About Stem Cells

Stem cells are naturally found in the body and support our internal repair system. One of their key functions is regenerating into new, healthy cells, making them an essential part of the healing process. Shortly after birth, stem cell production naturally declines, and our bodies begin to deteriorate, making us prone to injury. This reduction in stem cells makes it more difficult for our bodies to heal effectively.

Stem cell therapy involves harvesting stem cells and administering them in high concentrations to damaged parts of the body. Bone marrow and fat deposits are often rich in stem cells and can be reliable sources for harvesting them.

Stem cell therapy offers many benefits including:

  • Promoting fast, natural healing
  • Tightening and strengthening tissue
  • Improving joint flexibility
  • Offering an alternative to surgery
  • Avoiding lengthy downtime or recovery after surgery
  • Minimizing the use of pain medicine

What are Stem Cells?

Stem cells are also known in the scientific world as mesenchymal stem cells (MSC’s, as coined by Dr. Arnold Caplan, Ph.D., from Case Western Reserve University, the father of mesenchymal stem cells) or medicinal signaling cells. They are found in different tissues and are in an “undifferentiated state”, so they are capable of self-renewal and can be induced to become tissue-specific cells. The most common sources of MSC’s, as it pertains to today’s regenerative medicine landscape, are bone marrow, adipose tissue (fat) and amniotic fluid. Bone marrow and adipose contain what is known as adult stem cells, which are considered “multipotent,” meaning that they have the potential to differentiate into bone, cartilage and muscle cells. Recent studies have shown that adipose tissue contains 100-500 times more MSC’s than bone marrow. Amniotic stem cells are a mixture of multipotent cells obtained from the amniotic fluid and or membrane of a placenta.

What are Stem Cell Injections?

The above-referenced, sourced tissue is refined using various methods to highly concentrate the MSC’s. The resulting smaller amount of tissue containing the higher stem cell counts is then injected into the damaged area of the body.

What is Platelet Rich Plasma?

Blood is drawn from the patient and centrifuged to separate the plasma from other blood cells. Concentrated plasma contains growth factors that can stimulate cellular growth proliferation and healing by attracting certain proteins.

Are Stem Cell Therapies Safe?

Yes. In many procedures, we are simply using autologous tissue harvested from the patient we are treating, and then reintroducing it to that patient after some minimal manipulation. In the case of amniotic fluid, there have been tens of thousands of injections performed over two decades with a very low patient rejection rate. All donors go through a thorough screening process, as determined by the FDA and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB).

What Injuries & Conditions Do Regenerative Medicine Injections Treat?

We typically recommend PRP injections with muscle and tendon injuries. Tendonitis of the elbow, foot, hand and wrist. Epicondylitis (tennis elbow) is a common ailment treated with PRP. Multiple corticosteroid (cortisone) steroid injections have proven to weaken the tendon, so PRP is an excellent alternative. Stem cell injections may postpone or possibly eliminate the need for surgery for arthritic and injured cartilage. depending on the severity of the condition, age and general health, and lifestyle of the patient. We treat the shoulder, knee, spine, ankle, wrist, elbow foot, and spine.

Am I a Candidate for a Regenerative Medicine Injection?

Depending on other health related issues, (co-morbidities) severity of the injury or arthritis, the number of past corticosteroid (cortisone) steroid injections. Most people respond well to regenerative injection treatments. Our medical staff will determine if you are a candidate. Start by completing the patient questionnaire on our website.

Take Our Patient Candidate Questionnaire

Find out if stem cell therapy is right for you. Answer a short questionnaire and a member of our team will be in touch with you.