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Stem Cell Therapy

Why is stem cell therapy becoming a buzzword in the medical community? What does this medical technology/science bring to the table that hasn’t been there before? Why should a patient consider stem cell therapy before an invasive procedure? Stem cells represent cutting-edge science and are giving hope to thousands of patients with chronic medical conditions. See what stem cell therapy is all about and why you should consider it for your injury healing today.

What Are Stem Cells?

Stem cells are basically the powerhouse cells of the body. The International Society for Stem Cell Research describes stem cells as the foundation cells in our body. These are cells that are able to transform into whatever your body needs at the time to help repair and replace damaged tissues and cells. When you receive an injury, platelets rush to the site of damage. According to John Hopkins Medicine, platelets are cells that circulate in our blood and then “bind together when they recognize damaged blood vessels.”

Platelets are what help your blood clot at the site of an injury so that the body can start healing in that area. Stem cells follow these platelets to the injured site and are able to transform into the same type of cell that was injured to promote healing.

What Is Stem Cell Therapy?

Every person has stem cells. They are found in all of us and play a key role in the body’s healing process. When an injury occurs, they work to speed healing. However, as we age, our production of stem cells decreases. This can make healing take longer as we age. However, with stem cell therapy, we are able to give you an extra dose of stem cells right at the site where you need it most. This extra dose has been shown to speed healing and recovery time. Stem cells have also been used to treat serious medical conditions such as birth defects and cancer. They offer a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues for treating a variety of conditions, diseases, and disabilities such as arthritis, diabetes, spinal cord injuries and more.

What Makes It Unique?

Stem cells are unique because they are unlike any other cell in your body. There are two different classes of stem cells: pluripotent and multipotent. Basically, pluripotent cells can create any type of cell in the body except those that support and develop a fetus. They are replacement cells the body can use to recreate tissues. Multipotent cells can only become a few certain type of cells. Both are limited in their abilities while still being far-reaching when it comes to healing.

Stem cells are also unique because they can divide and renew themselves for long periods of time, whereas other cells in the body can’t. They can create specialized cell types and transform into what the body needs. They also are self-renewing every single day and can divide and regenerate to make new stem cells. No other cell can do what a stem cell does, making them quite unique and powerful!

Different Types of Stem Cell Therapies

We mentioned that stem cells can transform. This means that when your body needs a certain type of cell, stem cells can become what your body needs. There are several types of stem cells:

  • Adult Stem Cells – Each person develops these types of tissue-specific stem cells during fetal development. They stay with us throughout life and can be found in the brain, liver, heart, bone marrow and skin. They are used for various therapies (such as bone marrow transplants), but have limited self-renewing capacities.
  • Amniotic Stem Cells – These cells are derived from amniotic fluid and are converted into multipotent stem cells. That means they can only differentiate into certain cell types. The best part about these cells is that they can be made from a person’s own tissue. This gets rid of the problem with immune rejection and avoids the controversial use of embryos.
  • Cord-Blood Stem Cells – Stem cells derived from umbilical cords. They can be used for bone-marrow transplants and for treating blood disorders.
  • Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPS Cells) – Cells engineered in a laboratory from specialized cells similar to embryonic stem cells (like skin cells).
  • Nuclear Transfer (NT)-ES Cells – Engineered stem cells created from the DNA of one cell and using that DNA to replace genetic material in an egg cell.
  • Embryonic Stem Cells – Used from a human embryo. However, our clinic does not utilize embryonic stem cells in any of our treatments.

Why You Should Consider Stem Cell Therapy

Because stem cells can replicate so many other cells, they are perfect for healing and rehabilitation. There are many benefits of amniotic stem cell therapy over other methods because there is no threat of patient rejection. These cells have no DNA, which make them a match for any patient. We only use stem cells from the amniotic sac (not an embryo), which is highly concentrated with stem cells.

We are careful with our screening and therapy process. We work closely with the Food and Drug Administration and the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) when screening patients. Our patients will receive a stem cell injection that is similar to cortisone and steroid shots. Stem cell injections go above and beyond other injections. Instead of simple pain relief, stem cells restore degenerated tissue as well. The injection also contains hyaluronic acid, which lubricates painful joints and tendons. This is especially beneficial to those with arthritis or other joint conditions.

Your Consultation

If you want pain relief and healing that actually lasts, we recommend looking into stem cell therapy! Many patients regenerate their damaged tissues and experience healing in about a month’s time. Plus, the appointment only takes a few minutes of your time. Call our Stem Cell Centers’ office today at (877) 808-0016 today to schedule your free consultation!