Regenerative cellular tissue and stem cell therapy are terms often used interchangeably. This is not exactly accurate. Let’s look at the differences.
Stem cells are naturally produced within the body. These cells are undifferentiated, meaning that they can change into other cell types. This process is very helpful in healing the human body after injury. Unfortunately, as we age our body makes fewer stem cells that age with us and become less effective. This process begins in our 30’s, so this is not simply an issue for senior citizens. The easiest way to illustrate this point is by thinking about how much more quickly very young people heal than do older people.
There is a significant amount of evidence that shows our aging stem cells become an important factor in the onset of age-related illnesses and diseases. Aging stem cells are greatly responsible for:
- Cartilage damage
- Problems with tendons, ligaments, discs
- Spinal conditions
- Degenerative knees, hips, shoulders and backs
- Aging of the skin and tissue loss in the face
- Hair loss
- Muscular degeneration
- Foot pain or numbness
- And more
Regenerative Cellular Tissue is Rapidly Becoming the Answer to Many of These Issues and More.
The field of regenerative medicine is experiencing tremendous growth as patients find relief for injuries and chronic pain, as well as a natural solution to combat the effects of aging. This regenerative tissue contains stem cells derived from umbilical allografts. These are donated umbilical cords after cesarean section. Neither mother nor child experiences any ill effect because of donating this previously disposable tissue.
Umbilical cords contain Wharton’s Jelly. A substance full of young, new, vibrant stem cells and other growth factors that give our patients a huge boost in the ability to heal quickly and fight the effects of aging.
Stem cell therapy is a procedure that involves harvesting your own stem cells and there are several ways to do this. One is to drill a hole in your hip or femur and extract bone marrow to process for stem cells. Another is to extract some of your fat cells, known as adipose, and process those fat cells to extract stem cells. Bone marrow procedures are rather painful and many patients opt not to pursue this option. Adipose is suspect because toxins are stored in your fat cells and may have an adverse effect on the stem cells. We do not offer stem cell therapy.
Regenerative cellular tissue gives you the benefits of stem cells along with the added bonus of the growth factors in cytokines. Several of the growth factors found in cytokines are interferon and interleukin which help regulate the immune system’s response to inflammation. This is critically important to relieve pain and also to help avoid future health issues as inflammation is a major cause of serious disease.
This article from the National Center for Biotechnology Information may shed some additional light on the subject. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3302041/
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