Use of your body’s own healing ability to repair chronic injuries
We harvest your body’s own adult stem cells by isolating and extracting them from one area of the body. These stem cells are then given to an injured part of the body by either intramuscular injection, joint injection, intrathecally, or IV. This process uses either a conventional blood draw, or a minimally invasive surgical technique, performed right here in our clinic.
The entire stem cell treatment last 1-3 hours depending upon the number of areas that need to be treated. We are committed to making the process as comfortable as possible.
Stem cell therapy is currently used to treat a variety of diseases and conditions. These are outlined below.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease)
Advanced osteoarthritis of the knee or shoulder
Early stem cell research has shown promise in treating these conditions. Adult stem cells extracted from bone marrow and/or adipose tissue may repair lost joint cartilage, heal brain trauma, restore nerve function. the deterioration of nerve cells, help restore cell functions and contribute to anti-inflammatory processes that slow down common symptoms across various conditions.
Parkinson’s Disease is one of the most common and prevalent neurodegenerative diseases in the world. It is characterized by the loss and degeneration of the neurons involved in the secretion of dopamine. Abnormal dopamine levels can impair numerous neurological functions, including delays in movement, reaction and coordination.
Research has shown that Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) can help with some of the most common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. One long-term clinical study found that stem cell transplantation led to improvements in common symptoms including facial expression, gait and freezing episodes, and research has also shown improvements in other common behaviors such as tremor and motility.
These results reflect the qualities of MSCs identified by stem cell researchers. The cells have the anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties, meaning that they can mitigate to sites of injury to help stimulate the body to heal and restore itself. What this means in the case of Parkinson’s is that transplanted MSCs can support the activation of neurogenesis, the protection and regeneration of damaged dopaminergic neurons, and the integration of new neurons into a functional network.
Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
Blood contains platelets, which are cells most known for their role in blood clotting after an injury. However, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are paramount for healing injuries.
PRP is a therapy in which platelets (and thus their growth factors) are highly concentrated down from the patient’s own blood sample. This concentration of platelets is several times higher than a normal blood sample. is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood.
PRP is created from blood drawn from the patient. The platelets are then separated from the other blood components and concentrated in a specialized collection cup in a centrifuge. This increased concentration of platelets is then re-combined with the remaining blood sample and injected into the injury site (knee, shoulder, etc.).