What Are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are cells that have the ability to divide and develop into many different cell types in the body during early life and growth. Stem cells may also help repair the body by dividing to replenish cells that are damaged by disease, injury, or normal wear. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential either to remain a stem cell or to become any other type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a nerve cell, a skin cell, or a red blood cell. According to Dr. Neil Riordan a stem cell expert, MSCs- Mesenchymal Stem Cells are also Master Medicinal Signaling Cells that release messenger compounds which stimulate other cells to begin the healing and regeneration process. They also have immune-modulation properties which allow them to reduce inflammation and or pain which is a part of most every chronic disease.
Several types of stem cells have been identified:
1. adult stem cells from bone marrow, fat and blood 2. human embryonic stem cells [controversial due to ethical issues and also have the rare potential of causing a teratoma tumor. ] The other stem cell types do not seem to carry a risk of tumor formation. 3. induced pluripotent stem cells 4. umbilical cord tissue stem cells [MSCs. These seem to be the preferred type since they are more powerful, abundant and easier to collect]
How Does the Treatment Work?
A useful analogy is to imagine your stem cells as a team of repairmen in your newly constructed mansion. When the mansion is new and the repairmen are young, they can fix everything perfectly. But as the repairman age and reduce in number, your mansion eventually goes into disrepair and eventually crumbles.
But what if you could restore and rejuvenate your stem cell population? One option is to extract and concentrate your own autologous adult stem cells from places like your adipose (or fat) tissue. But these stem cells are fewer in number and have undergone mutations from their original ‘software code.’
Many scientists and physicians now prefer an alternative source, obtaining stem cells from the placenta or umbilical cord, from live healthy births. These stem cells, available in large supply and expressing the undamaged software of a newborn, can be injected into joints or administered intravenously to rejuvenate and revitalize.
One can think of these stem cells as chemical factories generating vital growth factors that can help to reduce inflammation, fight autoimmune disease, increase muscle mass, repair joints, and even revitalize skin and grow hair.
Future of Stem Cell Therapeutics Over the last decade, the number of publications per year on stem cell-related research has increased 40x. The stem cell market is expected to reach $170 billion by 2020. Rising R&D initiatives to develop therapeutic options for chronic diseases and growing demand for a regenerative treatment option are the most significant drivers of this budding industry. Here are some areas of frequent interest.
How Do Mesenchymal Stem Cells-MSCs help?
Stem cells are found in people of all ages. They remain dormant in your body until they receive signals that the body has suffered an injury and then they will locate the injured body area(s). Acting as master cells, stem cells have the ability to form into any type of cell in our body and are responsible along with many other cells and growth factors to heal injured ligaments, tendons, joints, tissues, organs and bones etc.
Depending on the different tissues that are damaged, mesenchymal stem cells have the potential capacity to develop into whatever tissue is injured in the body which often is a combination of tissues including cartilage, ligament, tendon, bone or muscle. A person can literally grow new joint tissue, be pain free and physically active again. Unfortunately, after a traumatic injury or as a result of natural aging, the number of available stem cells in the body is very decreased and there are frequently not enough stem cells to repair the injured tissues.
Umbilical Cord Tissue Stem Cell Therapy solves the problem of decreased stem cells and impaired healing capacity by delivering an extremely high concentration of mesenchymal stem cells into the injured areas of the body promoting natural healing, renewal, regrowth and regeneration.
Is There Any Downtime?
The Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy procedures are injections typically requiring 15-60 minutes depending on the complexity of the situation. Often they are done under Ultrasound Guidance. The mesenchymal stem cell therapy injection is performed in our office and provides improved function and pain relief without the risks of surgery, general anesthesia, hospital stays or prolonged recovery. The recovery time after our therapies varies from none to a few days depending on the therapy received. Healing begins soon after the therapy, but improvement of symptoms may take 1-3 months again depending on the medical condition.
People all over the world are finding relief after only one treatment of Stem Cell Therapy!
Stem Cell Therapy is very safe and effective. The injections have been used over 60,000 times in the United States with no reported adverse side effects and have a 100% safety record in Europe with 100,000’s of patients.
The Cell Therapy procedure is an injection that takes 30 - 60 minutes. The cell therapy injection is performed right in our office and may provide pain relief without the risks of surgery, general anesthesia, hospital stays or prolonged recovery.
Minimal Recovery Time
There is minimal recovery time after an injection.
We are the most experienced team in the Kentuckiana area. Our treatment approaches are evidence based on sound research which demonstrates clear benefits in variety of clinical situations. The treatment is individualized and tailored specifically based on each patient's unique clinical condition.
We have performed more stem cell harvesting and stem cell procedures than the majority of clinics in the USA. Our clinicians are Board Certified with advanced training and skill.
Conditions that have been effectively treated or improved with mesenchymal stem cell-MSC therapy include but are not limited to:
- Athletic Injuries, Torn Ligaments, Chronic Pain, Chronic Joint Pain [Neck, Shoulder, Wrist, Hand, Hip, Knee, Foot]
- Non-Healing fractures, Non-Healing Wounds/Ulcers
- Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autoimmune diseases, Crohn’s Disease,
- Ulcerative Colitis, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Parkinson’s
- Spinal Cord Injury and Associated Pain, Heart Disease
- PAD-Peripheral Artery Disease [Also called Critical Limb Ischemia], COPD
- Asthma, Diabetes Type 1 And Type 2, Dental Procedures, Anti-Aging
- Dermatologic Skin Conditions, Cosmetic/Aesthetic therapies, Hair Restoration
Stem Cell Treatment