he advent of stem cell therapy
is one of the most significant breakthroughs in recent medical history. Stem cells are present in all our bodies and generally act as repair systems, but sometimes when we get older or suffer injury, the stem cells have trouble reaching the affected or injured area.
Stem cell therapy is when your doctor takes a blood sample along with stem cells from your bone marrow and injects them back into the affected area to restore function. The Spine & Orthopedic Center is one of the few medical facilities in the area that offer this therapy in-house, allowing for expedited cases. It is performed in our state sedation procedure suite with the onsite laboratory.
Stem cell therapy is known as regenerative medicine and has made quite the splash in the medical field over the last two decades. The goal of regenerative medicine as a whole is to develop alternative therapies for cartilage damage, arthritis, large bone defects, or atrophic tendon ruptures.
Stem cells participate in tissue regeneration in a variety of different ways. They directly differentiate into tissue-specific cells and thus substitute damaged or lost cells. They indirectly influence tissue regeneration by the secretion of soluble factors. They promote vascularization, cell proliferation, differentiation within the tissue and modulate inflammatory processes.
Some risk factors are associated with stem cell therapy and include immune reactions from injected stem cells, and also, cells may become contaminated with bacteria, viruses or other pathogens that may cause disease. The procedure to either remove or inject the cells also has the risk of introducing an infection into the damaged tissue into which they are injected.
To learn more about stem cells and to find out if you may be a candidate for stem cell therapy, call us at 1-888-409-8006 or visit the Spine & Orthopedic Center today. We will provide you with all the information you need and discuss whether or not stem cell therapy is right for you. Visit www.spineorthocenter.com for more!