not be used to guide the injection.

Several clinical studies have demonstrated that PRP injections have improved function and decreased pain to various maladies, including – but not limited to – elbow, wrist, shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle tendonosis. Early work is also showing promise for osteoarthritis.

The side effects of PRP injections are very limited as the patient is utilizing their own blood, which they should have no reaction to. Some relative rest is needed immediately following the procedure, then usually followed by a progressive stretching and strengthening

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