STEM CELL 101
An overview of stem cells and how they can heal your body.
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WHAT IS A STEM CELL?
Stem cells are special cells in our body that can replicate and differentiate – meaning they can transform into any type of cell found in your body including but not limited to ligament, tendon, cartilage or muscle tissues. They seek out areas of injury, disease and destruction where they are capable of regenerating new, healthy cells which is why we use them in regenerative medicine to accelerate the natural healing process. Stem cells have been especially effective in healing degenerative joint conditions.
TYPES OF STEM CELLS
Adipose Stem Cells
Stem cell therapy around the world is shifting focus from bone marrow based cells to adipose – or “fat” derived cells. These cells are more easily extracted and are prevalent in our bodies. The best quality adipose can be extracted with a nearly painless, outpatient liposuction procedure.
Generation Stem Cell uses adipose derived stem cells in a cell replacement therapy to repair joints by forming new cells where injury, damage or degeneration has occurred in tissues such as cartilage, bone, ligaments, tendons, nerve, fat, muscle, and blood vessels. Adipose stem cell therapies have the ability to:
- Reduce Inflammation
- Decrease Pain
- Improve Range-of-Motion
Embryonic Stem Cells
There are different kinds of stem cells. Most people are familiar with or have heard the term “embryonic stem cell.” These are cells from the embryonic stage. Because they are taken from unborn embryos, there has been considerable controversy surrounding their use. The use of embryonic stem cells for medical use is illegal in the United States.
Adult Stem Cells
Generation Stem Cell uses another kind of stem cell called an “adult stem cell.” This is a stem cell that already resides in one’s body. There are two kinds of adult stem cells, adipose and bone marrow derived.
You may be familiar with the medical benefits of isolating bone-marrow derived stem cells. These are also known as “mesenchymal stem cells.” They can differentiate (transform) into bone and cartilage. Bone marrow stem cells can be extracted and reintroduced to the body to promote healing in what is commonly referred to as a “bone marrow transplant.”
In recent years, it has been discovered that fatty deposits are also loaded with mesenchymal stem cells.
Bone Marrow Derived Stem Cells
Mesenchymal stem cells derived from bone marrow can offer many of the same benefits of adipose cells. However, extracting stem cells from bone marrow is a more painful process and can last many days. Adipose stem cells from fat are also much more abundant in our bodies – up to 2,500 times those seen in bone marrow.
Stem cells are attracted to inflammation and activated by trauma. This trait is another reason fat-derived (adipose) stem cells are more effective than bone marrow-derived. The pain associated with bone marrow derived stem cell extraction is not only uncomfortable, it also sends the stem cells signals that this portion of the body needs healing and regeneration. The process used in extracting adipose derived stem cells is much less traumatic to the body which makes them more effective when reintroduced to the body during the stem cell replacement procedure. More stem cells are available to go to the site of pain and degeneration like the knees, hips, shoulders spine and fewer are drawn to the traumatized extraction site that is created when retrieving stem cells from bone marrow.
“Amniotic” Stem Cells
Generation Stem Cell does not use amniotic stem cells. These cells are not collected from one’s own body and do not offer the same medical benefits.
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