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Multiple Sclerosis and Bone Marrow Derived Stem Cell Injections

Multiple sclerosis is one of the most debilitating diseases to affect all ages of the population. This disease is an inflammatory disease that damages the insulating cover (myelin) of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. This damage creates a disruption in the ability of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a myriad of signs and symptoms. Multiple sclerosis takes on several forms with the most common being the progressive form and the relapsing form. Although symptoms go away between attacks, permanent neurological damage occurs and will get worse as the disease progresses.

Stem Cell Injections for Multiple SclerosisThe Sign, Symptoms, and Causes of Multiple Sclerosis

Patients with multiple sclerosis will show neurological signs and symptoms associated with visual, motor, autonomic, and sensory problems. The symptoms are dependent upon where the lesions are located within the nervous system. The underlying mechanism of multiple sclerosis is caused by one of two things: the destruction of the immune system or a failure in the insulating nerve cell covers in the brain or spinal cord.

Once the myelin is destroyed, there is another failure in the myelin-producing cells to repair the damage. The condition starts out in 85 percent of cases as a clinically isolated incident that may worsen into a few days or months. This is followed by a sudden improvement, then gradually worsens again with no improvement. There are triggers that can cause a relapse such as viral infections (cold and flu) and stress. Pregnancy causes a decrease in relapses, although the first few months after delivery cause an increased risk.

Multiple Sclerosis and Stem Cells during Pregnancy

It is an interesting fact that the risk of multiple sclerosis relapses become diminished during pregnancy. Common sense would tell you that the stress of pregnancy should increase the risk of relapse, although it actually decreases it. The reason could be stem cells. The fetus detects that the mother has damage to the myelin of the nerve cells and sends out stem cells to help in healing or repairing of the damage. This would not permanently heal the damage but would result in the marked decrease seen in studies of pregnant women also suffering from multiple sclerosis.

The stem cells doing the repair while pregnant are amniotic derived stem cells. Therapy is only in its infancy for patients suffering multiple sclerosis and amniotic stem cell treatment. However, there are several clinical trials ongoing using bone marrow-derived stem cell therapy. One of the most challenging aspects of multiple sclerosis is the fact that once the disease has been diagnosed, the damage has already been done. This has prevented scientists from understanding the origin of the disease.

Therapy with bone marrow-derived stem cells gives scientists a unique opportunity to create cells needed for therapy and also to screen potential drugs for damaged cells. Using bone marrow-derived stem cells will allow scientists and researchers to develop these sick cells over and over until they fully understand the mechanism causing the cell damage. With bone marrow-derived stem cells, scientists can continuously grow a culture of cells that produce a limitless quantity of degenerating cells from which they study. These cells can also be used to engineer new cells that do not have the degenerative gene and use this to treat the already damaged cells. With this type of treatment, the possibilities are endless.

Stem Cell Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Arthritis

Stem cell therapy is being used to treat a wide range of diseases and conditions. Rheumatoid arthritis, which is painful and debilitating, is an inflammatory condition that is induced when the body’s enzymes attack healthy tissue. In what is an autoimmune response, the enzymes work to break down the synovial membrane. This membrane is responsible for protecting and lubricating joints. When this occurs an individual will experience pain, swelling, and reduced mobility. The condition can be crippling, and, if left untreated, it may become chronic as joint degeneration sets in.

Some Facts About Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis and its various symptoms are not reserved for the elderly. This condition can affect anyone at any age. It is rapidly developing, striking quickly, and, over the course of just a few months, it can become full blown. This form of arthritis symmetrically affects both small and large joints while also causing an overall feeling of fatigue in the affected individual.

Traditional Treatments

Traditional treatments for rheumatoid arthritis include over the counter and prescription pain medications and cortisone shots. The shots are administered to each joint individually. Other medications may also be used. There are various possible side effects associated with each aspect of this type of therapy.

The most radical treatment for rheumatoid arthritis involves joint replacement, which is highly invasive and involves a range of possible complications, such as stroke and heart attack. Joint replacement calls for an extensive recuperation period and complicating factors include the creation of wear particles, which are composed of tiny pieces of the materials that are part of the artificial joint. These break off through normal use of the new joint. They stay in the body and can result in bone loss, which reduces the effective life of the artificial joint.

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem Cell InjectionThe use of stem cell therapy in cases involving rheumatoid arthritis has shown promising results. Stem cells, which are derived from the patient’s bone marrow and are combined with growth factors found in their plasma, offer a natural type of treatment. The extraction of the cells and plasma can be done quickly and painlessly with little to no risk to the patient. Once the specific elements needed, the stem cells and plasma, are separated from the extracted fluids, they are combined. Once they are mixed together, they may be injected into the problem area.

Stem cells have been shown to aid in the growth of healthy cartilage, accelerate the body’s natural healing process, and help reduce inflammation. This treatment, which has been used for more than a decade, is less invasive, involves fewer side effects, and is considered to be overall safer than other medical methods, including joint replacement.

Additional Treatments

As the conditions related to rheumatoid arthritis begin to subside, patients may begin to exercise in order to strengthen muscles and encourage joint lubrication. A common form of exercise for these patients is swimming due to the fact that it is low- impact, allows for extended movement, and can be effective in stimulating healing blood flow.

Finding Relief

If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, you may find relief through stem cell therapy. Such treatment is designed to allow a patient to heal naturally, as it eschews the use of drugs. The focus is on improving and/or eliminating the arthritis and the associated effects, which include swelling, pain, and fatigue. With improvement, patients experience greater mobility and can begin to enjoy a quality of life that is much improved.

Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy is for Real

I realize there are plenty of critics who write negatively about amniotic fluid treatment in regenerative medicine. Rather than writing a LONG blog post about why amniotic stem cell therapy is for real, here are some bullet points. Please watch the video below and you will understand why the treatment is the real deal.

  1. When processed properly, amniotic fluid DOES have viable stem cells. There are plenty of companies that radiate their product during processing, but the FDA does not require that. The video explains this nicely.
  2. You have to keep in mind those who consistently speak negatively about amniotic are promoting a competing product. So when you put it in perspective you can understand why they would want to find something negative. Amniotic stem cell treatment does not require harvesting, the treatment is fast, results have been fantastic and no rejection occurs.
  3. Naysayers harp on the fact that amniotic fluid is not FDA approved. The funny thing is it cannot be FDA approved because it is regulated as a biologic. It cannot be FDA denied either.

The bottom line is amniotic fluid in regenerative medicine has shown amazing outcomes. Another thing you will notice is you don’t need sedation for a harvesting, and the treatments are less expensive predominantly as a result. Watch the video below, then call (844) GET-STEM for treatment!

 

Stem Cell Therapy for Shoulder Conditions

While there is not a ton of research on stem cell therapy for shoulder pain, some studies have been published. This includes stem cell therapy for rotator cuff tears, tendonitis, SLAP lesion, shoulder arthritis, cartilage defects and more. In this video, R3 Stem Cell CEO Dr. David Greene explains outcomes that have been shown in the research. If you or a loved one needs stem cell therapy for shoulder pain conditions, call (844) GET-STEM today!

 

Stem Cell Therapy for Degenerative Disc Disease Back Pain

Stem cell therapy for degenerative disc disease is available and works according to recent research studies. In this video, R3 Stem Cell CEO David Greene MD explains the current research results. If you or a loved one is experiencing chronic back pain due to degenerative disc disease, call R3 Stem Cell today!

Stem Cell Therapy for Avascular Necrosis

Avascular necrosis of the hip or knee often leads to chronic, debilitating pain. To date there have not been enough nonoperative treatment options that provide effective relief. Stem cell therapy is proving to be a viable option. In this video, R3 Stem Cell CEO David Greene MD goes through the research on the topic. Call us for treatment today!

 

FAQs on Stem Cell Procedures for Elbow Tendonitis

Stem cell procedures are an excellent method to treat elbow tendonitis thanks to the natural repair and regeneration. Be it tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, tendonitis is traced to chronic inflammation of an elbow tendon. Stem cell therapy can relieve pain in the short term and restore the damaged tendon in the long term.

What are stem cells?

Stem cells differ from all other cells in our body due to their ability to become most other cells. These cells replicate into cells found in the part of the elbow painbody where these are injected.

What is the source of stem cells used to treat elbow tendonitis?

Stem cells are sourced from the bone marrow, fat cells, or from amniotic fluid.

Fat and bone marrow are harvested from the patient him or herself. Amniotic fluid is harvested from a consenting mother after a scheduled c-section.

How does stem cell therapy treat elbow tendonitis?

Elbow tendonitis encompasses two types of injuries – tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) – both have their origin in tendinitis or degeneration of musculature leading to chronic inflammation of elbow tendons. Tennis elbow occurs in the outer tendons, while golfer’s elbow affects the inner tendons.

Stem cells injected into the area of the injured tendon help to repair and regenerate the damage by converting into tendon cells, while also promoting new blood vessel formation.

How successful is stem cell therapy to treat elbow tendonitis?

Stem cell procedures for elbow tendonitis are popular with both golfers and tennis players.

  • A study carried out by the Jefferson-based Rothman Institute showed 61% of those treated with stem cell therapy for tennis elbow had significant improvement in pain and tenderness compared to 50% in the non-stem cell group over a period of 24 weeks.
  • A study attributed to researchers from South Florida attests the fact that stem cell procedures for elbow tendonitis brings down pain considerably and improves disability.
  • A Stanford University study published in 2006 claims 93% improvement in chronic elbow tendonitis when stem cell procedures are used.
  • A 2012 study reported 66% percent more pain relief from stem cell therapy compared to corticosteroid injections.

What are the advantages of stem cell therapy for elbow tendonitis compared to other treatments?tennis elbow

  • Healing by the human body itself
  • Non-invasive and no need for surgery
  • Complete and fast recovery
  • Outpatient procedure
  • Nonsteroidal

How are stem cells to treat elbow tendonitis harvested?

Stem cells used to treat elbow tendonitis are harvested from the bone marrow or one’s fat (adipose). The procedure takes about half an hour.

Amniotic fluid is obtained from consenting  mothers after a scheduled c-section. The fluid is then processed at an FDA regulated lab and cryogenically frozen until it’s time for the procedure. There are no rejection issues as the fluid is immunologically privileged.

How is the stem cell therapy for elbow tendonitis performed?

The skin above the tendon causing pain is numbed and stem cells are injected into the area. Often times, the needle is also used to “poke holes” in the bone too so bleeding is stimulated for repair. These stem cells start to multiply themselves soon after being injected. These new cells replace the old and damaged cells and anchor the repair job. The process goes on for months.maxresdefault

What are post-procedure cautions to be followed?

You may have to use an elbow sling for a day. Activity should be limited for approximately 48 hours, then resumed as tolerated.

What are the side effects of stem cell procedures for elbow tendonitis?

Complications are unusual and may include infection, bleeding or soreness.

Do I need more than one stem cell procedures for elbow tendonitis?

Patients usually need one stem cell procedure to treat elbow tendonitis. However, at times a second procedure may be necessary for optimal relief.

 

References

Singh A, Gangwar DS, Singh S. Bone marrow injection: A novel treatment for tennis elbow. Journal of Natural Science, Biology, and Medicine. 2014;5(2):389-391.

Lui PPY. Stem cell technology for tendon regeneration: current status, challenges, and future research directions. Stem Cells and Cloning : Advances and Applications. 2015;8:163-174.

Carvalho A de M, Badial PR, Álvarez LEC, et al. Equine tendonitis therapy using mesenchymal stem cells and platelet concentrates: a randomized controlled trial. Stem Cell Research & Therapy. 2013;4(4):85.

Ho JO, Sawadkar P, Mudera V. A review on the use of cell therapy in the treatment of tendon disease and injuries. Journal of Tissue Engineering. 2014;5:2041731414549678.

Young M. Stem Cell Applications in Tendon Disorders: A Clinical Perspective. Stem Cells International. 2012;2012:637836.

Top 5 Definitions in Amniotic Stem Cell Treatments

Stem Cell Injections, Growth Factors, Cytokines, Hyaluronic Acid – WHAT ARE THESE?

When looking at receiving amniotic stem cell treatment to avoid surgery for arthritis, tendonitis, sports injuries, or for wound care or cosmetic purposes, it helps to know what these terms mean. You don’t need to be a PhD, but at least having a basic understanding of the components of the treatment being received can’t hurt! In this video, R3 Stem Cell CEO David Greene explains what they mean.

When you’re ready for treatment, call us at (844) GET-STEM!

 

Why Is There Great Interest in Stem Cells?

Stem cells, which may be thought of as the body’s natural repair kit, have created a lot of interest amongst medical researchers and doctors. In practical application and experimental trials, these cells have been found to have great power and potential in treating a long list of health care issues, including stem-cellsinjuries to the musculoskeletal system, wound healing, neurological disorders and injuries, heart problems, cancer, and much more.

Practitioners are currently using stem cells to treat various health concerns such as rheumatoid arthritis; ligament, tendon, and bone damage; and wounds. It’s expected that in a few years that list will expand greatly. Needless to say, there is great interest in these amazing powerful and versatile cells. What are the various benefits that can be associated with stem cells? They are numerous.

Greater Understanding of Disease

It’s hoped that researchers and doctors in the lab can learn more about diseases, including how and why they happen, by observing stem cells as they mature to become muscles, nerves, bones, and other tissues and organs. Because stem cells contain the basic components needed to repair the body in that they are the healthy cells that replace those that are damaged or diseased, there’s great hope that we can gain new and important insights into diseases and injuries that will lead to breakthroughs in medicine.

Development of More effective Treatments

In understanding more about disease and injuries and how these cells work in repairing the body, scientists see a future where a wide range of health issues can be addressed with the use of new stem cell therapies. Healthcare challenges that may benefit from this new knowledge and developing therapies include those related to spinal cord injuries, heart disease, stroke, burns, type 1 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and osteoarthritis.

Revolution in Transplant and Regenerative Medicine

There’s great interest in stem cells due to the promise they hold for the development of transplant and regenerative medicine. Because of their vast potential to be grown and cultivated into new tissue, stem cells may have applications of which we are not even aware. The entire manner in which we treat very serious conditions and diseases may change drastically and success rates could rise dramatically as stem cell therapies are developed.

R3 Stem Cell is at the forefront of offering regenerative medicine for all types of musculoskeletal conditions. Call us today!

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