What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are biological cells and are the body’s raw materials. They have the ability to differentiate into cells with specialized functions (such as for bone, blood or muscle) and can divide to produce more of the same type of stem cells. They have the ability to replace dying cells and regenerate damaged tissue, and therefore serve as active healing agents in the body. They have the ability to decrease inflammation and restore a healthier environment within a painful joint.
What are Amniotic Stem Cells?
Amniotic stem cells (ASCs) are collectively the mixture of stem cells that can be obtained from the amniotic fluid as well as the amniotic membrane. Amniotic fluid is the protective liquid surrounding an unborn baby, and is discarded as medical waste during caesarean section deliveries. There is increasing evidence that this fluid is a source of valuable biological material, including stem cells with the potential for use in cell therapy and regenerative medicine.
The use of amniotic fluid stem cells is therefore generally considered to lack the ethical problems associated with the use of cells from embryos.
What Are Amniotic Donor Stem Cell Injections?
The stem cells are usually extracted from a consenting donor’s amniotic sac by amniocentesis, which occurs without harming the embryos. The amniotic fluid is then sent to an FDA approved lab where it is processed accordingly and safety checked. After processing, the fluid is cryogenically frozen and stored. Once the fluid is prepared for use it will be thawed and injected at the point of injury.
What Conditions Can it be Used For?
Stem Cell therapy is personalized medicine, and we develop a personalized treatment plan for each patient based on his or her particular pain condition.
Stem cells can be used to help with bone healing, cartilage repair and new blood vessel growth. The most common conditions it can be used to treat are moderate to severe osteoarthritis and tendon injuries in many areas of the body, including:
- Knee Pain
- Hip Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Elbow Pain
- Wrist/Hand Pain
- Ankle & Foot Pain
- Spine Pain
If you are suffering from chronic pain, call us today at 818-325-2088 for a consultation with a pain specialist at CSPP.