Scientists and doctors have made tremendous advances to make tissue regeneration a reality in treating many diseases. Through regenerative medicine, a person can take advantage of their body’s ability to heal itself by using the healthy adult stem cells that can be found throughout the body. Laboratory and clinical research has shown that it is possible to use adult stem cells to restore lost, damaged or aging cells and effectively regenerate tissue in the body. Regenerative therapies are showing promise in the treatment of orthopedic pain.
Adult stem cells were discovered over 40 years ago when researchers found that cells derived from bone marrow had the ability to form various tissues. Adult stem cells are early stage cells and under the right conditions, are capable of developing into other types of cells with the potential to regenerate damaged tissue.
Adult stem cells are being used to treat many types of chronic pain and degeneration. Currently, doctors are treating shoulder, knee, hip, and spine degeneration, in addition to soft tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament) and other bone related injuries.
There are many potential applications where stem cell treatments can be very effective. The following are the most common:
- Discogenic back pain
- Osteoarthritis of facet joints
- Degenerative disc disease
- Partial rotator cuff tears
- Labral tears
- Mild to moderate osteoarthritis
- Labral tears
- Articular cartilage injuries
- Partial ligament tears
- Partial meniscal tears
- Augmented ACL or PCL reconstruction
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHERE DO ADULT STEM CELLS COME FROM?
In adults, stem cells are present within a variety of tissues and organs. The most common and richest source comes from your bone marrow, and your hip bone is one of the best and most convenient locations to withdraw bone marrow.
HOW ARE ADULT STEM CELLS OBTAINED, PREPARED, AND DELIVERED?
During your adult stem cell therapy procedure, the doctor will use a needle to withdraw bone marrow from your posterior Iliac crest (lower back area). A trained nurse or technician then uses specifically designed equipment to concentrate the adult stem cells and growth factors present in the bone marrow and provides the cells back to the physician for implantation into the targeted area(s).
IS THIS THERAPY CLEARED BY THE FDA?
Doctors draw bone marrow from your hip and then concentrate it using an FDA-cleared device. Unlike procedures which process fat with enzymes or use living foreign cells like amniotic products, bone marrow concentration is carried out using your own cells with minimal manipulation, which meets the FDA’s definition of the practice of medicine.