If you suffer from joint or tendon injuries, you and your physician may decide upon stem cell therapy, a new form of injury treatment. Stem cells can be injected into painful joints and or tendons and result in healing. Combined with PRP Treatment (Platelet Rich Plasma), Stem Cell Therapy in Broward County is an excellent form of regenerative medicine to repair injured tissue.
Stem cell therapy is increasingly used in the treatment of injuries and is said to increase the speed at which the body naturally heals. But how does Stem Cell Therapy Pompano Beach work?
History of Stem Cell Therapy
The study of stem cells has been around since the 17th century with the development of the microscope. However, it wasn't until the 19th century when medical scientists gained a deeper understanding about the complex structure of the cells in the human body, which opened doors for further discoveries and advancements in treating diseases or disorders.
In the 1960s, Dr. Robert Good did the first successful bone marrow transplant in America putting stem cell therapy in the spotlight, according to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From this medical progress, experts and researchers developed more experiments and technology to perfect the extraction and preservation of stem cells as a viable treatment option.
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
In order to understand stem cell therapy, you have to first understand what a stem cell is. Stem cells can be considered to be ‘special’ cells in the sense that they are able to become any type of other cell. And this property makes them very versatile.
For example, if the body needs to replace injured tissue at the site of an injury or wound, then having more stem cells available would enable it to create and rebuild the tissue by turning stem cells into the required cells. Stem cell therapy, therefore, is when we intervene to deliberately increase the number of stem cells at the area of injury.
This is most often done in the form of injection - first stem cells are collected into a concentrated amount - then injected into the site of injury, thus increasing the concentration of stem cells in that area.
In other words: stem cells are cells which can be harvested from a patient’s bone marrow or fat (adipose tissue). Stem cells have 2 characteristics:
1. The ability to reproduce themselves
2. The ability to change themselves into specialized cells of a specific type of tissue ( for example cartilage, tendon, etc.)
The type of stem cells that are used for in regenerative medicine are called Mesenchymal stem cells and can be autologous (harvested from the patient’s bone marrow or fat) or allogenic (harvested from placenta). Stem cells harvested from bone marrow involve a minor procedure where a needle is inserted into the patients iliac (near the hip) bone and bone marrow is extracted.
Stem cells harvested from fat involved making a very small incision in the belly, where there is sufficient fat. Local anesthesia is placed into the area to numb it while the fat is extracted. This is very similar to liposuction, although much less fat is removed.
How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?
Stem cells harvested from fat or marrow are then spun down in a centrifuge and separated. They are then injected with PRP into the injured joint and or tendon areas.
As mentioned above, stem cells can turn into whatever type of cell the body requires. Therefore, by injecting stem cells into the area of injury, the body has more ‘building blocks’ (so to speak) which it can use to rebuild the area of injury. This is the body’s natural healing process, so by increasing the number of stem cells in that area, we are simply expediting the body’s own natural way of healing.
Stem Cell Therapy in Pompano Beach can be considered a much less invasive procedure than surgery, as it only requires an injection. Stem Cell Therapy is performed in our Pompano Beach office and patients are completely comfortable and fully functional upon discharge.
It is important to note that if you undergo this therapy, you MUST obstain from taking ANY antiflammatory medications 1 week prior and 10 days after the procedure. You however may use acetaminophen (Tylenol) or other analgesics prescribed by your physician.
Allogenic stem cells are purchase through a commercial distributor and do not require harvesting from the patient. Complications and or side effects can occur from any procedure or treatment. The following may occur:
- Post operative pain (usually mild)
- Nerve damage
Stem Cell Therapy - including Stem Cell Therapy in Pompano Beach - may be combined with PRP therapy. Click here to learn the differences between the two and how they can also be combined together for your benefit.
Sources and Use of Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cells are derived from three common sources: embryos, umbilical cord and body tissues of adults.
Those from embryos may be extracted 4, or 5 days following a successful in-vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure, while stem cells from umbilical cords are extracted just before the baby's birth. Adult stem cells, on the other hand, are found in the different regions of the body, such as the teeth, brain, bone marrow, skin, skeletal muscles, liver and blood vessels.
Stem cells may be artificially grown and manipulated in a process known as cell culture, as explained by the Stem Cell Information. Once grown into a specific type of cell for use in the nerves, blood or heart, these would have to be implanted to treat whatever ails the person.
Effectiveness of Stem Cell Therapy in Broward County
Such a medical advancement has given rise to many stem cell therapy centers because of its high rate of success. A study published by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons stated that stem cell therapy has an 80% cure rate for those with osteoarthritis and other knee conditions.
Multiple sclerosis treatment trials using stem cell therapy have been carried out since 2010, which has resulted in effectively curbing relapses, claims Stem Cells and Cloning. However, experts have yet to find a solution to reverse this disability.
In cancer treatments, stem cell therapies are more effective against cancer of the blood, or immunities, according to the American Cancer Society. In Japan, stem cell therapy has recently been approved for treating spinal cord injuries following a clinical trial involving 12 patients with marked improvements after six months of treatment, according to the journal Nature.
It is absolutely crucial that you choose a trusted provider who will ensure the highest quality stem cells are used during the procedure.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned against stem cell therapies that may be using untested technology, or unproven outcomes that can lead to irreversible harm. Be aware that some doctors may be using harmful products or techniques.
Contact our Clinic today to learn more about Stem Cell Therapy and responsible approach to regenerative medicine.
Our clinic provides stem cell therapy to patients from Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach and other locations in Broward County.
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