STEM CELL THERAPY
Do you suffer from pain in your back or your joints, such as hip or knee, which prevents you from living life to the fullest? Is walking, cycling, gardening, fishing, or exercising, no longer possible without pain? If you are missing out on your Golden Years, come see our regenerative medicine physician for a consultation. They can determine if the newest innovations in stem cell therapies are right for you.
What is Stem Cell?
You've heard about stem cells in the news, and perhaps you've wondered if they might help you or a loved one with a serious disease. You may wonder what stem cells are, how they're being used to treat disease and injury, and why they're the subject of such vigorous debate.
Stem cells are the body's raw materials — cells from which all other cells with specialized functions are generated. Under the right conditions in the body or a laboratory, stem cells divide to form more cells called daughter cells. These daughter cells either become new stem cells (self-renewal) or become specialized cells (differentiation) with a more specific function, such as blood cells, brain cells, heart muscle cells or bone cells. No other cell in the body has the natural ability to generate new cell types.
How It Works
The treatment is a simple injection into the affected joint with no down time or lengthy recovery. You may maintain your normal lifestyle and allow the cells to create a balanced optimal environment in your joints so your body can repair itself. You should feel maximal results within 10 to 12 weeks (downtime of 3-4 weeks) at which time you can increase your activity levels to match your comfort, but understand that the regenerative process can continue for long periods of time. Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person and cannot be guaranteed.
Do You Qualify For This Treatment?
Today, physicians are using stem cell therapies in the treatment of a wide range of medical diseases/disorders and traumas. Presently, the uses of stem cells is becoming common practice with orthopedics as it may help deter a knee replacement or surgical procedure and improve function of joints following trauma. Practitioners today are also using stem cells within disciplines like pain management, cardiology, rheumatology, and neurology.
Treatment of Arthritis
Regenerative therapies utilize the anti-inflammatory properties of mesenchymal stem cells to alleviate inflammation-related osteoarthritis (OA) pain. In a 2011 study, for example, patients with severe OA were injected with mesenchymal stem cells and found they were able to walk longer without pain and climb a greater number of stairs after treatment. A follow-up study five years later showed that improvements had decreased, but that the knee that had received stem cell treatment was still better than at baseline. There are many other studies similar to this all supporting the notion that stem cells may be beneficial in treating arthritic conditions.
In the area of joint injury and degeneration, mesenchymal (MSC) stem cells are being used to improve the function of joints. There are greater than 20 clinical studies or case studies in the peer reviewed scientific literature all demonstrating that stem cells may regenerate tissue, improve function, reduce pain and improve the quality of life for those suffering from orthopedic problems.
Stem cell therapies have shown to be highly successful in the treatment of bone fractures. One review reports injections of stem cells achieving 75% union over 14 weeks in one case, and 88% union over four months in another in patients with non-union bone fractures.
Osteoarthritis – Meniscus Tears – ACL Tears – Rotator Cuff Tears – Torn Labrum Back Pain- Leg Pain – Disc Degeneration – UCL Tears – Tennis Elbow – Degenerative Joint Disease