Stem cells are cells within the body that can divide and regenerate to form new cells. These cells form either new stem cells, which is referred to as self-renewal, or become differential cells with a more specific function, such as brain cells, heart cells, or bone cells. Stem cells are the only cells in the body that have the natural ability to generate new cell types. Using stem cell injections, your chiropractor can treat a variety of conditions. If you live in St. Petersburg and need more information on regenerative medicine, contact St. Petersburg Chiropractic to schedule an appointment.
Where Do Stem Cells Come From?
Stem cells come from several different places. Embryonic stem cells come from embryos that are three to five days old. Adult stem cells are found in small numbers in most adult tissues. Unlike embryonic cells that can regenerate multiple times, adult stem cells have a more limited ability to give rise to various cells of the body. Stem cells can be taken from the blood, bone marrow, fat, and placental tissue.
How Do Stem Cell Injections Work?
Also referred to as regenerative medicine, stem cell injections from your chiropractor promote the repair of diseased, dysfunctional, or injured tissues. Researchers grow stem cells in a lab and manipulate these cells to specialize into specific types of cells. These specialized cells are then implanted into a person. Once the cells are injected, they seek out the damaged areas and start repairing. If you have a torn ligament or cartridge missing, stem cells go to work laying down a new cellular matrix to create new cartilage and ligaments.
How Long to See Results?
If you elect for chiro regenerative medicine, it can take approximately two to three weeks after treatment to start experiencing relief. Stem cells continue to replicate and make take a full three months before significant results are seen.
For more information on regenerative medicine from your chiropractor, contact St. Petersburg Chiropractic at (727) 513-1757 to schedule an appointment for a consultation. We can help you decide if stem cell treatment is right for you.