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Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy has emerged from the lab to mainstream clinical treatment in the last few years.  It is based upon the premise that biologic molecules, rather than chemical, can promote the body to heal.  Stem cell therapy can be classified as a type of regenerative medicine.

What is Regenerative Medicine and Stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy has emerged from the lab to mainstream clinical treatment in the last few years.  It is based upon the premise that biologic molecules, rather than chemical, can promote the body to heal.  Stem cell therapy can be classified as a type of regenerative medicine.

The term regenerative medicine is a rather new approach in modern medicine thatis very promising. What makes regenerative medicine different from the usual approaches is the fact that it focuses on stimulating the right cells in the human body to specifically repair injury in a distinct part of the body.  Conventional medicine aims to lower a body’s natural response (such as steroids) to injury, thus masking the symptoms with a band-aid.  Regenerative medicine is focused of fixing the problem with stem cell therapy or platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections.

Stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine focuses on stimulating just the right cells in the human body in order to replace them with new ones.

The body’s cells seek to replace all of the possibly injured, diseased, or disabled cells, tissues and organs with new ones by stimulating decreasing inflammation, promoting growth, and strengthening our own cells. Regenerative medicine asks one single question – instead of focusing our body’s energy and power to cover up what has been injured, diseased or disabled,why not harness that power and energy and focus it towards replacing the injured, diseased or disabled part completely with higher chances of getting better?

Many academic and private research facilities use different approaches such as tissue engineering, cellular therapies, artificial organs and donor cells in stem cell therapy. The fact is that by using one of these or sometimes a combination of all of these approaches, regenerative medicine is able to amplify the normal healing process, take over or permanently replace an injured or damaged body organ and improve the patient’s life and wellbeing on the long run.

Regenerative medicine is an approach that apart from combining doctors from different branches of medicine to work together in order to help the patient, it also focuses on gathering up biologists, chemists, computer scientists, and many other professionals of different areas of expertise, including the ones working with genetics and robotics, in order to find the perfect solution individually for each patient. Teamwork increases the chances of finding the ultimate answer to difficult conditions such as lower back pain, degenerative disc disease, tennis elbow, meniscus tear, knee pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and many others.

Regenerative medicine promises to tackle difficult cases such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, heart problems, kidney failure, liver disease, diabetes, etc.

Stem cell therapy has shown that stem cells migrate to areas of injury and inflammation through a special signal homing mechanism called chemokine signaling.  Once they arrive at areas of damage to tissue they begin to release growth factor that induce the body to heal.  These growth factors tell injured tissue to develop increased blood vessel in order to nurture areas of damage. They also release exosomes that promote the natural regeneration of injuries.

Stem cells also decrease destructive inflammation that occurs from injury. This is called immunomodulation.  During acute inflammation stem cells inhibit natural killer cell activation. They also recruit platelets to the site of injury in order to help release more than 1500 protein based growth factors.

The History of Regenerative Medicine

Stem cells were first characterized in the 1970s by Dr. Friedenstein.  At that time he described cells isolated from the bone marrow which could become bone, cartilage, fat tissue, tendon, muscle, or fibrous tissue. His recent findings have been reproduced in many labs since that time.

In 1992 article was published describing certain methods that would focus on changing the course of chronic disease by regenerating the tired and failing body organs. It was a paper published [i]by Leland Kaiser that gave the first description of what later came to be the regenerative medicine that we are talking about today.

It was William A. Haseltine who, along with a group of researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, that first practiced the methods of regenerative medicine. Their research was the one that later led to the first ever successful isolation of human stem cells.

The three concentrations in the field of regenerative medicine

  • Tissue engineering – Currently there are millions of patients all around the world who are waiting for a matching organ donor to be found. Unfortunately, there are more patients than there are donors out there. This is one of the main reasons why so many lives are lost during the waiting period for a new, functioning organ. Well, regenerative medicine aims to end these times as we know them. Although one of the main approaches of regenerative medicine is to replace any body organ that might be injured, diseased or disabled, the true aim of the regenerative medicine is to not deal with the need to replace the whole organ. Ultimately, what regenerative medicine hopes to achieve is focus specifically on the part of the organ that due to any reason needs to be replaced.For example, instead of replacing the whole heart or using pig aortic valves to replace the patient’s damaged ones, regenerative medicine offers to grow new aortic valves from the patient’s own cells. But that is not all – there have been a series of successful cases of children and adults receiving their artificial bladder made from their own stem cells! All of that is possible thanks to the method called tissue engineering! With that, the possible complications are reduced to a minimum level, and the patient is able to live a longer and healthier life. We are excited to see this new side of regenerative medicine progress even more in the future and offer help to those who most need it!
  • Clinical translation – Each year the number of lives lost due to cancer, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, etc. are growing and growing. But one thing that is growing as well as the number of new promising clinical studies about new therapies that can be applied to tackle some of the most life-threatening medical issues. Regenerative medicine looks more deeply into these new promising therapies and later puts some of the most promising ones into active trials, investigating the possible effects and side-effects on the patients. Clinical translation is what will brighten the number of possible treatments and therapies that a doctor can offer to its patient, therapies that promise to save and not lose a life.
  • Cellular therapies – Remember the good old umbilical cord that was keeping you fed and healthy all through the nine months of pregnancy? Yes, that exact one. Regenerative medicine has revealed one more great ability that this simple cord has to offer us.The umbilical cord is also carrying numerous stem cells which has been used to treat and cure  cases of leukemia in children for example. Currently many companies offer patients to ability to “bank” the umbilical cord in special cryogenic and preservative chambers.  In the field of orthopedic medicine, themselves have been used to treat many conditions such as knee pain, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, and even back pain.  Other sources of themselves currently being investigated included those that come from a patient’s whole body such as in the abdominal fat or pelvic bone marrow.


Stem cell therapy and PRP injections, or PRP treatments, are regenerative medicines that focuses on healing the body’s injury through natural mechanisms. This is opposed to traditional methods of using steroids or anti-inflammatories to act as “band-aids”.  Using stem cell therapy can help aid the recovery from very common orthopedic and sports injuries from shoulder pain, neck pain to tennis elbow.

Treatment options for orthopedic joint pain is best achieved through a combination of injection in conjunction with graded rehabilitative exercise.  Individual programs may include a cortisone shot, regenerative medicine, PRP injection, PRP treatment or stem cell therapy which boosts the body’s natural ability to heal.

If your pain does not resolve after a brief period, contact us so that we may help diagnose the problem and treat the underlying cause.  Do not let pain persist or else it may become chronic.


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