You’ve heard about them in the news, and perhaps have even read about them in AARP or Readers Digest…but did you know that stem cell therapy isn’t just science fiction anymore? This innovative medical marvel is both a readily available and highly effective therapeutic tool that can be used for a broad range of ailments.
Read on to learn more about how stem cell therapy might be able to help you or a loved one improve the quality of their lives and avoid costly surgical operations.
What are Stem Cells Anyway?
Remember playing with Lincoln Logs as a kid or Legos with your grandchildren? Well, stem cells are similar in that they are the body’s “building blocks”. Stem cells are those cells from which all other types of cells come from.
When subjected to the right conditions, these miracle cells can be manipulated to “regenerate” and multiply into cells with any number of desired specialized functions.
This process is called differentiation. And therein lies the medical marvel. Stem cells can be nudged to differentiate into any number of cell types needed such as:
Why Should You Care About Stem Cells?
We’re glad you asked.
While stem cells have been exciting scientists and the medical community for years, only recently have they become an available option for individuals such as yourself to consider. With stem cells has come incredible advancements in regenerative medicine as a mainstream therapy for a diverse range of medical conditions.
What does that mean?
“Regenerative Medicine” utilizes your body’s natural ability to heal itself. Exciting isn’t it?
Both scientific and clinical studies have demonstrated the potential of stem cells to effectively regenerate various tissues, offering patients the opportunity to seek out stem cell therapy as a possible alternative to surgery.
This type of therapy is showing particular promise as it relates to improving the quality of life for those suffering with:
Knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, neck, back, hand, wrist, foot, and ankle issues’
Can you imagine that? When was the last time you rolled out of bed pain-free or able to go for a brisk walk without your hip, knee or other joint causing you discomfort?
What if that could all be remedied or improved with stem cell treatment?
What Types of Conditions Should You Consider Getting Cared For By Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine, also referred to as stem cell therapy can be used to promote the repair and regenerative response to injured, diseased or dysfunctional tissues.
Stem cells may be able to help promote your body’s natural ability to heal conditions such as:
Torn cartilage or ligaments
Bulging or herniated discs
Carpel tunnel syndrome
Sounds Interesting, but Where do Stem Cells Come From?
Good question, and one that we certainly need to explore.
Over the years researchers have discovered a number of potential sources for stem cells.
But wait, isn’t umbilical cord blood only available during the birth of a child?
You would be correct, but you don’t need to have a late-life child in order to benefit. With the consent of parents who want to help others, the umbilical cord can be collected from the cord of a newborn baby shortly after birth and safely stored in tissue banks until needed.
Parts of the cord are a rich source of stem cells and would otherwise be discarded and thrown out as medical waste along with the placenta if not harvested.
Embryonic Stem Cells – This is Illegal in the U.S.A.
As the name suggests, these stem cells come from developing embryos. Though versatile and effective, embryonic stem cells are controversial given that they result in harvesting from developing embryos. We would not offer this even if it were legal.
Adult Stem Cells
Stem cells can, in fact, be found in most adult tissues. However, the concentration of stem cells is low, and as compared to umbilical cord stem cells, the adult version is quite limited in their ability to differentiate into other types of tissues. This makes them a less ideal option for regenerative medicine.
Why Are Umbilical Tissue Is the Better Option?
As it relates to regenerative medicine, Wharton’s jelly is often the preferred treatment option. This is jam-packed with the ability to provide cushioning and structural support as well as viscosity and a host of other great aspects. They are also easy to collect and rarely carry infectious diseases. Not to mention they are only around half as likely to be “rejected” by your body when compared to adult stem cells.
HUCT Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC)
HUCT – This method is being phased out as an option – it is likely to be categorized as a drug and will fall under the uses and constraints accordingly. This will deliver Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) used by our clinic are those cord stem cells which are “immune system privileged”, meaning that rejection by your body is a non-issue and removes the need for HLA (human leukocyte antigen) matching.
Forget Costly and Dangerous Operations
Why operate when you can regenerate? Here is what we mean. You should look into this type of service before surgery because if you can avoid surgery due to this service then you definitely want to see if that is a possibility – Right?
No one should have to live with chronic pain, discomfort or reduced mobility as a result of musculoskeletal, tendon or ligament disease, damage or impairment. Yet, for those of us middle-age and up, daily aches and pain are often a constant most of us have to live with.
Alternative options such as joint replacement surgery might be covered by surgery, but the risks, downtime, rehabilitation and other potential downsides are not for everyone.
Risk of infection
Rehab and physical therapy
Alternatively, regenerative medicine offers an alternative therapeutic aid that leverages your body’s own ability to repair itself, helping promote healing, wellness, and quality of life.
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