Regenerative cellular tissue can play an important role in helping you reach your health and wellness goals without having to resort to dangerous medications or surgery. Our clinic helps educate our patients about the different types of regenerative medicine available to them.
We want you to be able to make an informed decision when it comes to determining if regenerative therapy would be a good fit for your lifestyle and unique circumstances.
What Are Stem Cells?
The tissues that make up all the different parts of our body—organs, muscles, cartilage, and bones—are all made of specialized cells. Stem cells are unique in that they are “undifferentiated,” which means they can transform into whatever kind of cell is required in the body. All of the differentiated cells in our bodies originated from stem cells.
We all have stem cells within us, but the older we get, the fewer and less effective they become. Cellular treatments are effective because they introduce additional and younger cells to the body, where they provide strong support for our natural ability to heal.
Types of Stem Cells
Several types of stem cells are commonly used in regenerative treatments. An understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of stem cells is essential when seeking treatment.
The four most popular types of stem cells in use today are:
Wharton’s Jelly-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Wharton’s jelly-derived mesenchymal stem cells are what we use at our clinic. Treatments with these cells seem to be most effective because the injectable preparation contains the highest concentration of stem cells. Wharton’s jelly is a substance contained within umbilical cords. This material is painlessly collected from pre-screened donors at the time of cesarean birth. These very young stem cells deliver an incredible regenerative boost when injected into your body’s damaged tissue.
Bone marrow stem cells are collected from the patient’s own bones. They can be useful in treatment, but they come with two significant drawbacks. First, the extraction process is highly invasive. A hole must be drilled into the femur or hip, and this procedure is very painful. Second, the older the patient is, the older his or her stem cells are. So, they will not have as powerful an effect as young mesenchymal stem cells.
Relative to bone marrow stem cell extraction, adipose tissue stem cells are much easier to obtain. The patient is sedated under local anesthetic, and the stem cells are extracted from his or her body fat. But as with bone marrow, adipose tissue are also relatively old and less proficient than mesenchymal stem cells.
Amniotic fluid is more commonly sought for the growth factors it contains, rather than the stem cells. Treatment with amniotic fluid can be effective, but the injectable preparation is far less concentrated than Wharton’s jelly-derived mesenchymal stem cells, and not as beneficial.
Stem Cell Regeneration
When stem cells are injected into damaged tissue, they enhance the body’s ability to rejuvenate. This process of regeneration is exceedingly beneficial for many conditions, including:
- Joint pain in the shoulder, elbow, or hip
- Knee pain
- Meniscus and cartilage damage
- Muscle, tendon, and ligament tears
- Neck pain
- Nerve damage
- Pain caused by poor fitness or bad posture
- Rotator cuff injury
- Sciatica and other back pain
To find out more about the all-natural regenerative power of regenerative cellular tissue in Orlando, Lake Mary, Longwood, Winter Park or any nearby city in Central Florida, call our medical clinic today at (407) 774-6800 for a complimentary consultation.