Regenerative medicine is a growing field within that medical health community. It is a form of tissue engineering that involves the process of human cell regeneration. Stem cell therapy is a state-of-the-art procedure that we provide for our patients suffering from chronic pain. This treatment provides the body with the resources it needs to heal better and faster. The best part about stem cell therapy is that it utilizes biologic material harvested directly from the patient’s body – meaning minimal risk, minimal recovery time, and minimal worry.
The Benefits of Regenerative Medicine
- Minimally-invasive procedures
- Avoid surgery and its many complications and risks
- Minimal post-procedural recovery time
- No use of general anesthesia
- No risk of rejection (we use biologics extracted from the patient)
- No communicable disease transmission
- Pain reduction
- Increased mobility and function
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem Cell Therapy is a procedure that utilizes the body’s stem cells to aid in healing and regenerating damaged tissue.
Everyone is born with stem cells – they are the essential building blocks of life. Their primary function is to rebuild and regrow cellular tissue through cell division and differentiation. In other words, stem cells have the capability to develop into any type of cell within the human body, as well as initiate a natural healing response.
Alpha 2 Macroglobulin, also known as A2M, is a plasma protein that is at the forefront of regenerative medicine. By injecting a concentrated amount of the A2M protein into an affected joint, this form of therapy can protect against the progression of cartilage degradation. It can help prevent and reverse the breakdown of cartilage in osteoarthritis and other joint conditions characterized by cartilage loss, and greatly improve a patient’s mobility and comfort. A2M injections are minimally invasive and don’t require the use of risky general anesthesia or invasive surgery.
Where Do Stem Cells Come from?
As we mentioned, stem cells are harvested from the patient’s body – either from adipose (fat) tissue or bone marrow from the iliac crest (pelvis). Both of these extraction procedures are minimally-invasive and require little recovery time.
Bone Marrow-Derived Stem Cells
Bone marrow-derived stem cells are harvested from the patient's illiac crest (pelvis). This is also a minimally invasive procedure that uses a local anesthetic. Although bone marrow-derived stem cells contain similar properties and characteristics as adipose-derived stem cells, they are both unique biologics and employed in treatment for different reasons.