Stem Cells

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  • Today, the topic of stem cells seems to be everywhere. More patients are opting for new and unconventional options to fix or repair their bodies. Our Nashville stem cell therapy for arthritis and pain relief, helps to alleviate inflammation and aids in the repair of tissue damage. They also influence our bodies immune system to orchestrate and promote healing. Stem cells can be injected into a damaged or inflamed joint and can also be injected systemically to combat disease.

Doctors are finding new ways to incorporate stem cell therapy into patient care almost on a daily basis. A few of the conditions that have seen great results from stem cell therapy are: overused or strained joints, arthritis, sciatica, degenerative disease of the spine, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, Autism, ADHD, autoimmune, chronic co infections (e.g. Lyme & viruses) and the list goes on.

Medical practitioners have employed stem cells in the treatment of certain diseases for many decades. We have been using stem cell therapy in Nashville for aesthetic and regenerative purposes for over 5 years and many in my field have well over a decade of experience. In the past, practitioners were limited to using a patient’s own stem cells. Thankfully, in 2019 we have commercially available products that are extremely safe and effective.

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Similarly, as the amount of our own stem cells decline with time so does their ability to function properly. Stem cells seem to get a little sluggish, as they grow old. Therefore, they are not as good at doing stem cell things like building or healing tissues and moderating inflammation.

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Until recently, doctors were only able to offer stem cell therapy by removing stem cells from the patient and transferring them to where they were needed-a so called autologous stem cell transfer. These cells were harvested from the patient’s bone marrow or fatty tissue. Harvesting stem cells from bone marrow can be painful and has some risk associated with it.

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After processing and purification, MSCs are then stored in liquid nitrogen until the time of use. MSC’s are immune privileged and are not recognized as being foreign by our immune system and therefore the likelihood of an allergic or immune reaction to the cells is very low. By FDA standards, MSC’s must have certain properties and possess certain receptors. It is important to know what types of products your practitioner is using as well as the reputation of the company providing the product when deciding on Nashville stem cell therapy for arthritis and pain relief.

Embryonic stem cells

The commonly used commercially available stem cells are mesenchymal stem cells. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are derived from the Wharton’s jelly portion of the umbilical cord. The umbilical cord is harvested at the time of a C-section. Testing is done prior to harvest to ensure that the donor and parents are healthy individuals free of communicable diseases.

The success rate with modifying certain factors and mitigating other diseases has proven to be very valuable and increase the success of stem cells therapy. This is important to maximize the return on investment as well as improve the result of your therapy. Before opting for Nashville stem cell therapy for arthritis and pain relief, make sure that your health care professional is considering all the factors that will maximize your results.

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