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Category Archives: Stem Cell Injections
Posted: October 8, 2015 at 8:44 pm
Nonsurgical pain management for joint arthritis, such as in the knee, shoulder or hip, has so far consisted predominantly of pain suppressing medicines. This usually entails steroid injections, topical analgesic creams and medications by mouth such as anti-inflammatory medications. What has really been necessary, though, is a treatment that truly alters the underlying problem.
Stem Cells are like a blank slate and can differentiate into all types of cells for regeneration.
Regenerative medicine provides the opportunity for a real cure with stem cells, platelet rich plasma and growth factors to heal damage. One of the foremost procedures at TeleHealth Medical Group that continues to increase in popularity is bone marrow derived stem cell injections. A persons own bone marrow contains a substantial amount of the stem cells and additional biologic materials necessary for regeneration, with the added benefit of being low risk and outpatient.
What are bone marrow derived stem cell injections?
The main reason that stem cells are used as therapy for arthritis and other conditions that experience joint pain is that they maintain regenerative properties with the potential to repair and reverse damaged joints.
Bone marrow is a spongy tissue contained inside ones bones, and makes cells that are crucial to existence including platelets, white blood cells and red blood cells. All of these cells start in the marrow as stem cells, which are basically a blank slate type of cell. With a blank slate, the cell can then turn into many different types of cells needed in the body including cartilage, tendon or muscle. There are three types of adult stem cells in the human body. The first type of stem cell turns into blood components, with a second destined to become lining of the endometrium.
The third, and most important for musculoskeletal regenerative medicine, are mesenchymal stem cells found in bone marrow. They have been used in animal models to regenerate cartilage and in human models to regenerate bone. (Centeno et al, 2008)
The largest and easiest sources of stem cells for concentrated amounts of bone marrow are in the iliac crest of the hip and the bones of the spine. For the easiest process at TeleHealth, the iliac crest is used for the procedures in an outpatient setting.
Harvesting bone marrow from the iliac crest hip bone.
How are these injections performed?
First of all, the doctor at TeleHealth will extract bone marrow from the patients hip bone at the iliac crest. The area will be numbed considerably for pain control. With the patients ability to quickly make new bone marrow, the harvesting does not present any lasting problem.
Approximately 30 to 60 ccs of bone marrow is harvested, and it is immediately processed to concentrate down the stem cells and growth factors. Thanks to new technologies and medical advancement, it only takes the stem cell doctor very little time and is not a complicated procedure.
Once the marrow is harvested, it is then placed in a centrifuge and spun until a concentrated substance is obtained consisting of the most important regenerative components. Afterwards, the patient is injected with the substance in the same setting.
Is the procedure painful?
Harvesting bone marrow from the iliac crest may produce slight pain.Plenty of numbing medicine will be used during the procedure though and it is very tolerable. The discomfort may persist for a few days to weeks and slowly subside as the area heals up.
The injection of the prepared bone marrow into the affected joint is no more painful than a typical steroid injection. For a few days afterwards, the joint may have slight increased pain due to the inflammatory reaction generated. This is normal.
An old knee injury can lead to post-traumatic arthritis.
Who do Bone Marrow Derived Injections Help?
As with other types of regenerative medicine, bone marrow derived stem cell injections work better for some cases than for others. There have only been small studies so far looking at bone marrow derived stem cell injections in humans. In a 2011 study out of the Beijing Institute of Technology, bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells were shown to have an excellent potential for cartilage production in animals (Li et al, 2011). A recent study in canines showed that bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells were effective in repairing bone defects(Kang et al, 2013).
With the positive results seen in animals, the treatments have been introduced for humans. TeleHealth Medical Group offers Bone Marrow Derived stem cell injections for quite a few conditions such as:
And even some new conditions including:
How are these injections different from cortisone shots?
Bone marrow derived stem cell injections have the goal of repairing the damaged tissue while providing pain relief too. Cortisone shots simply provide anti-inflammatory medicine to reduce pain but no regenerative cells or reaction that pulls in stem cells or growth factors.
Here is a great example of a stem cell treatment for a rotator cuff tear. Normally this size tear would need a surgical procedure for repair. However, as you can see the stem cell therapy for the rotator cuff tear allowed it to heal nonoperatively!
Are There Risks With the Procedure?
With the procedure being outpatient and minimally invasive, the risks are low. But there is a minimal risk of infection, allergic reaction, bleeding, pain at the harvest site, wound drainage and failure to relieve a persons pain. Risks should be discussed with your treating doctor.
What Are My Options?
TeleHealth Medical Group offers several treatment opportunities with bone marrow derived stem cell injections for both extremity and spinal joint pain and arthritis. And most are partially covered by insurance!
Request Appointment for Treatment with Bone Marrow Derived Stem Cell Injections today!
Posted: September 27, 2015 at 1:44 am
Colorado Clinic offers multiple regenerative medicine stem cell treatments. These treatments are provided as an outpatient by a Double Board Certified Doctor. Each treatment maintains minimal risk, with the possibility of providing repair and healing of injured tendons, ligaments, cartilage and muscle.
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Stem Cell Treatments at Colorado Clinic
Traditional therapies for osteoarthritis, ligament injury and tendonitis maintain certain commonalities. They help provide excellent pain relief, however, they do not alter the condition or help with the healing process. They act as an excellent band aid, but they do not REPAIR the problem!
The newest treatments for helping repair the damage involve Regenerative Medicine. The therapies are cutting edge and include stem cells, platelets, growth factors and cytokines.
Here is an example of what regenerative medicine offers. When a football player sustains a rotator cuff tendon injury, it may heal by itself in six to 10 weeks. Healing of damaged tendons or ligaments may occur naturally. However, it does not reach 100% strength like it was before.
With regenerative medicine, this situation may be very different. Healing of the rotator cuff injury may occur much faster, and it may reach 100% normal strength. This can help prevent future injury and get patients back on the field faster.
Regenerative treatments may permit patients to avoid or delay the need for surgery when it comes to all sorts of injury. The most common of these is degenerative arthritis. Joint replacement surgery is not without risk, therefore, stem cell treatments may help repair some of the cartilage damage while providing substantial pain relief.
With minimal risk, outpatient stem cell treatments offer a substantial upside. Make your appointment at Colorado Clinic today!
Amniotic Stem Cell Injections
Life comes from birth. Its one of the most commonly accepted rules in our society. But can the birth process offer even more? As research and science evolved over time, studies have shown that amniotic stem cells can have a revolutionary effect on the human recovery process.
First, lets look at what amniotic stem cells are. Stem cells are the basic components (cells) of our human body. One of their most amazing characteristic is that they can become almost any type of cell, from muscle to bone or skin cell.
Amniotic stem cells are obtained from the amniotic fluid, which is produced during a caesarean birth. During pregnancy, the amniotic fluid protects the fetus and it feeds it with the necessary supplements needed to sustain life and development. A while back, this fluid was normally discarded, but once researchers got to understand its amazing therapeutic benefits, now its collected and stored because of its high concentration of pluripotent stem cells.
Amniotic derived stem cell fluid comes from consenting donors and is processed at an FDA regulated lab. It is checked for all sorts of diseases prior to being accepted for use in others.
Although stem cells have been used for decades, regenerative therapy is fairly new, and sometimes pushes the boundaries of human imagination and perception. Following the use of amniotic stem cell injections, more evidence reveals exciting results in muscle repair and pain relief which has made amniotic stem cells possibly the holy grail in treatment.
Amniotic stem cell injections offer the ability to heal damaged tissue naturally. The tissue regeneration and repair properties of the amniotic stem cell fluid are an effective anti-inflamatory that relieves pain and contains natural growth factors that assist in healthy tissue growth. Moreover, the hyaluronic acid that is also in amniotic fluid is an important component of the joint fluid that helps cartilage growth. Amniotic fluid is also a great source of stem cells, found in a much higher concentration than the adult bone marrow. And just like when one uses their own stem cells, the use of amniotic fluid doesnt cause rejection or allergic reaction when injected into a patient.
Amniotic stem cell injections have been getting more attention since they have been openly used by prominent athletes with impressive results and even a few saved careers! The ability to safely and effectively treat painful and debilitating injuries and conditions of the knees, elbows, and shoulders without lengthy rehabilitation or recovery time isnt just appealing to professional athletes, but to anyone who wants relief from pain and to return to their favorite activities.
Initial small studies are showing that amniotic stem cell injections work well for the following indications: 1) Tendonitis 2) Ligament Injury 3) Arthritis 4) Sports Medicine Injuries 5) Cartilage Defects
Dr. Sisson at Colorado Clinic is an expert in regenerative medicine treatments. Call the practice today for an appointment!
Bone Marrow Derived Stem Cell Injections for Musculoskeletal Problems
What are Bone Marrow Derived Stem Cell Injections?
There are many types of stem cell injections that are currently in research mode. One type of stem cell injection currently used for many types of degenerative conditions is the bone marrow derived stem cell injection. This type of stem cell treatment is excellent for degenerative disc disease, joint arthritis, ligament injuries, spinal arthritis, and tendonitis. Studies have shown that therapy using regenerative treatment, such as bone marrow stem cell injections, work well for degenerative conditions.
Bone Marrow Derived Stem Cell Collection and Injection
Bone marrow derived stem cell injections are an outpatient procedure where a patients bone marrow is harvested. It is then processed and injected into the area of concern in the same setting. In bone marrow derived stem cell injections, collection is done in an outpatient procedure which takes about 30 minutes. The bone marrow derived stem cells are collected using a catheter and local anesthetic.
The bone marrow derived stem cells are removed from the body in the blood, circulated through a machine with the filtered blood, and returned to the patients body in the same procedure. The stem cells are filtered out of the blood using the aspheresis machine, which retains only the stem cells.
What is the Future of Bone Marrow Derived Stem Cell Injections?
The future of bone marrow derived stem cell injections is a bright one. There are two types of bone marrow stem cells that can be derived from the tissue composing the middle of the bones, mesenchymal, and hematopoietic stem cells. It is the hematopoietic stem cells that differentiate back into blood cells among other things, and the mesenchymal cells that differentiate into skeletal and vertebral tissues.
Bone marrow derived stem cell injections are showing excellent results for tendonitis, ligament injuries and degenerative arthritis. This can help produce great results for athletes and individuals who desire to avoid or delay the need for joint replacement surgery.
Dr. Sisson at Colorado Clinic is at the forefront of regenerative medicine treat
ments with stem cells. You will be in good hands!
PRP Therapy at Colorado Clinic
The Facts about PRP Injections
Platelet-rich (PRP) therapy is a form of therapy that is used for damage that occurs within the tendons, ligaments, and joints. This type of therapy works by stimulating repair within the areas that are damaged, while also providing pain relief for the area where the therapy is used. PRP therapy has been around for quite some time, but has only recently become a more common method of treatment for musculoskeletal conditions.
Due to the ease of application, and the very few side-effects present with PRP therapy, it is commonly replacing other treatments that are more invasive, such as surgical procedures.
What exactly is PRP Therapy?
PRP therapy is often called platelet-rich plasma therapy, and this type of therapy is provided in the form of an injection. Initially, about 30-60cc of blood is drawn from the patients arm. It is placed into a centrifuge machine and separates into several layers. The middle layer contains concentrated platelets and growth factors and is used in the treatment for injection into the problem area.
Your blood is composed of several different parts, and when the blood is put into a medical machine that spins it at a fast rate, the platelets are separated from the blood, collected, and then put into a vial in a concentrated amount. The collected platelets are then injected into the area that is damaged, which provides the pain relief and repairing effects for the area. This allows the patient to get the platelets and growth factors needed for healing, while also using the bodys own resources, which eliminates the possibility of side-effects occurring due to the body rejecting the injection that is made.
The platelets that are removed from the blood are the same ones within the blood that stick to one another when we are injured and the blood clots. While the blood as a whole is known to have great healing powers, the platelets are one of the most effective healing components of the blood. When injected into the different damaged areas of the body, they are able to call in stem cells, and also allow for regeneration of the soft tissue.
How does PRP Therapy Work?
When the PRP injection is made, the solution goes directly into the area that is damaged, and also into the areas surrounding the damage. The therapy is known to provide pain relief within a week for patients in up to 80% of cases, due to the ability ofthe injections to stimulate healing in the area at a much faster rate than what your body is able to provide. Platelet rich plasma also contains significant amounts of growth factors, and even severe damage can be healed over time with the use of this form of therapy.
Where can PRP be Used?
PRP therapy can be used in all of the joints within the body, and even areas of soft tissue that are damaged such as the shoulder, elbow, achilles, etc. This may include tendonitis, ligament injury or degenerative arthritis.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy at Colorado Clinic is offered by the top pain management and regenerative medicine doctor in Northern Colorado, Dr. Sisson. He has extensive experience with regenerative medicine including PRP therapy, make your appointment today!
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Posted: August 28, 2015 at 4:48 am
For many patients with debilitating knee osteoarthritis, treatment options are limited: steroid injections, joint replacement surgery (and replacement alternatives), physical therapy, etc. At Hedley Orthopaedic Institute, new cutting-edge treatment options like amniotic membrane stem cell injections may be used to successfully treat patients with knee osteoarthritis, Achilles tendonitis, rotator cuff tendonitis, and degenerative arthritis.
For clarification, this type of stem cell comes from the amniotic sac not an embryo. While some people may have ethical issues with embryonic stem cell therapy, most everyone agrees that the use of amniotic stem cell therapy raises no ethical or moral questions.
Stem cell treatment takes advantage of the bodys ability to repair itself. With amniotic stem cell therapy, the sports medicine physician injects stem cells from amniotic tissues into your body. These stem cells have anti-inflammatory properties, similar to cortisone and steroid shots. However, stem cell therapy goes far beyond the benefits of standard injection therapy.
While cortisone and other drugs only provide temporary pain relief, stem cells actually restore degenerated tissue while providing pain relief. The growth factors in amniotic stem cells may replace damaged cells in your body. Additionally, stem cell injections contain hyaluronic acid, which lubricates joints and tendons, easing the pain and helping restore mobility.
Amniotic stem cell therapy is very safe and effective. Learn more about several benefits this treatment has to offer:
Yes. More than 10,000 injections have been performed without a single reported adverse side effect.
Patients suffering form any kind of joint, tendon, or ligament pain may be considered as candidates for amniotic stem cell therapy at Hedley Orthopaedic Institute. Patients with severe degenerative osteoarthritis may not be eligible for stem cell therapy. Upon evaluation, your sports medicine physician may be able to provide you with recommendations for other types of advanced sports and orthopaedic care, including:
For more information about stem cell therapy for joint, tendon, and ligament injuries, contact us. Sports medicine services available in Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa. Or, schedule your appointment online.
Posted: April 12, 2015 at 1:44 am
Dr. Raj Live – PRP vs. Stem Cells
Dr. Raj discusses the difference between PRP and Stem Cell injections.
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10 Things You Should Know About Stem Cell Injections
Amniotic Stem Cell Injections are the most advanced type of Prolotherapy procedure used to rejuvenate joints and soft tissue. At Source of Health, Dr. Steven Sorr offers a caring and comprehensive…
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Posted: March 18, 2015 at 2:41 am
Chance after 1 year of treatment for a hole in his tendon and EPM. Stem Cell Injections 1 month of Protazil and 1 month of Marquis. He has gained weight but he still needs to gain a lot more.
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Posted: February 13, 2015 at 7:42 am
Choosing Between Stem Cell Injections and Stem Cell-enhanced Surgery in Orthopedics
Board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic trauma surgeon, Wade McKenna discusses how to decide whether a stem cell injection or stem cell-enhanced minim…
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Posted: January 13, 2015 at 2:43 am
Bone Marrow Stem Cell Injections Houston
Bone Marrow Stem Cell Injections Houston These marrow cells come from the patient's own hip bone (not from fetal tissue). By taking the bone marrow from your…
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Posted: December 20, 2014 at 5:41 am
SOUTH BEND, Ind.— Mike and Katie have been a couple since college, but they’ve known each other much longer.
“We’ve been together forever,” said Mike.
“I’ve actually known Mike since I was 5-years-old,” said Katie.
A marriage and three kids later they’ve been through good times, and bad. The worst came nine-years-ago when Mike found out he had Huntington’s disease.
Huntington’s is a deadly, inherited disease that affects about 30,000 Americans; 150,000 more are at risk.
Until now there has been no hope for these patients, who typically die of the disease within 15 years of diagnosis.
“My father had it, said Mike. He died from it.”
Huntington’s causes uncontrollable movements and mental decline, there is no cure.
“Unfortunately, it ends in death, said Dr. Vicki Wheelock, a neurologist at UC Davis Health System. It’s a fatal disease.”
Now researchers are gearing up for a new trial in humans.
Posted: November 5, 2014 at 4:49 am
Dr. Raj Live PRP/Stem Cell Injections Part 2
Dr. Raj gives Darius McCrary PRP/Stem Cell injections.
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