The best-known form of treatment in the field of Regenerative Medicine is stem cell therapy. The practice uses stem cells to repair a patient’s damaged tissue. Most people have heard of stem cell treatments, but aren’t quite sure how it works or if it is useful. Let’s delve further into these questions and determine if stem cell treatments indeed work.
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy is the use of stem cells to repair damaged tissue caused by injury or degenerative disease. Effective stem cell treatments regenerate tissue such as muscle, fat, ligaments, and tendons, but there are indications it may help more. The stem cells used in regenerative medicine are harvested from bone marrow or the umbilical cord during a cesarean section.
Stem cells are called “master cells” because of their role in the development of the human body from a jumble of cells to an infant. These infant cells are superior to bone marrow cells and are called mesenchymal stem cells. The mesenchymal stem cells are pluripotent (or iPS cells) which means they can make most adult cell types. Stem cells from umbilical cords have an advantage over stem cells from bone marrow because they can become (differentiate) into any cell in the body. They also work in patients of any age, from ten to ninety-year-olds. Because stem cells from bone marrow are older and have DNA damage, they cannot differentiate into other types of cells.
Bone marrow stem cells are effective in bone marrow transplants but are not widely recognized for being effective elsewhere. A Family Chiropractic Clinic uses mesenchymal stem cells from umbilical cords because they are younger and are more effective in treating damaged tissue. Older mesenchymal stem cells may not be as effective because DNA damage from oxidation and viruses make them less effective. The older the stem cell, the less likely it is to be effective.
How does Stem Cell Therapy Work?
Stem cells are injected into the affected area and act as a catalyst in the body’s healing process. If a patient has a torn rotator cuff, the stem cells injections into that area begin to repair the tear. How do the stem cells know where to go? Inflamed tissue release chemical markers that tell the stem cells where they need to go and cells they should become.
Is Stem Cell Therapy Safe?
The FDA has approved effective stem cell treatments for repairing certain types of tissue and is safe for those treatments. FDA approved stem cell therapies have a low chance of any adverse reactions occurring. Even though mesenchymal stem cell therapy is on the cutting edge of regenerative medicine, studies of the treatment have been taking place over the last fifty years.
Mesencchymal stem cell therapy has consistently proven itself to be safe. The body does not reject mesenchymal stem cells as it would an organ transplanted into the body. It has also been shown that the use of mesenchymal stem cells does not generate tumors. When compared to surgeries that require an incision to remove damaged tissue, stem cell injections are significantly less of a risk. There is no chance that a staph infection will occur or hemorrhaging from incisions or medication. Furthermore, a patent who receives stem cell therapy does not have to recover from general anesthesia or a sizable wound caused by surgery.
If you have any concerns, we will be happy to discuss the treatment in more depth with you.
Is Stem Cell Therapy Effective for Treating Tissue Damage?
In short, yes. Stem cell therapy using young mesenchymal stem cells is the most effective form of stem cell therapy. The effectiveness is from the cells ability to transform into the type that is needed for treatment. It quickly repairs tissue, and the results are evident. Typical recovery time for mesenchymal stem cell treatment is between four and six weeks. Some patients may see longer or shorter recovery times.
Data shows that mesenchymal stem cells works especially well for joint pain, arthritic knees, torn ACLs and rotator cuffs and more. The stem cells secrete proteins that increase blood flow and reduce inflammation, which is another reason why they are such a powerful healing agent. There is anecdotal evidence that mesenchymal stem cells are effective for more than treating joint pain and torn tissue. There is hope that in the near future it may help spinal cord injuries and restore function to those who have had a stroke.
What to Expect When You Receive Stem Cell Treatments
A large syringe introduces the stem cells to the dying tissue. Some people may feel a pinch at the target site during injection, and others may feel nothing at all. All procedures are performed in our clean and comfortable facility located at 400 North Loop 288. Our attentive staff will make you feel at home during the treatment.
At a Family Chiropractic Clinic, we want to help you to heal from joint and arthritic pain, torn ligaments and tendons, or tissue damaged by a degenerative disease. We believe that the field of regenerative medicine and specifically stem cell therapy is one of the most effective ways to help you achieve your wellness goals. Our knowledgeable staff will be able to explain what your treatment plan entails and answer any questions you may have.
In the twenty-first century, living with chronic and nagging pain don’t have to be a way of life. Along with our other treatment options, effective stem cell treatments and therapy can open doors to a new world of pain-free activity.