If you’re trying to alleviate pain, you’ve probably heard about the option of stem cell therapy for pain and other conditions. What you may not have heard about is a form of cellular therapy that has the ability to take the place of invasive surgery and habit-forming medications. Before you decide what the best path is for you, it is important to look at all the facts surrounding this form of cellular therapy known as regenerative medicine, and stem cell therapy – they are not the same.
Regenerative cellular therapy, the type of therapy preferred by our doctors, is not synonymous with what is commonly known as “stem cell therapy.” Sourced from umbilical allografts that are donated from healthy mothers after a cesarean section birth, regenerative cells are brand new, plentiful and rich in healing agents. Regenerative medicine uses the youngest and most potent cellular tissue to heal injuries and age-related degeneration.
Isolated and concentrated, these cells can be injected into almost any patient without fear of rejection. Their job is to jump-start the body’s ability to repair itself. This natural process can be enormously helpful in treating pain conditions, as the cells are injected directly into the source of discomfort. Once in place, they go to work bolstering the patient’s cells’ ability to heal.
Regenerative cells are different from the types most commonly discussed: adipose tissue stem cells and bone marrow stem cells. Both come from the patient’s own body or, in some cases, from a close relative. These types of cells are used in what is known as stem cell therapy.
Stem cells derived from adipose tissue are harvested from a patient’s own fat. The stem cells are extracted and then isolated in a fast-spinning centrifuge before being injected back into the patient. This technique has its drawbacks. The fat cells that are extracted are the same age as the patient, so they may not be as potent due to the natural aging process. Our bodies carry fewer of these cells as we age and quality declines. They are also likely to have a buildup of toxins. The body tends to store toxins in this area where the fat cells would be extracted.
Bone marrow stem cells also come from a patient’s own body and age along with him or her, so they may be sparse and less effective. Harvesting them is a painful procedure: the doctor drills a small hole in the femur or hip bone and extracts the cells, then injects them back into the body. This process can open the body to infection. Subjecting a patient to an invasive, painful procedure to extract aging, sparse cells could be considered too extreme for health issues that can be resolved with regenerative cell injections.
The regenerative medicine therapies we use can be extremely beneficial for many conditions, such as:
- Knee pain
- Joint pain
- Shoulder pain
- Spine pain
- Hip pain
- Plantar fasciitis
There are many other conditions that can benefit from regenerative cell therapy, with more being researched all the time. Credit the abundance and potency of umbilical cord cells used in regenerative medicine known as mesenchymal cells. They are derived from a substance called Wharton’s jelly, harvested from cords donated to tissue banks from healthy, consenting mothers. The process does not harm either the mother or the newborn. The cords, usually discarded, are instead being turned into therapeutic gold by advanced cellular clinics.
Still, it is important to make an informed decision about stem cells vs. the regenerative cell therapy that our doctors prefer. We invite you to a complimentary evaluation to find your path toward pain treatment that is best for you.