While stem cell therapy has been used and tested since the early 1900s, it has become increasingly popular in the last 20 years amongst surgeons and physicians for pain and injury treatment. Stem cell therapy is used in today’s society to treat a wide range of injuries including joint osteoarthritis, tendinitis, and debilitating arthritis. It has become a popular alternative to treatment such as steroid injections, physical therapy, or joint replacement surgery because of its safe and effective healing properties.
Stem cell therapy is the use of stem cells to treat both internal and external injuries in the body by stimulating and expediting the natural healing process. Amniotic tissue has a rich source of mature stem cells, is a readily available source, and a tested, safe form of treatment. Amniotic stem cell treatment supports the natural healing process by stimulating the healthy tissue already present in the body to permanently heal an injury with minimal or no complications.
Stem cell treatment has proven to be highly effective for patients with many different types of injuries because of the regenerative qualities including:
- Natural anti-inflammatory agents or cytokines
- Cartilage growth-promoting factors such as hyaluronic acid
- Growth factors, which stimulate natural, healthy tissue to heal wounds
Amniotic stem cell therapy is a safe alternative to most other treatment because of its naturally beneficial components like growth hormone which, unlike cortico-steroids are pharmaceutical medicines which can be harmful to the body . Other medical treatment such as some injections or surgery can be rejected by the body or only present a temporary solution for an injury, and may need follow-up treatment or surgery later on.
Amniotic tissue used for stem cell therapy is provided by mothers who have recently had a Cesarean Section (C-Section) surgery. The amniotic tissue and fluid used is located in the amnion, which is what surrounds the embryo. Since the stem cells are not taken from the embryo, neither the baby nor donor are harmed in any way during extraction. All tissue donors go through rigorous testing processes by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) to ensure that the donated amniotic tissue is safe and healthy to use for other patients. The fluid is handled in ultra-sterile, Class V Clean Rooms and has no immunologic reactivity like blood or organs.
Patients who are suffering from any form of joint, tendon, ligament, or orthopaedic pain may be eligible for stem cell therapy for a safe alternative to other typical medical procedures.