WHAT ARE STEM CELLS?
Stem cells are the body’s raw materials — cells from which all other cells with specialized functions are generated. Every moment of the day and night, stem cells are working to repair and regenerate nearly every cell in your body. All stem cells can self-renew (make copies of themselves) and differentiate, or develop into more specialized cells. The primary role of stem cells is to maintain and repair the tissue in which they are found. But this process becomes less efficient with age as stem cells diminish. Which is where stem cell therapy can help.
WHAT IS STEM CELL THERAPY?
Stem cell therapy, also known as regenerative medicine, promotes the repair of diseased, dysfunctional or injured tissue utilizing your own stem cells to improve blood flow, decrease inflammation and spur new tissue growth. Different types of stem cells come from different places in your body and have different functions. The most common stem cells used in stem cell therapy are called Hematopoietic stem cells, and Mesenchymal stem cells.
HEMATOPOIETIC STEM CELLS
Hematopoietic stem cells are immature cells that can develop into all types of blood cells, including white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Also called blood stem cells, they are found in the bone marrow. Their importance is key as they must balance the enormous production needs (the average person produces more than 500 billion blood cells every day) to precisely regulate the number of each blood cell type in circulation. This type of stem cell can also be used in what is referred to as plasticity, in which stem cells are turned into another type of stem cell. For instance, a stem cell that produces blood cells can be transformed into a stem cell that produces tissue. No other cell has this remarkable capability to actually switch identities.
MESENCHYMAL STEM CELLS (MCS)
Mesenchymal stem cell are stem cells isolated from the connective tissue that surrounds other tissues and organs. They are found in several different places, such as bone marrow, blood and fat cells. MSC’s in themselves do not create new tissue. Rather, they are messengers that signal your body to activate a cascade of cellular functions including the generation of bone, cartilage and fat cells that support the formation of blood and fibrous connective tissue. These cells are sent through the bloodstream to the point of injury which is why they are so successful in repairing and replacing damaged tissue caused by conditions such as age or injury.
WHAT IS PRP?
If the damage is not severe, Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP, can be used to repair the damage. PRP therapy uses your own concentrated blood cells (platelets) to target injuries, inflammation and degenerative disease. The plasma imitates the blood supply in the platelets, allowing them to sense any injury and release growth factor. This process helps the body to signal the deployment of stem cells to the injured area. In this way it stimulates and enhances your body’s natural healing response to reduce pain and improve range of motion.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING STEM CELL THERAPY
Stem cell therapy is a safe option that eliminates the need for surgery. Which means patients recover faster, and there aren’t complications that could result from surgery or even anesthesia. There are no negative side effects and because the cells are undifferentiated, the body does not reject them. And stem cell therapy is not a long, drawn out procedure. It can take just a few months from start to finish, usually between 2-3 months. An injection of PRP is performed on the injured area 4-6 weeks later if necessary. Throughout the process, you’ll be closely monitored to ensure the best, most lasting results.
STEM CELL THERAPY AT DENVER HORMONE HEALTH
What makes our stem cell therapies stand out from others? Everything. Our patients receive the most effective, safe and advanced regenerative stem cell therapy available, utilizing the expertise and experience of true stem cell experts. Experts dedicated to delivering results that can be life-changing. But before any stem cell therapy procedures, we focus on delivering a detailed, accurate diagnosis. Every patient is different, as are the elements factoring into their individual levels of damage and pain. Which means every patient requires a unique treatment strategy and overall care plan. Remember life without pain? We’ll help you get back there and get on with life and all the things you did before. So why suffer? Schedule your free consultation today!