Stem Cells FAQTinton Falls, NJ
What are adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Stem cells are broadly categorized as “embryonic” or “adult.” Embryonic stem cells are derived from human fetuses, whereas adult stem cells are obtained from adults.
Currently there are roughly 75 proven therapies using adult stem cells, while there are none using embryonic stem cells due to inherent challenges in controlling how embryonic stem cells differentiate. Mesenchymal stem cells, or MSCs, are multi-potent stem cells that can differentiate into a variety of cell types: osteoblasts (bone cells), chondrocytes (cartilage cells) and adipocytes (fat cells). MSCs are obtained from bone marrow, typically the back of the iliac crest, or hip bone.
Stem cell are usually obtained from the bone marrow, although they can also be obtained from fat. First, the skin is numbed with lidocaine. Next, the hip bone is numbed with lidocaine. A special needle is then passed into the marrow cavity through the cortex of the bone. This may sound painful, but this is a painless procedure in most cases. The liquid marrow is slowly drawn into a syringe and once a sufficient amount is obtained, the needle is removed and a bandage is applied. The entire process takes about 15 minutes.
If the bone marrow is not properly harvested then most of what is drawn into the syringe is peripheral blood with very few stem cells in it. Apex Sports and Regenerative Medicine uses the Marrow CELLutions® device (see video above), which is the latest technological advancement in harvesting marrow stem cells, providing our patients with the best stem cell yields and the least amount of discomfort.
How are the Injections Given?
All of our stem cell and PRP injections are given under ultrasound guidance. The ultrasound is used to guide the needle to the precise location and inject the stem cells. This insures accurate and safe injections. Dr. Savarino is an expert in ultrasound guided procedures and diagnostic techniques.
Following the injection, depending on the affected joint, some patients may avoid bearing weight for a day or two. However, it is critical that the joint not be immobilized. Careful movement is critical to stimulate healing. Aggressive activity, such as sports, should be avoided for a period of time. We provide each patient with specific post-injection activity guidelines.
REGENERATIVE MEDICINE – CORD BLOOD STEM CELLS
Regenerative medicine offers much promise for those suffering from several disease states. It is a method of using our own natural healing properties in living a better quality of life. Stem cells are presently the largest target in the regenerative medicine area.
Stem cells are naive cells that have the ability to divide indefinitely. They may functionally change into any cell in our body, and can integrate to the target tissue, either in the presence or absence of damage. Stem cells are ” undifferentiated ” cells, which allow them to develop into another type of cell that is required to repair or replace damaged tissue. Stem cell therapy can repair tissue that are too damaged to heal on their own. Stem cells can stimulate the formation of cartilage, tendon, ligaments, bone and fibrous connective tissue. Stem cell therapy is in the spectrum of cutting-edge therapeutic techniques used to naturally treat and heal the cause of a painful condition rather than masking the symptoms. Stem cell therapy stimulates and accelerates your own body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of chronic joint pain. Osteoarthritis involves the entire joint, including the nearby muscles, underlying bone, ligaments and connective tissue. In osteoarthritis, the supportive tissue called cartilage degenerates, leading to inflammation and pain. This type of arthritis is common in shoulders, hips, knees, hands and feet. Patients will often complain of joint stiffness, throbbing, and swelling. There is no cure for osteoarthritis, but regenerative medicine therapies such as stem cell therapy is a new generation of treatment that has been proven to be safe, effective, and have lasting results.
Rethinking and evolving science using cutting-edge technologies have led to the most potent and vibrant form of stem cells, umbilical cord blood-derived cellular allograft tissue. Umbilical cord blood contains a beneficial blend of cytokines, growth factors, and stem cells that ensure a rich microenvironment to foster tissue regeneration and cellular growth.
Cord blood regenerative medicine products contains primitive undifferentiated stem cells and additional growth factors which are beneficial for repair, growth and healing. The release of growth factors that aid in the formation of new blood vessels, activation of endogenous stem cells, modulation of the immune system and growth of cells and tissue. In stem cell therapy, new stem cells are introduced into the body, and their capability to differentiate – or turn into specialized cells – may allow them to repair diseased or injured tissues. They also proliferate, or renew themselves many times, which can provide an ongoing supply of healthy cells. Stem cells are ” intelligent “. They can move through the body to where they are needed, and communicate with other cells. Research indicates that mesenchymal stem cells may offer other important therapeutic properties – including immunomodulation, anti-inflammatory functions, infection-fighting properties and cell rescue actions.
The array of benefits related to umbilical cord blood-derived allografts is supported through the successful transplantation and coordination of multiple components. There is a careful orchestration in the ratios of cytokines, growth factors, exosomes and stem cells naturally occurring in umbilical cord blood. This naturally occurring balance of cytokines and growth factors make umbilical cord blood a great resource for allograft tissue geared towards bone growth and tissue regeneration.
Umbilical cord stem cells contain mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). They come from safe, reliable hospital sources via a non – invasive, simple, and painless procedure. The cord blood fluid allograft tissues are procured through fully tested and consented donors. Every donor is subjected to comprehensive infectious disease panels that surpass federal and industry standards, ensuring safe allografts. Umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells are provided by hospitals. and all donated cord blood is delivered directly to the lab for production. As no potentially risky or painful surgery is required, extraction of umbilical cord blood is the least invasive and safest option of sourcing stem cells. Research has shown the cord blood stem cells are not susceptible to malignant transformation in a serum-free medium, making them safe for therapeutic use in patients. The stem cells are screened in compliance with FDA, cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practice) standards, which regulate quality and safety in the production of medication.
Cord blood stem cells are strictly screened, high – quality, and sold in standardized concentrations. Using stem cells gives patients a wide range of benefits via therapies that can be conducted in under half an hour. Cord blood consistent concentrations allow for multiple administration in uniform, high – cell – count doses. Patients can enjoy safe, non – surgical treatments in the same time it would take them for a traditional office visit.
Regenerative therapy procedures are performed as outpatient procedures. They involve injection of concentrated stem cells to regenerate and heal tissues in joints, muscles, tendons, or ligaments. These therapies can be used to treat acute or chronic pain conditions related to degenerative disease. Stem cells are shown to be capable of accelerating the healing process.
In summary, cord blood stem cells, a regenerative medicine product, is one of the most unique stem cell / regenerative medicine products that exists today. Cord blood stem cells contains many factors that repair and heal various trauma and disease states. Cord blood stem cells play a role in angiogenesis, growth and repair of cartilage and bone tissue, which serves well in orthopedic disease, and a wide array of autoimmune diseases.Cord blood stem cells = Rethinking and evolving science using cutting-edge technologies.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will cord blood stem cell therapy help my knee, hip, foot & shoulder pain?
With a third of the US suffering from chronic pain, and over a million each year undergoing joint replacements in the US, stem cell therapy may eliminate your pain and increase your mobility. Some patients experience a huge reduction in pain within weeks of one injection. Previous treatments have included steroid injections, opioid (narcotic) pain / non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and even joint replacement. Stem cell therapy can repair fibrous connective tissue and stimulate the formation of cartilage, tendon, ligaments & bone. Cord blood stem cells not only promotes long-term pain relief but a significant restoration of normal functions. Northeast Spine & Wellness Center now offers a cutting-edge regenerative medicine / Stem Cell therapy treatment option.
How do cord blood stem cell injections work?
Cord blood cell injections offer the ability to heal damaged tissue naturally. Stem cells may repair the body by dividing to replenish cells that are damaged by disease, injury, or normal wear. The array of benefits related to cord blood is supported through the successful transplantation and coordination of multiple components. Umbilical cord blood contains a beneficial blend of cytokines, growth factors and stem cells that ensure a rich microenvironment to foster tissue regeneration and cellular growth. Your body has the natural ability to heal itself with stem cells and other derivatives. As you get older, the amount of stem cells you have in your body are greatly reduced and are not as efficient. Stem cells have emerged as a key element of regenerative medicine therapies. They also have immune – modulation properties which are very helpful in controlling pain & inflammation in the body. Regenerative medicine therapies include natural healing properties – reduces pain & inflammation – increase blood flow – minimally invasive – outpatient treatment – no downtime – non-steroidal – safe and effective – promotes soft tissue growth – no adverse reactions
What benefits does cord blood stem cell therapy offer?
Stem Cell therapy is an option for those looking for an alternative to surgery or potentially total joint replacement. Regenerative medicine and stem cell therapy allows a human body to naturally heal. It stimulates healthy cell growth and regenerates healthy tissue. Stem cell therapies have a multitude of growth factors producing cells. Growth factors are proteins naturally found in the body that promote the growth of cells and tissues. Stem cell therapies also use interleukins anti-inflammatory that reduces swelling and inflammation. Regenerative medicine therapy can stimulate your body’s own stem cells to proliferate and target damaged cells in your body and repair or replace them. Want to avoid surgery and downtime? Do you suffer from back pain – knee injuries – knee pain – osteoarthritis – tendon / ligament / cartilage tears & injuries – muscle tears – arthritis – back pain – golfer’s elbow – tennis elbow – joint injuries – hip pain – shoulder pain – rotator cuff injury – carpal tunnel syndrome – plantar fasciitis …? Then regenerative medicine therapies are for you!
Are cord blood stem cell injections safe?
Cord blood stem cell therapy is extremely safe and effective. The injections / therapies have been used more than 60,000 times in the United States with no reported adverse side effects and with 100% safety record in Europe with 100,000 patients treated. Every donor is tested under infectious disease panels that surpass governmental standards. All cord blood stem cell donors go through a rigorous screening process, as determined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). Furthermore, cord blood stem cells are fully documented, and screen tested thoroughly according to FDA’s registry requirements. This ensures the optimum quality and potent stem cells for a premium application. Regenerative medicine therapies are non – surgical procedures that take a minimal amount of time, faster recoveries, completely natural and no need to take pain medications. Regenerative medicine therapies use stem cells and their derivatives to help heal, regenerate tissue and decrease inflammation to improve your quality of life.
Am I a candidate for stem cell therapy?
You may be a good candidate for stem cell therapy if you have been suffering from joint pain and want to improve your quality of life while avoiding complications related to invasive surgical procedures. Regenerative medicine is now the easiest noninvasive method to improve your quality of life. Patients suffering with knee, hip, shoulder, joint pain, etc. may be considered as candidates for cord blood stem cell therapy. If you have already tried conventional treatments, including steroids, narcotic pain & anti-inflammatory medications, etc.., cutting-edge regenerative medicine / Stem Cell therapy is a safe and effective option. Call to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors to determine if cord blood stem cell therapy is right for you.
There are minimally invasive orthopedic surgery alternatives that everyone should consider when treating an issue with surgical solutions. We recommend minimally invasive options as much as possible since there are numerous benefits that include: There are fewer risks with the procedure itself Patients can typically recover at home instead of in a hospital Patients have…
What is a musculoskeletal ultrasound? This is something that many patients ask when first visiting our office. Since we offer patients a variety of innovative and modern procedures, it is quite common for patients to be unaware of how these procedures work. Keeping that in mind, here is what you need to know about this…
Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT), also known as shockwave therapy, is an advanced, non-invasive common treatment option for pain that is typically used to treat foot pain but can also help relieve symptoms caused by carpal tunnel. This treatment works quickly and reduces pain in as little as three sessions, typically one per week. If…
Foot pain can be debilitating, but EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology) can provide a quick solution. If you are struggling to walk and perform activities due to foot pain, it is time to find a treatment that works for you. If medications are not doing the trick and you do not want to resort to…
EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology) is a great treatment option to consider for anyone who is living with foot pain and wishing to recover. This non-invasive treatment option is fast, easy, leaves no scars and helps patients feel better quickly. Some of the patients who visit us for treatment are: Athletes, including casual ones Runners…