What is Stem Cell Therapy?
The International Society for Stem Cell Research describes stem cells as the foundation cells of our body. Stem cells represent the sites where your organs and tissues started. Stem cells are recruited every day of your life to help repair and replace damaged tissues and cells. Stem cells are found in all of us and play a key role in the body’s healing process. They lie latent in your body until they receive signals that the body has suffered an injury and then they follow your platelets to the injured site. Stem cells are able to transform into the same type of cell that was injured to promote healing. They are tasked to heal injured ligaments, tendons, tissues and bones. Are you suffering from an injury and curious to know how stem cell therapy can help you heal? Scheduling a free consultation can help you learn how you can benefit from this curative approach to healing and injury repair.
What Different Kinds of Stem Cells Work to Help Me Heal?
Stem cells are not like the other cells in your body. They garnish more attention than average cells because of their unique abilities. Stem cells are divided into two classes: pluripotent and multipotent. Pluripotent stem cells can create any type of cell in the body except those needed to support and develop a fetus in the womb. Multipotent stem cells are restricted to becoming only a small number of different cell types. Stem cells can divide and renew themselves for long periods, they are dynamic in their ability to differentiate, and they can create specialized cell types. This ability stem cells have to self-renew and to differentiate is what sets them apart from the rest. Self-renewing stem cells are able to divide and regenerate more stem cells. Differentiating stem cells can transform into the specialized, mature cells that your tissues and organs need. Stem cells are divided into several different classifications:
- Adult (or Tissue Specific) Stem Cells: Materialize during fetal development and stay in the body throughout life. These stem cells are found in many organs including the brain, heart, liver, bone marrow and skin but have limited self-renewal capacity. They have been successfully used for therapy in the organs from which they were originally derived. Bone marrow transplants are an example of the life-saving capabilities of adult stem cells.
- Amniotic Stem Cells: Amniotic stem cells were first isolated from amniotic fluid in 2007. In 2010, researchers converted amniotic fluid cells into pluripotent stem cells, which are similar to ES cells. Derived from the amniotic sac. The major difference between embryonic stem cells and amniotic is that unlike embryonic stem cells, amniotic cells are not pluripotent. They are “multipotent”; they can only differentiate into certain cell types. Creating stem cells from a patient’s own tissue eradicates problems with immune rejection and avoids the controversial use of embryos. But their inability to morph into as many tissue types as real embryonic cells remains a limitation.
- Cord-Blood Stem Cells: These stem cells are derived from umbilical cords. Cord-blood stem cells are also multipotent. Although they are limited in their offerings, cord-blood stem-cell transplants have become a viable alternative to bone-marrow transplants for treating blood disorders like leukemia, when a bone-marrow match is unavailable.
- Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPS Cells): Engineered by scientists in a laboratory from specialized cells (like from the skin) that have shared qualities to those of embryonic stem cells.
- Nuclear transfer (NT)-ES cells: were developed using human cells in 2013. These are stem cells created by taking the DNA from a somatic cell and using it to replace the genetic material in an egg cell.
- Embryonic Stem Cells: Please Note, our clinic’s don’t utilize embryonic stem cells, but have listed them here for educational purposes only. Embryonic Stem Cells originate in the earliest stages of development. Embryonic stem cells are distinct from other stem cells because they are pluripotent–they can work in all three primary germ layers and can generate all of the 220+ cells found in the adult human body. Because of this, the potential of embryonic stem cells may well be limitless.
Why Are Stem Cells Garnishing So Much Attention?
Stem cells represent cutting-edge science. Stem cells give new hope to thousands of people with chronic medical conditions. Stem cell therapy has the potential to cure many diseases and conditions. Specialized stem cells have been shown to help treat serious medical conditions from cancer to birth defects. Stem cell research can help us gain ground on discovering how these conditions begin in the first place. Stem cells are also helpful for making cells and tissues for medical therapies. Pluripotent stem cells offer a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues for treating a variety of diseases, conditions, and disabilities such as Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, burns, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis.
The Benefits of Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy Over Other Methods
For clarification, this type of stem cell comes from the amniotic sac – not an embryo. While ethical debates have arisen about embryonic stem cell therapy, most everyone agrees that the use of other Stem Cell Therapy raises no ethical or moral questions. Amniotic Stem Cell therapy also has an advantage over other methods because amniotic stem cells carry no threat of patient rejection. Amniotic stem cells are “neutral” cells which have no DNA in them making everyone a match. Amniotic fluid is a highly concentrated source of stem cells, which makes this type of stem cell injection better than embryonic stem cells and the patient’s own stem cells (from bone marrow or fat).
Receive State-of-the-Art Stem Cell Therapy at Our Clinic
Amniotic stem cell donors go through a rigorous screening process, as determined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). We couple the treatment with rehabilitation (if needed) provided by our integrated team, to correct the reason your injury occurred in the first place. Similar to cortisone and steroid shots, stem-cell injections have anti-inflammatory properties, but offer far more benefits than those of standard injection therapies. While cortisone and other drugs only provide temporary pain relief, stem cells actually restore degenerated tissue while providing pain relief. The growth factors in Stem Cells may replace damaged cells in your body. Additionally, stem cell injections contain hyaluronic acid, which lubricates joints and tendons, easing the pain and helping restore mobility.
What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine targets the body’s innate ability to heal and defend. Regenerative medicine helps to harness that power the body has to heal and then accelerate it and/or distribute it in ways that help the body recover better from injury and disease. One of the goals of regenerative medicine is to restore structure and function of damaged organs and tissues to find cures for injuries and diseases that have been incurable in the past. Regenerative medicine targets the following key areas:
- Tissue engineering
- Medical devices
- Artificial organs
- Cellular therapies
Stem cell research and therapies represent an exciting time for medical advancement and recovery from injuries and disease like never before. Regenerative medicine is exciting because of its potential to cure failing and impaired tissues. The medical advances of regenerative medicine are just beginning to be discovered. Stem cell therapies and regenerative medicine benefits are here to stay! Call for your free consultation today!
Are You a Candidate?
Keep Your Active Lifestyle, or get it back with Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy
If chronic knee, back, hip, shoulder pain, osteoarthritis, arthritis or other joint pain is limiting your daily routine or preventing you from activities you enjoy; stem cell therapy may be the answer you’ve been looking for!
Regenerative stem cell therapy offers exciting, long-term relief for people that are suffering from joint pain, arthritis, and neuropathy. The procedure takes less than 30 minutes with minimal pain and is extremely safe and effective. You can use the power of regenerative medicine to heal your body and return to the life and activities you love.