R3 Stem Cell’s Centers of Excellence offer various stem cell and regenerative medicine treatments. These treatments are offered as an outpatient by several Board Certified Physicians in NYC with extensive experience in Regenerative Medicine, and entail minimal risk and no ethical issues. Click on the Treatments on the Left Tabs for more information.
Conventional treatments for degenerative/rheumatoid arthritis, ligament injury, tendonitis and cartilage defects all have one thing in common. They help put a “band-aid” on the pain nicely, but they do not change the course of the condition. They do not REGENERATE or REPAIR the problem!
Regenerative Medicine with stem cell therapy is becoming the new cutting edge reality. The treatments provide the possibility to repair a damaging condition, while offering simultaneous pain relief.
Here is an example. When an athlete sustains a ligament injury to the knee, it may take 6 to 9 weeks to heal. At that point, the athlete may begin playing sports again.
There are two issues with this traditional scenario that stem cell therapy can fix. Number one is the time frame. Stem cell procedures decrease the time by half necessary to heal the injury.
The second issue is that ligament injuries by themselves do not heal back to normal. The same goes for tendon injury. With stem cell therapy, ligament or tendon tissue may in fact heal back to 100% what they were pre-injury.
Regenerative therapies may allow patients to avoid or delay the need for surgery when it comes to Achilles tears, rotator cuff tendonitis, degenerative arthritis, COPD, kidney disease, neurologic conditions and more.
With such a low risk, outpatient stem cell therapies offer a tremendous upside. Make your appointment at R3’s NYC Stem Cell Institute today!
Bone marrow refers to the soft tissue which is present inside the hollow bone structure. It is the site of red blood cell production in adult humans, especially in the center of larger bones. An adult person can have a total bone marrow weighing over five pounds. Bone marrow is also important with respect to the immune system.
Stem cells are special cells which have the ability to grow indefinitely without suffering from cell death or cell apoptosis. These cells also have the ability to turn into other types of cells. New stem cells, if required, are usually produced in the bone marrow of adults, but their number reduces with the aging process.
Stem cells allow people to quickly heal from injuries and grow out muscle mass, that one may have lost due to a particular injury or accident. The stroma of the bone marrow contains mesenchymal cells that are able to convert into a number of different tissues. These are the cells that are able to convert into different cells, giving rise to complete structures and organ systems.
Advanced methods are required to separate stem cells from other cells in the bone marrow. A rare ability of these cells is that they adhere to plastic surfaces. They are also separated using the advanced technique of FACS or Florescent Activated Cell Sorting. The isolation of these stem cells is a challenging process, and therefore the costs of bone marrow based treatments are quite high.
The bone marrow produces stem cells of two types. One type is produced, especially for creating the red blood cells, while the other type is of more general stem cells that are able to convert into many types, through differentiation in the presence of various chemical stimuli. These cells have an amazing self generation capacity and their use can open extraordinary avenues of growing new organs and simply replacing all kinds of damaged cells in the human body.
Overuse injuries usually occur to sports athletes and because they are always using their body in a consistent manner, they often do not give their joints and tendons the time required to perform natural repairs. There are also very few treatments that can go deep into the body and affect the bones and joints. The stem cells derived from bone marrow offer a wonderful chance to improve the condition of most sports injuries which are often related to weak tendons and ligaments.
Bone marrow concentrate therapy is delivered to arthritis patients using a course of injections. This treatment has been found to provide immediate relief to the painful symptoms of arthritis. The pain is mainly caused by swollen joints, and bone marrow derived treatments have the natural ingredients that decrease this swelling, therefore providing greater relief to a patient with arthritis.
The Board Certified physicians at University Pain Medicine Centers offer bone marrow derived stem cell therapy procedures along with PRP therapy as well.
Amniotic and Umbilical Stem Cell Therapy FAQs
Amniotic and umbilical derived stem cells, which scientific research has revealed have a number of medical uses, are contained within the human body and extracted via amniotic fluid, umbilical tissue and cord blood. They are very powerful stem cells, and they can differentiate into a variety of cell types. Due to this fact, Amniotic and Umbilical Stem Cells can form into different kinds of tissues such as cartilage, muscle, skin, bone, nerves, lung, kidney and cardiac tissue. That means that they can be used to repair specific types of damage.
Yes there are. Amniotic and umbilical stem cells are multipotent stem cells that originate from the mesenchyme and can form into numerous kinds of cells. Types of cells include osteoblasts (bone cells), chondrocytes (cartilage cells), muscle cells, and adipocytes (fat cells). This fact makes them very adaptable and useful in helping to repair damaged tissue.
Stem cell therapy has shown a lot of promise and excellent outcomes. It has been revealed in various studies to be effective in regenerative medicine, in progressive and degenerative conditions, and in immunological and hematological situations.
Amniotic and umbilical stem cells can grow to become muscle, cartilage and other forms of tissue and injection therapies that use them to stimulate growth and healing are being analyzed. Such cells may also be very important in cell transplantation technology, which is being developed. Also, conditions such as arthritis, tendonitis, and slow-healing wounds may benefit from this type of treatment. Amniotic and umbilical stem cells are also being considered for tissue engineering, and in the area of organ transplants.
The process for harvesting amniotic and umbilical stem cells involves extracting them from the products of conception accessed via a willing donor after a scheduled c-section. These donors are heavily screened according to FDA regulations. This process of harvesting can be done without harming the baby. In addition, no embryonic stem cells are used in any of the procedures performed at R3’s Centers.
Such injections are prepared with extreme care in a lab that is regulated by the FDA. This allows the amniotic fluid and umbilical tissue that is withdrawn from the placenta to be readily tested for safety while the cells are kept alive. Because of their nature and the delicate technical process involved, amniotic and umbilical stem cells must be prepared in a lab that meets FDA standards. This is due to the fact lab that the fluid in which they are contained is extremely fragile, and, if not managed correctly, the stem cells can break down and be lost.
Such injections and infusions may help those suffering from problems in their shoulders, hips, knees, or ankles. It may be used to relieve pain, avoid surgery, and get one back to their daily physical routine. Arthritis, tendonitis, or ligament injuries are some of the conditions that may benefit from amniotic stem cell therapy. Organ and systemic conditions such as stroke, cardiomyopathy, heart/kidney/lung failure benefit from these treatments as well.
Amniotic and Umbilical stem cell therapy is less invasive and risky than surgery, has little to no recovery period, and is relatively pain free. Many orthopedic conditions show improvement from this type of treatment due to the fact that the amniotic fluid contains various types of growth factors and anti-inflammatory agents.
There are several beneficial properties that can be derived from these stem cells. These include stem cells, growth factors (capable of stimulating growth), cytokines (chemical messengers), hyaluronic acid (needed moisturizing agent), and antimicrobial properties (can kill microorganisms or inhibit their growth).
There is little to no risk associated with amniotic or umbilical stem cell injection therapy. Possibilities do include allergic reaction, infection, bleeding and the usual and customary risks.
Those who are suffering from degenerative diseases such as arthritis, and those who have injuries to tendons, ligaments, bones, and muscles are candidates for this type of therapy. Also those suffering from stroke, concussion, ALS, MS, Parkinson’s, Lyme disease, COPD/Kidney/Heart failure, neuropathy and more.
Patients may enjoy an eradication of, or reduction in, pain associated with musculoskeletal conditions. Greater mobility, improved physical performance, and better quality of life are often the results garnered from this type of treatment. Potentially patients may experience easier breathing, ability to sleep better, better balance.
Call the practice today for an appointment today!
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy refers to using a person’s own blood in order to heal basic sports, arthritis or overuse injuries such as having a damaged cartilage, ligament or tendons. It is also an excellent treatment method to use for arthritis patients as they have swollen joints, which get relief with this therapy and start to heal quickly.
The basics of the PRP therapy are very easy to understand. And it is important for people with arthritis and sports injuries to understand that PRP therapy can truly provide them relief and decrease the symptoms, which make it very difficult for these patients to move about and carry out their daily activities. PRP theory is very important in sports medicine as well as in general pain management.
Here, we will discuss the important points that arthritis patients and athletes should know with respect to PRP therapy and its medicinal benefits during the treatments of arthritis and sports injuries.
PRP therapy is delivered by taking a blood sample from an individual. Usually, there are 200,000 platelets in one micro liter of blood and the centrifugation technique is used to increase this concentration by around five times to create 1 million platelets in a micro liter. This concentrated blood mixture is then used to treat different diseases, especially those related to the overuse of muscles and joints as often occurs in sports.
The concentrated mixture is usually applied directly to a place of pain such as the heels of the feet and the knees, which are often damaged either in the case of arthritis or due to overuse by athletes. The treatment is usually delivered as a course of injections over a time period, but immediate relief is often observed in patients after receiving the first injection.
PRP therapy takes advantage of the natural healing properties of the blood and especially the platelets, which are able to stop swelling in any part of the human body. These healing properties can excellently be applied to repair joints and any ligaments and tendons that have become damaged due to any type of arthritis. The concentrated plasma delivered in this treatment is full of growth factors and antibodies which greatly helps older people who are suffering from pain in their joints.
Sports injuries usually happen due to the overuse of muscles and joints. Some body parts such as the knees and shoulders can become damaged due to the continuous rigorous use, because of a particular sport. These sports injuries are usually very painful and require immediate relief so that the athlete can return back to the game as soon as possible.
The PRP therapy directs the natural growth factors of the person’s own body to the problem areas. The use of natural chemicals means that there is no case of rejection by the immune system, and joint and ligament pain efficiently disappears due to the restoration of the healthy tissue.
These details will allow you to better understand the benefits of PRP therapy for arthritis patients and for people who suffer from sports injuries.
The doctors at R3 Stem Cell Centers offer PRP therapy along with stem cell therapy for optimal results.