What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are "undifferentiated" cells, which allows them to develop into another type of cell that is required to repair or replace damaged tissue. When your body is damaged, stem cells are summoned to the help rebuild and repair the damage. Stem cell therapy aids in your body's natural healing process and can help repair tissues that are too damaged to heal on their own.
Different types of Stem Cell therapy
Stem cell therapy is a range of treatment options that are defined by the type of stem cells and where they are sourced from. Even treatments like Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) could fall into a form of stem cell therapy due to the nature of using the body's own cells to activate natural healing processes. In general, the main types of stem cells are: adult stem cells, placental stem cells, amniotic stem cells, and embryonic stem cells. We do not offer any treatments using embryonic stem cells.
Is stem cell therapy painful?
The procedure itself is well tolerated by patients, especially when conducted by a skilled practitioner. However, because the injections evoke an inflammatory response, patients may experience some pain, swelling, and stiffness after the procedure. Most patients can resume their normal schedule between treatments, but it is recommended to avoid heavy exertion for the duration of the treatment plan.
How does Stem Cell therapy work?
Stem cells are harvested from various sources, sometimes from the patient's own tissues. The concentrated stem cells are then used in injections into the tissue area that requires repair. By injecting the cells directly into the affected area, your body's natural healing process is stimulated and the repair response is accelerated. The stem cells can stimulate the formation of cartilage, tendon, ligaments, bone, and fibrous tissue.
What is the difference between different types of Stem Cells?
The primary differences between adult stem cells, placental stem cells, and amniotic stem cells is where the cells are sourced from and the differentiation potential of the cells, that is, how well can the stem cells develop into any particular type of tissue in the human body.
Adult stem cells are obtained from the patient's own tissues, such as bone marrow or fat, and are quite limited in differentiation potential.
Placental stem cells come from the placenta or umbilical cord blood after childbirth, and are rich in hematopoietic stem cells and mesenchymal stem cells that have a fairly high differentiation potential.
Amniotic stem cells are harvested from amniotic fluid and amniotic membranes, and contain high amounts of mesenchymal stem cells and small amounts of embryonic-like stem cells.
Embryonic stem cells have the highest differentiation potential and have a wide range of uses. However, the downside of these stem cells are that they are harvested from human embryos. We do not offer any treatments using embryonic stem cells.
Conditions treated with stem cell therapy
Stem cell injections can help relieve pain and inflammation caused by orthopedic conditions like damaged joints, cartilage, arthritis, and other soft tissue injuries in tendons and ligaments.Adult stem cell treatments have been shown to help with a wide range of injuries and conditions, such as osteoarthritis and other joint pain such as:
osteoarthritis of the knee, hip, shoulder
back & neck pain
injuries to cartilage, ligaments, and tendons
other joint pain or injuries
Is Stem Cell therapy covered by insurance?
Through the new "Right to Try" law and in light of new VA accountability moves, a significant clinical treatment has been approved by all different forms of Tricare, some BCBS PPO and Aetna plans. The treatment utilizes amniotic tissue injections (postnatal tissue graft following healthy C-section deliveries.)
Now patients with the above listed plans may be eligible for injection therapy with amnion to help painful joints, tendons and ligaments that have failed other treatments. Whether you have had surgery, physical therapy or other injections, if you are still suffering this is regenerative treatment for those damaged tissues.
Risks & side effects of stem cell therapy
Although very unlikely, the following could occur during the treatment:
damage to area of treatment
infection at the injection site
It is common to have discomfort at or around the injection site for several days following the procedure.
Why should I choose Genesis for my treatment?
We bring over a decade of experience in helping patients increase their quality of life through our innovative treatment plans and techniques. Our practitioners:
have extensive training and experience
are educated on the latest technologies and techniques
follow strenuous safety protocols
use a holistic view of the body for treatment
can identify and build the best treatment plan for you
utilize very precise equipment to ensure the best outcomes
Is Stem Cell therapy right for you?
Whether you are an athlete, were in an auto accident, or you are experiencing pain in your joints, adult stem cell therapy could help you regain your strength and mobility. Contact us today so we can help build a treatment plan that's tailored to you.