Stem Cell Therapies: Fact vs. Fiction

Stem Cell Therapies: Fact vs. Fiction

Wondering If All The Buzz You’ve Been Hearing About Stem Cell Therapies Is Real?

You’ve probably been hearing quite a bit about stem cell therapies and platelet rich plasma treatments already in practice here in the United States. And what people are saying sounds amazing: how the harnessing of the body’s natural regenerative powers through adult stem cells is restoring, re-growing, and repairing so effectively, it’s a true revolution that is changing the face of modern medicine.

But is it true, or just a bunch of hype? Are stem cell therapies really the key to 21st century medicine, capable of fully repairing severe injuries and chronic diseases? Even reversing or curing some of the most challenging illnesses known to mankind?

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More and more physicians and medical experts say it’s true

Doctors who specialize in health and wellness like Dr. Josh Axe are excited about stem cell therapies that have already been developed, as well as the ever-growing list of illnesses, injuries, and chronic conditions that are in active clinical trials right now. Still, respected institutions like the Mayo Clinic and the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) know there are many myths and misconceptions about what stem cells are and how they’re used today.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at what is fact and what is fiction about stem cell therapies actively practiced today across the U.S.

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Stem Cell Therapies And What They Really Do

The variety of ailments, chronic disorders, and injuries that respond to treatment with stem cells today is impressive. From degenerative diseases both physical and neurological –such as arthritis, COPD, and multiple sclerosis- to injuries of the back, hip, and joints, stem cell therapies have been developed that safely and effectively treat them all.

Stem cell therapies that are being practiced in the U.S. right now include:

  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain/Injury
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Diabetes
  • Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
  • Joint Pain/Injury
  • Kidney Conditions
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuropathy
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Spinal Cord Injury

In many cases, stem cell therapies for injuries and chronic conditions are replacing the need for surgery. But before this is explored more deeply, some background on the two primary types of regenerative medicine treatments in use today –will be helpful.

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Stem Cells Therapies And PRP Treatments. What’s the Difference?

How Stem Cells are Used

Stem cell therapies related to orthopedic conditions have been in practiced for many years now in the United States, and their popularity is growing. Impressive findings through clinical trials and in-depth scientific research on stem cells and how they treat physical injuries are among the bedrock upon which today’s stem cell therapies have been founded.

Stem cell therapies provide relief for chronic pain sufferers, as well as patients who have wounds that are difficult to heal. In most cases, treatments using stem cells help patients eliminate the need for pain medication. At the very least, they generally help pain sufferers significantly reduce the use of medications.

Stem cell therapies have been shown to eliminate the need for invasive surgery in a number of both acute and chronic conditions. Today’s research is also discovering applications for stem cells in the treatment of:

  • Heart Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

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Pain management is one of the most frequent reasons why patients seek stem cell therapies

Stem cells have made non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment of chronic pain a reality. They have spurred a medical specialty known as regenerative medicine. For most of the late 20th century stem cell therapies were mostly known in the practice of sports medicine, but soon branched out to other musculoskeletal health practices that include rehabilitation and pain intervention.

Generally speaking, treatment is done through injection. In some cases, a local anesthetic may be required. But today’s regenerative medicine rarely needs general anesthesia. In the case of medical facilities like NSI, all stem cell therapies are able to be done on an out-patient basis with no need for general anesthesia. When local anesthesia is called for, it is applied at the site of cell harvest (such as the thigh, buttock, or abdomen). Cases in which local anesthesia may also be used include:

  • Tendons
  • Nerve Treatment
  • Joints
  • Ligaments
  • Discs
  • Labrum
  • Meniscus
  • Muscle Tissue

What Platelet Rich Plasma Treatments Are Used For

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a minimally manipulated, laboratory-produced concentrate of blood platelets. PRP contains a minimum of seven different growth factors. Because of this, platelet rich plasma is highly prized for healing tissue damage. PRP natural triggers localized, healthy inflammation, and stimulates collagen production as well as a number of other regenerative processes.

As with most stem cell therapies, platelet rich plasma is administered as a series of injections. PRP promotes the acceleration of healing breaks and tissue tears that include those of the:

  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • Muscle Fibers
  • Fascia
  • Cartilage
  • Bone
  • Joint Capsules

In most cases, the injury receives multiple injections during each treatment session. The severity of the injury often determines how many. It’s not uncommon for the injury to be fully healed in one session. However, if the injury is especially severe the patient may need additional injections in 4 or more weeks.

Frequently, the underlying reason for injury is fully cured

Complete recovery is generally the rule because –as with various stem cell therapies- PRP treatments address the underlying cause of injury or degenerative condition. However, certain conditions may require periodic injection therapy: moderate rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, for example.

The objective of platelet rich plasma treatments is the strengthening of the affected tissue. Improvement in tissue quality and the reduction of chronic inflammation is the result. Hence the tissue being treated becomes stable, the joints return to normal function, and pain reduction is achieved.

How does platelet rich plasma do all this? Besides clotting, blood platelets are also powerful in their ability to repair. The release of growth factors by the platelets is done in three phases. These are:

  • Promotion of a healthy inflammation response
  • Proliferation
  • Remodeling

Through this three-phase system, PRP treatment stimulates the body’s natural healing response to “step it up” and repair the damaged area that is undergoing therapy.

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Today’s Advancements In PRP And Stem Cell Therapies

Today, stem cells are much more easily harvested in ways that have outgrown the complex, painful, and controversial methods used decades ago. To begin with, FDA guideline-compliant procedures have advanced PRP and stem cell therapies to the point that they are very minimally invasive, require only local anesthesia, and are fully derived from the patient being treated.

In particular, the development of fat-derived stem cells has changed how stem cell therapies are done

There is a fatty layer that lies just beneath the skin called “adipose fat.” When it was discovered that this fatty layer stores an abundance of potent adult stem cells, the regenerative medicine model was revolutionized. Stem cell therapies done with adipose-derived stem cells have brought regenerative medicine to the average American. Minimally invasive, easily repeatable, more economical, and completed in a matter of a few hours, adipose-derived stem cell therapies surmounted the main obstacles that once kept treatment through stem cells from the general public.

Myth Busting Three Misconceptions About Stem Cells And PRP

Of course, with a growing public presence comes confusion and misunderstanding about PRP and stem cell therapies. So let’s clear the air and address some of the most common myths.

  1. All Clinics Practicing Stem Cell Therapies Are Equal

There is a great deal of hoopla today about stem cell therapies. And, just as with any groundbreaking medical development, there are those who will take advantage of unwary patients. Some unscrupulous people will use injection serum that is little more than liquefied dead cells and call it treatment with stem cells.

The National Stem Cell Institute strongly cautions patients to do their due diligence in selecting a regenerative medicine facility. There are two very important things to ask a clinic:

  • Are your PRP and stem cell procedures FDA guidelines-compliant?
  • Are your physicians and medical staff fully trained in PRP and stem cell therapies?
  1. Stem Cell Therapies Are Miraculous Cure-Alls

During initial consultations, the doctors and medical professionals at NSI always caution patients to not think of stem cell therapies as miraculous cures. The advantages and the advances that have been made in modern medicine through regenerative practices are exciting and very real. But the key word to take from this is: real. Stem cell therapies are real medicine, not magic bullets.

Particularly in the case where healthy lifestyle changes matter, it is critical to stop repeating old, less healthy habits that caused or contributed to your illness, injury, or chronic disorder. Conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and COPD are greatly worsened by the continuation of dietary and/or lifestyles that aggravate these diseases.

When researching regenerative medicine clinics, NSI recommends choosing one that incorporates physical therapy and nutritional counseling departments with PRP and stem cell therapies. Not all illnesses or injuries need physical rehabilitation or nutritional changes. But, in many cases, pairing rehabilitation and/or counseling for nutrition can strongly influence the speed of recovery and long-term effects of regenerative treatments.

  1. Stem Cell Therapies Are Unethical

This goes back to the very early days in the development of stem cell therapies. Some people believe that any stem cell treatment involves the use of fetal stem cells. In the case of FDA guidelines-compliant medical clinics, this could not be farther from the truth and has never been the case.

Adipose-derived stem cell therapies use the patient’s own adult stem cells. The use of the fat-derived stem cells not only creates a powerful healing treatment for a wide array of physical and neurological conditions, stem cell therapies done with the patient’s own cells are some of the safest and most effective regenerative medicine treatments available.

What To Look For When Seeking Treatment

This article has primarily covered stem cell therapies for people who suffer from:

Chronic pain like that of the back or neck due to degenerative discs and joints

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Chronic Ligament or Tendon Injury

But the above are not the only types of injuries and diseases that are successfully treated with PRP or stem cell therapies. At the end of this article is more information on the various illnesses, injuries, and conditions that are treatable through regenerative medicine and who makes a good candidate for these therapies.

So What Has Been Learned?

There are many misunderstandings and misconceptions surrounding PRP and stem cell therapies. But, as with everything in life, knowledge is power and the key to becoming well-informed. Understanding how regenerative medicine works, and the science behind it, helps people realize the greater scope of the options available to them in dealing with medical conditions both physical and neurological. Even today, many people are unaware that regenerative medicine has been practiced in the United States for many years now and may very well be the path to the end of their suffering.

We’ve also learned that not all stem cell therapies, and the facilities that offer them, are alike. It is imperative that people research their clinic options thoroughly and ensure that the physicians and medical professionals they choose are experienced with regenerative medicine techniques and are FDA guidelines-compliant.

Who Is A Good Candidate For PRP Or Stem Cell Therapies?

One of the most commonly asked questions the National Stem Cell Institute hears from people exploring their options is: Am I a candidate for PRP or stem cell therapies?

Patients who usually make good candidates include:

  1. People who are seeking a viable alternative to surgery
  2. People who wish to reduce their dependence on medications
  3. People for whom medications have lost efficacy
  4. People who still have pain and/or stiffness after completing physical therapy
  5. People who experience problems with exercise, sleep, or have pain during normal physical movement
  6. People who do not feel their problem has been resolved after having surgery
  7. People who suffer from one of the following conditions:
  • Arthritis (both Rheumatoid & Osteoarthritis)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain/Injury
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Diabetes
  • Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
  • Joint Pain/Injury
  • Kidney Conditions
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuropathy
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Spinal Cord Injury

But this is by no means a comprehensive list. If you don’t see your illness, injury, or chronic condition above, the National Stem Cell Institute has a free brochure with better details. Anyone can download it for free. Their medical staff is happy to answer any questions you may have.

Regardless of your reasons for seeking PRP or stem cell therapy, your next step is to have a consultation with a qualified physician. It is unusual for people who fit one or more of the above to be declined as patients. This is because of the natural qualities of regenerative treatment make PRP and stem cell therapies exceptionally safe for virtually anyone.

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.

 

What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.

Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

* Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary. As each patient’s problem is different, each treatment must be tailored around your specific needs.
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