Many people today are looking for alternatives to invasive surgery or endless pain medications that can have serious side effects. Regenerative medicine such as cellular therapies work by harnessing the body’s innate ability to grow and heal itself. Cellular therapy involves using innovative treatments to help avoid or reduce the need for surgery. Human cell and tissue products have the potential to treat a wide range of diseases and injuries, and based on how they are obtained and where they originate from, different stem cells have different capabilities. At Integrative Hospital Associates, we offer many products to help reduce and heal inflammation in the body and repair damaged tissues.
What Are Human Cell and Tissue Products and How Do They Work?
At Integrative hospital Associates in Davie, FL, we offer different types of cellular therapies to aid in the repair of joint pain and injury and muscle degeneration.
As the very foundation of every cell in your body, the primary role of stem cells is to maintain and repair the tissue in which they are found. Stem cells have the ability to develop — through a process called differentiation — and self-renew (make copies of themselves) into many different types of cells, such as skin cells, brain cells, lung cells and more. Stem cells are a key component of regenerative medicine, as they create opportunities for new clinical applications. developing completely new ways to treat and manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart failure, and degenerative nerve, bone and joint conditions.
There are four different types of stem cells – they originate from different areas of the body, and they have different healing functionalities:
(ES) are incredibly valuable stem cells that are formed as normal part of embryonic development, and have the potential to become any type of cell in the body, making them invaluable for treating and studying many diseases.
Tissue specific stem cells have been found in tissues such as the brain, heart, bone marrow, blood, blood vessels, skeletal muscles, skin and liver. These tissue-specific stem cells are powerful, naturally-occurring cells that can modify inflammation and promote natural healing.
Mesenchymal cells – (MSCs) are tissue or “adult” stem cells, which are specialized cells found in the skeletal tissues. They can differentiate or specialize into cartilage cells, bone cells and fat cells.
Induced pluripotent cells
(iPs) cells are cells that are created artificially in a lab by reprogramming a patient’s own natural cells, thus there is no risk that their immune system will reject them. These iPs cells can be made from freely available cells including fat, skin and fibroblasts (cells that produce connective tissue).
In addition to the above, there are new breakthrough treatments in the regenerative medicine space including:
(AF) Amniotic fluid injections consist of 100% pure amniotic fluid. Amniotic fluid has a high concentration of nutrients, including over 200 growth factors, biologically active peptides and cytokines to stimulate regenerative tissue healing, and stem cell material. Amniotic fluid is anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial and is an excellent regenerative medicine treatment for many conditions.
Exosomes are showing exciting promise – they are demonstrating great ability to provide therapy benefits. Exosomes are extracellular vesicles – or small structures within a cell – released from cells in response to injuries. Research is showing that exosomes play a key role in coagulation – when blood changes from a liquid to a gel, forming a clot. One of the most promising uses of exosomes involves rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disorder in which inflammation leads to pain and degradation of joints.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP is an excellent treatment for many conditions. Research shows that it is helpful with bone healing, cartilage regeneration and repair, and treating wounds to improve healing. There are clinical trials which are looking into the efficacy of PRP for ankle injuries, bone healing, chronic Achilles tendon issues, tendinopathy, plantar fasciitis, and other musculoskeletal conditions. Research studies show PRP is an effective therapy of repetitive tendon injuries, in in particular tennis elbow. Other applications include patellar tendon injury and improving soft-tissue repair and wound healing. Further information on PRP can be found on our dedicated PRP page by clicking here.
Platelet Rich Fibrinogen (PRF)
Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) is the next generation of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and these injections are best used for skin rejuvenation. PRF injections, like PRP injections are made from your own blood and the protein matrix called fibrin is isolated from your own blood. The product is then injected into the skin to reduce wrinkles, lines, enhance would healing, and is also used for hair loss. Fibrin is will also stimulate your own stem cells and increases collagen and elastin in the skin. PRF will help to make the skin heal at the cellular level.
What Types of PAIN Conditions Can We treat?
* Rotator cuff tendinitis and tears
* Meniscus tear
* Degenerative disk disease
* Plantar fasciitis
* Bicipital tendinitis and tears
* Labrum tear
* Knee pain and swelling
* Achilles tendinitis
* Carpal tunnel syndrome
* Ligament and tendon injuries
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