Louis A. Cona M.D.
A brief description of how mesenchymal stem cells may be able to aid in the repair of musculoskeletal injuries.
Over the past two decades there has been considerable amount of interest using stem cells in orthopaedic surgery, especially to manage special injuries that have not been successfully treated by current surgical techniques. There has been a lot of experience with using stem cells, and the safety and efficacy of stem cells therapies appear to be a growing and exciting field. To date, stem cell therapy has successfully been used for major orthopaedic procedures in terms of bone-joint injuries, especially those that fail to heal, osteoarthritis-cartilage defects and ligament-tendon injuries.As those that suffer from orthopaedic conditions know, musculoskeletal injuries may be painful, troublesome, life limiting and also one of the most common global health issues today.
Various treatment modalities, most of which involve surgery, are available for treating these problems; however, the most effective method is still debatable. The use of stem cells is a promising and developing area of research within the medical field. Studies and therapy protocols are still being released on a daily basis, as the field continues to improve and standardize. Stem cells are useful in tissue repair where the body falls short. More specifically, articular cartilage (elbows, knees, etc.) can become worn or damaged over time. These tissues have a poor potential for repair by the body and show a limited lifespan. Stem cells, able to take the form of whatever cell type is required, has been used to effectively grow new articular tissue within joints through spot application treatments. This replaces the need for painful and invasive joint replacement surgeries, with the added benefit of drastically reduced recovery times.These results are similar with bone, tendon, and ligament conditions. Stem cells can treat lost or damaged tissue without the need for invasive transplant surgeries. The implanted cells take the form of damaged or lost tissue, growing and replacing these troubled areas with fresh tissue.
One of the most exciting areas in developing treatments has been with traumatic spinal cord injury. These devastating injuries are some of the most common reasons of severe neurological damage and recovery rates are very low. Stem cell therapies appear to offer patients new options with increasingly positive outcomes. During stem cell treatment a patient receives approximately 300 million stem cells. These stem cells are harvested from umbilical cord samples, all of which undergo an extensive amount of testing to assure sterility and viability. Once we have obtained an adequate sample, these stem cells are then grown on special media (food), which enhances them even further. We then package the stem cells and store them in a cryogenic form (colder than 100 degrees below zero). At the time of intravenous administration, the cells are thawed to body temperature in a sterile lab, and administered over a number of hours by our trained physicians. The high quantity of 300 million cells not only covers daily losses that have been occurring progressively for years, but replaces the cellular losses a thousand times over.After a short rest period, the therapy is followed by a prescribed physical therapy regimen tailored to the patient's conditions.
DVC Stem offers a full solution to orthopaedic needs. Patients can receive custom cellular therapies for their individual conditions, and work directly with our renowned onsite chiropractors and physiotherapists to ensure the best results from their treatment from start to finish. DVC Stem is a stem cell therapy pioneer and has offered stem cell therapies for years. Our protocols are IRB approved, and our cells come from regulated, U.S. based, FDA compliant laboratories. We offer high quality products and tried and tested treatments to our patients. Our orthopaedic patients include high profile professional athletes, endurance athletes, and weekend warriors.
You can view DVC Stem's protocols for Arthritis and muskuloskeletal injuries here: https://www.dvcstem.com/conditions/arthritis
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