Stem Cell Therapy
Stem Cell Therapy Builds New Tissue for More Complete Recovery
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem Cell Therapy is also called “regenerative therapy,” because it uses the body’s most basic “raw material,” stem cells, to grow or regenerate new cells that the body needs. Stem cells are “undifferentiated” or “unspecialized” cells, meaning that they are “blanks” that can be developed into another type of cell that is required to repair or replace damaged tissue. In the musculoskeletal field, stem cell therapy can stimulate the formation of new bone, cartilage, tendon, ligaments, fat, and fibrous connective tissue.
What are the benefits of Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem Cell Therapy creates specialized cells that have a particular life cycle and purpose, like bone or connective tissue. Stem cells can replicate themselves, too, so it is theoretically possible to have an unending supply of these regenerative “machines” that can then divide and be guided to produce the cells your doctor needs to fulfill specific purposes in your treatment.
It is important to know the credentials and experience of the doctor you select to administer stem cell therapy. Make sure you are consulting a physician certified in regenerative medicine.
Stem Cell Therapy can:
- Repair tissue that is too damaged to heal on its own
- Regenerate tissue that is missing (ex.: cartilage in arthritic joints)
- Provide a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues
Types of Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cells are now being studied for use in a wide range of conditions, from diabetes, to heart disease, to musculoskeletal disorders, to neurological disorders.
While stem cells can be derived from several sources, the most adaptable are embryonic and amniotic stem cells, the former derived from days-old human embryos, and the latter derived from the amniotic fluid surrounding a fetus.
Adult stem cells are most often used to produce new cells of the same lineage. The body uses these cells naturally to maintain and repair the tissue in which the stem cells develop.
Induced pluripotent stem cells are adult stem cells that have been genetically programmed to act like embryonic stem cells. These are important tools in evaluating new drugs and in modeling diseases to help researchers understand how disease develops in the body.
Advanced PRP & Stem Cell Therapy Center of Boca Raton is proud to be one of the few practices in the country to have a robust practice surrounding the use of amniotic stem cells. Dr. Berkowitz has developed his reputation as a cellular therapy expert, and the practice has invested in the equipment that can safely store these fragile cells for up to six months.
Before and after Stem Cell Therapy patient video
Who is a candidate for Stem Cell Therapy?
At Advanced PRP & Stem Cell Therapy Center of Boca Raton, we carefully evaluate patients to determine whether advanced stem cell therapy is a good option for relieving their pain and restoring damaged tissue.
A good candidate for stem cell therapy is a patient whose has mild to moderate osteoarthritis, tendon inflammation, a partial tear of the Achilles tendon, or muscle strain or sprain.
Stem cell therapy is not a first line treatment for wound healing; growth factors like PRP are often an excellent choice for this purpose.
Preparing for Stem Cell Therapy
Do not take over-the-counter medications that can thin your blood (aspirin, Motrin, Aleve Advil, Naproxen, etc.). Drink as much water as possible on the day of your injection. Arrange for someone to drive you home after treatment.
Following Stem Cell Therapy
You will be numb for an hour or two at the injection site, and may experience much more soreness than usual for the first few days after treatment. After the numbness wears off, refrain from any activities that increase your discomfort, and refrain from taking anti-inflammatory medications for at least four weeks after treatment. Control your pain with acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or medications that your doctor prescribes. Use ice sparingly, for up to 20 minutes at a time every two to three hours. Resume any physical therapy regimen about a week after treatment.
Your recovery time will depend on the specific condition that is being treated. In all cases, the stem cell injections at the site of your injury will need time to grow your new cells. As the regeneration of new cells proceeds, you should notice a gradual improvement in your level of discomfort, and in your range of motion.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
It is an advanced technique for helping your body produce the cells it needs to regenerate, repair, and restore damaged or missing tissue. It can involve the use of donor amniotic or embryonic stem cells, which have the ability to develop into any type of cell needed (blood, bone, muscle, organ, tendon, ligaments, connective tissue, […]
Does Stem Cell Therapy hurt?
There may be some pressure at the injection site, but the process is fairly quick. You will be giving a numbing agent to help maintain comfort during your treatment.