If you’ve experienced chronic conditions like osteoarthritis, hair loss, erectile dysfunction, or joint pain and would like to try stem cell therapy, then Insight Life Care might be right for you.
Insight Life Care offers unlimited, extended office visits with no waiting, and flexible scheduling to get all the facts and decide on your optimal treatment plan. Your concierge physician wants to get to know you and can better judge whether or not you’re a good candidate for stem cell therapy.
What Are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are extraordinary organic cellular matter in the body that have the uncanny ability to transform into any cell type. This unique ability enables them to repair and replace tissues in the body, becoming whatever types of cells needed to help restore and replenish old, tired, or damaged cells.
Stem cells form part of what is known as regenerative medicine (RM). RM seeks to combine the power of stem cells with the body’s own regenerative capacity to recover and replenish the makeup and function of injured tissues and organs.
What Can Stem Cells Be Used to Treat?
Promising results have come from PRP injections as well as stem cell therapy in an array of healthcare subspecialties.
Regenerative medicine has also shown promise for the maintenance of sexual health and erectile function later in life. Stem cell therapy involves injecting the patients’ stem cells – derived from abdominal fat cells – into the erectile tissue of the penis.
Skin and Hair Conditions
More than 80 million men, women, and children in the U.S. experience hair loss. Genetics, aging, childbirth, cancer treatment, burn injuries, and medical disorders such as alopecia can cause the condition.
Now researchers have inched closer to a cure for baldness. Scientists have created hair that grows through the skin using human stem cells. Also, stem cells of the epidermis have been found to play the most critical role in tissue repair and skin regeneration. Human stem cells have a tremendous capacity to repair and replenish old worn-out cells in facial skin and other areas, including sagging skin, fine lines, age spots, and wrinkles.
Frequent injuries or conditions that are often improved with stem cell treatments include:
- Rotator cuff tears
- Arthritic joints
- Spine conditions
- Overuse injuries
- Inflammation from a herniated disc
It is believed that when stem cells enter a damaged area, such as the knee, the hip, a tendon or ligament cartilage, they evolve into the exact type of cell that’s needed to induce and augment healing. The risk of rejection is minimal as the adult stem cells have been taken from the patient’s own body.
How Do Stem Cells Work?
Throughout our lives, adult stem cells are what the body uses naturally to heal itself. However, with age, the joints have a more difficult time healing on their own from injuries and wear and tear. The plentiful amount of adult stem cells in the body can reinforce the body’s natural healing power.
Our blood, or plasma, consists of several micro components such as red and white cells and platelets. These platelets include hundreds of proteins, known as growth factors, critical in healing wounds and injuries.
Platelet Rich Plasma Injections
With platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, a physician uses the patient’s own blood to separate platelets in a centrifuge. The platelets are then re-injected into the injured area, releasing growth factors that promote natural tissue healing. A PRP injection contains a very high level of platelets, making its potency five to 10 times stronger than what is normally found in the blood.
Stem Cell Therapy
When injected into an area in need of healing, stem cells can often promote rapid recovery wherever they are utilized.
Stem cell therapy extracts rejuvenating stem cells from either bone marrow or fat tissue used in conjunction with platelets. Stem cells from bone marrow produce cartilage and are generally used in treating arthritic conditions and sports injuries. Stem cells from fat tissues are employed with platelets to heal osteoarthritic joints in regrowing cartilage.
During a stem cell injection, your concierge surgeon will draw a small amount of blood and then separate the platelets from the rest of the blood cells. A procedure called centrifugation concentrates the platelets and growth factors, which are then injected directly into the injured tissue and mixed with the patient’s remaining blood. An ultrasound device is used to help the physician pinpoint the best area to insert the needle.
A Viable Alternative to Surgery
Despite research on PRP being in the early stages, more physicians are beginning to consider stem cell injection therapy as a legitimate alternative to surgery. Clinical studies have affirmed the effectiveness of RM in treating patients with severe injuries or chronic disease where the body’s own responses are not sufficient to restore the tissue to normal function. Moreover, no adverse side-effects have been reported with any of the FDA-approved treatment methods.
Many physicians offer stem cell therapies that are not FDA-approved and for which they have not been properly trained. At Insight Life Care, our restorative medicine treatments are all FDA-approved. Our concierge physician has been specially trained to provide FDA-approved stem cell therapies to treat orthopedic, skin and hair, erectile dysfunction, and other medical conditions.
Is Stem Cell Treatment Right for You?
PRP or stem cell injections hold promise. If you are considering stem cell injection, talk to your concierge physician to confirm your eligibility. You’re extended office visits will allow you to keep up on the latest research about stem cell therapy: what it can and cannot do.
The decision to proceed with any of the available forms of treatment will depend on many factors and be individualized to your unique situation. Stem cell treatment may be considered for certain patients living with chronic pain or inflammation where the use of conservative treatments such as rest, pain medication, physical therapy, or other injections have failed to alleviate the symptoms. In some cases, stem cell treatment can allow a patient to prolong or avoid the need for surgery altogether.
Ultimately consulting with your doctor is the first step in determining if stem cell treatment may be a viable option for you.