Stem Cell Therapy
Did you know your body has the ability to naturally heal itself with stem cells and its derivatives? However, as you get older, the amount of stem cells naturally present in your body diminishes and are not as effective.
The good news is that with the advancements in science over the past few decades, stem cells have emerged as a key element of regenerative medicine therapies and can be harvested and utilized to treat a number of chronic conditions.
Not only can stem cells change into other cell types in your body, renew themselves by replication, and release growth factors that enable the repair of damaged tissue such as muscles, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons, but they also have the ability to affect your immune system – which is important for healing – and the proteins and growth factors they release are helpful in reducing pain and inflammation.
When stem cells are deployed, they act first by homing in on the site of an injury. They then release growth factors that help control the inflammatory response, which begins the healing of tissue and other cells. Stem cells also have the ability to increase blood flow to the affected area by forming fresh blood vessels.
Only the Most Effective Stem Cells
At Advanced Sports Medicine Center in Sarasota, Florida, we offer stem cell injections that are derived from umbilical cord tissue, specifically Wharton’s jelly, a gel-like substance located closest to where the donated umbilical cord tissue was attached to the fetus prior to live birth and containing the most potent regenerative properties of what would otherwise be discarded tissue.
This stem cell product is produced in compliance with FDA CGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practice and GTP (Good Tissue Practices) standards, thus assuring both its quality and safety. Research has shown that umbilical cord-derived stem cells are not prone to malignant transformation, making them safe for therapeutic use. Also, stem cells derived from Wharton’s jelly do not contain umbilical cord blood, eliminating the chance of any negative immune-system reaction.
You may be wondering why umbilical cord tissue is used in stem cell therapy. For one thing, umbilical cord stem cells are a type of cell known as mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). MSCs have unique migration ability, allowing it to target specific tissues. This “homing” property allows the cells to move from a remote area of the body and zero in on the damaged organ or tissue at a specific site. As such, MSCs can be delivered intravenously and will subsequently reach the affected area of the body to perform their regenerative functions.
Another reason umbilical cord tissue is used for stem cell therapy is because the youngest stem cells are the most potent, especially MSCs in Wharton’s jelly. There are other sources of stem cells besides umbilical cord tissue, including bone marrow or fat harvested from the patient’s own body. However, depending on the health and age of the individual, these cells may be less potent and the process to extract them may be more invasive.
Although some umbilical cord stem cells may contain minute amounts of blood that may or may not be compatible with your blood type, the stem cells used at Advanced Sports Medicine Center contain no blood because they are sourced from the Wharton’s jelly, which provides the highest potency and safety with no ethical issues.
Make an Appointment for Stem Cell Therapy Today
At Advanced Sports Medicine Center in Sarasota, Florida, Dr. John Moor addresses a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders affecting bones, cartilage, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments with innovative therapies – including stem cell therapy. To schedule your consultation, call our Sarasota office at (941) 957-1500.