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Stem Cell Therapy Fact vs. Fiction

 

Fact vs. Fiction

The use of stem cell therapy to treat osteoarthritis continues to grow, as does the field of research that supports this treatment. There are, however, some persistent myths about the treatment that we continue to refute. They include:

  • Stem cells are harvested from aborted fetuses. This is simply not true. At Stem Cell Arts, we use your body’s own stem cells to speed up your body’s capacity for healing itself.
  • If you are past a certain age, your stem cells are too old to be used. Again, this is false. If you are still living and breathing, you have proof that your stem cells are working fine. In fact, the registry data that we have collected since 2005 shows no fall off in stem cell efficacy when used for orthopedic treatments as you age.
  • Every practice that offers stem cell therapy is trained in its use. That’s like saying major leaguers and little leaguers all know how to catch a fly ball. Although they may know what they are supposed to do, it doesn’t mean they do it well or with the same level of experience and skill.

That is the Stem Cell Arts difference. Our physicians are board-certified pain medicine specialists who are trained and licensed to perform the Regenexx® Family of Stem Cell and Platelet procedures. They have been performing stem cell and platelet rich plasma therapies for more than 10 years. They offer unparalleled expertise and remain unrivaled in research presentations, publications, and academic achievements.

Unfortunately, many other practitioners claiming to be specialists in stem cell therapy have done nothing more than attending a weekend training session.

When it comes to stem cell therapy, experience matters. Don’t fall for a quick sales job. Do your homework and you will quickly discover that Stem Cell Arts, an affiliate of National Spine & Pain Centers, is a big leaguer when it comes to safe, effective and experienced treatment of orthopedic conditions using advanced stem cell therapies.

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Basic Fact Sheet about Low Back Pain

-80% of adults experience back pain

-most common cause of job-related disability and leading contributor to missed work days

-incidence: men = women

-types: acute (lasts days to a few weeks), subacute (lasting 4-12 weeks), chronic (lasting >12 weeks)

Causes of Low Back Pain:

age: initial occurrence usually 30-50 years of age

low level fitness level: weekend warriors or sedentary-during-the-week-but-active-on-weekends folks are at increased risk of low back injury

weight: increased weight will add stress to the discs and joints

pregnancy: pelvic changes and weight distribution low and anteriorly stress the lumbar spine

occupational: heavy lifting, pushing, pulling especially when it involves twisting

genetics: some folks with have congenital (born with it) predisposition to back pain due to their genetic makeup as in ankylosing spondylosis

How is Low Back Pain Diagnosed?

-physical exam: physician/medical provider

-imaging: MRI, CT, x-rays, bone scans, blood work

How is Low Back Pain Treated?

Traditional approaches: heat/ice, activity, physiotherapy, medications, chiropractic, traction, acupuncture, biofeedback, nerve blocks and surgery.

Regenerative therapiesinclude: prolotherapy, platelet rich plasma (PRP), platelet lysate and stem cells. These treatment options are great for pinched nerves causing radiation pain to the hips or legs, facet mediated pain, instability, disc pain or SI joint dysfunction.

Prolotherapy: is a solution of dextrose, normal saline and local anesthetic, used frequently to improve stability of the ligaments of the lumbar spine and sacrum/pelvis by injecting specific ligaments and supporting structures of the lumbar s: the supraspinous, infraspinous, iliolumbar, deep dorsal ligaments of the SI joint. Joints also benefit from prolotherapy. Therefore, facet joints, hip and sacroiliac joints can also improve low back pain.

Platelet Rich Plasma: we draw the patient’s blood, like a blood donation, and through specialized lab processing, we collect and concentrate the platelets for reinjection into the joints, tendons and ligaments including: the facet joints, sacroiliac (SI) joints, and lose ligaments and tendons.

Platelet Lysate: we draw the patient’s blood, like a blood donation.  In our office, we have an ISO-5 lab where we are able to process the platelets allowing us to keep all the good content (growth factors, anti-inflammatories, chemotactic factors and signally molecules) and discard the rest. We then inject this concentrated growth milieu into the epidural space and peripheral nerves without irritation (sciatica, radiculopathy).

Stem Cells: autologous (comes from the patient’s own bone marrow) are very potent progenitor cells that can help injured bone, ligament, tendon, cartilage and muscle to heal. Stem cells are typically used in the spine when there is significant or recalcitrant facet joint pain/osteoarthritis (OA) and/or significant disc degeneration.

All regenerative injections are done under guidance, using musculoskeletal ultrasound and/or fluoroscopy (x-ray).

Results vary depending on extent of injury/degeneration. Usually, a patient will get 1-3 series of injections to maximize their healing response. Not every patient is a candidate. We encourage patients to bring their imaging (x-rays, MRIs, CTs, etc.) that’s been done within 2 years, as this will complement the exam. New imaging can be ordered as well. We are proud to offer the most trusted and effective orthopedic stem cell procedures currently available. We welcome the chance to meet with you and to add you to our list of satisfied patients. Contact us today. Contact us today.

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Stem Cell Therapy Can Treat Knee Arthritis

Medical history is full of treatment advances that were initially met with skepticism and fear. The idea of eradicating diseases such as polio and small pox by actually injecting people with weakened versions of those viruses required an enormous amount of public education and successful clinical research to demonstrate the vaccines’ efficacy. Yet we now know that outbreaks of deadly diseases such as cholera, measles, polio and small pox have been virtually eradicated thanks to these vaccines.

Today, similar fear and misunderstanding surrounds the use of stem cells to help the body heal injured tissues. Stem cells naturally self-renew, allowing for faster healing and recovering of damaged or worn bone or tissue due to injury or disease. By introducing new stem cells where there might be a lacking, the body can begin to heal itself without the use of invasive surgery.

Many people still believe that stem cells can only be harvested from embryonic stem cells, however, there are several other ways to obtain adult stem cells that do not raise ethical or moral concerns. These include:

  • Bone marrow has stem cells that help the body create new blood channels that can bring nutrients and healing to injured tissue.
  • Body fat contains adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) that consist mostly of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) that contain high levels of restorative properties.
  • Post-delivery amniotic fluid, umbilical cord tissue and placental blood and tissue that is collected after a baby is born are also good sources of restorative MSCs.

Given their regenerative properties, stem cells have proven to be an effective treatment for numerous orthopedic conditions, including one that affects an estimated 14 million Americans, including 2 million people under the age of 45: knee osteoarthritis.

Stem Cell Arts uses Regenexx,® the nation’s leading stem cell and platelet procedures, to treat the chronic pain and inflammation that accompanies knee arthritis. Regenexx® provides the highest concentration of healing stem cells to help patients overcome the discomfort and immobility that accompanies arthritis in their knee—without the extensive recovery and rehabilitation required after invasive surgery.

If you’d like to learn more about how Stem Cell Arts can use the latest advances in safe, responsible regenerative medicine to help you overcome knee, back or other orthopedic pain, contact us today. We are happy to explain how advances in this exciting field of medicine can help you live without pain.

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Choose The Best Stem Cell Therapy Provider

You may have seen the recent headlines about federal officials shutting down clinics in California and Florida that were offering unproven stem cell therapies that had not undergone standard, regulated clinical trials.

We applaud these efforts because we do not want rogue clinics to discourage patients in pain from seeking out the care offered by legitimate stem cell practices like Stem Cell Arts.

Stem Cell Arts is one of the nation’s leading stem cell-based musculoskeletal practices, with extensive stem cell orthopedics experience. Our physicians are highly trained and licensed to perform the Regenexx® family of stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures. Regenexx® is a recognized leader in cell-based medicine and has published more data on stem cell safety in peer-reviewed medical research for orthopedic applications than any other group worldwide.

As experts in stem cell and platelet rich plasma therapies, Stem Cell Arts’ physicians regularly contribute to research presentations, publications and other academic work designed to promote greater understanding and advancements in this highly specialized area of orthopedic medicine.

That is why when you or someone you know wants to learn more about stem cell therapy to address conditions such as arthritis, herniated back discs, tendon tears or joint injuries, we encourage you to do your homework. Although the number of clinics offering stem cell medicine has grown rapidly in the last few years, as the recent headlines tell us, many of these facilities do not provide the same level of expertise and peer-reviewed data offered by established, respected providers like Stem Cell Arts.

If you are considering elective surgery or joint replacement due to injury or arthritis, you should know that Regenexx® stem cell and platelet rich plasma therapies can provide effective pain-relief and healing without the lengthy recovery and rehabilitation that often accompanies traditional surgery.

At Stem Cell Arts, we are committed to providing the highest level of care, honesty, and compassion. We review all our candidates carefully to ensure that they meet the physical requirements for stem cell and platelet-rich-plasma therapy. We will not waste your time or your money if we do not believe we can help you.

As an affiliate of National Spine & Pain Centers, Stem Cell Arts’ physicians are board certified in the specialties of sports medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation. We are proud to offer the most trusted and effective orthopedic stem cell procedures currently available. We welcome the chance to meet with you and to add you to our list of satisfied patients. Contact us today.

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