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Stem Cells

The human body is composed of billions of specialized cells, which form body structures like the brain, muscles, ligaments, tendons, bone, and skin. Each day, these cells go through a degenerative process, which is followed by a regenerative process.

When old cells die, new cells are born. A stem cell injection involves the installation of human stem cells into an injured body structure.

Types Of Stem Cell Therapy 

Dr. George Graf at Intelligent Pain and Regenerative Medicine Solutions offers stem cell therapy. He offers both Bone Marrow-derived stem cell therapy along with amniotic derived stem cell therapy as well.

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Several types of stem cells promote musculoskeletal healing (bone, cartilage, ligament, and tendon). These cells are found in the bone marrow and are called mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). MSCs are the specialized cells used in stem cell injections.
Modern techniques in today’s world allow the doctor to obtain the MSCs from bone marrow, and then, concentrate them in a laboratory process. The site of harvest is at the back of the hip (iliac bone). Once processed, the stem cells are injected into the injured tissues or body structure using advanced imaging guidance. The procedure is done in the doctor’s office. The other way stem cells are obtained is from amniotic fluid. The fluid is obtained from women undergoing a scheduled C-section and then processed at an FDA regulated lab. Amniotic fluid contains an extensive amount of stem cells along with hyaluronic acid, growth factors, and anti-inflammatory factors.
Stem cell injections are used for a variety of conditions and injuries. Anyone who suffers from a joint injury or degenerative condition is a candidate for these injections. In addition, in a study of more than 100 patients, a single injection of stem cells into degenerative discs can reduce low back pain for at least 12 months. Degenerative disc disease (DDD) affects millions of people worldwide, and these injections are proven to be safe and effective for treating this disorder. Other conditions treated include: . Rotator cuff tears . Partial muscle tears . Osteoarthritis of the joints . Meniscal cartilage tears of the knee . Chondromalacia patella syndrome
Usually, patients start to see improvement 6-8 weeks after the stem cell injection procedure. This involves less pain, improved functional ability, and a speedy recovery. The success rate of stem cell injections is between 80 and 90%. In one 2013 study that involved patients with knee arthritis, there was decreased pain scores and improve function after the injection. In addition, repeat MRI at 24 months showed increase in cartilage thickness compared to pre-treatment MRI. In a 2014 study, 70% of patients with a rotator cuff injury improved after stem cell therapy. Another study involved stem cell therapy for meniscus injury. After the injection, there was notable evidence of improvement in pain and meniscus regeneration.