Stem cell therapy is a safe and effective form of regenerative medicine that has been used to treat chronic pain for decades. At Greenwood Regenerative Medicine, we provide our patients with an innovative form of stem cell therapy treatment to proactively treat pain and inflammation in damaged joints.

What are Stem Cells? 

The human body contains organic material known as stem cells which naturally activate the body’s healing process and repair structural cells in joints and tissue. 

Scientists have been analyzing these unspecialized cells and their astounding ability to split and develop into new cells. Stem cells are very versatile and have the ability to be manipulated to transform into specific tissues and regenerate damaged cells.

Where Are Stem Cells Sourced From? 

The two main sources of stem cells are Embryos and Adult tissue.

Adult Stem Cells

Throughout a person’s lifetime, their body works steadily to renew and restore damaged cell tissue. Stem cells have a very important job: maintain and repair body tissue. They do this by splitting and multiplying, creating new and healthy bodily tissue such as muscle tissue, brain cells and blood cells. Adult stem cells can be found throughout many areas of the body including:

  • Bone Marrow
  • Blood Vessels
  • Brain Muscle
  • Blood Vessels
  • Skin Cells
  • Liver Tissue

 

Adult stem cells have an increased limitation in their ability to regenerate and create new cells. 

As the body ages, it becomes increasingly more difficult to locate stem cells since they lay dormant in the body until naturally triggered to regenerate.

 

Embryonic Stem Cells

When an embryo is 3-5 days old, the embryo morphs into a ball of cells known as a blastocyst. Embryonic stem cells are derived from a 4-5 day old blastocyst, which typically come from extra embryos that are not used during in vitro fertilization (IVF). 

These young stem cells are pluripotent stem cells, meaning they have the ability to divide into any type of cell in the body. Embryonic stem cells are often used to regenerate damaged organs and tissues.

 

Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPS) 

Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells are similar to embryonic stem cells due to their ability to morph into a number of stem cells upon successful manipulation. iPS are derived from tissue-specific cells such as skin cells.

These stem cells are scientifically created in a laboratory and scientists stimulate stem cells to specialize in a specific way known as directed differentiation. This enables scientists to have control over what the stem cell turns into, expanding the ability for regeneration.

 

Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs)

Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) are stromal cells with the unique ability to divide and regenerate into different cells and tissues without the body rejecting them. MSCs are multipotent stem cells, meaning they have the ability to progress into different types of cells. Think of them as little messengers throughout your body, instructing the body to heal and regenerate its cells and promoting new cell growth. MSCs don’t make new cells,they stimulate and encourage the growth of new cells. 

MSCs come from connective tissue AKA stroma which border tissues and organs involved in blood formation. MSCs have the ability to develop into new body tissues such as cartilage, fat cells and bone cells, and are present in fat, umbilical cord blood and bone marrow. As the body ages, the number of MSCs start to diminish, making it increasingly more difficult for the body to regenerate. MSCs are also found in the umbilical cord stem cells. 

 

Umbilical Cord Stem Cells

Umbilical Cord Stem Cells contain Mesenchymal stem cells which are successful in reducing inflammation, balancing the immune system and regenerating tissue and lessening the rejection of organ transplants. 

Umbilical cord stem cells lack the same maturity that other cells have, which poses as a major  advantage when used for regenerative therapy. The simple fact that the body’s immune system is unable to recognize umbilical cord stem cells as a foreign substance in the body alleviates the chance for the body to reject them. In addition, umbilical cord stem cells have a higher potency compared to adult stem cells, making them more efficient in regenerating.

 

How are Stem Cells Administered

At Greenwood Regenerative Medicine, we provide our patients with the most advanced form of Stem Cell Therapy treatment using umbilical cord stem cell injections that triggers the body’s natural healing process activating cellular regeneration, and repairing damaged joint tissue.

Stem Cell therapy treatment is a nonsurgical form of regenerative medicine where stem cells are administered via injections. One of our highly qualified medical specialists provides stem cell injections using the guidance of ultrasound technology to insure accuracy and precision.

 

Is Stem Cell Therapy Right for You?

Stem Cell Therapy is both a safe and effective non-surgical regenerative treatment option. Our stem cell therapy patients experience a swift recovery with little to no complications.

If you are interested in learning if Stem Cell Therapy treatment is right for you, request a consult today.

 


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