Bone Marrow Derived Stem Cell Injections at Colorado Clinic
FAQs Bone Marrow Stem Cell Therapy
Bone marrow stem cell therapy is now being used to treat various conditions, including arthritis, sports injuries, and injuries related to the overuse of muscles, tendons, and joints. This type of regenerative therapy, which is offered at the Colorado Clinic, can greatly help the body repair an injury. Here are some FAQs concerning bone marrow stem cell therapy.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells have defining characteristics that distinguish them from other cells. Such cells possess the power to regenerate and to divide over the course of an extended period of time. Plus, in specific situations, stem cells can transform into highly specialized cells. Their combined potency, resiliency and adaptability make them especially useful as healing and strengthening agents. When they become specialized they may become liver, cardiac, nerve, connective tissue, and cartilage cells.
What are the different types of stem cells?
There are embryonic and adult stem cells. Embryonic stems cells are harvested from human embryos that are fertilized in vitro while in the laboratory. Adult stem cells, which are taken from a person, are classified as either bone marrow or fat cells. Both are mesenchymal stem cells, which have the ability to differentiate and become specific types of cells.
What is the difference between bone marrow and fat stem cells?
Fat cells, which are also known as adipose cells, are useful in making new blood vessels, which can be helpful in delivering nutrients and oxygen to tissues and organs. Bone marrow cells are noted for their ability to aid in the repair of bone, cartilage, and ligaments. Both are now commonly used in stem cell therapy for patients currently.
How may bone marrow stem cells be used?
At the Colorado Clinic, we’ve found that such cells are useful in healing sports injuries, improving arthritic problems, and regenerating areas weakened by overuse. Specifically, they may be used to treat osteoarthritis, bursitis, and arthritis as well as tendinopathy, labral tears, and labrum tear.
Overall, when bone marrow stem cells are injected into a problem area they accelerate the healing process. They have been found to be especially effective in helping to restore tendons, ligaments, tissues, and joints that have been compromised by aging, injury, or overuse.
How are bone marrow stem cells harvested?
The procedure, which may be performed in a doctor’s office, is relatively simple and it is relatively pain-free. The patient is positioned face down on an examination table. The back of the hip area, from which the cells will be drawn, is sterilized and made numb. Using ultrasound or x-rays for guidance, the doctor inserts a needle into the hip bone and withdraws blood containing bone marrow stem cells.
Unlike a bone marrow transplant, this is a much simpler procedure that patients tolerate with easy. A majority of the patients experience mild discomfort.
What is the procedure for bone marrow stem cell treatment?
At the Colorado Clinic, once the blood containing bone marrow stem cells are harvested, the specimen is taken to a laboratory and placed in centrifuged. This process creates a concentration of powerful bone marrow stem while, while eliminating other cells. Through this process, the stem cells can be customized to treat your specific injury or malady. Also, a concentration of your platelets is created.
These platelets are first injected into the area being treated in order to create an environment that will effectively utilize the bone marrow stem cells. After that, the stem cells are injected. Through the use of ultrasound or fluoroscopy, a doctor is able to specifically target these injections. This entire process, from the time the blood is first drawn to final injection, takes about two hours. About three to five days later, another injection of platelets is administered. This is done in order to ensure the stem cells that were introduced earlier remain active in supporting the regenerative process.
Modern techniques in today’s medicine allows us to withdraw stem cells from bone marrow, concentrate them through a lab process and then re-inject them precisely into the injured tissues in other areas of the body using advanced imaging guidance. Through fluoroscopy and MSK Ultrasound, we’re able to ensure the cells are being introduced into the exact area of need. When the stem cells are re-injected, they enhance the natural repair process of degenerated and injured tendons, ligaments, and arthritic joints – Turning the tables on the natural breakdown process that occurs from aging, overuse and injury.
Is bone marrow stem cell treatment effective?
Yes, patients discover that nagging injuries and ongoing joint problems begin to improve quickly. They also find painkillers are no longer required to control symptoms and surgery will not be needed to repair the compromised area. Healing is rapid and it occurs naturally. Once the patient receives the injection, they may return to their activities quickly. Unlike surgical procedures, there is no painful or lengthy rehabilitation period.
Is bone marrow stem cell treatment safe?
Yes, the entire procedure is very safe, as it is much less invasive than surgery and fairly painless. There’s also no need to use general anesthetic, and because the stem cells utilized are taken directly from the patient, your body readily accepts them. Plus, there’s little risk of blod clots or infection.
What Are My Options?
Colorado Clinic offers several treatment opportunities with bone marrow derived stem cell injections for both extremity and spinal joint pain and arthritis. And most are partially covered by insurance!
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