Stem cell therapy seemingly has become a blanket term for any treatment containing stem cells. This is not accurate. Stem cell therapy is a procedure that relies on harvesting tissue from the patient or a patients family member and processing that tissue to isolate stem cells then injecting those cells into the patient.
What's the difference in stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine?
If you are considering stem cell therapy in St Petersburg, come in for a free consultation and find out if there may be a better, less painful treatment option for you that also contains stem cells as well as natural growth factors.
What is Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy can be a painful procedure. Perhaps you've heard of bone marrow transplants? This is a stem cell procedure whereby the doctor drills a hole in your hip or femur to extract bone marrow. This is rather painful. The other very popular stem cell therapy procedure involves extracting adipose from your body and processing it for stem cells. What many don't realize is that adipose is actually fat cells. Fat cells are one of the places that the human body stores toxins. Toxins may have an adverse effect on the quality of the stem cells.
How is Regenerative Cell Therapy Different From Stem Cell Therapy
Regenerative cell therapy is a process where we inject young, healthy tissue containing stem cells and growth factors into the damaged area of the body. The stem cells then home in on the area that needs repair and “dock” in that area. Once they have docked, or attached themselves, to the damaged tissue they, along with the growth factors, go to work rebuilding, repairing and regenerating the tissue.
Where Do Stem Cells Come From?
The stem cells we use are typically acquired from umbilical allografts. Allograft simply means donated tissue. This tissue is donated after a cesarean section. No harm is done to the mother or the baby during this process.
The umbilical cord contains a substance which contains young and very healthy cells which when administered properly promotes an increased boost in healing, and as a productive byproduct, also combats the effects of aging. This substance is known as Wharton's Jelly. The stem cells from this source also contain a highly concentrated level of growth factors that allow for faster healing of injuries or even to slow down the effects of aging. Slowing the effects of aging may make you less susceptible to future pain or injury. The additional growth factors found in these cells make this type of regenerative tissue more effective than treatments that do not contain a high level of growth factors.
Regenerative Treatments That Contain Stem Cells
Regenerative treatments that contain stem cells can aid in speeding up the growth rate of damaged tissue and may be a great alternative if you are in search of options to avoid medications and unnecessary surgical procedures. Regenerative cell injections are most commonly used to treat injury and degenerative issue such as:
- Hip Pain>
- Aging of the skin
- Tissue loss
- Foot pain and Plantar fasciitis
- Joint pain
Stem Cells for Pain
When regenerative cell treatments are used to heal your body, the injections go directly into the site of the injury or pain. Because the tissue is young and vibrant, there are many more stem cells per cc of tissue, they have a higher yield count of growth factors, and there is virtually no chance of incompatibility as the tissue is too young to have developed its own immune factors. These injections are designed to assist your body to better regenerate the damaged or aged tissue, bone, cartilage etc.
By regenerating the damaged tissue, the regenerative treatments and stem cells may help heal your body, restore mobility and functionality. This treatment option offers a reduction in the pain the patient is experiencing while also healing the injured area, rather than simply masking the symptoms with medication, for long lasting pain relief.
When you come to see our stem cell doctor at St Petersburg Injury and Rehab, he will spend the time needed to carefully assess your specific needs in order to determine which regenerative medicine treatment is best suited for you. Our doctors are dedicated to working with you to develop a plan specifically catered to your unique needs. We want to find the best tools and techniques for all of our patients to not only heal but help manage chronic pain with the intent to improve their quality of life.