If you are suffering from chronic pain or a degenerative condition, you might think that regenerative treatments utilizing stem cells are a promising option to improve your quality of life. With a lot of confusing information regarding stem cells out there, it might be hard to make sense of it all. Before you decide on a treatment plan, it’s important to know more about stem cells and regenerative medicine.
Using regenerative cells offers an excellent natural option to treat disease and relieve pain. But where do stem cells and regenerative come from exactly, and what’s the difference between them?
There is a lot of misinformation regarding stem cells and stem cell therapy used in regenerative medicine. Stem cell therapy refers only to procedures where a patient’s own stem cells are harvested and then injected back into the body where healing assistance is needed.
Wharton’s Jelly-Derived Mesenchymal Cells
Another type of regenerative medicine is harvested from the Wharton’s jelly found in the umbilical cord. With the mother’s consent, mesenchymal stem cells are responsibly retrieved from Wharton’s jelly in the umbilical cord. The cord, normally discarded, is instead turned into a gold mine of healing cells.
The tissue extracted from Wharton’s jelly also contains other healing agents, including collagen, proteins, peptides, cytokines, growth factors and other elements needed to regenerate damaged tissue. There is no negative impact to either the mother or baby.
This type of stem cell is young and therefore highly potent, which means it has incredible healing potential. Mesenchymal cell therapy is used to treat numerous diseases and ailments.
Some of the uses for these cells include treatment of:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Joint pain
- Muscle tears
- Ligament tears
- Damaged cartilage
Once mesenchymal cells are injected into the damaged area of the body, they can rapidly change into the cells needed to begin repairing the tissue.
One method of harvesting stem cells is to extract them from the patient’s adipose tissue. Adipose tissue is where fat cells are stored in the body. Toxins are stored in the fat cells, so any stem cells obtained from adipose tissue will possibly contain toxins.
Harvested adipose tissue stem cells are the same age as the patient and may be less effective than younger ones. Our doctors choose not to work with stem cells derived from adipose tissue.
Stem cells can also be harvested from the patient’s bone marrow. Bone marrow is collected by drilling into a patient’s hip, femur or pelvic bone. This procedure is invasive with a painful recovery, and it carries a risk of infection. As with any other source of stem cells, the bone marrow cells harvested are the age of the patient at the time they are collected. We don’t perform this procedure.
The benefits of regenerative cells are endless. If you’d like to find out if this treatment can help improve your life, our doctors will be happy to meet with you. Call today to schedule a consultation.