What's Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem Cell Therapy is an exciting state-of-the-art procedure which takes advantage of our bodies natural ability to heal itself. Amniotic or adult stem cells have the unique ability to transform and mimic other cells in our body. These stem cells can be found in various tissues and are naturally alert and ready to repair injuries when they occur. Over the past 20 years, advancements in medicine allow doctors to use stems cells as a key element in regenerative medicine therapies.
In cases where injuries or age-related degeneration occurs, our body can fail to deploy the adequate stem cells needed to the damaged area to repair it completely. The patient can experience chronic pain as a result. This is where our stem cell therapy procedures can be used. By injecting stem cells back into the affected area and targeting where they are placed, we are able to treat a large variety of conditions and help the body heal itself.
Stem Cell Therapy Benefits
Patients can benefit from stem cell therapy. The procedure’s advantages include:
- Non-surgical procedure
- Minimally invasive
- Triggers your body to heal itself in a targeted area
- The stem cell’s natural growth factors promote healing
- Minimal to no recovery time
- Significant reduction in pain in just 3 – 7 days following the treatment, and continued improvement over 4 – 12 weeks.
Stem Cell Therapy Advances
With advancements over the past 20 years, stem cells have emerged as a key element in regenerative medicine therapies. Stem cells are the basis for human development and have several distinguishing characteristics. Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that have the potential to become specialized cells, meaning that they can develop into cells such as muscle tissue or organ tissue.
Stem cells have remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body. In addition, in many tissues they work as an internal repair system, dividing essentially without limit to replenish other cells. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential either to remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell.
Stem cells are distinguished from other cell types by two important characteristics. First, they are unspecialized cells capable of renewing themselves. Second, under certain physiologic or experimental conditions, they can be induced to become tissue- or organ-specific cells with special functions. In some organs, such as the gut and bone marrow, stem cells regularly divide to repair and replace worn out or damaged tissues.
An international clinical trial showed that a single injection of stem cells into degenerative discs reduced low back pain for approximately 12 months with pain relief as soon as 3-7 days and continued improvement over 4-12 weeks. It showed this treatment to be an effective means of alleviating back pain without surgical intervention.
What Are Stem Cells?
Think of stem cells as the foundation cells for every tissue and organ in the human body. Shortly after fertilization, stem cells start to form. Without stem cells, life cannot be conceived. We continue to rely on stem cells throughout our lives to replace injured tissues and cells lost every day. This includes the replenishing of our skin, hair, blood and the lining of our gut.
The three key properties that make stem cells so exciting in medicine are:
- The ability to self-renew, dividing in a way that makes copies of themselves
- The ability to differentiate, giving rise to the mature types of cells that make up our organs and tissues.
- They can give rise to specialized cell types (Pluripotent Stem Cells)
For more than 50 years, doctors have been using bone marrow transplants to transfer blood stem cells in patients. Now we are using more advanced techniques to collect and inject stem cells in area of the body that are injured.
Where Do Stem Cells Come From?
Newport Regenerative Medicine sources most of the stem cells from MiMedx, an FDA approved leading provider of stem cells sourced from donated umbilical cord tissue and other placental materials from live healthy birthed babies in . The donated umbilical cord tissue and blood is extracted at the time of birth from babies delivered via C-section. The MiMedx lab then carefully processes these materials using safety protocols and manufacturing practices for regenerative medicine.
We can also do an in-office procedure to harvest stem cells from the patient’s iliac hip area if preferred.
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Imagine your pain disappearing or being minimized as your body heals itself after stem cell therapy by Newport Regenerative Medicine. If you’d like more information, please call us at (949) 416-8339