Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy

Stem Cell Therapy : New Breakthrough is a real treatment option in the US

It’s football season, and injuries to pro athletes are not uncommon. You may have noticed the increase in athletes turning to a cutting edge regenerative therapy called stem cell therapy to get back into the game quickly. Quarterback Peyton Manning, after suffering a severe injury in his neck, turned to stem cell therapy after a year of rehab and surgery that didn’t control his pain or completely heal the injury.

The new procedure in regenerative medicine is amniotic stem cell therapy.  These cells are found in placental and umbilical cord blood, donated by healthy mothers. The tissues are heavily screened by the lab and then processed. Once the stem cells are isolated by a lab, they are deep frozen to store and then thawed immediately prior to use. Stem cells can either be injected into an area of injury, such as an arthritic or torn joint, applied to the skin for aesthetics, or infused intravenously for chronic and auto-immune disease treatment.

Stem cells are known as “progenitor” cells. This means they remain dormant unless they witness some level of tissue injury and are stimulated by inflammatory chemical signals. Stem cells make a decision what cell tissue they become depending on the environment they are in or in the case of stem cell treatment what part of the body the cells are injected. They use our body’s master blueprint to create intelligent internal repair.

When a person has a degenerative injury or disease, stem cells naturally migrate to the area of need and regenerate the tissue through a natural repair process. It’s when this process becomes less effective that our tissues are not able to recover. With the introduction of concentrated healthy stem cells to the area damaged by disease it is possible to regenerate new and healthy function in the tissue.  This is the premise of stem cell therapy.

Stem Cell Therapy, while still experimental, has been used to treat patients with a wide variety of conditions from multiple sclerosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic fatigue, and chronic viral infections, to joint injuries from sports, low back pain, rotator cuff injuries, and arthritis in knees and hips.  It is exciting to now have options to heal through stem cells what used to be only corrected through surgery.