This treatment is presently considered as “cutting edge” technology in contemporary health care. “Its primary application is the treatment of damaged, degenerated body tissue. This action is to facilitate regeneration of human body parts, where cells and tissues can be engineered to grow healthy, functional organs (and musculoskeletal tissues) to replace diseased or degenerated ones; new genes can be introduced in to the body to combat disease.” US Federal Drug Administration- November 2017
“Stem cells can generate replacements for cells that are lost to injury or disease. This is no longer stuff of science fiction. This is the practical promise of modern applications of regenerative medicine.” FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, MD.
Although the popularity in orthopedics physical medicine, and pain management is fairly recent, amniotic derived products have a 100-year history of being used in other disciplines for their healing properties.
Stem Cells are undifferentiated cells that are harvestable from various tissues within the human body, such as fat, bone marrow, and blood sources.
The body’s stem cells are responsible for stimulating the healing process and renewing injured tissues. These cells are capable of changing into the specific types of cells the body needs to promote tissue repair. For example, stem cells can produce tendon, ligament, cartilage, and bone tissue. Unfortunately, when tissues are aged or damaged, they can no longer produce healing stem cells as effectively as they once did.
Regenerative Medicine works by injecting amniotic allograft directly into the tissue that needs treatment. Once in place, these cells will produce chemicals that signal a reduction in inflammation and encourage cell repair. These cells have specific properties and actions including, eliminating scar tissue accumulation, reducing infection, and then replacing the previously damaged tissue with newly differentiated cells. It was recently determined that the actions of regenerative medicine can occur for up to one year after introduction into the damaged area.
Stem cell injections are administered directly into a joint or tissue, where the stem cells develop into the types of cells that are lacking or damaged. This type of therapy works with your body to give you BEST whole self without surgery or prescription medication. Our clinicians perform a thorough physical examination and diagnoses the underlying cause of your condition to determine whether stem cell injections are the best course of treatment for you.
Patients may benefit from regenerative medicine if they have:
Stem cell injections can relieve pain and improve range of motion in your joints by treating the damaged connective tissue. Our clinical team may recommend stem cell therapy to promote healing and prevent pain from:
Osteoarthritis (OA): degenerative arthritis and joint disease
Partially torn or sprained ligaments: such as ACL tears or ankle sprains
Torn or partially removed cartilage: such as torn knee meniscus
Sprained or surgically repaired tendons: including shoulder rotator cuff tears
Repetitive stress injuries: from chronic overuse
Other conditions that have been shown to be clinically responsive to regenerative medicine are:
Sprains and strains | Back and neck injuries | Diabetic neuropathy | Carpal Tunnel Syndrome | Chronic plantar fasciitis | Heel pain | Chronic joint pain | Hip injuries | Tennis and golfer’s elbow | Achilles tendonitis | Jumper’s knee | Ligament tears, injuries | Lumbar, spine, disc pain and dysfunction | Muscle injuries | Pulled hamstring | Shoulder injuries | ACL injuries | Joint injuries | Quadriceps injuries | Arthritis | Rheumatoid Arthritis | Fractures | Post-surgery healing | Soft tissue damage | Wounds | Burns | Aesthetic, antiaging applications | And much more!
Studies in humans have shown that regenerative medicine can produce healing and tissue regeneration. The product used at FTMC has a 98.5% success rate. Most patients who undergo amniotic allograft treatments will experience relief from pain and improvement in function approximately 6-8 weeks after treatment.
These cells are harvested from the placental tissues that come from healthy, full term C-section live births, in a hospital setting. These tissue samples are from the amniotic (baby) side of the placenta which is “immune-neutral” and then these tissues are thoroughly processed and tested prior to qualifying as functioning tissue samples. “Immune-neutral” means that these cells have yet to establish any genetic or immune identification that would cause rejection. These tissues are not associated in any way with procedures collected from fetal abortions.
Studies have indicated that amniotic allograft therapy is safe and pose very little risk to the patient. There is no present evidence of rejection of the allograft as the cells become your own cells and tissue.
What are the benefits of regenerative medicine? Successful regenerative cell injection therapy offers long-term pain reduction, increased range of motion, and permanent repair of damaged connective tissues by the creation of new cells and tissue. Stem cell therapy is safe, and there is little downside to trying this form of therapy, especially before resorting to surgery or heavy long-term, medication use. This minimally invasive treatment allows you to return to the activities you love with a minimal risk of side effects, infections, or increased damage.
Absolutely, it is very common for people to get both knees or both shoulders done at one time, if they are having issues with both joints. This is something that you can discuss more during your initial visit to determine what will be best in your case.
Not every patient will be a good candidate for regenerative cell medicine treatment. Patients who are interested in treatments with amniotic allograft should talk the issue with one of the doctors at First Team Medical Clinics. The doctor will be able to explain the possible benefits of regenerative medicine, as well as any other treatment options that may be appropriate.
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