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The Real Problem with Bone Marrow Stem Cell Therapy

There’s a lot written online these days about stem cell therapy using one’s own bone marrow. Some providers will say “you should only have your own bone marrow used, bone marrow is better for regenerative medicine,” etc. This is concerning as it’s mostly NOT a good idea.

When you really look at using one’s own bone marrow, there are TWO GLARING PROBLEMS that should be taken into consideration. The first issue simply comes

Young athletes are great bone marrow stem cell candidates

down to pure math. When a person is in his or her 20s or 30s, the amount of regenerative cells available is plentiful. For instance, when an athlete is considering undergoing a regenerative procedure, bone marrow may be an excellent option. For an individual in his or her 30’s with a post traumatic cartilage defect, it also makes sense to consider bone marrow procedures.

However, once a person reaches the age of 50, undergoing a bone marrow procedure is mathematically NOT a good idea. Studies have shown that the amount of stem cells available in one’s bone marrow drops exponentially as we age.

Specifically, by the age of 50, that amount drops by about 90%. By the age of 70, it drops by over 95%. In addition, researchers at Case Western have shown the stem cells that are still present do not function as well as those when a person is younger. Basically, stem cells in older individuals get LAZY.

Studies in the past have also shown a significant problem with what is obtained even under the best of circumstances with a bone marrow aspiration. With current techniques, the needle is placed into the iliac crest of the pelvis. Approximately 60 mL of bone marrow is aspirated for use.

What exactly is in that bone marrow?

That question has been answered by studies looking at the composition. The first 2 mL contains a decent amount of stem cells. Unfortunately, the rest of the 60 mL mostly consists of blood. This has very few stem cells and not very many regenerative cells either.

So in addition to age becoming a mathematical liability for the amount of cells we have available, the current techniques for aspiration hurt the situation even more.
The combination of the mathematical decay of the amount of stem cells we have available with aging, the decrease in function of what stem cells remain, and the current technical deficiencies with aspiration all add up to a sub-optimal regenerative procedure using one’s own bone marrow.

Complications with the Aspiration

And if that wasn’t enough to discourage people from undergoing a bone marrow procedure, consider the potential complications of the iliac crest aspiration. On average, studies show a 35% incidence of chronic pain from the aspiration. This means a person may have pain that last well over six months afterwards.

In addition, there have been reports of pelvic fractures, vascular injury, nerve injury and even a bowel perforation can occur. Imagine going in for a simple bone marrow stem cell procedure and ending up needing a blood transfusion and a bowel repair!

For the younger population, bone marrow should still be in the conversation. However, we simply have much better options available today for regenerative procedures. Umbilical cord and amniotic stem cell treatments have been shown in many peer reviewed studies to be safe and very effective for many conditions.

In over 10,000 cases performed over five years, R3’s Centers of Excellence have not experienced any disease transmission, deep infection, no rejection, and of course no chronic pain as no aspiration is necessary.

With umbilical cord tissue and amniotic fluid being obtained ethically and in accordance with FDA regulations, why risk any of the complications and poor cell numbers associated with a bone marrow procedure?

R3 Stem Cell offers effective regenerative procedures at over 30 Centers of Excellence nationwide. We also have a Concierge center in Las Vegas, where patients from around the country and internationally come for first-rate treatments.

Initial consultations, whether in person or over the phone, are offered complimentary along with an imaging review. Call us today at (844) GET-STEM and we will locate a provider close to you!

Understanding Arthritis for People Who Experience this Common Condition

As we age we are more and more likely to feel aches, pains, creaks, and squeaks of our joints. Many accept this as part of the aging process, but this seemingly forgets the incredible burden of osteoarthritis (also referred to as wear and tear or degenerative arthritis). In fact, 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 60 years will develop the disease. Of these, a significant amount will be in constant pain and some might not find adequate therapy. So instead of accepting osteoarthritis as an inevitability, is there anything one can do to prevent it?

What is arthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a disease of joints that often occurs in people over the age of 60. It is common in the knees, shoulders hips and hands. For those with the disease in their hands, it can be incredibly irritating as it affects their activities of daily living like cooking and cleaning. The pain and lack of movement are often very frustrating.

By understanding what osteoarthritis is, we can get a better understanding of how to prevent it. When two bones meet at a joint the body uses a protective sheath known as cartilage to stop bone on bone rubbing known as “eburnation”. Over time (or with injury etc) the cartilage can become worn down and result in a bone on bone contact. This results in pain and a reduced range of movement in the affected joints.

What increases your risk of arthritis?

Prevention of arthritis starts with understanding what increases the risk of arthritis and then not doing that thing. Inevitably age plays a huge role but this is not reversible. Other risk factors include:

  • Being over 50 significantly increases your risk.
  • Being female. Whilst the disease is common in both sexes there seem to be more women affected than men.
  • Obesity is strongly associated with knee and hip osteoarthritis. A famous study known as the Framingham study showed that the 20% of woman who is the heaviest have double the likelihood of developing knee osteoarthritis. However, there isn’t an association with osteoarthritis of the hands.
  • Osteoarthritis is more common in the hands of manual workers. People who do jobs that involve constant fine movement have an increased risk (presumably because they experience more wear and tear).

Osteoarthritis is a disease of joints that often occurs in people over the age of 60

Is there anything you can do to prevent it?

At the moment there isn’t much an individual can do, except for not work in manual jobs, that reduces your risk of osteoarthritis. Many of the factors identified above are not changeable. However, there are a number of new and exciting therapies to treat osteoarthritis. One of these is stem cell therapy, whereby individuals own stem cells are injected into the joint allowing the cartilage to regrow in a way that has not been previously possible. If you or somebody you know is suffering from pain in their hands that they think might be the beginning of degenerative arthritis, get in contact with a specialist clinic to talk about stem cell therapy today.

The Things You Need To Know About Stem Cells and Treatments

Stem cells are generally the foundation of every tissue or organ in the body by which these cells have the ability to develop into other cell types in the body. They are used by medical professionals to replace cells and tissues that are damaged or even lost due to diseases and other conditions. And did you know that Stem Cells can differentiate into other types of cells and divide themselves to produce more of the same cells that are needed to be replaced and this where Stem Cell treatments come into view?

Spinal Cord Injuries Stem Cell Treatment

There is a number of sources where stem cells come from:

  • Embryonic Stem Cells – This comes from embryos that are only three to five days old.
  • Adult Stem Cells – Found in most adult tissues like bone marrow or their fat.
  • Perinatal Stem Cells – Coming from the amniotic fluid inside the umbilical cord which has the ability to change into special cells.

Today, Stem Cell Treatments or Stem Cell Therapy is far better than many conventional treatments available which are not very effective. Because of the wonderful and great features of stem cells, treatment is fast, safe, and be almost completed in a couple of days, unlike other treatment for diseases that would take long for results and effectivity to arise. Stem Cell treatments are now done around the world and are a very promising method for curing diseases. And what are the diseases and conditions that can be repaired, regenerated, and be restored by this method?

  • Spinal Cord injuries due to untoward accidents
  • Alzheimer’s disease which is the leading cause of intellectual and social skills
  • Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Muscle cells that are damaged by a heart attack

Stem Cell treatment is an amazing technique where many of the injuries that a certain individual has experienced could be repaired without the need of major surgery, giving that person the ability to go back to the things that they normally do every day. Here are other conditions that the Stem Cell therapy can target and heal.

  • Arthritis in joints
  • ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), which destroys neurons controlling muscles.
  • Ankle sprains which tear tissues from sports or other activities.
  • Tendonitis
  • Achilles tears
  • Autism
  • Autoimmune diseases such as Lupus and Psoriasis
  • Cartilage defects
  • Back pain
  • Fractures
  • Kidney Failure

Stem Cell treatments are now known all over the world and are performed with a high success rate. The need for surgery is lessened thanks to stem cell methods. People are now enjoying lives back to their old selves that were hit by certain diseases and conditions, thanks to the ever-developing treatments that are readily available.

 

The body’s improvement after the treatment can be felt after 6-8 weeks and some as fast as 3 weeks and will have a continuous improvement over 6 months. The recovery from the stem cell treatment may cause mild soreness from the injection for a week which will dramatically disappear afterward.

Nowadays, we have the technology, the manpower, the knowledge, and equipment to fight diseases and conditions that can impair our well-being which destroys the future. We are just thankful that the ever-evolving technology is here that can change the course of lives of others who suffer physical and mental stress due to conditions of the body. Medicine and science hand in hand creates methods that we never thought would exist today, creating a world more active and colorful.

Piglet Study Can Have a Huge Effect on IVF

It is not a secret that undergoing IVF is very expensive. Hopeful parents-to-be spend upwards of $12,000 per session plus also shoulder the cost of medications which can be between $3,000 and $5,000 – figures that not everybody can afford.  Good thing that the high cost of IVF can be a thing of the past thanks to a new research that begun with a study concerning piglets.

A Chance Discovery

 

Stem Cell Piglet StudyBond Life Sciences Center investigator and MU Curators Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences R. Michael Roberts and College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Curators Distinguished Professor Randall Prather were conducting a study with pig stem cells to find out how they communicate, proliferate, and grow in the body when they stumbled upon an exciting find. During an attempt to improve the procedure to grow the pig stem cells in their lab, they discovered that using a special liquid medium dramatically improved the success rate of IVF in pigs.

Roberts shared that the discovery was truly serendipitous. He added that generally speaking, multiple steps are needed to produce viable pig embryos that can be used for implantation in their research. They wanted to find a more efficient way because going through the steps is very expensive and can sometimes produce poor returns. What they found is not only that but also has major implications for use in human fertility clinics too.

Persistence Pays Off

 

Roberts stated that in IVF for pigs, going through the steps of the current procedure often mean that only 1% to 2% of the original oocytes can make it to the phase where they can be implanted to sows (to produce healthy piglets). Although this can be somehow addressed by over-implantation of embryos, the resulting cost is too expensive.

Roberts then tasked his former research assistant professor Ye Yuan and senior research specialist in Animal Sciences Lee Spate to find a way to increase the quality and efficiency of piglet embryos before they are implanted.

The team then analyzed various growth factors and made a bold move to add two factors,  a leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) and fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2). They then found out that together with a third factor, an insulin-like growth factor; these two factors created a special liquid environment that the oocytes needed to make them ready for implantation and improve their development to embryos with an increased chance of a successful pregnancy.

New Fluid Medium for IVF Sparks Possibilities

 

The three compounds used by the research team is now called the chemical medium FLI and is currently being hailed as a new fluid medium that can revolutionize both human IVF treatments and pig IVF treatments. The team has already filed a patent application through the MU Office of Technology Management and Industry Relations in the hopes of encouraging the commercial application of the new method.

Roberts further added that using the new fluid medium improved the whole process of pig IVF. He shares that it almost doubled the maturation of oocytes. He went on to say that although improving IVF for women with fertility issues wasn’t their reason for developing the fluid medium, the fact that their find can have a huge positive impact on human fertility is a welcome development.

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.

Stem Cell and PRP Therapy for Heel Pain from Plantar Fasciitis

Heel pain from plantar fasciitis affects millions of Americans. Current, traditional treatment options include NSAIDS, night splints, cortisone injections, stretching and orthotics. All too often the heel pain becomes chronic and patients end up deciding on potentially risky surgery. Even if no complications occur, the outcome is pretty much a roll of the dice.

But all is not lost. Research is now showing that PRP and Amniotic stem cell therapy works very well for chronic heel pain from plantar fasciitis. In this video, R3 Stem Cell CEO explains the evidence available. Call us today for top treatment at (844) GET-STEM!

 

Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy for Diabetic and Peripheral Neuropathy

 
Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy for
Diabetic and Peripheral Neuropathy

By David Greene MD, MBA
Neuropathic Pain
Diabetic and Peripheral Neuropathy pain affect 6% of the population.
70% of diabetics suffer from neuropathy.
Pain is sharp, burning, lancinating, electric.
Not just pain, the decreased sensation affects walking ability.
Neuropathy Traditional 
Treatment Options
Opioids and NSAIDs
Oral and Topical
Questionable Benefit
Off label tricyclic antidepressants, anticonvulsants.
Neurontin, Lyrica
TENS unit
Only 30% achieve adequate relief with these methods.
Neuropathy Traditional 
Treatment Options
Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant
Revolutionary for relief and sensation return.
Over 80% pain relief.
85% improved sensation, 58% sensory deficits reversed completely.
Regenerative Medicine
The NEW paradigm, a nonoperative treatment that can actually repair damaged tissue. Provides pain relief and improved sensation.
Low risk, outpatient, effective – isn’t that what medicine has been looking for?
Consider this:
20 years ago plastic surgery was 90% operative. Now it’s 90% nonoperative!
Regenerative Options for
Diabetic and Peripheral Neuropathy
PRP Therapy
Blood draw, spun in centrifuge concentrates platelets/growth factors.
Bone Marrow
Adipose (fat)
The newest – Amniotic
Not really new
Used for decades
Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy
Remarkable addition to regenerative medicine.
Obtained from consenting donors after scheduled c-section.
FDA Regulated (CGTP)
AATB Certified
Cryogenically Frozen
No embryonic cells or fetal involvement
Amniotic Qualities
Immunologically Privileged
No Rejection Reaction
Growth Factors
Hyaluronic Acid
Stem Cells and Activators
Antimicrobial
NONsteroidal
Protocol
Amniotic stays on dry ice or in cryogenic freezer until ready to use.
Thaw for 10 minutes.
Usually 1-2 cc’s per limb, ok to dilute 3:1 with sterile water/saline/lidocaine.
Procedure takes less than a half hour.
Outcomes
We know that mesenchymal stem cells in animals significantly reduce neuropathic pain.
A preliminary report on stem cell therapy for neuropathic pain in humans – J Pain Res 2014
10 pts, In this preliminary proof-of-concept study, the administration of a mixed population of adipose-derived cells, including MSCs, was shown to be able to attenuate orofacial neuropathic pain symptoms in a diverse range of patients considering variables of age and the established duration of the pain state.

Outcomes
Anti-Inflammatory Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC2) Attenuate Symptoms of Painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy 2012 Stem Cells Transl Med.
Over 40% inflammatory and pain reduction in mice.
Related to their capacity to not only control pain as a symptom, but to modulate the neuroimmune component which plays a relevant role in neuropathic pain.

Risks
Risks have been absolutely minimal.
Have not seen rejection
NO steroid.
It’s antimicrobial so risk of infection has been minimal.
Coverage
Currently amniotic stem cell therapy for neuropathy is an out of pocket expense.
Insurance will cover the visits, imaging, lab work but NOT the amniotic material.
New technology takes a while to capture reimbursement.
Bottom Line
Amniotic therapy works in preclinical studies and in early human pilot studies.
It is low risk, potential high benefit, and has live cells depending on processing.
No embryonic stem cells or fetal involvement!
Can help you and your loved ones avoid surgery and achieve relief and walk better.
R3 Stem Cell
R3 partners with top providers nationwide to offer regenerative treatments for all types of musculoskeletal conditions – knee, hip, shoulder, ankle, elbow, wrist, etc.
This includes back and neck conditions as well as neuropathy.
Visit us at R3StemCell.com and call us to find a treatment center at (844) GET-STEM.

Stem Cell Therapy on the Cutting Edge for Musculoskeletal Problems

Although stem cell therapy is still considered to be in its infancy, it has proven to be a useful and powerful tool in helping to improve, repair, and augment the healing of various musculoskeletal problems. Health issues associated with the musculoskeletal system, which includes our muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints, and various other connective tissues, can be extremely taxing.

The musculoskeletal system supports and binds tissues and organs together, allowing us to perform a stem cellswide range of physical activity. When one single aspect of the system is compromised it can result in hampered movement and mobility, ongoing pain, and diminished quality of life. Many of the common remedies associated with injuries and illnesses that affect the system involve a combination of drug therapies and surgical procedures.

Thus, the hope that stem cell therapy has given those suffering with such problems and the results that have been observed and experienced have helped to improve the quality of life for many, while creating optimism for the future. We are on the cutting edge of a new way of dealing with and solving musculoskeletal problems.

Common Uses Today

There are various injuries and maladies for which stem cells are used today. Commonly the stem cells are injected into the area to be treated. Once they have been injected into the damaged area, they begin working to aid in the repair of it. This may include:

  • Amniotic Derived Stem Cells
  • Bone Marrow Derived Stem Cells
  • Adipose (Fat) Derived Stem Cells

Stem cells have been found to be effective in treating joint problems and various disorders, including arthritis, regions where cartilage and ligament damage has been experienced, and bone injuries. There’s also a lot of hope for the future use of stem cells in a wide range of situations, including heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes mellitus, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and burn treatments.

The Power of Stem Cells

Stem cells derive their power from the fact that they are versatile, having the potential to differentiate into a wide range of cell types. This makes them highly adaptable, as they can adjust to help muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and bones heal. Additionally, they have been shown to possess the power to reduce inflammation and enable healing, so that tissues grow more quickly.

The treatment itself is minimally invasive, usually involving an injection in the area to be treated. It is also considered to be a low risk type of therapy. For many, the use of stem cells is certainly preferred Stem Cell Therapy for Plantar Fasciitisto more invasive surgeries that involve protracted periods of recuperation and rehabilitation.

Are You Candidate for Stem Cell Therapy?

If you have muscle, cartilage, tendon, ligament, joint, or bone injuries or damage, then you may be a good candidate for stem cell therapy. In practicing osteopathic medicine, many doctors now offer patients a range of treatments that include stem cell therapy, rehabilitation, drug treatments, and/or surgery. With more choices, and the opportunity to try something like stem cell treatment, which is less invasive, considered to be relatively risk free, and results driven, patients have the opportunity to experience the newest medical techniques.

If you or a loved one is suffering from degenerative arthritis, sports injuries, ligament or tendon injury, call or email us today to find a location close to you for treatment – (844) GET-STEM!

What are the Different Kinds of Stem Cells?

In today’s world of medicine, stem cells are one of the most common topics of conversation. With the ability to regenerate Stem Cells for Spinal Disctissue, while also reducing and eliminating pain, stem cell injection procedures have quickly become one of the most popular alternatives to a long list of surgical procedures.

Located in the human body, stem cells possess the ability to develop into a variety of different cell types. Because stem cells have not already determined their specific ligament, tissue or cartilage path, they are often regarded as undifferentiated cells.

Stem cells are considered to be a medical breakthrough because of their unique ability to regenerate and fix different parts of the body, while also proving to be an effective alternative to various surgical procedures. When it comes to their different healing capabilities, there are two main types of stem cells – limited stem cells and unlimited stem cells. The different types of stem cells are defined by their unique capabilities to self renew and their various levels of potency.

Limited Stem Cells

Also referred to as adult stem cells, limited stem cells are unique cells that are only found in more developed tissues and organs (fat or bone marrow). These specific stem cells have been utilized by doctors for a longer period of time within certain medical fields and procedures like bone marrow, hair and skin transplants.

Limited stem cells get their name because they have a relatively limited use when compared unlimited stem cells. While this is true, these specific stem cells are less controversial because of how they are accessed. Quite simply, limited stem cells do not require an embryo to be destroyed in order to be used. In addition, when adult stem cells are withdrawn from the body, there is no risk of the immune system rejecting the process (from bone marrow or fat).

Unlimited Stem Cells

The more controversial of the two, unlimited stem cells are also called embryonic stem cells. With permission from the patient, these stem cells are presently gathered from leftover embryos that are usually thrown away from fertility clinics. It’s important to know that these embryos are developed and remain solely outside of the body. pain relief4

With the ability to transform into any type of tissue or cell, unlimited stem cells are able to provide a variety of different healing capabilities that limited stem cells can not offer. Interestingly, although a patient may only require a few unlimited stem cell embryos, several more are created during the entire developmental process.

The excess embryos that are not being used are ultimately thrown away, which has caused scientists and doctors to research their additional benefits. After years of research, it has been proven that embryotic stem cells offer unlimited expansion and are ideal for tissue replacement and regenerative medical procedures.

The main downside to these type of stem cells is the possibility of transplant rejection avoidance and directed differentiation. Also, a tumors can form if the embryonic stem cells continue to replicate too much.

With R3 Stem Cell’s procedures, only limited stem cells are used and no embryos are involved. The treatments involve bone marrow or fat or amniotic tissue – NO fetal tissue whatsoever.

Call us for more information and to find a treatment center near you (844) GET STEM!

Uses for Amniotic Derived Stem Cell Injections

If you have ever had a baby, you probably received unsolicited mail advertising services for banking amniotic stem cells. Since 2009, when the first stem cell bank opened in Medford, MA, cryopreservation and private banking of amniotic fluid stem cells has slowly grown in popularity. For those who are not familiar with amniotic stem cells, they are stem cells derived from the mesenchyme and extracted from the amniotic fluid.

Amniotic stem cells are considered to be a medical miracle, because they can differentiate into a variety of tissue types including bone, muscle, cartilage, skin, nerves, and cardiac tissue. The potential use of these cells gives hope for organ regeneration and recovery from paralysis.

Amniotic stem cells are obtained during a scheduled c-section from consenting donors. Otherwise the fluid is simply discarded – so why not use it for medical benefit? The fluid is processed at an FDA regulated lab prior to usage in individuals that need it.

Why Use Stem Cells?

Amniotic stem cells are a better choice in technologically advanced medical procedures because they do not harm the fetus or the use of an embryo. There is no risk of procedure-related pregnancy loss since the fluid is obtained after birth and not from an amniocentesis. Studies on amniotic fluid have found it rich in epithelial, neural, endothelial, hematopoietic, and mesenchymal stem cells.

Scientists and researchers have genetically engineered liver cells, neural cells, fat cells, heart cells, bone cells, working tracheas, and artificial heart valves by using amniotic stem cells. This indicates that the use of amniotic stem cells in treating a multitude of medical conditions previously thought to be life threatening or untreatable.

Examples of Amniotic Derived Stem Cell Use

Stem cell therapy is a type of intervention therapy which introduces stem cells into damaged tissues to treat an injury or disease. In the world of pain management and orthopedics, stem cell therapy is being used for numerous conditions such as degenerative arthritis, tendonitis, ligament injury and more.

It also works well for wounds that are having difficulty healing, such as in diabetics.

Future Clinical Uses of Amniotic Stem Cells

When it comes to using amniotic stem cells, the uses continue to grow. What is really needed are larger clinical studies. Small studies have shown excellent results so far for regenerative stem cell treatments for musculoskeletal conditions.

Several clinical trials have emerged where subjects are treated with their own stem cell derived bone marrow, and others involve healthy athletes who are treated for osteoskeletal injuries to the bones, joints, or connective tissues. While these treatments have not entered mainstream medical practice, the potential is there for major breakthroughs.

A plethora of athletes have received stem cell therapy and PRP therapy for sports injuries. And the number continues to grow. R3 offers stem cell clinics nationwide with treatments for all types of musculoskeletal injury. Find one close to you today!

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