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Regenerative Medicine

Stem Cell Therapy

For individuals seeking natural treatment options for pain relief, it is likely you may have come across numerous success stories from individuals who have achieved their health goals using stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine.

Stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine both use stem cells to improve the body’s natural healing capabilities to help heal degraded or missing tissues. However, there is a lot of confusion and misconception over what “stem cell therapy” is and what procedures are qualified as “stem cell therapy.” There is also some misconception about the less invasive and less painful Regenerative Medicine, and how it uses more than simply stem cells to help heal your body.

Stem Cell Therapy at Sports Medicine Northwest, West Seattle
Stem Cell Therapy at Sports Medicine Northwest, West Seattle

What is Stem Cell Therapy?

First, let’s explain what a stem cell is. A stem cell is an undifferentiated cell or a blank cell. These undifferentiated cells have yet to take on a role as a specific cell. Stem cells have the potential to become many different types of cells. For example, an undifferentiated stem cell may become a muscle cell, a cartilage cell, or bone cell. When introduced into the body, stem cells take on the role of cells the body needs to help heal and repair itself. For example, if an individual is seeking stem cell therapy for knee pain, injections containing stem cells will be injected in the knee. If the knee pain was due to degraded cartilage, the newly introduced stem cells can home in the bodies need for this tissue. The undifferentiated stem cells may then be designated as cartilage cells to help heal and repair the degraded tissue.

Here's the kicker…. stem cell therapy refers to treatments that use the patient's own stem cells or cells from a family members body.

Two common Stem Cell Therapies are:

Adipose tissue stem cell therapy: Adipose is the medical term for the fat deposits that are stored within our bodies. Adipose tissue stem cell therapy is a procedure where a small amount of fat is suctioned out of the body. The process is similar to liposuction. However, unlike liposuction, after the adipose tissue is extracted from the body, the tissue goes through a process where its stem cells are harvested. The harvested stem cells are then reintroduced into the area of the body that needs healing. Adipose tissue, while in abundance in the body, stores toxins. These toxins may affect the quality of the stem cells.

Bone marrow stem cell therapy: This stem cell therapy requires the harvesting of bone marrow from the pelvis or femur. A hole is drilled through the bone to access the bone marrow. The marrow is then removed and goes through a process to isolate the stem cells, which are then reintroduced into the body in areas of focus. Bone marrow stem cell therapy can be very painful. This stem cell therapy may also open the patient up to infection.

Is Stem Cell Therapy the Best Option?

Stem cell therapies use the body's own stem cells. Stem cells are located throughout the body. But, as we age, these stem cells age with us, possibly making these stem cells less proficient. Our doctors do not perform stem cell therapies. Instead, we prefer regenerative cellular treatments.

Much like stem cell therapy, regenerative cellular treatments use the body’s natural healing capabilities to heal underlying conditions. Regenerative cellular treatments use Wharton’s Jelly derived growth factors, cytokines, proteins, and Mesenchymal stem cells. These young growth factors and stem cells are harvested at the time of birth from donated umbilical cord tissue. The consenting mothers are carefully screened and neither the mother nor child is harmed by donating this tissue that is traditionally disposed of. These stem cells are young and vibrant with many healing and growth potential.

Why Chose Regenerative Medicine Over Stem Cell Therapy?

Regenerative medicine utilizes donated umbilical cord tissue and therefore does not require the painful harvesting of stem cells from the patient. This young tissue has not yet developed an immune system so there is virtually no chance of rejection. The age of the growth factors and stem cells is indeed a factor. Once your body reaches 30 years of age, your stem cells begin losing their regenerative capabilities. Each year after 30, the percentage of stem cells in your body decreases, leaving you more susceptible to injury and disease. If you think about it, how much faster does a young child heal from an injury than does an older person? This faster healing in the youth is due to the high level of young, effective stem cells, cytokines and growth factors in the child’s body. Regenerative treatments that utilize these same cytokines, proteins, growth factors, and cells can be like turning back your biological clock.

Why Sports Medicine Northwest is the best facility for your Regenerative Medicine procedures:

  • Our products come from a lab that is located on the University of Utah campus.  It is FDA inspected and approved.  This is a rare industry standard that we meet.
  • Our staff has performed thousands of successful stem cell and regenerative medicine treatments.
  • Our diagnostic and clinical equipment is second to none.
  • We have spared no expense to set the bar very high for a clinical standard of excellence in regenerative medicine.  If you are considering this line of therapy.  The process begins with a consultation right here at Sports Medicine Northwest.

Let’s see if you’re a candidate for regenerative treatments.