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Stem Cell Therapy

We harvest your body’s own adult stem cells

Stem Cell Therapy2017-03-28T17:23:39-04:00

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.

Terumo BCT

Our office is proud to work with Terumo BCT, makers of the latest and most revolutionary technology for adult autologous stem cell treatments and platelet-rich plasma therapy.

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Neurological Disorders

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease)

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Alzheimer’s disease

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Lyme 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.).

PRP Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Expected Results?2017-03-27T22:15:42-04:00

The goal of PRP therapy is to resolve pain through complete healing, thus providing lasting results. Initial improvement may be seen within a few weeks, gradually increasing as the healing progresses. Research studies and clinical practice have shown PRP therapy to be very effective at relieving pain and returning patients to their normal lives. Both ultrasound and MRI images have shown definitive tissue repair after PRP therapy, confirming the healing process. The need for surgery can also be greatly reduced by treating injured tissues before the damage progresses and the condition is irreversible.

How Often Can or Should the Procedure be Done?2017-03-27T22:15:57-04:00

This will be discussed with Dr. Strauchman. The typical protocol is up to 3 injections may be given over a 6-month period. However, a many people gain considerable or complete relief after the first or second injection.

How Long Does the Procedure Take?2017-03-27T22:10:27-04:00

The procedure typically takes 1-2 hours, which includes preparation and recovery time. Performed safely in a medical office, PRP therapy relieves pain without the risks of surgery, general anesthesia, or hospital stays and without a prolonged recovery. In fact, most people return to their jobs or usual activities right after the procedure.

Is PRP an Effective Treatment?2017-03-27T22:21:49-04:00

Research studies are currently being conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of PRP treatment. At this time, the results of these studies are inconclusive because the effectiveness of PRP therapy can vary. Factors that can influence the effectiveness of PRP treatment include:

  • The area of the body being treated
  • The overall health of the patient
  • Whether the injury is acute (such as from a fall) or chronic (an injury developing over time)

Here is a list of various conditions for which PRP has bene studies:

Repetitive Motion/Tendon Injuries

(Jumper’s knee, tennis elbow, Achilles tendinopathy/tear, rotator cuff tendinopathy/tears)

Knee Osteoarthritis

(Bone on bone, chronic swelling, etc.)

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