Stem Cell Therapy
What is Stem Cell Therapy? The term “stem cell therapy” only refers to processes which use the patient’s own stem cells. These are harvested and then injected into specific areas of the body. Stem cells of close family members can sometimes be used, as well.
If you’re living with pain, you may have heard that stem cell therapy may help you avoid surgery and pain medication. In general terms, the building blocks of the human body have the potential to help heal or regenerate tissue. Still, it’s important to know that this type of regenerative medicine is not a one-size-fits-all treatment. After analyzing the latest research, our doctors choose to use a different kind of stem cell therapy to alleviate common pain conditions.
Types of Stem Cell Therapy
Where do stem cells come from?
There are two common sources, and both use the patient’s own tissue:
Adipose tissue derived stem cells are found in fat. The stem cells are removed and then injected back into the patient. The disadvantages of this stem cell therapy type are in number and quality. Adults have fewer stem cells in stored body fat and the cells are the same age as the patient. Them there is the issue of everyday toxins that are stored in adipose tissue.
Bone marrow stem cells can be manipulated to support and generate many different cell types. While it is a promising form of therapy for some diseases, bone marrow stem cells also age with the patient. Extracting them is a very painful process, so using them as a source of pain relief is usually not practical.
Treatment Containing Growth Factors & Mesenchymal Cells
Unlike bone marrow and adipose tissue stem cells, a third source of them cells – those derived from mesenchymal stem cells – contain only the youngest and most vibrant healing agents. That is because they come from the youngest source available: the umbilical cord. A substance in the cord called Wharton’s jelly is brimming with healing properties. They bathe a patient’s source of pain and get to work supporting cell replacement in degenerated tissue.
The cords are donated by rigorously screened mothers after healthy cesarean deliveries. The harvesting procedure is done after birth; it does not harm either the mother or newborn.
How Mesenchymal Cells Relieve Pain
Because the youngest stem cells are abundant, renew quickly, and can differentiate into universal “helper” cells easily, our doctors successfully use Wharton’s jelly-derived mesenchymal stem cells for pain relief. The donor cells can support regeneration of soft tissue, cartilage and bone. This makes them a natural alternative to surgery in certain cases of joint pain and many neck and back conditions.
Whether you want to avoid the downtime and pain of an operation or speed up healing after an injury, it is worth exploring injections containing growth factors and mesenchymal stem cells.
Stem cell therapy is among the most promising forms of personalized medicine available. As you’ve learned, there are several types. It is important to consider all options if you are considering stem cells for pain.
If you have been thinking about getting treated with stem cell therapy in Miami, Hollywood, Miami Gardens, Hialeah, Coral Gables, or any city in Miami-Dade County, call us at (305) 705-0777 to schedule an appointment.