FAQ’s on Stem Cell Injections
What is a Stem Cell Injection?
Currently, there is innovative new research made into the healing process of the body using stem cells. Focus is on using the body’s healing mechanisms with technologic enhancement to treat medical conditions. The injection of stem cells into a problematic area of the body seeks to restore the missing tissue with natural means, instead of using an outside material, or simply masking the symptoms.
Stem cell injections are a promising area of research, as they are often able to help repair areas of the body that otherwise could not be treated. This is able to occur as immature stem cells have the unique capability to transform into any cell the body needs, making them capable of replacing the specialty cells of the body that would otherwise be irreplaceable (such as muscle cells and cartilage). The ability to inject stem cells into these problematic areas can help to repair injuries that would otherwise potentially have become permanent.
What will a Stem Cell Injection treat?
The vast majority of stem cell-based treatments are still in the early stages of clinical testing, with a focus on proving their ability to function consistently with widespread use. Theoretically, a stem cell injection will be able to treat any condition of the body caused by damaged or missing tissue, with the stem cells simply becoming the cells the body needs. This being said, there are a number of applications already available for the treatment of patients.
How are the Stem Cells acquired for use in an injection?
There are two separate types of stem cells that are currently being used for injection therapy. The first group, called bone marrow derived stem cells, is harvested from the bone marrow of the patient. These are developed into an injectable solution that is only able to be used for that individual in treatments. There is also a process that utilizes the fat reserves in the body to harvest cells instead of the bone marrow.
Platelet rich plasma therapy involves harvesting the platelets from the patient’s blood, concentrating the platelets, and re-administering them into a problematic joint to stimulate the natural healing process of that area. These platelets are a type of self-stem cell that is rich is healing factors and growth hormones.
Amniotic stem cell derived injections
The second type of harvestable stem cell is known as an amniotic cell, and it is not gathered from a single individual. Instead, these cells are gathered from the amniotic birth fluid that would otherwise be discarded following childbirth. So there is no fetal tissue, and therefore, no ethical concerns.
This fluid can be carefully processed in a laboratory to have stem cells extracted from it, which will be carefully scanned to screen out potential contamination. The processed fluid is made into an injectable that can be used on any patient, and has yet to produce any known negative complications or rejection.
How well do Stem Cell Injections work?
There are several small studies available that have shown the benefits of stem cell procedures for musculoskeletal indications. This includes joint arthritis, tendonitis, ligament injury, and all types of sports injuries.
Patients have been able to delay or avoid the need for surgery with regenerative procedures.
What are the risks of a Stem Cell Injection?
The stem cell procedures currently being offered entail a very low risk profile.
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