What's Stem Cell Therapy?
Bone Marrow/UCT therapy is an exciting state-of-the-art procedure which takes advantage of our bodies natural ability to heal itself. Bone Marrow 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 have allowed 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 potentially repair it. 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 bone marrow 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
- Potential pain 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, bone marrow therapies have emerged as a key element in regenerative medicine. The 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 from the bone marrow 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 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.
Bone Marrow based 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 bone marrow based 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 bone marrow stem cell therapies 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 bone marrow based stem cells in area of the body that are injured.
Where Do Stem Cells Come From?
Newport Regenerative Medicine sources its bone marrow based cells from an in-office procedure that may harvest stem cells from the patient’s iliac hip area if preferred. This is a minimally invasive technique utilized to potentially heal, repair, and regenerate damaged tissue.
Learn more about our bone marrow stem cell therapy procedure.
Imagine your pain disappearing or being minimized as your body heals itself after bone marrow stem cell therapy by Newport Regenerative Medicine. If you’d like more information, please call us at (949) 933-7012